The South Sydney Rabbitohs will be heading to Griffith later this month to take on a Group 20 Invitational side in the Club’s first senior match of the 2021 pre-season.
The match between the Rabbitohs and Group 20 will be played on Saturday 20 February at 7pm at Solar Mad Stadium in Griffith and will feature a number of the Rabbitohs top 30 players and young up-and-coming stars, coming face-to-face with some of the best footballers from the New South Wales Riverina region.
Rabbitohs Head Coach Wayne Bennett will be in town for the game on Saturday night, as well as appearing at a Sportsman’s night at Griffith Leagues Club on Friday 19 February.
Members and supporters will also have the opportunity to meet the Rabbitohs players at the team’s final training run to be held at Solar Mad Stadium on Friday 19 February at 5pm, ensuring the local Rugby League community has plenty of opportunities to come and see the players and coaches as they prepare for a big 2021 NRL premiership campaign.
Coach Bennett is excited about bringing his players to a major regional centre of New South Wales.
“I think it’s hugely important that we promote the game in the bush because the bush delivers so many great footballers for the elite game at all clubs,” Coach Bennett said.
“I’m proud of our club for its commitment to regional towns and places like Griffith. This year we will also play the Charity Shield in Mudgee and a competition game in Dubbo.
“We’re expecting a tough game against the Group 20 side. We’re told there be some experienced, top-level players in their team along with some exciting young guys, so we’ll need to be on our toes and put in an effort on the field that replicates what we’ve been doing at training over the past few months.
“It’s an important game in our preparation for the season and we’re all looking forward to coming down there and meeting the fans in Griffith and the surrounding towns.”
Prior to the Rabbitohs vs Group 20 Invitational game scheduled to start at 7pm, there will be two curtain raiser matches. The first game will be a match between the Group 20 and Group 17 women’s teams which will kick off at 3:30pm. The second match will see the Group 20 Indigenous side go up against the Group 20 Barbarians in the ‘Roger Penrith Memorial Game’ at 5pm at Solar Mad Stadium.
Tickets for the game are available from 123tix.com.au by clicking here. Rabbitohs Members can enjoy a 20% discount on pre-purchased tickets using their last name follow by their Membership number, e.g: Smith12345 at checkout. The Rabbitohs and Group 20 encourage people to pre-purchase their tickets due to restrictions pertaining to COVID-19 capacities. Grandstand seating is $30 each and general admission tickets are $20 each with gates opening at Solar Mad Stadium at 3pm. This will be an alcohol-free event.