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WA’s rugby windfall

WA IS expected to net a $25 million economic windfall through hosting five international rugby union matches from 2001-05.

The agreement between EventsCorp and the Australian Rugby Union includes three tri-nations matches between the Australian Wallabies and the South African Springboks.

EventsCorp general manager Linda Wayman said as well as the direct economic impact, WA would also receive a significant television impact.

“We know from previous research, that television coverage of the games should go to hundreds of millions of homes,” Ms Wayman said.

“And most importantly it will go to our target tourism markets of South Africa, Italy and the UK.”

South Africa is one of WA’s fastest-growing export markets and an emerging tourist market for the WA Tourism Commission.

Television coverage of the last match between the Springboks and the Wallabies in Perth reached 20 countries.

The match also drew out a sell-out crowd to Subiaco Oval. Its economic impact was worth $8.4 million.

ARU managing director John O’Neill said the decision reflected the success of the Wallabies’ matches in Perth in recent years and the growth of the game in WA.

“Perth boasts a first-class venue in Subiaco Oval, which is our preferred choice for the five matches, and the appropriate infrastructure to host major rugby internationals,” Mr O’Neill said.

Schedule for international rugby union matches in Perth (subject to contractual agreements):

2001, Australia v South Africa; 2002, Australia v Canada; 2003, Australia v South Africa; 2004, Australia v Italy or Scotland; 2005, Australia v South Africa.

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