Opera House bathed in green and gold

by RUGBY.com.au staff

The Sydney Opera House turned green and gold on Friday night to support the Wallabies ahead of their Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand.

The famous sails were lit up with a message of good luck for the Wallabies and will be illuminated again on Saturday night in the lead-up to the Wallabies' first Rugby World Cup in past 12 years.

On the announcement of the icon’s colour change earlier this week, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said: “Sydney is the home of Rugby in Australia, and what better way to show our support than lighting up our iconic Sydney Opera House.”

“I encourage everyone across NSW and Australia to set your alarms, put out your best green and gold and cheer home our mighty Wallabies!”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Arts Troy Grant said it is only fitting Australia’s most iconic building sports the green and gold ahead of an iconic event.

“Our Wallabies will know when they see the Opera House’s sails light up that everyone back home will be cheering hard and loud,” Mr Grant said.

“From Broken Hill, to the Riverina and up north to the Tweed, every fan across NSW and Australia is right behind our boys – let’s show the Kiwis what we’re made of.”

Injured Wallabies lock Will Skelton was present at the announcement in Sydney this week before flying over to join the team for their final preparations.