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The Holden Kangaroos will defend their World Cup title on home soil with the Rugby League International Federation announcing Australia and New Zealand will host the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
The NRL has also confirmed international Rugby League will return to Sydney in 2014 with the May 2 Test between Australia and New Zealand to be held at Allianz Stadium.
It will be the first time the Holden Kangaroos have played the Kiwis in Sydney since 2008 with tickets going on sale to NRL Club Members at 10am on Monday, February 24, and to the general public at 10am on Wednesday, February 26.
The Rugby League World Cup was last held in Australia in 2008.
“Together with New Zealand we will stage a World Cup that will capture the imagination of fans and leave a lasting legacy for the sport,” said NRL Chief Executive, Mr Dave Smith.
“It’s such an exciting time for the international game and members and fans across Australia and New Zealand now have a special opportunity to be part of it.
“There are unrivalled opportunities to continue growing international Rugby League over the next four years and for the Kangaroos that starts with the Sydney Test against New Zealand in May.”
The Sydney Test will be the first match for the Holden Kangaroos since their stunning victory over New Zealand in the final of the 2013 World Cup at Old Trafford, in Manchester, last November.
The Test will be part of an exciting round of representative football that also includes the Pacific Test between Fiji and Samoa at Penrith on Saturday, May 3 – with the winner to compete in the end-of-season Four Nations tournament in Australia and New Zealand – as well as the AAMI Country-City match at Dubbo on Sunday, May 4.
For the first time, a women’s match featuring an All Stars team and Indigenous All Stars team will also be played as the curtain-raiser to a Kangaroos-Kiwis Test.
Ticket information for the Test between the Holden Kangaroos and Kiwis at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium on Friday, May 2 is as follows:
• NRL Ticketed Club Members – On sale from 10am Monday, 24 February
• NRL.com / Non-ticketed Members – On sale from 10am Tuesday, 25 February
• General Public – On sale from 10am Wednesday, 26 February
• Tickets through Ticketek: www.ticketek.com.au/NRLTest
• Ticket limit: 10
May 2014 Test match prices
Category 1: Adult $60, Concession $50, Junior $45, Family $165
Category 2: Adult $40, Concession $30, Junior $25, Family $105
Category 3: Adult $20, Concession $12, Junior $8, Family $50
Roo Crew (includes flag & T-shirt): Adult $35, Concession $30, Junior $25, Family $95
Category 1: Adult $70, Concession $60, Junior $55, Family $195
Category 2: Adult $50, Concession $40, Junior $35, Family $135
Category 3: Adult $25, Concession $15, Junior $10, Family $65
Roo Crew (includes flag & T-shirt): Adult $40, Concession $30, Junior $25, Family $105
Category 1: Adult $75, Concession $65, Junior $60, Family $210
Category 2: Adult $55, Concession $45, Junior $40, Family $150
Category 3: Adult $30, Concession $20, Junior $15, Family $75
Roo Crew (includes flag & T-shirt): Adult $45, Concession $35, Junior $30, Family $120