24 October 2018

Waratahs to play three blockbuster games at SCG

The Sydney Cricket Ground will host a trio of blockbuster matches, including 2018 Super Rugby champions, the Crusaders followed by a real State versus State battle when NSW line up against archrivals the Queensland Reds. The third match will be another Australian derby against the Melbourne Rebels.

In addition, ticket prices for all NSW Waratahs home matches will be unchanged next year and all junior players who register with their club will receive a free 2019 NSW Waratahs season membership.

Today’s news follows milestone announcements that the NSW Waratahs will play three games at the new Western Sydney Stadium, a match in Newcastle and the opening Super Rugby match at Brookvale Oval.

NSW Waratahs CEO Andrew Hore said: “The NSW Waratahs are a State team and the fact that we will play our home matches at four diverse venues next year is a reflection of that, and further supports our commitment to showcasing and promoting rugby from the bush to the beach,” he said.

“The next three years, while our new stadium is being built, provides us with the unique opportunity to take the NSW Waratahs to the fans, both in our traditional fan hubs but also in new markets,” Hore said.

“We are driven by our vision of caring for the game, connecting with all our rugby communities and unifying the sport. This is an exciting time for the game in our State as our home venues provide the strong rugby community in Parramatta and surrounding areas with top international rugby while supporting the development of the game in one of our important regions.

“Brookvale Oval is the perfect backdrop for our supporters on the Northern Beaches, Newcastle gives our regional rugby family the chance to experience Super Rugby for the first time while the SCG, as one of the world’s most iconic sporting arenas, offers of supporters a sense of familiarity,” Hore added.

NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said adding the SCG to a roster of NSW venues next year will give fans across the State a chance to support the NSW Waratahs and watch top quality rugby union in their own backyards.

“The SCG is an iconic Sydney venue which is sure to produce top quality and entertaining rugby. Combining the Cricket Ground with Western Sydney, Brookvale and Newcastle as 2019 fixtures affirms that the NSW Waratahs are a State team, not just a Sydney side,” Mr Ayres said.

SCG Trust Chairman Tony Shepherd said: “We’re looking forward to hosting three NSW Waratahs matches at the SCG as part of the 2019 Super Rugby season.”

“The east-west layout of the field will give spectators access to the best facilities and seats in the venue. We’re excited about rugby’s return to its spiritual home, which will remain a key venue for the NSW Waratahs while Allianz Stadium is redeveloped into a world-class stadium over the next few years.

“NSW and Queensland have a decorated history at the SCG dating back to their first match at ground in 1882, while games against the Crusaders and Rebels will also be exciting for our members and fans,” Shepherd added.

Hore acknowledged the ongoing support of the SCG Trust.

“We would like to thank the Trust for the work that they have done in helping us get to this point. The fact that we have been able to offer our supporters three games in a precinct that they are familiar with, and at a venue that provides a unique experience is a reflection of the level of support from the Trust.”

“At the same time, the decision to play three matches at the SCG also reflects the feedback we received from our members and other partners about their desire to play at a venue that is close to our previous home.”

NSW Waratahs Head Coach Daryl Gibson said.

“We celebrated our history and heritage in the match against the Reds at the SCG in 2018 and that was a magnificent occasion for both teams, and a first time to this iconic venue for a lot of our team. The SCG is one of world sport’s most recognisable venues and we are delighted to continue rugby’s legacy and association with the ground.

“As a global game, rugby offers plenty of unique experiences and playing at the SCG certainly ranks high,” Gibson said.

For the third year in a row, ticket prices for all home games will remain the same.

Furthermore, all junior players who register with their club in 2019 will once again receive a NSW Waratahs season membership, which will give them free access to all home games next year. If every registered player in NSW takes up the offer, this equates to an investment of $1-million.

“It is important for us that the games are affordable and accessible for our supporters and hence the decision to not increase the cost of ticket prices. This is the third year in a row that the cost has not changed,” Hore said.

NSW Waratahs 2019 matches

*SCG Trust Gold and Platinum members will have reciprocal access to all NSW Waratahs games in 2019.




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