Ahead of the Wallaby’s 2019 World Cup campaign, the Royal Australian Mint has released limited edition $2 coins, tinged with green and gold and with the famous Wallabies logo at the centre.
Lucky rugby unions could find the special coins in their change when they shop in Woolworths stores across the country, with two million of the special coins distributed across Woolworths’ registers.
Royal Australian Mint CEO Ross MacDiarmid hopes the coins inspire and unite Australians to support the Wallabies.
Mr MacDiarmid said the coin continues the Mint’s tradition of capturing Australia’s involvement in iconic sporting events from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games to the Rugby World Cup.
“We hope the release of the $2 limited edition Wallabies coin inspires and unites all Australians to support our national team on their World Cup journey,” he said. “Capturing the spirit of the Wallabies, this limited-edition coin honours the determination of the team as they compete on the world stage.”
To accompany the coin, the Royal Australian Mint is also releasing a limited-edition Wallabies collectors’ album, which includes the coin, for $3. The album is available from Woolworths or the Royal Australian Mint eShop or gift shop.
It’s 120 years since Australia played its first rugby international and 20 years since they last laid their hands on the trophy, but former Wallaby Mark Gerrard said the team is ready to do it all again.
“It’s a special time where our great game gets to shine in front of millions of eyeballs around the world and having played in the tournament in 2007, I know how excited this current Wallabies squad will be representing our country on the biggest stage,” Mr Gerrard said.
“The limited-edition Wallabies coin symbolises the hard work and commitment that each of those players has made in preparation for the biggest tournament of their careers. We want all Australians to show their support and get behind the team as they look to create history in Japan.”
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has selected eight Brumbies in the 31-man squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
The Wallabies kick off their 2019 World Cup campaign tomorrow at 2:45 pm against Fiji at the Sapporo Dome. Visit Rugby Australia for full tournament details and broadcast times.