Barnes urges footy fans to join forces

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By NSWRU Media Unit

Berrick Barnes has urged football fans to put their code allegiances aside and show their support for both the HSBC Waratahs and Sydney Roosters as they prepare for crucial home matches at Moore Park’s Allianz Stadium.

This Saturday (June 2, kick off 7.40pm) the HSBC Waratahs will run out for their final match of the year at Allianz Stadium when they host New Zealand rivals the Hurricanes in round 15 of the FxPro Super Rugby season. 

The following Sunday, June 10, the Roosters will host a specially-themed Family Fun Day when they take on interstate rivals the Brisbane Broncos in an important home game kicking off at 3pm. 

The HSBC Waratahs and Sydney Roosters joining forces to offer supporters a unique two-game ticket pack for Allianz Stadium.  A special two-game pack will offer fans a chance to see both matches in a reserved seating area for just $60 for adults and $30 for children.

“Both matches are set to be entertaining games, this is a great deal for footy fans,” said HSBC Waratahs flyhalf and former Brisbane Bronco, Berrick Barnes.

“Roosters v Broncos is a big clash, there’s a lot of history there as both teams played in the 2000 Grand Final. They’ve both got young teams and it should be an exciting game.”

Barnes and his NSW team-mates have everything to play for on Saturday in their final outing at Allianz Stadium.  

“We as the players have got to get a win for ourselves, but more importantly for our fans,” added Barnes. 

But on current form, the Hurricanes are certainly a force to be reckoned with, with their reserve hooker Motu Matu'u touted as the most-feared man in Super Rugby after his bone-crunching tackles against the Rebels in last weekend’s fierce encounter that saw Mark Gerrard and Lachlan Mitchell floored by thumping tackles.

Themed as Country Rugby Night, this Saturday’s HSBC Waratahs v Hurricanes match will be hosted by NSW’s Narromine-born flanker Pat McCutcheon and his puppy Wally.  Proceedings kick off with a curtain raiser between the Graincorp NSW Country Cockatoos and NSW Subbies from 5.15pm.  Plus there will be plenty in store for everyone when the Forecourt comes to life.  Pick up your free Volvo seat cushion on your way in to the ground, test your skills on the Volvo interactive skills station, upload your photos with HSBC’s photo booth and enjoy the ever-popular face painting, all located with the forecourt area by Gate A.  The action doesn’t stop at half time, when we’ll have the HSBC high ball challenge and it’s flash flags at the ready as one spectator will win $5000 with HSBC’s Flash for Cash. 

After the match, fans can make the most of the chance to get on Tahs’ turf and meet the players, just listen to the ground announcer’s instructions after the game.  Enjoy a drink in the Carlton Draught Bar with your family and friends, enjoy the music of our house band and reflect on a great evening of hard-hitting super rugby action. 

The following Sunday is the perfect chance for families to enjoy a great day out as the forecourt of Allianz Stadium will be filled with a variety of kids’ entertainment and activities with gates opening at 12.30pm and the Toyota Cup match kicking off at 12.45pm.

A special two-game pack will offer fans a chance to see both matches in a reserved seating area for just $60 for adults and $30 for children.
This ticket offer is only available for pre-purchased tickets from Ticketek agencies at