Brisbane and Melbourne will host Australia’s Bledisloe matches in 2020 with Rugby Australia confirming two Queensland games for next season.
Australia will host two of the three Bledisloes in 2020 and with Sydney out of play with ANZ Stadium’s refurbishment, both will be out of NSW.
The Wallabies will play a Test at the SCG for the first time in more than 30 years when they face Ireland in 2020.
Rugby Australia confirmed on Friday morning that Australia would host the Irish in their second Test of the 2020 season in Sydney, their first at the SCG since 1986.
With Allianz Stadium being demolished and ANZ Stadium refurbished, Rugby Australia has had to look for alternative Test venues in Sydney.
The Wallabies played Samoa at the new Bankwest Stadium at Parramatta last year but have opted to return to the east for next year’s second Test.
The SCG has played host to a number of Waratahs matches in recent seasons with Allianz Stadium’s demolition but the famous venue has not been popular with fans, who often find themselves far from the action
Australia and Ireland last played at the SCG in 1979 and Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle said the venue would be a nostalgic one for fans.
“The Sydney Cricket Ground is one of the most iconic venues in Australian sport and has hosted some of the most famous Rugby Test matches ever played in this country,” she said.
“Returning there in 2020 for the second Test against Ireland Rugby will be a nostalgic experience for those who watched Test matches there through the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, and a chance to be part of history for the younger generation watching a Test at the SCG for the first time.