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Australian Rugby has signed a 10-year deal with the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust to return Test matches to the Sydney Football Stadium from 2012.


ARU Managing Director and CEO, John O’Neill AO, made the announcement at the SFS today alongside Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust Chairman, Mr Rodney Cavalier.


The first Test to be played at the SFS under the new agreement will be a showdown with Wales next June. It will be one of three Tests the Wallabies will play against the Welsh in a return to the traditional longer tours.


Mr O’Neill said it was likely the comeback Test at the SFS would also be played in the afternoon. The date and kick off time for the Test will be confirmed at a later time, when ARU announces its full schedule of matches for 2012.


“There were some wonderful Rugby moments at the SFS between 1989 and 1998 and we look forward to many more over the next decade,” Mr O’Neill said.


“The first Test played here 22 years ago saw the Wallabies beat the British and Irish Lions in the opening game of a three match series.


“The most recent Wallabies Test played here in 1998 was also a victory, and was one of the most important occasions in Wallabies history.


“A victory over the All Blacks delivered the Wallabies their first clean sweep of a three-Test series against the All Blacks since 1929.


“Everyone who follows Rugby, and most people who follow sport in general, will also remember the night in 1994 when George Gregan made his famous tackle in the south-west corner of the ground as the Wallabies again downed the All Blacks to win the Bledisloe Cup.”

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