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Melbourne Rebels and NSW Waratahs play in Albury

01 Feb 2014

The RaboDirect Rebels will travel to Albury in 2014, to face interstate rivals NSW Waratahs in the first trial match of the season at the Albury Sports Ground on Saturday 1 February.

Melbourne Rebels Head Coach Tony McGahan said the game was an exciting opportunity for Rebels members who live within the region, but ultimately a great test for the young Rebels squad.

“We have a lot of Rebels members in the Albury Wodonga region and to bring world class Super Rugby to their doorstep is something we are really looking forward to.

“It’s our first match of the season, and we will be facing a Waratahs squad with 12 current Wallabies. It will be a great test for this young team, and a fierce contest to begin our 2014 campaign,” said McGahan.

The RaboDirect Rebels last played the Waratahs in Round Fifteen of the 2013 season, historically beating NSW for the first time 24-22, and claiming the Weary Dunlop Shield.

“There’s a strong rivalry between these two teams, witnessed last time we met. The Waratahs will be looking to atone for losing the Weary Dunlop Shield, and we will be looking to start 2014 on a high, and reward our loyal members,” said McGahan.

For 2014 RaboDirect Rebel, Lopeti Timani, it is the first time the backrower will face his former team.

“This is the perfect venue for the trial, being on the border,” said the new Rebels recruit.

“It’s a great way to begin the 2014 season. It will be different playing across from the sky blue for the first time, but a challenge I’m looking forward to, especially with the Wallabies they have in their side.

“It has been great spending time with the boys in these first few weeks, and everybody across the entire Club, players, coaches and our off field team are really working hard, and this will be a big test for the Club to show what we’re capable of in 2014.”

AlburyCity Mayor, Cr Kevin Mack highlighted the appreciation for Rugby Union in the region, while recognising Albury as a city that can host major sporting events.

“We’re very pleased to welcome the Melbourne Rebels and NSW Waratahs to Albury. It’s fantastic news for our Rugby community and sporting fans across the region.

“The region’s interest in Rugby Union is unprecedented. The success of the Albury Steamers is creating a new generation of Union fans who we hope will turn out in force for this trial game.

“It’s the first elite level Rugby Union match to be played in Albury. We hope it’s the first of many Super Rugby fixtures to be contested in our city.”

Ticketing details for the historic match are being finalised and will be announced soon.

Entry Cost (AUD): Prices to be advised.
Event Venue: Albury Sports Ground
Wodonga Place, Albury 2640
Website: http://www.visitalburywodonga.com/event/melbourne-rebels-and-nsw-waratahs-play-in-albury
Contact: Albury Visitor Information Centre
Telephone: 1300 252 879
Email: info@visitalburywodonga.com


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