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A Rivalry Reignites As Victoria Secures A Historic Sporting Event

19 June 2015

A time-honoured rivalry spanning more than a century will reignite when the Wallabies take on England in an historic Rugby test match at AAMI Park next year.

The June 18 blockbuster, the final instalment of the first ever three-test series between the two nations, will be the first time the 30,000 seat stadium has ever staged a test match.

There’s no greater rivalry in international sport than Australia’s with England, but our nemesis from the north has the upper hand after wins at Twickenham in 2014 and 2013. Australians haven’t forgotten the night Jonny Wilkinson broke hometown hearts when he helped the old enemy steal the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Sydney.

The Wallabies are ranked sixth in the World Rugby Rankings and England is fourth – and they’ll cross paths in the pool stage of the Rugby World Cup in September.

Our national side boasts a distinct Victorian flavour, with five Melbourne Rebels recently announced in coach Michael Cheika’s Wallabies train-on squad.

Victoria’s long list of sport, cultural and lifestyle events is just one of the reasons why we lead the way in tourism.

We are the sporting capital of the world and our steady stream of visitors from interstate and beyond keep our state buzzing, our businesses busy and our economy strong – and that means jobs and growth.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, Tourism and Major Events, John Eren

“There’s no greater rivalry in sport than Australia’s with England. This Test is another chance for us to prove nobody does the big sporting events quite like us.”

“England’s national teams arrive with an army of loyal followers in tow, and we are only too happy to have our guests from abroad shopping in our shops, travelling in our taxis and staying in our hotels.”

“It’s another chance for visitors to flock to our state from around the country and the world, keeping our businesses busy and our economy strong.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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