Graham Mason, Head of Media, Communications & Government Relations, Optus Stadium

It’s official: Perth is set to become the centre of the Rugby universe over the next two years with the World Champion Springboks and All Blacks set to visit Optus Stadium to take on the Qantas Wallabies.

On 30 January, Tourism Minister Paul Papalia was joined by Scott Johnson, Director of Rugby at Rugby Australia and Nathan Sharpe, former Wallabies and Western Force Captain to make the announcement.

The two blockbuster Tests, secured for Perth by Tourism WA, will be played on the heels of a sold-out maiden Bledisloe Cup fixture at Optus Stadium last August. On a night where attendance and points-scoring records were shattered, the Wallabies caused a major boilover with a 47-26 victory over their Trans-Tasman rivals in the first Bledisloe Cup Test ever played in the West.

The unforgettable clash in last year’s Rugby Championship sets the scene for a mouth-watering rematch when the two sides battle again at the world-class venue in the 2021 Bledisloe Cup series, on a date to be confirmed.

But fans in the West won’t need to need wait until then to pull out their green and gold, with the Springboks, fresh from their Rugby World Cup triumph in Japan, set to visit the Wallabies in just eight months’ time for a crucial 2020 Rugby Championship clash on August 29.

It will be the first visit to Perth since 2017, and first match on Optus Stadium for the World Champions who will set about defending their Rugby Championship title from last year when the series returns to its full home-and-away format in 2020.

The 2019 Trans-Tasman double-header featuring the Qantas Wallabies and Buildcorp Wallaroos against New Zealand set a new attendance record of more than 61,000 for a sporting event at Optus Stadium, with close to 7,400 visitors travelling to Perth for the historic event and pouring more than $12.5 million into the WA economy through visitor spend.

Premium hospitality packages are now on sale, if you have any family or friends who are mad keen rugby fans and can’t wait to secure their seat!

You can see all the event details as they’re released by RSVPing to the Facebook event here.

Photo caption: L – R back row: Mike McKenna, CEO Optus Stadium; Paul Papalia, Tourism Minister; Nathan Sharpe, former Wallabies and Western Force Captain; John Edwards, Chairman Rugby WA; Bob Hunter, CEO Rugby WA.

Front row: Rugby WA Juniors.