Canberra to host 2017 Anzac Rugby League Test on May 5

Charlotte 13 February 2017
Raiders players Shannon Boyd (Kangaroos) and Jordan Rapana (Kiwis) with ACT Sports Minister Yvette Berry. Photo: Charlotte Harper

Canberra will host its second ever Anzac Rugby League Test between Australia and New Zealand on Friday, May 5, at GIO Stadium.

ACT Sports Minister and Deputy Chief Minister Yvette Berry announced that the game between Australia and New Zealand would be held here at a media event at the Australian War Memorial earlier this afternoon. She was joined by NRL Ambassador and former Raiders captain Alan Tongue and current Kangaroos player Shannon Boyd and Kiwi representative Jordan Rapana, both of the Raiders.

Raiders players Shannon Boyd (Kangaroos) and Jordan Rapana (Kiwis). Photo: Charlotte Harper

“Spectators will be able to enjoy three games on the evening starting with the Under 20s Australia v New Zealand and followed by the women’s then men’s, Australia v New Zealand,” Minister Berry said.

“We’ve proven Canberra is the ideal city to host games of this quality. In 2013 a sell-out crowd of almost 26,000 packed GIO Stadium when the Kangaroos beat the Kiwis 32 -12 as part of our city’s centenary celebrations. I have no doubt Canberrans will embrace the chance to see their heroes in action again.”

See our Facebook live coverage of the press conference here:

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said this afternoon that the last ANZAC Test had generated $1.8 million for the ACT economy.

“It will be a lot easier for our friends across the ditch to join us and support the Kiwis just by jumping on a Singapore Airlines Capital Express direct flight from Wellington to Canberra,” he added.

“I hope our NZ visitors will take the time to explore our nation’s capital and in particular the Australian War Memorial, which immortalises the ANZAC story that will forever bind our two nations.”

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Wednesday February, 15 through Ticketek. Raiders fans can book tickets from today.

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