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ARU rewards Queensland fans with Test deal

09/07/2011 03:50:49 PM Comments (0)

The success of the Queensland Reds has led to the Australian Rugby Union signing a deal that guarantees major international matches will be played in the state for the next decade.

The ARU and the Queensland government agreed to a 10-year deal with the headline being that Bledisloe Cup Tests will be staged in Brisbane every time Australia - on an annual rotation with New Zealand - host three games in the showpiece trans-Tasman series.

ARU boss John O'Niell said Queensland deserved the opportunity on a regular basis.

"When you look at the Super Rugby final being sold out and the prospect that the Bledisloe Cup Test in Brisbane on August 27 will follow suit when tickets go on sale on July 19, the Queensland sporting public has stepped up to the plate to support our game," O'Neill said.

"Queensland is an undeniable heartland of Rugby and to that extent we also think the time is right to take Test Rugby to the Gold Coast."

The Gold Coast will host a Wallabies Test for the first time when Argentina comes to Skilled Stadium next year as part of the expanded Tri-Nations series.

"Gold Coast has a wonderful stadium and a sporting audience prepared to turn out for major events," O'Neill said.

"We consider taking a Test in the expanded Tri Nations series to the Gold Coast next year to fit that criteria perfectly."

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