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Twickenham Rugby stadium in London could host a Bledisloe Cup match between Australia and New Zealand in 2020.

The Argentina Rugby Rugby Union will host one of their Rugby Championship matches against Australia later this year at Twickenham and a Bledisloe Cup match at the venue is a possibility.

The opportunity to host the match away from it’s normal venues comes as Sydney’s ANZ Stadium is scheduled for redevelopment in 2018.

Sydney’s 84000 seater ANZ Stadium was built to host the 2000 Olympics and is due for refurbishment.

It’s unlikely that the match will happen in 2019 as there will be a shortened Rugby Championship tournament in that year due to the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Twickenham has a seating capacity of 82 000 but the exchange rate could make the match highly lucrative for the Australian Rugby Union who last week announced a loss of A$9.8m (£5.35m) in 2015.

The Australian Rugby Union have confirmed that they are looking at options of where to host the match but a rematch of the 2015 Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham would be a big money spinner for the ARU.

This would not be the first time that a Bledisloe Cup match has been played outside of Australia or New Zealand as Hong Kong and Tokyo have been used but these matches were additional matches to the normal three match series.

“It is a wonderful ground and I think it would be a huge hit. We would be open-minded to that if the RFU were interested in having a discussion,” Clarke told Australia’s Daily Telegraph. 

“That said, we have to balance that against rewarding our fans here in Australia and giving them top-class rugby content. So we wouldn’t make that decision lightly, but it is certainly part of the framework.”

ARU Boss Clarke said that Twickenham is not the only option as they could also host the match in New York where Saracens and London Irish recently played a historic first ever Premiership match.

The All Blacks will play Ireland later this year (November) in Chicago and they sold out a match in the city two years ago so Chicago could also be considered.

“We are a global game so global opportunities will present themselves,” Clarke continued.

“Argentina are playing their home game against us at Twickenham in the Rugby Championship this year, so there is a precedent there.

“We have to balance that against rewarding our fans here in Australia and giving them top-class rugby content. So we wouldn’t make that decision lightly, but it is certainly part of the framework.

“Even a city like New York, where there is a strong Australian and New Zealand expat presence, have expressed interest in getting more international rugby content. It is a consideration for us, certainly.”

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