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Matt Philip of the Wallabies wins a line-out during the Bledisloe Cup match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks.

The State Government, through Tourism WA and in partnership with Rugby Australia, has secured the first test match of the three-game England tour.

The match on Saturday 2 July will be the first time England has played at Optus Stadium.

This will be only the second time England has played the Wallabies in Perth, with the previous test at Subiaco Oval in 2010.

The test match continues Perth's rugby fever, with the city front and centre for fans last year when the Wallabies took on the All Blacks for the Bledisloe Cup.

The sporting spectacle attracted more than 52,000 rugby fans to Optus Stadium and put WA in the national and international spotlight through the television broadcast.

The Wallabies v England match is expected to attract thousands of out-of-state visitors and inject millions into the WA economy, supporting local jobs and businesses.

The event will also generate millions of dollars in broadcast media value.

It is going to be a massive week for sporting fans at Optus Stadium with the Wallabies v England test match occurring a week after the much anticipated State of Origin clash between NSW and Queensland

Tickets for the rugby international will go on sale soon.

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