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Wallabies finetune for World Cup in Qld

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The Wallabies will finetune their 2011 Rugby World Cup preparations with their first Bledisloe Cup clash in Brisbane in three years.

Barely two weeks before their World Cup campaign kicks off, Australia will tackle the All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium on August 27 next year in the finale of a condensed 2011 Tri-Nations program.

Fifteen days later the Wallabies take on Italy in their World Cup opener at Christchurch.

The 2011 Tri-Nations draw - released on Thursday by SANZAR - has been shortened due to the World Cup.

Australia, New Zealand and South Africa will play each other twice rather than the standard three times.

The Wallabies' only other Tri-Nations Test in Australia next year will be against the Springboks at Sydney's ANZ Stadium on July 23.

Australia's overseas 2011 Tri-Nations Tests will be against the All Blacks at Auckland's Eden Park on August 6 and South Africa seven days later in Durban.

2011 Tri-Nations draw:

July 23 - Australia v South Africa, Sydney

July 30 - New Zealand v South Africa, Wellington

August 6 - New Zealand v Australia, Auckland

August 13 - South Africa v Australia, Durban

August 20 - South Africa v New Zealand, Port Elizabeth

August 27 - Australia v New Zealand, Brisbane

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