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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 July 2005, 19:15 GMT 20:15 UK
Leeds to host Tri-Nations decider
Darren Lockyer lifts the Tri-Nations trophy
Australia skipper Darren Lockyer lifts the Tri-Nations trophy
Elland Road, home of Leeds United, will host the final of the 2005 Tri-Nations series for the second year in a row.

The tournament, involving Great Britain, New Zealand and the holders Australia, will reach its climax on Saturday, 26 November.

Britain will play in London for the first time in nine years when they face the Kiwis at Loftus Road on 29 October.

The other UK games will take place in Wigan, Huddersfield and Hull, which all hosted matches last year.

Both games between New Zealand and Australia will be held down under on October 15 and 22.

A total of 163,195 fans watched the six games in England, three of which were sell-outs.

Last year's final drew a capacity crowd of 39,120 to Leeds and the same number are expected again if Brian Noble's side reach the decider.

Organisers turned to Elland Road again after discovering that their first choice, the 48,500-capacity City of Manchester Stadium, was not available.

Richard Lewis, the RFL's executive chairman, said: "It's good to be playing in London again, particularly in light of the city's successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games.

"It reflects our sport's increasing presence on the national sporting stage.

"We've also chosen to stage games within the sport's support centres so that our family audience can readily access games where they can see many of the top players in the world in action."

2005 Tri-Nations fixtures
Saturday, October 15: Australia v New Zealand, Telstra Stadium, Sydney.
Saturday, October 22: New Zealand v Australia, Auckland.
Saturday, October 29: Great Britain v New Zealand, Loftus Road, London.
Saturday, November 5: Great Britain v Australia, JJB Stadium, Wigan.
Saturday, November 12: Great Britain v New Zealand, Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield.
Saturday, November 19: Great Britain v Australia, KC Stadium, Hull.
Saturday, November 26: Final, Elland Road, Leeds.

Sydney to host Tri-Nations opener
26 May 05 |  International
Tri-Nations 2005 dates confirmed
21 Mar 05 |  International

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