Waratahs lock in Brookvale shift

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by Beth Newman

The Waratahs will take on the Blues at Brookvale Oval in May, after securing a night timeslot.

Allianz Stadium has been booked for the A-League grand final on the same night, a match that will likely be hosted by Sydney FC, forcing the Waratahs to look elsewhere.

Initially slated for a 3pm kick-off, the Waratahs have spent months negotiating with FOX SPORTS and SANZAAR to shift the kick-off back to 7:45pm, so as not to clash with schoolboy and club rugby.

NSW Rugby CEO Andrew Hore said it was a positive result for all levels of the game.

The Waratahs had plenty of fans at Brookvale Oval in the preseason. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley“It underlines what can be achieved when we all work together for the greater good of the game and illustrates what’s possible when we are unified,” he said.

“Saturday afternoon footy is traditionally the showcase window for our community game and by recognising that and working with our key partners we have been able to ensure that all levels of the game is a winner.

“It’s the first weekend of First XV schools rugby and there are three Shute Shield games in the area.

"It is important that we support these events in the first instance and then our community can also support the state team. By keeping clear windows we are able to achieve both.

“I would like to thank our clubs and schools in the area, FoxSports, SANZAAR and Rugby Australia for helping to make this day happen."

The Waratahs are no strangers to Brookvale Oval, having played preseason matches there in the past two season lead-ups, against the Highlanders and the Rebels.

Tickets for the match will start from $25 for adults.