11 December 2017

Waratahs and Reds to clash at the SCG

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

The game on Saturday, April 14 marks the return to the historic venue that last hosted teams from NSW and Queensland in 1983. And befitting the backdrop, the match will celebrate the heritage of both the Waratahs and Reds.

“None of our playing squad members were even born the last time New South Wales and Queensland played at the SCG and we are honoured and delighted at the opportunity to play at a venue that holds such an iconic status in the world of sport,” said Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson said.

“Both teams have a rich rugby history and to be able to celebrate our heritage as well will add greater significance to the fixture.”

Queensland Reds Coach Brad Thorn 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."

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

“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, pre-dating 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.”