The Dubbo Region is buzzing with excitement today, after learning the South Sydney Rabbitohs will be playing last season’s NRL Grand Finalists, the Penrith Panthers, at Apex Oval on Sunday 23 May, 2021 at 2pm. Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) has been working hard with the Rabbitohs to bring a game to play at Apex Oval in Dubbo and we can now confirm they’ll be coming in May.

In preparation for the match, DRC staff have prepared a webpage, where fans can register their interest and be updated on when tickets go on sale, and where they can book accommodation. Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Councillor Ben Shields, has welcomed the announcement, and says the opportunities go far beyond an NRL match. The Rabbitohs will bring with them a range of community engagement opportunities for kids and fans to be involved in, depending on COVID-19 restrictions.

“The Rabbitohs will be providing training and coaching for some of our young players, and this will be a very exciting opportunity for youngsters who might not otherwise ever have the chance to meet players and develop their skills with some of the best in the business,” said Councillor Shields.

Councillor Shields said there were strong links between the two clubs and Dubbo. The 2020 Penrith Panthers squad included two Dubbo juniors, Isaah Yeo and Matt Burton and Wellington’s Brent Naden, while Coonamble’s Braidon Burns has established himself at South Sydney.

“To see these guys able to play on home soil is very exciting. Getting an NRL as opposed to a trial means we are seeing the best players in action and if that includes some local talent, that is better still,” Councillor Shields said.

Rabbitohs CEO, Blake Solly, says the fixture announcement will allow Rabbitohs members to get in and book straight away, with tickets going on sale to the general public in the new year.

“We’re delighted to be working with Mayor of the Dubbo region, Councillor Ben Shields, and the team at Dubbo Regional Council; as well as the Member for Dubbo, Dugald Saunders MP, and the State government; on bringing a game to Dubbo and we’re sure it will be a great trip for our Members and supporters to jump on www.wotif.com/rabbitohs and book themselves a mid-year break in the central west of New South Wales.

It’s also important for the sport to support those that support us, and the people in regional areas have shown they love their Rugby League, hence why we’re happy to do our part to take some of our games to these regional centres. All NRL clubs have an obligation to ensure that Rugby League outside of Sydney is strong.”

“We’ve also launched a new Central West Rabbitohs Membership this year encompassing our games in Dubbo and the Charity Shield in Mudgee in February, and we encourage all of our supporters in Dubbo to jump online and visit https://membership.rabbitohs.com.au to see what’s on offer. This will be the first Premiership NRL game to be played at Apex Oval, and staff have busily been preparing the field for the action.”

Those interested in staying updated about the Rabbitohs games can register their interest, by visiting Dubbo.nsw.gov.au and going to the ‘events’ section of the website.


Last Edited: 26 Nov 2020

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