The Argentinian and South African rugby teams will go head-to-head against Australia right here in Perth as part of a two-year deal signed between the State Government and the Australian Rugby Union.

  • Perth to host two International Test Matches in 2016 and 2017
  • Argentina and South Africa to play Australian Wallabies at nib Stadium
  • Supported by the State Government through Tourism WA

Acting Tourism Minister John Day said the Wallabies were set to play Argentina’s Pumas in 2016 and South Africa’s Springboks in 2017 at nib Stadium, with both games expected to generate high local and national interest from rugby fans.

“Perth has hosted regular fixtures of international rugby since 2001 and we are pleased to once again welcome back the Argentinian and South African rugby teams,” Mr Day said.

“The Wallabies won by a point against both Argentina and South Africa the last time both teams played here in 2013 and 2014 respectively, so it is expected the upcoming matches will provide some fierce competition.

“Hosting international sporting events is part of the State Government’s strategy to increase the value of tourism to $12 billion by 2020.

“Events such as the International Rugby Test Matches not only add vibrancy to the city, they also attract visitors and provide valuable media exposure of Western Australia.”

The International Rugby Test Matches, which are both part of ‘The Rugby Championship’ series, are proudly supported by the State Government through Tourism Western Australia.

Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the Argentinan game would be the first international rugby match to be played at nib Stadium, which is owned by VenuesWest on behalf of the State Government.

“It is great to see the games played at nib Stadium, which is the home ground of the Western Force and supported by the rugby community as it provides a quality spectator experience, thanks to a $95 million redevelopment,” Ms Davies said.

“In addition, with WA having a high expatriate population of South Africans, we expect the test match in 2017 to attract strong attendance.”

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