Bledisloe Cup dates confirmed in New Zealand

The opening two Bledisloe Cup games are finally set in stone, with the All Blacks to host the Wallabies on October 11 and 18.

The annual trans-Tasman series has been shifted to Sunday afternoon kick-offs, with the back-to-back Tests to begin at 3.30pm [NZT].

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was forced to intervene overnight, phoning Australian counterpart Scott Morrison to confirm her country's quarantine restrictions would be loosened to accommodate the Wallabies training ahead of the first Test.

Then, by Tuesday afternoon, a deal had been struck securing New Zealand two Bledisloe games in Wellington and then Auckland.

Rugby Australia interim Chief Executive Rob Clarke expressed his gratitude toward New Zealand Rugby and the New Zealand Government.

"Thank you to New Zealand Rugby and the New Zealand Government for the flexibility and support over the last week, to find a mutually agreeable solution," he said.

"Dave (Rennie) and the team are incredibly excited about the prospect of playing in New Zealand and will get straight to work following the Vodafone Super Rugby AU Final on Saturday night in Canberra.

"We will now meet with our SANZAAR joint venture partners on Thursday to work on confirming the schedule for The Rugby Championship here in Australia to start in November," Clarke said."

New Zealand Rugby CEO Mark Robinson similarly spoke of his excitement that the decision had been finalised.

"We're delighted to lock in the dates and venues for the two home matches against Australia and look forward to seeing the Bledisloe Cup go on the line next month.

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