Tickets on sale for remainder of 2014 Qantas Wallabies international calender

by staff

Australian Rugby Union has announced that tickets for the rest of the home international season will be on sale to the general public from Tuesday, 24 June at 9am via Ticketek.

Tickets for the Qantas Wallabies v All Blacks Bledisloe Cup showdown at ANZ Stadium on Saturday, 16 August go on sale to the general public from Tuesday, 24 June at 9am via Ticketek as Ewen McKenzie’s side will bid for an eighth successive Test Match victory. The All Blacks, meanwhile will be looking to create history of its own by winning a world record 18th match in a row.

Tickets are available from $89 (adults) and $44 (children) for the game.

The Australian Rugby Union has announced it is once again partnering with the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency, Destination New South Wales, to bring the Bledisloe Cup Festival back to Sydney for 2014.

The Bledisloe Cup Festival will feature an array of activities as they prepare for the clash with New Zealand including the Bush2Bledisloe Tour (4-8 August) - a regional NSW tour which will see the Qantas Wallabies travel through Dubbo, Orange and Bathurst as they prepare for the fixture against New Zealand.

The Bledisloe Cup Festival Race Day takes place on Saturday, 9 August at Royal Randwick Racecourse, with race-goers who already have tickets to the game the following week gaining free entry to the course.

Bledisloe Bay opens on Thursday, 14 August on the MCA lawn and at First Fleet Park from 10am – 6pm. At Bledisloe Bay, the public will be invited to experience everything that is great about both Australia and our trans-Tasman cousins, New Zealand. This will include the chance to meet members of the Qantas Wallabies squad from 5:00pm – 6:30pm. Fans will have the chance to get autographs and photos, plus win some great prizes throughout the day.

Assistant Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Katrina Hodgkinson, said in 2012 the NSW Government secured an annual Bledisloe Cup match in Sydney for a decade.

“Combined with the Bledisloe Cup Festival, these matches will inject an estimated $90 million into the NSW economy,” Ms Hodgkinson said.

“The Bledisloe Cup Festival is a fantastic initiative which unites fans from across NSW, Australia and New Zealand in support of the great game of Rugby Union. I encourage fans to get involved with the various festival activities planned across the State and to be a part of this spectacular rivalry by purchasing their tickets to the test match to be held at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on August 16.

“Hosting the Bledisloe Cup opening match at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium will give sporting fans an action packed night out, and will set the tune for a fantastic Bledisloe Cup series against New Zealand.”

Western Australians will have the opportunity to taste international Rugby of the highest order when South Africa visit Perth to take on the Qantas Wallabies on Saturday, 6 September at Patersons Stadium.

Ewen McKenzie’s side will be out for revenge after losing to the Springboks in both Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship Tests in 2013 and will be looking forward to playing in front of a packed house that will include passionate Western Australians and a healthy ex-pat population from South Africa.

The match comes two weeks after the teams meet in Cape Town, so the team will need the Aussie fans to show their support as two former Rugby World Cup winners go toe-to-toe.

The home international season climaxes with the visit of the all-conquering All Blacks on Saturday, 18 October in the third and final Bledisloe Cup match of 2014. Israel Folau, James Slipper and Michael Hooper versus Richie McCaw, Dan Carter and Conrad Smith – the match will pit some of the world’s most exciting talent against each other.

Tickets for the clash against New Zealand are available from $89 (adults) and $44 (concessions) via Ticketek, with public transport included in the price.

It will be world class Rugby played to a different beat when the Gold Coast Sevens returns in 2014 (11-12 October). The scene is set for two days of adrenaline-filled, fast-paced, thrilling Rugby Sevens at Cbus Super Stadium. Featuring some of the most exciting athletes in the world and Australia’s biggest fancy dress party on the sun-drenched Gold Coast, the event is an occasion not to miss.

And while the fun-filled weekend will attract thousands of Australian fans cheering on their country, the Gold Coast Sevens traditionally attracts ex-pats from all 16 participating countries – from Fijians to the English, New Zealanders to Samoans and South Africans to the Welsh.

This year, the Gold Coast Sevens takes on added significance with the tournament being the first ever time that a HSBC World Series event has been a part of the Olympic qualification process. Competing countries on the 2014/15 World Series circuit will be vying for a top four berth that will see them automatically qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Tickets for the Gold Coast Sevens are available for as little as $35 (concessions) and $50 (general admission) from 9am on 24 June via Ticketek.

Australian Rugby’s tour of Queensland kicks off in September when the Qantas Wallabies look to continue its 17-year unbeaten record against Argentina at Cbus Super Stadium.

The Test, on Saturday, 13 September, will be just the second time the Qantas Wallabies has played on the Gold Coast and the opportunity to see two proud Rugby nations go toe-to-toe in the Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship is one not to be missed.

Tickets for the games are available from $44 (adults) and $24 (children) from 24 June at 9am via Ticketek. All tickets include public transport.

Queensland Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey said: “We are working hard to maximise visitor numbers to the State and achieve our goal of doubling annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.

“Events such as the Tests against the All Blacks, South Africa and the Gold Coast Sevens not only contribute to that goal but also delivers economic and social benefits to regions across Queensland.”