Waratahs lock in final two Super Rugby AU home games

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by Beth Newman

The Waratahs will play their final two Super Rugby AU home games at the SCG, the club confirmed today.

NSW will flip their round four match against the Rebels, which was set to be played at AAMI Park, with Melbourne unable to travel home in the wake of coronavirus spikes in Victoria.

The Waratahs' final home game, an August 8 clash against the Reds, will also be played at the SCG.

NSW Rugby has an existing arrangement with the SCG Trust, that also runs the under-construction Sydney Football Stadium, meaning the SCG is generally the first-choice venue for the Waratahs subject to availability.

“It was a great night at the SCG (against the Force) and we’re so excited to be able to lock in the rest of our home games,” he said.

“We’ve been working closely with the (SCG) Trust to coordinate these fixtures in a very busy and challenging sporting landscape and they’ve once again been fantastic in helping get this over the line.”

“The consistency of venue will be extremely beneficial from a high-performance perspective and I know the players enjoy playing at the SCG – a ground we have an excellent record at in recent times.

“Our members and corporate partners were able to enjoy the game live at the SCG and we’re now working towards expanding that offering in line with bio-security protocols.”

Doorn said the move to flip their Rebels fixture was about trying to support the Melbourne side as best they could.

“The Rebels are in a really difficult situation (with travel restrictions) and we sympathise with the challenges they’re currently facing on a number of fronts,” he added.

“We have a responsibility as a game to support them as best we can, and it was a great example of two clubs and Rugby Australia coming together to reach a beneficial outcome for the competition.”

The Waratahs will play the Brumbies at ANZ Stadium on Saturday July 18, kicking off at 7:15pm AEST, LIVE on Foxtel, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports. Buy a Kayo subscription here.

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Waratahs Super Rugby AU home games

Saturday July 18 - Waratahs vs Brumbies, ANZ Stadium

Friday July 24 - Waratahs vs Rebels, SCG

Saturday August 8 - Waratahs vs Reds, SCG