GOOD news for rugby union fans with the Qantas Wallabies announcing they will return to the Sunshine Coast for a week-long training camp this month.
The Rugby World Cup runners-up will be based at Sunshine Coast Stadium from May 30 to June 3 as they prepare for the three-match Cook Cup series against England which gets underway at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday, June 11.
The Wallabies, whose connection with the region as a camp base dates back to the 1990s, were based on the Coast last year ahead of their victorious Rugby Championship campaign.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said it was a great honour for the Qantas Wallabies to continue to choose the Sunshine Coast Stadium as their base for their first camp of the year.
“They are very welcome guests,” Mr Jamieson said.
“When you speak to everyone connected to the Wallabies you always hear about how they enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and idyllic surroundings we have as well here on the Coast as well as the outstanding facilities we’ve developed at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
“They’re keen to be involved within the Sunshine Coast community and share their knowledge and skills with their fans and other aspiring young rugby players.
“Having a sporting team of this calibre certainly helps to position our region as Australia’s premier regional major events destination.”
The Wallabies will hold an open training session followed an autograph signing/photograph opportunity at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
Qantas Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika said it was important the team kept in touch with fans.
“I spent some time in far North Queensland last month and the reaction was great and we know there are plenty of people who want to get a bit closer the Wallabies from all around the Sunshine Coast area,” he said.
“Sunshine Coast Stadium is a first class venue and an ideal environment for us to reconnect, train hard and prepare the best we possibly can for the England Test series kicking off in Brisbane on June 11.”
Courtesy of Sunshine Coast Daily
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