Rugby - Australia 2013

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  • April 15, 2013 7:25 AM AEST
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Where to see Rugby in Australia this year. Some great matches are lined up, including the anticipated Lion's Tour! Keep your eyes peeled!
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2012 might have had most sporting eyes from around the globe focusing on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, but 2013 will be a year of some huge sporting events in Australia. Over the next few weeks I want to look at some of Australia's biggest sports and the major events occurring in their calendars this year, from rugby tours, to cricket test matches, and others inbetween.

 

To start with I thought I'd look at Rugby. The National Rugby League was formed when rugby became a professional sport in Australia in the 1890s splitting from the Rugby Union. Since then the sport has grown massively in popularity and Australia is currently ranked 3rd on the International Rugby Board. There are several teams in Australia that play for the Rugby Union, such as the Brumbies and Waratahs. There are also very strong and highly renowned women's teams and teams for those with disabilities. 


Women's sevens

Image source: rugbyworld.com 

 

Coming up this year is the annually held Super Rugby season, which this year began in February and consists of a 20-round set of matches followed by the finals, ending in early August - this year the final will be held August 3rd. The matches are held in stadiums around Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, and the next Australian-hosted match will be in Sydney, Thursday 19th April between the Australian Waratahs and the NZ Chiefs.

 

Image source: rlwc2013.com 


However, arguably the biggest Rugby event in Australia this year is the 2013 Lions Tour, where the British and Irish Lions team will be touring Australia with a series of matches and three tests against various Australian Rugby Union teams. The last time this tour occurred was in 2001 when Australia reigned victorious. A particularly important image of the tour is that of the 'colours' of the supporters coming to watch the matches; the first test match of the 2001 match was highlighted by a sea of red supportive clothing, so it is understandable that this year, the respective red shirts of the Lions and the gold shirts of the Australians are being marketed across the countries for their supporters to ensure that the  players are greeted by seas of their home colours. The first match of the 2013 tour will be held in the Patersons Stadium, Perth on Wednesday 5th June and will be between the Emirates Western Force and the Lions. The third test match (the last meeting of the tour) will be played Saturday July 6th at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney between the Lions and Qantas Wallabies. It promises to be an exciting season and tour, and the variety of venues that the matches will be held at will give locals and visitors all over Australia a chance to catch a match near them.

More information can be found on the tour's site

 

Lion's Poster

 Image source: rugby.com.au

 

So wherever you are in Australia this year, there is bound to be something nearby for you to watch and support. And for those of us abroad... I think it might be a good time to plan a trip... and of course slip a match or two into the itinerary for good measure!

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