Rugby: Sunday Bledisloe Cup tests confirmed for NZ

The All Blacks will play a pair of Sunday afternoon test matches against the Wallabies in New Zealand next month.

NZ Rugby has confirmed that the first Bledisloe Cup test will be at Wellington's Sky Stadium on Sunday, October 11, with the second scheduled a week later for Auckland's Eden Park.

The Wellington test date also eliminates any clash with the NZ general election, which takes place the day before on October 17.

Both matches will kick off at 3:30pm.

NZR chief executive Mark Robinson says they're grateful to the NZ Government for easing isolation restrictions to allow the Wallabies to come into the country and prepare for the test matches, and also thanked Rugby Australia for their support.

"We acknowledge that this has been a complex and challenging puzzle to solve," he says. "We're grateful that both rugby organisations, together with our Government, have come together to get these matches across the line.

"We're also pleased that the All Blacks team and management now have certainty and can plan accordingly, and we wish them all the very best for the Bledisloe Cup campaign."

Robinson adds that confirmation of the Bledisloe Cup dates means the Mitre 10 Cup schedule for both weekends will change, and NZR will work with provincial unions on those adjustments.

The release date for tickets is yet to be confirmed and will depend on developments with the national COVID-19 alert levels.