How Australia Has Changed Since We Last Won The Bledisloe

We take a look back at 2002 in Australia, the last time the Wallabies won the Bledisloe Cup.

James Baxter
Mon, 13 Aug, 12:00 AM


On the eve of another Bledisloe campaign, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has declared Australia as favourites this year. Despite holding the Bledisloe for the past 15 years Hansen believes Australia’s win in the most recent contest, the 2017 dead rubber, plus having trialled just 2 weeks ago makes the Wallabies worthy of favouritism.


With such a long time between drinks for Australian rugby fans, we took a trip down memory lane to 2002, the last time the Wallabies raised the Bledisloe Cup.


The Most Unexpected Gold Medal in History


Steven Bradbury entered Australian sports folklore when all four of his competitors at the 2002 Winter Olympics crashed on the final corner while jostling for the gold medal. The Aussie avoided the pile-up to take the victory. As a result, it gave birth to the term ‘doing a Bradbury’.



Ansett Australia ceases all operations


After operating for 66 years, Ansett Australia was placed in administration in 2001 following a financial collapse. Ansett looked to find a buyer for the business but with no saviours the administrators had no choice but to cease all flying operations on 4 March 2002.



Kath & Kim


Premiering in May 2002, Kath & Kim became one of the ABC’s highest rating shows and rightly so. In addition to All Aussie Adventures which has just made a comeback to TV, both shows included the hilarious Glenn Robbins and enjoyed major success due to being noice, different and unusual.




Eminem’s ‘Without Me’ tops the ARIA Charts


The lead single from The Eminem Show, everybody knows the lyrics and we still love when this song comes on. Coming in at #2 was Whenever, Wherever by Shaikra, Nelly’s Dilemma at #4 and who can forget The Ketchup Song at #5.



Carlton won the wooden spoon


Well, we guess some things haven’t changed since 2002 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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