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Rugby Australia has furthered its support for drought-stricken farmers by offering the opportunity for all NSW farmers associated with Rugby clubs across the state to attend theBledisloe Cup Test on August 18 in Sydney.

The historic double-header will feature the Women’s Test between the Buildcorp Wallaroos and the Black Ferns followed by the opening Mitsubishi Estate Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup clash between the Qantas Wallabies and the All Blacks.

The ticket offer is in addition to an $18,000 fundraising effort from last Friday’s Bledisloe Cup trial match, where fans provided a gold coin donation upon entry to the ground.

Rugby Australia Chief Executive, Raelene Castle said: “We know the offer of Bledisloe Cup tickets will do nothing to ease the burden on the state’s farmers but we hope we can help to put a smile on the faces of a country family by showing them a great night at the Rugby.

“It has been fantastic to see the Rugby community rallying behind our farmers and we know Rugby is a huge part of the lives of a lot of families across these drought-affected areas.

“We also want to send a huge thanks to those who came along to our Wallabies trail match last Friday night in Sydney and donated generously for the cause.”

As part of its ongoing support, Rugby Australia will provide 30 signed limited-edition Qantas Wallabies jerseys to selected regional NSW clubs in drought-stricken areas to auction off for their local farmers.

The ticket offer was made via direct email to the Rugby clubs today (Friday 10 August).