The All Blacks’ first trip to the city of Perth to face the Wallabies has been confirmed for Saturday, August 10 next year.

Perth’s new 60,000 seat Optus Stadium secured the hosting rights for the 2019 game two years ago and the date has now been confirmed by Rugby Australia.

It will be the first time the two sides have locked horns in the Western Australia capital and a sellout crowd is expected for the trans-Tasman showdown.

It will be the Wallabies’ only Bledisloe Cup match in Australia that year because of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle said Western Australia deserves to host such a high stakes test.

“We’re looking forward to next year’s test at Optus Stadium,” she said.

“It’s proven itself to be one of the best venues in the world to watch sport and that’s a credit to the West Australian Government.

“Through Tourism Western Australia, the WA Government have already put on some terrific major events that have showcased Perth to the globe and we’re proud that we can add to that on August 10 next year.

“This isn’t just any test match, this is one of the most important games that the Wallabies will play next year.

“Not just because it’s against our traditional rivals, the All Blacks, but also because it’s one of the last chances to prepare before the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan the following month.”

The Wallabies’ ended their seven-match losing streak to the world champion All Blacks with a 23-18 win at Suncorp Stadium in October last year.

However, Australia haven’t held the Bledisloe Cup since 2002.

 – AAP

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