PIRA chief executive Charlie Charters said the Test against theSpringboks would be a joint initiative between the NSW Rugby Union and mediatycoon John Singleton's STW Sports and Event company.
It will wrap up the Islanders' first tour following the Testagainst the Wallabies in Adelaide on July 3rd, and their international with the AllBlacks in Auckland on July 10th.
Charters said the involvement of Singleton's STW - chaired byAustralia's 1999 World Cup winning coach Rod Macqueen - was significant insecuring the match. "They were able to quickly see the potential interest andhave worked closely with the New South Wales Rugby Union to ensure this fixturetakes place," Charters said.
STW runs the Gosford stadium, which hosted three pool matches ofthe 2003 Rugby World Cup as well as the June 2001 fixture between the Britishand Irish Lions and Australia A.
As with the other Test matches, the net gate revenue andsponsorship income from the Gosford game will go to the rugby unions of Fiji, Samoa andTonga,
Meanwhile, there was good news for the Australian Rugby Union with the news that Mat Rogers has signed with the Union for a further three years taking him through to the2007 Rugby World Cup in France.
Rogers, who is recovering from an ankle injury which shortened hisSuper 12 season, said he was pleased to have made the decision and was lookingforward to returning to both the Wallabies and NSW Waratah squads. "Last year was an awesome experience, playing in the RugbyWorld Cup, and I've certainly got my sights set on France," Rogers said in anARU statement released late Saturday.
"The rugby lifestyle and mateship is something that I'vereally enjoyed."
After switching to rugby for the 2002 season, Rogers has played 19 internationals for Australia, including the Rugby World Cup finalagainst England here last November and more than 20 Super 12 matches with theWaratahs. "Pulling on a Wallaby jersey and singing the national anthemin front of packed home crowd is like nothing else in the world."
Wallabies coach Eddie Jones said Rogers' decision to sign for afurther three years was pleasing. "There is no question Mat is a talented player. Histransition from rugby league has been outstanding and he will certainly be an asset to theWallabies in the years to come," Jones said.
AFP - 2004.