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Brisbane to host Bledisloe Cup Test

By Jim Morton 15/07/2005 06:59:13 PM Comments (0)

Queensland will next year host its first Bledisloe Cup Test since 1996 after the Australian Rugby Union put the game's heartland before revenue-making.

On top of granting Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium its first Wallabies-All Blacks clash in 10 years, the ARU also scheduled a second 2006 Tri-Nations Test against South Africa at the venue.

With the expanded Tri-Nations draw yet to be finalised, the scheduling of the "jewel-in-the-crown" Bledisloe Test in Brisbane may come at the expense of Sydney's Telstra Stadium and considerable gate-takings.

But ARU boss Gary Flowers said rewarding the patience of Queensland fans in preference to extra financial gain was "an important statement" to make.

"It's not just about dollars, this is about rewarding the rugby followers throughout the country," Flowers told reporters.

"It's about bringing the right games to the right venues around the country.

"The Bledisloe hasn't been here for 10 years so it was an important statement."

Telstra Stadium's capacity is 83,500 - more than 30,000 bigger than the redeveloped Suncorp Stadium, which sits 52,500 but is regarded the best rugby-playing venue in the country.

The increase of annual Bledisloe Tests from two to three from next year ensures that Australia will host two matches against the All Blacks in alternative years.

But it's understood the ARU may have to concede the extra-Test advantage to New Zealand next year, which would mean Sydney would go without a Bledisloe tie for the first time since 1990.

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