The magic of Bledisloe - 1979, the cup is ours

by staff

In the countdown to this year’s opening Bledisloe Cup Test match in Sydney, and ARUTV will take you on a journey back in time to re-live some of the classic moments from Rugby's ultimate rivalry between Australia and New Zealand.

In the first edition we look back at the 1979 Bledisloe Cup.

Following the one-off Bledisloe clash that year at the Sydney Cricket ground, New Zealand second-rower, Andy Haden walked into the Australian dressing rooms and handed his All Black jersey to the Australian coach.

Australia had won a try-less 12-6 victory, and in doing so secured the trans-Tasman silverware for the first time since Trevor Allan and his Australian side took the two-Test series in New Zealand back in 1949.

The victory was even sweeter as it was the Wallabies first Bledisloe Cup victory on Australian soil since 1934.

It had been 45 years since Australian Rugby supporters had celebrated a Bledisloe Cup win on home turf.

The Australian side, Captained by Mark Loane and Coached by Dave Brockhoff, who starred for Australia in their last 1949 Bledisloe Cup win, took the prestigious Cup for a victory lap around the SCG after the success.

Take a look back at the 1979 Bledisloe Cup on ARUTV.

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Some of the timeless pieces from the 1979 Bledisloe Cup Test will be on display at ‘The Magic of Bledisloe’, a free exhibition at the Museum of Sydney.

The Bledisloe Cup trophy itself will be at the Museum on the first day of the display on Friday 9 August when some of the games’ stars open this year's Bledisloe Cup Festival.

The Magic of Bledisloe exhibition - Museum of Sydney

Date: Friday 9 – Sunday 18 August

Time: Open daily 9.30am - 5pm

Cost: Entry to the display is free

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