- Thursday 04 June 2015
Before heading to Brisbane to play the Springboks for rugby union’s Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate, the Qantas Wallabies will call Sunshine Coast Stadium home from July 5-11.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said it was a great honour for the Qantas Wallabies to choose the Sunshine Coast Stadium as its base for the first camp of the 2015 Rugby Championship.
“There is no doubt they will enjoy the outstanding facilities the Stadium has to offer and the relaxed atmosphere and idyllic surroundings of the region,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“While focusing on their preparation, the Qantas Wallabies will also be able to get involved within the Sunshine Coast community and share their knowledge and skills with their fans and other aspiring athletes.
“Having a sporting team of this calibre certainly positions the region as Australia’s premier regional major events destination.”
Both teams will be fighting to win the plate as part of the 2015 Rugby Championship and the Qantas Wallabies plan to do everything they can to prepare under head coach Michael Cheika.
In preparation for his first home test as Qantas Wallabies Cheika said the squad would benefit from the first class facility and local support.
“Although the squad has met throughout the Super Rugby season, this will be the first official training camp and a very important step towards England and the Rugby World Cup,” he said.
“We know that the local community has a strong sporting culture and passion towards rugby, so it is great to be able to bring the Wallabies squad to the local fans, as well as train and prepare out of a first-class sporting facility at Sunshine Coast Stadium.”
The Wallabies, who will stay in Caloundra, will hold an open training session at Sunshine Coast Stadium followed by a community coaching clinic for selected Sunshine Coast Rugby Union players. Following these sessions, the team will be available for signing autographs to the public.
The Wallabies will do battle with the Springboks in the Mandela Cup on July 18 at Suncorp Stadium, with tickets on sale to the general public on Thursday, June 11 at 9am.
The Wallabies vs Springboks test match in Brisbane is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of the state’s It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.
Make sure you follow Sunshine Coast Stadium’s website and Facebook page to find out when you can meet and greet the players and support the Wallabies as they gear up for their first test match.