Arvo test matches are back! And, for the first time in fourteen years, the Wallabies will play at the SFS as they take on Wales at 3pm on Saturday and attempt to make it a clean sweep in the three test series.
Finally, the ARU have looked to the past for some inspiration, and for that Time Out says "well done!" The shops and pubs of Paddington will be decked out in green and gold, the beer will be flowing, the steaks sizzling and if you thought Tom Jones’ rendition of 'Delilah' at the Diamond Jubilee was impressive, just wait till you hear a red sea of 15,000 odd Welsh singing in unison.
Even if you don’t get a ticket, slap on a gold jersey and head to Paddo!
The publicans of Paddo seem just as excited about all this as we are. Nine local watering holes have joined together with the ARU in an attempt to amp up the pre and post game atmosphere. And you’ll certainly notice the difference. It’ll be one of those days where the pub you can squeeze into will be the one you drink in, but if you need a game plan, start at the Grand National
Who to watch?
Will Genia and David Pocock have firmly established themselves as the Wallabies’ new guard in 2012. The pair have graduated from talented youngsters to world class leaders, the likes of which we haven’t seen since Eales and Gregan, and will be desperate to deny the Welsh any consolatory glory, a mission made much easier by the return of electrifying fullback Kurtley Beale. For the Welsh, captain Sam Warburton and fullback Leigh Halfpenny have been inspirational this series, but will have to find a new gear to lead the Red Dragons to victory on Saturday.
To say the Wallabies are lucky to lead the series 2-0 would be an understatement, yet the two wins will have inspired a new confidence into our shaky superstars and Beale’s return will inject the strike power that has been notably absent. Wales will fight to the death, but the men in gold should sneak home in what, weather permitting, might just be a tryfest.
Few nations enjoy a drink like us Aussies, but the Welsh give us a run. After a series that has reminded us of all the reasons we love test rugby, it would be rude not to share a few ales and tales with some of the devoted tourists in the ringside pubs.
Across the codes
The Swans take on reigning champs Geelong in the AFL on Friday night at the SCG. The Red and White are currently sitting in fourth position and a win against the cats might just convert any sceptics... this is our year! Come on the Swans!