RA confirms domestic Test schedule as Wallabies return to Canberra

Wed, 14/07/2021, 12:45 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
The Wallabies return to Canberra as part of The Rugby Championship. Photo: Getty Images

Rugby Australia has confirmed the Wallabies' remaining domestic fixtures for 2021, headlined by a return to Canberra.

They confirmed the Wallabies will face Argentina at GIO Stadium on October 2 as part of The Rugby Championship.

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It will mark the first time in four years since they have played in the nation's capital.

Dave Rennie's men will also play the Pumas at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle as they look to go one better than their 15-all draw in 2020.

This comes after RA confirmed the Wallabies will take on the All Blacks in Perth on Saturday 21 August and South Africa on the 12th and 18th September at the SCG and Suncorp Stadium respectively.

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“Rugby fans across Australia are once again in for a festival of Rugby with the 2021 Rugby Championship being played in Australia and New Zealand," RA CEO Andy Marinos said in a statement.

"I want to acknowledge and thank SANZAAR CEO Brendan Morris as well as our SANZAAR joint venture partners for the pragmatic and proactive approach in ensuring that the 2021 eToro Rugby Championship goes ahead amidst the continued COVID impacts on International Rugby.

“I would also like to thank our government partners and health authorities for their continued diligence and partnership in ensuring the competition will be safe for all players, staff and fans.

“This is a mouth-watering Test schedule with blockbusters in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Newcastle and Canberra.

“Argentina thrilled all Rugby lovers with their inspirational performances in last year’s Tri Nations and we are really excited to play in Newcastle, and then in Canberra on 2 October for the last home Test of the 2021 domestic calendar. We will be looking to get a result following the battles that took place last year, which resulted in two tense draws against our Wallabies.

“We are of course incredibly cognisant of the ever-changing landscape due to COVID-19, and that there may be restrictions on stadium capacities as well as the fixture itself. Our best intentions are to play the games as scheduled but will continue to work with our government partners and the respective health authorities in ensuring the fixtures are delivered safely for all fans, players and staff."

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The excitement was shared by the ACT, who were delighted to have International Rugby return to Canberra.

“The ACT Government is excited to be working with Rugby Australia to support the return of international Rugby to Canberra. Canberrans love having world-class sport at their doorsteps," ACT Deputy Chief Minister Yvette Berry said.

“An event like this delivers a boost to our local economy and is a special opportunity to inspire our thriving sports community to become the next generation of sporting legends."

2021 Bledisloe Cup Series

New Zealand v Wallabies, Saturday 7 August at Eden Park, Auckland at 5.05pm AEST*

Wallabies’ fixtures in eToro Rugby Championship

Wallabies v New Zealand, Saturday 21 August at Optus Stadium, Perth at 6.00pm AWST*

New Zealand v Wallabies, Saturday 28 August at Sky Stadium, Wellington at 5.05pm AEST*

South Africa v Wallabies, Sunday 12 September at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney at 3.00pm AEST

Wallabies v South Africa, Saturday 18 September at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane at 3.00pm AEST

Wallabies v Argentina, Saturday 25 September at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle at 7.45pm AEST

Argentina v Wallabies, Saturday 2 October at GIO Stadium in Canberra at 8pm AEST

*forms part of the 2021 Bledisloe Cup Series

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