13 years of Bledisloe Cup pain for the Wallabies

By Dylan Cleaver

The All Blacks celebrate their Bledisloe Cup series win in 2003 at Eden Park - the start of a 13 year era of trans-Tasman dominance. Photo / Getty Images
The All Blacks celebrate their Bledisloe Cup series win in 2003 at Eden Park - the start of a 13 year era of trans-Tasman dominance. Photo / Getty Images

4753 days. That's how long it's been since Australia had their hands on the Bledisloe Cup.

They won't stop the drought in tonight's opening test of the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup series but a victory will at least give them a chance to finally lift the trophy next Saturday in Wellington.

It's been 13 long years, 13 years and four days to be exact, for the Wallabies since their 21-17 defeat at Eden Park and Wallabies captain George Gregan handed the famous trophy over to Reuben Thorne.

Since that New Zealand victory the two teams have played 35 tests for the Bledisloe Cup with the All Blacks winning 27 and Australia enjoying just six victories with two draws in the mix.

- If you'd skipped watching the game and gone to the movies instead you would have had a tough call between Finding Nemo, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Kill Bill: Vol.

1 and Love Actually.

- And while you'd were driving to the movies the radio would played Crazy in Love by Beyonce featuring Jay-Z, Rock Your Body by Justin Timberlake or Eminem's Lose Yourself.

- All Blacks fans wouldn't have been able to Tweet about the victory or brag about the win on Facebook. Twitter was still three years away from being founded while Facebook first went online nine months later.

- A month earlier the World Health Organization declared that SARS or Severe acute respiratory syndrome was declared contained.

- All Blacks squad member Anton Lienert-Brown had a few months earlier celebrated his eighth birthday.

- New Zealand have had two sitting Prime Ministers since - Helen Clark and John Key. Australia have had six.

- NZ Herald

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