CANBERRA TO HOST ITS FIRST RUGBY TEST MATCH IN 7 YEARS
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Another big sporting match is coming to Canberra!
The ACT will host its first rugby Test match in seven years when the Wallabies take on Argentina during the Puma’s Australian leg of the 2017 Rugby Championship.
Sports Minister Yvette Berry made the announcement this morning, with ARU Chief Operating Officer Rob Clarke, Brumbies Head Coach and Wallabies Assistant Coach Stephen Larkham and Brumbies and Argentina scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli.
Minister Berry said it cements Canberra as an international city that can host world-class sporting events.
“The inclusion of GIO Stadium as a venue on the Rugby Championship rotation puts Canberra in focus, not only amongst the three other competing nations, but the entire international rugby community,” she said.
“Now with direct flights from Singapore and Wellington, it is easy for Asian and New Zealand fans to attend the game.”
The last two Wallabies games in Canberra were both sell-outs, despite near freezing conditions.
“Given that this match is against a stronger opposition and in Canberra’s spring time, I am expecting a similar level of interest when tickets go on sale on 2 May.”
To add to the excitement for local footy fans, the Wallabies Test has been bookended by two rugby league tests at GIO Stadium this year – the Anzac Test and three pool matches of the Rugby League World Cup.
The Wallabies and the Pumas will face off at GIO Stadium on Saturday September 16.
Tickets go on sale on May 2.