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Trans-Tasman rugby double-header confirmed for Optus Stadium

The Wallaroos will play the Black Ferns as part of an Optus Stadium double-header when the Wallabies clash with the All Blacks next August.

It will be the first time the Wallaroos have played a Test match in Western Australia.

Wallaroos coach Dwayne Nestor spent a decade coaching in Perth in premier grade, with Perth Spirit and the Western Force.

“It’s fantastic news that the Wallaroos will get to play their first Test match in Perth,” Nestor said.

“I know personally how strong the women’s game is in the west and this is only going to help to inspire a whole new generation of female players in WA.

“Our team is building on the mantra of “influencing a generation” and we are proud of the steps we have taken with the program in 2018 but there is still a number of targets we want to hit.”

WA tourism minister Paul Papalia said hosting the double header was a coup for the state.

“We are hoping thousands of people will travel to Perth from the eastern states and overseas to watch the game,” Papalia said.

“It will be the only time the All Blacks and the Wallabies play on Australian soil next year and it will be one of the last hit outs for both teams leading into the Rugby World Cup.

“The match will also attract big TV audiences across Australia and internationally which will provide a great platform to highlight Perth in some of our key markets.

“Attracting and supporting events such as this one is a crucial part of our two-Year action plan to grow WA’s tourism industry.”

A double-header was held at ANZ Stadium in Sydney in August.,

Australia and New Zealand are bidding for the hosting rights for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

An announcement will be made by World Rugby next month.

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