Wallabies, Wallaroos to play July double-header at new Townsville stadium

The new Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville will host the Wallabies and Wallaroos in a Test double-header in July.

UPDATE: Rugby Australia’s director of rugby Scott Johnson says the game has an excellent chance to “unfold the gospel” when taking the Wallabies and Wallaroos to Townsville for the primary time.

World rugby will go back to Townsville for the primary time for the reason that 2003 Rugby International Cup when the Australian women and men play a double-header on the new Queensland Nation Financial institution Stadium in Townsville.

Townsville will play host to its first Wallabies Take a look at when Australia tackle Fiji on July 18, with the Wallaroos to play global no.three Canada on the 25,000 seat stadium.

Johnson stated the improve of the North Queensland group have been important in getting the event to Townsville and a powerful turnout on July 18 may lend a hand push for extra elite video games within the town.

“The improve of the group, the improve of everybody short of it right here,” Johnson stated when requested how the sport got here to be performed within the regional centre.

“It is a nice stadium and additionally it is our need to unfold the gospel of our recreation, it is a nice alternative.

“With amenities like this, there is not any explanation why (we will be able to’t come again). I go searching and spot the improve of the group, the affection for the sport and if you wish to have us, we will be right here.”

The  event can be some of the first performed beneath new Wallabies trainer Dave Rennie and Johnson anticipated a thrilling conflict after the groups’ tussle ultimately 12 months’s Rugby International Cup in Japan.

“I feel we will play a fantastic emblem of rugby, we have now were given a more youthful staff coming thru, a generational trade and those gamers have dedicated for 3 or 4 years now, so there will be some steadiness throughout the team,” he stated.

“It is going to be a difficult duration however a excellent duration and out of that we will get some long term champions, indubitably.”

Fiji was once the ultimate staff to play a Take a look at in Townsville after they took on Japan in a Pool B conflict on the International Cup in October 2003.

Rugby Australia ambassador David Campese subsidized taking Exams to regional spaces – because the Wallabies may also do in September, after they tackle Argentina in Newcastle.

“All you want is a few children to come back up and contact a Wallaby and inform their friends: ‘I touched (Michael) Hooper’, that more or less factor, it has got a large affect,” Campese stated.

“You spot it on TV after which impulsively you have been there, you are looking at and expectantly thru Rugby Australia, main into that Take a look at event there may be going to be a large number of job round and the extra those children get to look those guys, the extra they need to be like them and that is the reason a large a part of the sport.”

By contrast, the Wallaroos performed their first Take a look at event on house soil simply ultimate 12 months after they took on Japan in Newcastle within the first recreation of a two-match sequence, ahead of taking place to the Silver Ferns within the opening leg of the  Laurie O’Reilly Memorial Trophy in Perth.

Rugby Australia Leader Govt, Raelene Fortress stated the Wallabies and Wallaroos would “flip the town gold” forward of the historical double-header.

“We have been vastly inspired by means of Queensland Nation Financial institution Stadium and the providing it’ll supply for enthusiasts, each from the North Queensland area and for the ones travelling from interstate and out of the country,” Fortress stated.

“It’s a world-class facility that the sports-loving folks of North Queensland had been yearning for a few years and we sit up for being some of the first sports activities to revel in the venue.

“Fiji have confirmed themselves to be smartly and in reality on the upward push, and I do know Dave Rennie and the remainder of the Wallabies coaches are making ready for any other very difficult contest.”

The announcement completes the Wallabies’ home Take a look at time table for 2020 with fixtures to be taken around the nation, together with Newcastle, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

“We’re additionally thrilled that the Buildcorp Wallaroos will percentage the level in Townsville and proceed their expansion forward in their Rugby International Cup subsequent 12 months,” Fortress stated.

“Head Trainer Dwayne Nestor has accomplished an ideal process of growing the staff at the box but additionally connecting with the group off the sector and we’ll be having a look to proceed that once we talk over with the area.”

Queensland executive officers be expecting the event to generate 13,000 customer nights and $three million for native trade. Tickets will pass on sale on April 22


Wallabies Fixtures for 2020

July Sequence

July 4 – Australia vs Eire, Suncorp Stadium

July 11 – Australia vs Eire, SCG

July 18 – Australia vs Fiji, Townsville

The Rugby Championship

August 8 – Australia vs New Zealand, Surprise Stadium, Melbourne

August 15 – New Zealand vs Australia, Westpac Stadium, Wellington

August 29 – Australia vs South Africa, Optus Stadium, Perth

September 5 – Australia vs Argentina, Newcastle

September 19 – South Africa vs Australia, Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria

September 27 – Argentina vs Argentina, Jose Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires

Bledisloe Cup

October 17 – Australia vs New Zealand, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Spring Excursion

November 7 – Eire vs Australia, Aviva Stadium, Dublin

November 14 – France vs Australia, Stade de France, Paris

November 21 – Italy vs Australia, venue TBC

November 28 – England vs Australia, Twickenham, London

Wallaroos fixtures for 2020 

Extra TBC

July 18 – Australia vs Canada, Queensland Nation Financial institution Stadium, Townsville

New Zealand Sequence 

August 8- Australia vs New Zealand, Surprise Stadium, Melbourne

August 15 – New Zealand vs Australia, Westpac Stadium, Wellington

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