The Australian Rugby Union team will touch down in Cessnock next month in preparation for their Bledisloe Cup clash against the All Blacks.
The Wallabies’ training camp will take place on August 6 at the Cessnock Sportsground, the same ground that hosted an A-League pre-season clash last year and the Japanese football team training camp ahead of the Asian Cup in 2015.
Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent said he was thrilled with the announcement and is looking forward to welcoming the players and coaches to our wonderful region.
“It is fantastic the Wallabies have recognised the Cessnock Sportsground as a world class facility and this is another opportunity for us to show off this top-notch sportsground,” Cr Pynsent said.
Prior to their visit, the Wallabies will hold a training camp in Newcastle in late July, which forms part of their commitment to visiting regional areas and cities across Australia.
“Country and regional rugby all around Australia is our heartland,” Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said.
“The Wallaby support is very strong in these areas so Cessnock and Newcastle will be a great chance for us to feel that support before we take on New Zealand.
“I've already been up there a number of times - great facilities, great people and a great chance for us to share the gold jersey with the people of the region while we get ready for the mother of all matches in Sydney. It's going to be a great week.”
“I'm looking forward to the week and spending time with fans who follow the Wallabies, as well as making some new friends and fans in our time there.”
More information on the Wallabies’ visit to Cessnock and how the community can get involved will be made available closer to the date.