ALL SET FOR RLWC08 FINAL AT SUNCORP STADIUM

Tomorrow's Rugby League World Cup Final between Australia and New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium will go ahead as scheduled at 7:00pm Queensland time (8.00pmAESDT).

Tournament officials have consulted with Suncorp Stadium this morning to assess the condition of the venue and the playing surface and to review all contingency plans given the possibility of further storms tomorrow evening.

Stadium staff have conducted a complete audit of the venue in the wake of the devastating storms that have struck the region in recent days.

While there has been some damage to a section of the stadium roofing, damage to signage and a number of broken windows, stadium officials say the venue will be fully ready to host the match tomorrow evening.

The playing surface has received 400ml of rain since Sunday forcing Australia to move a training session this morning but while the grass may appear a little patchy the field has been ruled safe and stable and will be available for the Kiwis this afternoon.

Tournament Director, Mr Colin Love AM, said that the safety of players and fans was the key priority and that he had full confidence in the Stadium's contingency planning.

"This is a major venue that is used to accommodating large crowds in all conditions.

"We have every confidence in their procedures."

The General Manager of Suncorp Stadium, Mr Paul Sergeant, said today that fans should be confident that every precaution is being taken to ensure a safe night for all concerned.

"We are happy with the way the ground has held up through the last few days.

"Certainly we have plans in place for all contingencies but we do not expect any real problems."

Fans are reminded that SES Volunteers will be collecting donations as people enter the ground and that all television viewers will be encouraged to contribute to the Queensland Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal.

For further information: RLWC08 Communications Manager John Brady 0408 881222; World Cup Media Director Tracie Edmondson 0416 258342.