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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    ...... managed by the Ruby Princess Dept of Quarantine. What could go wrong??


    Didn't you hear Gladys this morning? They've kept people out of hospital during this outbreak!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueandblack View Post
    Queensland looking to steal international rugby double-header from Optus Stadium

    Nick Taylor
    The West Australian
    Fri, 13 August 2021 5:57PM

    Wallaby Angus Bell looks dejected after the loss to France. Credit: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

    The State Government needs to make a quick decision about staging an international Rugby Championship double-header at Optus Stadium or risk losing the showcase event.

    It is understood that despite a COVID-19 cluster, Queensland Rugby is looking to snatch the two matches featuring Australia and world champions South Africa, and New Zealand and Argentina from under WA’s nose.

    The State Government is expected to make a decision about the games, planned for September 11, next week.

    Sport and Recreation Minister Tony Buti was non-committal, saying: “It’s our hope that states on the east coast can crush the Delta variant as soon as possible.

    “The State Government is in discussions with Rugby Australia about the possibility of hosting additional rugby Test matches in Western Australia.

    “The first consideration is always keeping the community safe and adhering to health advice.”

    A spokesman for WA Health said: “We have no further updates as it is still being considered.”

    Trafalgar Bridge and Optus Stadium are lit up for the Wallabies. Credit: Paul Kane/Getty Images

    However a Rugby Australia insider said: “I wish we could have a decision now so we can get on with planning.”

    The initial plan is for South Africa and Argentina to complete quarantine periods in NSW before travelling to Perth but the WA government has to allow them to enter the state without completing an additional two weeks in isolation.

    The Queensland government allowed France to fly into Brisbane in July and avoid further quarantine from Sydney as the squad trained in a strict bubble in the 14 days before their Test series started.

    They were only allowed to leave their hotel rooms to travel to training and back.

    One hurdle that would have to be cleared is whether the AFL, who have first rights to Optus, will want to bring games to the stadium for the weekend.

    However, the September 11 Test matches could be switched to the following day or moved to the 20,500-seat HBF Park.

    The All Blacks are cleared to arrive in WA before they face Australia in the Bledisloe Cup at Optus Stadium in two weeks.

    RA chairman Hamish McLennan has thrown his support behind the Optus Stadium spectacular.

    “We’d be delighted to play a double-header in Perth,” McLennan said.

    “We are taking the national view that Western Australia has very secure borders.

    “NSW is looking particularly grim, and whilst Queensland has been very accommodating so far, we just need to try as best we can to predict where we’ll be with COVID later in the year.”

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    Sounds to me like a play for money from the WA gov't. Don't know why they would bother though, given there would be zero economic benefit from travelling fans. If they want the seats that is fine, but I don't see much reason why WA would bend over at all for it.

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    A full stadium is a much better return of investment than an empty one.

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    For RA absolutely, and IMO WA is definitely their best bet when it comes to finding a hungry audience if they are set on a double header. But nothing in it from the point of view of the WA gov't wrt economic return, so I'd hope they'd be flicking them the bird if that is what they're after.

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    I was also looking at a return of investment of the WA Government as far as construction costs were concerned.

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    Only if RA are paying to use it cold. There is no return on investment if they are paying millions just so someone will give them thousands back for venue hire.

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    McGowan also didn’t think there was much hope that other Rugby Championship games involving Argentina and the Springboks would be held in Perth, which has been mooted as a possiblity.
    https://i.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/al...isloe-cup-test

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    Oh for F^*k Sake!! Was so looking forward to this test!!

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    Gladys would let em play.


    Just saying.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by .X. View Post
    Gladys would let em play.


    Just saying.......
    The NRL moving all teams to Qld would likely refute your argument.

    Unless you're referencing her diabolical handling of the current outbreak. She'd probably mandate a bonus point for every play that catches Covid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    The NRL moving all teams to Qld would likely refute your argument.

    Unless you're referencing her diabolical handling of the current outbreak. She'd probably mandate a bonus point for every play that catches Covid.
    mate,leave her alone,she is gold standard,ask scomo

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    Little bit of sarcasm spotted over @ The Roar, reacting to a bit of McGowan bashing .

    “McGowan is a joke, he needs to be more accommodating like Gladys. It’s also a massive slap in the face to the ARU who have done so much for rugby in WA.“

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    Quote Originally Posted by .X. View Post
    Gladys would let em play.


    Just saying.......
    Gladys would probably let them have full crowds with no masks as well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyS View Post
    Gladys would probably let them have full crowds with no masks as well...
    Gladys would probably require them to tour the Ruby Princess on the way to the stadium

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