NEWCASTLE’S run of international sporting events will continue next year when the Wallabies play Scotland in a historic rugby union Test at Ausgrid Stadium.
The Newcastle Herald, which revealed two months ago that planning for the Test was well advanced, understands the Australian Rugby Union will make an announcement today.
The Test will be played on Tuesday night, June 5.
It will follow recent blockbuster events like the LA Galaxy exhibition match last November, the trans-Tasman rugby league Test last month and the netball Test between Australia and England.
Unlike those events, Nathan Tinkler’s Hunter Sports Group will have no involvement in the Wallabies’ visit.
Last month’s Test match attracted a sell-out crowd.
Rugby officials are confident the Wallabies, who made the semi-finals of the recent World Cup, will have similar drawing power.
Newcastle has never hosted a rugby union Test match but staged an international fixture in 1997, when the Australian Barbarians beat France 26-25 at Topper Stadium, Birmingham Gardens. It will be the first time the Wallabies have played Scotland since Australia’s infamous 9-8 loss at Murrayfield in November 2009, which was hailed as one of the lowest points in the reign of Wallabies coach Robbie Deans.
That result ended Australia’s 16-match winning streak against the Scots dating back to 1982.
The Wallabies and Scotland have played against each other in 26 Tests. Australia hold an 18-8 advantage.
Scotland failed to reach the World Cup quarter-finals last month.