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Thu 30 Jan 2020 | 07:57

Perth to host Wallabies v Springboks

Perth to host Wallabies v Springboks
Thu 30 Jan 2020 | 07:57
Perth to host Wallabies v Springboks
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RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP NEWS: Perth will host the World Champion Springboks in 2020.

Rugby Australia also confirmed that the Western Australia city will host the All Blacks in 2021.

It will be the first visit to Perth since 2017, and first match on Optus Stadium for the Springboks who will set about defending their Rugby Championship title from last year when the series returns to its full home-and-away format in 2020.

The match will take place on August 29.

Rugby Australia Chief Executive Raelene Castle said: “Rugby fans in Western Australia have got much to look forward to over the next two winters, it really doesn’t get bigger than a clash with the World Champions and the Bledisloe Cup for the Wallabies.

“The double-header at Optus Stadium in 2019 was a huge success on every front – from a fan perspective, from an event perspective, and obviously from a team performance perspective for the Wallabies. It has whet the appetite for more, and now we have locked in two world-class fixtures over the next two years at one of the country’s premier stadiums.

“We look forward to welcoming fans from both countries, as well as from all over Australia to Perth to experience it for themselves.

Western Australia Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said: “Locking in these two great Rugby Union rivalries is good news for our State’s tourism industry.

“Both South Africa and New Zealand are in WA’s top five countries of birth, so we’re expecting lots of local expats to jump at the chance to see these games. We’re also encouraging them to invite their friends and family to visit them in Perth and combine a family catch-up with some world-class rugby.

“When we last hosted the Bledisloe Cup here, the total spend by visiting rugby fans for that event alone was more than $12.5 million, so locking in two Rugby Championships events is an incredible win for the State in terms of supporting small businesses and jobs.”

Western Australia Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray said: “The Wallabies-Springboks match will be the world champions’ only visit to Australia in 2020, providing a real drawcard for ex-pats from around the country to visit Perth for the clash.”

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