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Hindmarsh excited over Parramatta Test

By Ben Horne 04/02/2010 05:50:44 PM Comments (0)

Eels star Nathan Hindmarsh says he's excited by the prospect of running onto Parramatta Stadium in his national colours.

The schedule for the 2010 Four Nations series has been confirmed, with Parramatta Stadium to host Australia's opening match against Papua New Guinea on October 24.

"If the opportunity came up it would be great to play an Aussie game at Parramatta Stadium for sure," said Hindmarsh, who hasn't officially retired from representative football.

"It's a great ground, we'd expect to fill it against Papua New Guinea, I think it will be a nice crowd out there.

"You'd like to see a full stadium and I think Parramatta can do it there."

With the AFL launching a team in Greater Western Sydney, taking an international to the game's heartland seems a smart move for rugby league officials to make.

Hindmarsh said the decision to play a match in Sydney's west was a great reward for the game's suburban fans.

"Definitely, western Sydney is a massive area for rugby league," the Kangaroos' backrower told AAP.

"It's a lot easier than travelling into the city and stuffing around in there when you can just get to Parramatta Stadium.

"It's great to see that things are coming out this way instead of getting used for the Sydney Football Stadium and ANZ all the time."

Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium has been locked in as the venue for the Four Nations Final on November 13.

The Kangaroos will head to Melbourne during the Spring Carnival to play England at a venue yet to be determined on October 31.

And Tim Sheens' men will also travel to the revamped Eden Park in Auckland to tackle New Zealand on November 6.

Full Tournament schedule:

Oct 23 - New Zealand v England, Westpac Stadium, Wellington.

Oct 24 - Australia v Papua New Guinea, Parramatta Stadium, Sydney.

Oct 30 - New Zealand v Papua New Guinea, International Stadium, Rotorua.

Oct 31 - Australia v England, Melbourne, venue TBC.

Nov 6 - England v Papua New Guinea, Eden Park, Auckland.

Nov 6 - New Zealand v Australia, Eden Park Auckland.

Nov 13 - Tournament Final, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.

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