Australia and Scotland to renew one of rugby's great rivalries

June 13, 2017

The Qantas Wallabies and Scotland will renew their rivalry on Saturday afternoon in what will be the first real challenge for the men in gold this year.

It’s a rivalry steeped in history with the two proud rugby nations to face off at Moore Park for the fourth time in history and for the first time since 1998 at Allianz Stadium.

Sydney is set to turn gold for the Wallabies’ return to the harbour city in what will be the side's 26th Test at the venue. It’s a prospect that hometown hero and Wallabies vice-captain Michael Hooper is looking forward to.

“It’s always a huge occasion pulling on the gold jersey at Allianz Stadium,” he said. “It’s a place where I’ve had some great wins, tough losses and created some lasting memories with both the Waratahs and the Wallabies.

“Running out in front of the local Sydney crowd will be special and it’s clear that our supporters love watching international rugby at Moore Park. We saw that last year with a record turnout against England, and the afternoon timeslot was a huge success in 2014 as well.

“It’s going to be a great contest with Scotland and an amazing rugby spectacle. It’s another opportunity for the team to show our fans what playing for the Wallabies is all about.”

With only two Scots picked for the British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand, this match-up is far from an international friendly for the Australian side.

The people of Scotland are still not over the Wallabies’ one-point win in the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-final. It was a gut-wrenching loss, felt across the mainland, along the Highlands and Islands of the north and all the way west to Stonehaven.

Heartbreak struck again in November last year when the Wallabies pulled off another nail-biter, beating Scotland 23-22 during their Spring Tour of Europe. History tell us that Saturday's Test will be no different, with their last five meetings decided by less than a converted try.

The rivalry between Australia and Scotland began at the SCG in 1970 and will continue at Allianz Stadium on Saturday as we welcome international rugby back home. Gates open at 1pm for a 3pm kick off. Tickets can be purchased here.

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