A meeting today on Queensland's Gold Coast has confirmed the World Sevens tournament for Sydney in February 2004.
Delegates from Great Britain, France, New Zealand and Australia also confirmed Great Britain as the venue for the next three Tri Series events. The decision sees the series being played in Britain in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and is expected to be a boost for the game in the UK.
It was also agreed that two Tests would be played between Australia and New Zealand next year at a time to be confirmed.
"It's fair to say that the comments by the New Zealand coach Daniel Anderson have been taken on board and that the two nations will talk further regarding the best time in the year to stage the games," RLIF Chairman Mr Colin Love said today.
Its understood that Television ratings from last Friday's Australia v New Zealand Test had some bearing on the decision.
As with the Tests, the exact date for the World Sevens is yet to be finalised, but with 50,000 people attending the 2003 tournament in Sydney, it was agreed to stage the event again in 2004.