City relishing in the sporting spotlight | Nuatali Nelmes

COUP: Wallaroo Emily Robinson with Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes. The  women's national rugby union team will play Japan at No.2 Sportsground in July.
COUP: Wallaroo Emily Robinson with Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes. The women's national rugby union team will play Japan at No.2 Sportsground in July.

The City of Newcastle has secured another coup for women’s sport after the announcement that the Wallaroos Rugby team will play Japan at No.2 Sportsground in July.

This latest announcement shows our continued campaign to stage more sporting events in this city is gaining significant traction, and I applaud Rugby Australia for selecting Newcastle for this match.

The international fixture on Saturday July 13 will be the first of a two-test series against Japan and the first time the tourists have ever played in Australia.

The second will be at North Sydney Oval on Friday July 19.

We already have the runs on the board as a successful host city having staged two international women’s soccer matches in successive years, which drew around 16,000, and now we’ll be able to offer fans of rugby a similar experience.

This match, and others to come, will hopefully pave the way for a successful Women’s Rugby World Cup bid in future years to come.

From the international sporting arena to the local level, the city was also pleased to announce the completion of new state-of-the-art floodlighting at Darling Street Oval, Hamilton South.

The project will provide improved night-time playing and training experience for users and sporting clubs such as Newcastle Olympic SFC.

Nuatali Nelmes, Lord Mayor