Perth’s new stadium to be sporting capital of Australia in 2019

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Final design of Perth’s new stadium.

The Australian Rugby Union said today that Perth’s new stadium, which is due to open in early 2018, is set to host the State of Origin and Bledisloe Cup.

The new stadium, which will seat 60,000, will host the 2019 Bledisloe Cup fixture in what will be a massive boost to rugby in WA.

And given it falls in a World Cup year, the match will be the only Rugby Championship meeting in Australia between the trans-Tasman rivals.

The date is still to be confirmed.

With ANZ Stadium in Sydney unavailable between 2019-2022 while it undergoes redevelopment, the ARU added that the location for Bledisloe Cup matches in 2020, 2021, and 2022 could also be played in Perth.

The Wallabies lost nine of their 15 Tests in 2016. The 40 per cent winning rate was the lowest since Eddie Jones led Australia to a 5-8 record (38 per cent) in 2005.

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The All-Blacks are coming to Perth. Photo by: Gero Rodrigues / Shutterstock.com

The new Stadium will also host one of the Australia’s great sporting rivalries, the State of Origin rugby league series between NSW and Queensland.

A deal was struck earlier this year between the WA Government and the National Rugby League that will bring game 2 of the 2019 series to Perth.