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Queensland Country Bank Stadium to host its first Qantas Wallabies Test
International rugby union is set to debut at the the new Queensland Country Bank Stadium with Rugby Australia today announcing that the Wallabies will play Fiji on 18th July.
The Test will be part of Australian international rugby's first double-header of 2020 with the Wallaroos to also take centre stage at the 25,000 seat stadium.
International rugby was last played in North Queensland 17 years ago when Fiji played Japan in Townsville at the 2003 Rugby World Cup.
The Wallaroos will play world number three Canada following a hugely successful domestic Test campaign in 2019, with home fixtures against Japan and New Zealand.
Rugby Australia Chief Executive, Raelene Castle noted “the Qantas Wallabies and Buildcorp Wallaroos are coming to Townsville for the first time this July and we are ready to turn the city Gold ahead of this historic double-header.
“We were hugely impressed by Queensland Country Bank Stadium and the offering it will provide for fans, both from the North Queensland region and for those travelling from interstate and abroad. It’s a world-class facility that the sports-loving people of North Queensland have been craving for many years and we look forward to being one of the first sports to experience the venue."
Castle added “we’re also delighted that the Buildcorp Wallaroos will share the stage in Townsville and continue their growth ahead of their Rugby World Cup next year. Head Coach Dwayne Nestor has done a great job of developing the team on the field but also connecting with the community off-the-field, and we’ll be looking to continue that when we visit the region.”
Townsville MP Scott Stewart explained “we’ve negotiated for months to lock away this deal because we know how important major events are for North Queensland.
“We’re expecting a strong turnout. It will be a great opportunity for rugby fans from southern states to escape the winter blues and head north to experience an epic double-header in beautiful North Queensland.”
The game is expected to generate 13,000 visitor nights, and $3 million for local businesses.
Townsville City Council Mayor Jenny Hill added “Townsville City Council is proud to partner with Tourism and Events Queensland and Rugby Australia to deliver this event, which we hope will be the first of many high-profile events at our magnificent stadium.”
Queensland Country Bank Stadium Open Day on 22nd February is encouraging the public to sign up for Team Rugby and Wallaby First at the various stalls and activity stations to be set up around the precinct.
Tickets will go on-sale on 22nd April for the North Queensland Test via Ticketek.
Hospitality packages are on sale now for Townsville’s first-ever Test with various functions and private suites available..
The Wallabies Test against Fiji will follow a two-Test series against Ireland in Brisbane and Sydney on 4th July and 11th July respectively.
The Queensland Country Bank Stadium announcement completes the Wallabies domestic Test schedule for 2020 with fixtures to be taken across the country, including Newcastle, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
4th February 2020 - Schedule and venues announced for 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup
31st January 2020 - World Rugby looks to create global tournament for emerging unions as of 2021
21st January 2020 - Symbolic transfer of turf to Queensland Country Bank Stadium
10th January 2020 - New Townsville stadium selects Oracle as F&B technology provider
12th December 2019 - Naming Rights secured for new North Queensland Stadium
25th November 2019 - Rugby Australia takes 2020 Bledisloe Cup Test to Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium
18th November 2019 - Cameron Clyne to step down as Chairman of Rugby Australia in 2020
8th November 2019 - Townsville residents offered first look into new North Queensland Stadium
6th November 2019 - Rugby Australia appoints panel to conduct post World Cup Wallabies review
31st October 2019 - North Queensland Stadium to stage Easter 2020 community football event
20th September 2019 - Townsville artist commissioned for North Queensland Stadium sculpture
2nd September 2019 - First seat installed at new North Queensland Stadium
21st May 2016 - Planned new Townsville Stadium not financially viable
18th December 2015 - Momentum grows for new Townsville Stadium
24th June 2016 - Fiji ready to host first ever Super Rugby fixture
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