Sunday afternoon football will feature for the Rabbitohs in 2015, with the NRL today announcing that the Club will play in the timeslot twice during the first three rounds of the season.
In what is a win for Members and supporters, the Rabbitohs faithful will now enjoy the opportunity to watch the red and greens do battle in blockbuster matches at a more family friendly time in the best way possible – live at the ground.
According to an NRL statement issued today (Sunday), the Rabbitohs will begin a two-week foray into Sunday afternoon football in round 2, when the rivalry with neighbours the Sydney Roosters is reignited at home, before taking on the Wests Tigers on Sunday afternoon in round 3 in a move that is sure to allow more families to attend matches.
NRL CEO Dave Smith today also announced that Sunday afternoon matches will be shown live on Channel 9 in 2015, meaning Members and supporters will now be able to watch seven matches live in television every week – two on Channel 9 and five on Fox Sports. the CEO hailing the scheduling as a victory for fans, who have themselves asked for more Sunday afternoon football in recent surveys.
“We are scheduling big games that people want to watch on Sundays,” Mr Smith said.
“So not only will we have a great offering on television but there will be better games for fans at the ground on Sunday afternoons – when so many families are able to attend.”
“In other words fans will see some of the top teams of 2014, including the Premiers South Sydney, in blockbuster matches to kick off the Sunday coverage.
“Channel 9 will show Sunday games live throughout the season so fans will see every minute of the game as it happens.
“It means NRL games will be shown live on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday in 2015.”
All 26 Sunday matches will be shown live in Sydney with 23 live matches in Brisbane once daylight saving ends.
Mr Smith said the official schedule for 2015 would be released on Monday.
The Sunday afternoon schedule for the first three rounds is:
o Round 1 - Panthers v Bulldogs
o Round 2 – Rabbitohs v Roosters
o Round 3 – Rabbitohs v Tigers