Bledisloe games not heading to Twickenham

Date published: September 24 2016

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Despite the upcoming redevelopment of ANZ Stadium in Sydney, the ARU will not be taking Bledisloe Cup matches to London.

While such a move would prove to a lucrative one for the ARU, general manager Rob Clarke has insisted the game will remain in Australia.

Other potential venues to host the match were reportedly the Singapore National Stadium and also MetLife Stadium in New York, the home of NFL franchises the New York Giants and the New York Jets.

Stadiums in Adelaide and Perth are instead being eyed up for the blockbuster fixture that would normally be held in Sydney between 2019-2021.

"There were three [international expressions of interest] in all, but it's fair to say our priority would be to always try and keep Bledisloes in Australia and reward our rugby markets and fans here as a priority," Clarke told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"Clearly we have taken them offshore in the past and if the right opportunity presented itself in the future, of course, we would look at it seriously, but certainly our priority is to try to play them in Australia. 

"It is our jewel in the crown and there are markets in Australia that deserve to be rewarded with our best product.

"It also meets the appetite of a number of state governments and tourism bodies around the country, that are looking for major events. It seems to make sense to head down that path right now."

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