Test matches in Melbourne
A new funding commitment from the Andrews Labor Government will see six major Wallabies rugby union test matches held in Melbourne during the next eight years.
The Australian national team will face foes such as Ireland, the British and Irish Lions, and the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup, in Melbourne.
The government deal will bring more tests to Melbourne and grow the game at grassroots level right across the state.
Sport, Tourism and Major Events Minister John Eren joined the Victorian Rugby Union and the Melbourne Rebels at Fountain Gate Secondary College Rugby Academy last week to announce a $500 000 upgrade to one of its rugby pitches.
With more than 100 students in Fountain Gate’s Rugby Academy program, this upgrade will help cater for growth and deliver the playing and training facilities our talented athletes need to become Victoria’s next rugby great.
The announcement builds on the government’s $200 000 commitment to upgrade the academy’s strength and conditioning room.
In another win for local union fans, Melbourne is set to kick off its six major Wallabies Test Matches over eight years with a match against Ireland next year.
Victoria has also secured the coveted Bledisloe Cup against world champions the All Blacks in 2020, and the touring British and Irish Lions in 2025.
This partnership will ensure rugby continues to grow at all levels in Victoria, inspiring the next generation of homegrown Rebels, Wallabies and Wallaroos.
This package delivers the best action for fans, provides a massive boost to tourism and jobs, and reaffirms Victoria’s status as the sporting and major events capital of Australia, Mr Eren said.
‘‘It’s a great time for rugby union in Victoria — the Rebels are here to stay and the Wallabies will play against the very best on the world stage right here in the sporting capital,’’ Mr Eren said.
Victorian Rugby Union president Tim North said the code’s future in this state had been ‘‘bolstered’’ thanks to the government’s investment.
‘‘From locking down so many fantastic Wallabies games and securing the future of the Rebels, to supporting the future development of our young players, Victoria continues to be the sporting capital of Australia.’’