Super Rugby


Waratahs to host Reds at SCG

The Sydney Cricket Ground will host the St.George Queensland Reds and the NSW Waratahs in a symbolic Vodafone Super Rugby match next year.

The Round 9 clash will be the first time the historic venue has hosted the two sides since 1983.

Reds head coach Brad Thorn, a veteran of 11 State of Origin league games said “The SCG has played a big part in Australian sporting history across a number of football codes.

“It will be a special occasion for our team when they face the Waratahs there in April.

“Considering it has been 35 years since the SCG has hosted a Queensland v NSW derby, next year’s match will add an exciting new chapter to the long standing rivalry between our two teams that dates back as far as 1882,” Thorn said.

SCG Trust chairman Tony Sheperd reflected on the significance of the fixture before the announcement on Monday.

“The SCG has a storied history of hosting domestic and international rugby and the return of the NSW Waratahs will be a momentous occasion,” Shepherd said.

“A 28-4 win by NSW in the first intercolonial game against Queensland in 1882 sparked a rivalry that has spanned more than 130 years, predating other great sporting traditions like the Ashes Series, Bledisloe Cup and State of Origin.

“The chance to watch the Waratahs and Reds renew their longstanding rivalry at the SCG will be one of the highlights of the international Super Rugby calendar and I encourage all rugby fans to make the most of this unique opportunity.”