Sheila McHale

Sheila McHale

Minister for Disability Services; Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Consumer Protection

    Decade of Test Rugby in Perth as Wallabies take on Springboks

    17/07/2008 12:00 AM

    Western Australia’s rugby fans will celebrate 10 years of Test match rugby in Perth when the Qantas Wallabies play the Springboks at Subiaco Oval on Saturday, July 19.


    Tourism Minister Sheila McHale said the match was part of the four-year agreement between the State Government and the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) to stage Test matches in Perth.


    Western Australians are dedicated and passionate about their rugby and this support has grown tremendously since the first international Test in Perth in 1998, between Australia and South Africa,” Ms McHale said.


    “The deal with the ARU is expected to generate approximately $10million for the local economy over four years.


    “Each Test is expected to reach an international television audience of 130 million potential households across 85 countries, generating invaluable exposure for our State in our key tourism markets.”


    South Africa are the reigning World Cup champions after they beat England at the 2007 World Cup in Paris.


    “This is a significant sporting event for WA, the tourism industry and rugby fans in general,” the Minister said.


    Ms McHale will welcome selected Qantas Wallabies today during their public appearance at Murray Street Mall between 1pm and 3pm where they will be signing autographs among other activities.


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