Tickets on sale tomorrow for Wallabies v Springboks test

Tickets go on sale tomorrow from 9am through Ticketek for the Qantas Wallabies' opening match of the Bundaberg Red Tri Nations series against the world champion Springboks on 24 July at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

In calling on Queenslanders to again turn out in big numbers to support the Wallabies as they launch their last full-scale Tri Nations campaign before next year's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, Test halfback Will Genia also revealed he may be back from a broken thumb for the showdown with South Africa.

Genia was at Suncorp Stadium today for the tickets on sale announcement, along with Test legend and ARU Statesman Tim Horan.

"I had an operation on my fractured thumb when I got back to Brisbane after the Sydney Test against England, and the medical and coaching staff are hopeful that I will be OK to be considered for the Springbok Test," Genia said.

"I've certainly got the fingers of my uninjured hand crossed because I've already had to miss one Test in Brisbane and don't want to have to sit and watch another.

"I know the Springboks will be up for it too. They won't have forgotten last year's game.

"You could see on their faces afterwards that they weren't happy, and I'm sure they will come across after their two Tests in New Zealand looking for revenge.

"It should be an exciting night and it's one I'm desperate to be a part of.

"Playing any Test match is a special moment, but my first Test match in Brisbane, last year against the Springboks, is one of the proudest occasions of my career so far.

"I had massive support in the stadium my parents had flown in from PNG just for the game and the place was buzzing, as only Suncorp Stadium can.

"Not only was the atmosphere electric, but we played really well as a team to upset the South Africans. It's a night I'll never forget."

Since the Springboks returned from isolation to international Rugby in 1992, the Wallabies have played South Africa on seven occasions in Brisbane and will defend a perfect record when the two nations meet again on July 24.

The Wallabies, at "Fortress Brisbane" have won their encounters with the Springboks by the following margins:

1993 Australia 28 South Africa 20
1997 Australia 32 South Africa 20
1999 Australia 32 South Africa 6
2002 Australia 38 South Africa 27
2003 Australia 29 South Africa 9
2006 Australia 49 South Africa 0
2009 Australia 21 South Africa 6

For the 2010 encounter, platinum tickets will be available at $139 and gold at $119.

Silver category tickets are $89 for adults and $44 for children and bronze tickets $69 for adults and $34 for children.

Family packages (two adults and two children or one adult and three children) will be on sale at $178 in silver and $138 in bronze.

The Qantas Wallabies home matches in the Bundaberg Red Tri Nations are as follows:

  • July 24 QANTAS WALLABIES v SOUTH AFRICA at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
  • July 31 QANTAS WALLABIES v NEW ZEALAND at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
  • September 11 QANTAS WALLABIES v NEW ZEALAND at ANZ Stadium, Sydney

The full Bundaberg Red Tri Nations draw is as follows:

July 10 New Zealand v South Africa in Auckland
July 17 New Zealand v South Africa in Wellington
July 24 Qantas Wallabies v South Africa in Brisbane
July 31 Qantas Wallabies v New Zealand in Melbourne
August 7 New Zealand v Qantas Wallabies in Christchurch
August 21 South Africa v New Zealand in Johannesburg
August 28 South Africa v Qantas Wallabies in Pretoria
September 4 South Africa v Qantas Wallabies in Bloemfontein
September 11 Qantas Wallabies v New Zealand in Sydney