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Test match footy returns to SFS

Test match footy returns to SFS

TEST MATCH footy will return to the Sydney Football Stadium from 2012 after the Australian Rugby Union struck a 10-year deal with the ground’s owners.

The first international to be played at the SFS under the new agreement with the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground trust will be against Wales next June.

The SFS was the Wallabies’ Sydney base between 1989 and 1998, before the team moved to ANZ Stadium.

“Next year we will reignite the test tradition that was forged here between 1989 and 1998,” says ARU managing director and chief executive John O’Neill.

“We look forward to playing the Welsh – and to another successful period for the Wallabies at the SFS.”

It is likely the match against Wales will be played in the afternoon.

The date and kickoff time for the test will be confirmed at a later time, when ARU announces its full schedule of matches for 2012.

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