Rabbitohs Head Coach, Michael Maguire, knows the importance of the Charity Shield, but the 2015 instalment of the trial will bear extra significance as the Rabbitohs build towards a tilt at the World Championship.
Following the Auckland Nines Tournament, the Charity Shield will be the Rabbitohs’ first and only hit-out in the regular 13 a side format against an NRL side of the pre-season.
The side will then take on Queensland Cup and State Champions the Northern Pride at Return to Redfern in a trial before heading to the UK for a showdown with Super League Champions, St Helens in the World Club Challenge on February 22 at Langtree Park.
Maguire, speaking at the Launch of the Charity Shield last week, highlighted the importance of getting his formula right in the annual match against the St George Illawarra Dragons.
“The Charity Shield means a lot to both clubs,” said Maguire.
“It’s a pretty important trial I suppose for us because I can only take a certain amount of players overseas.
“I need to realty look at the dynamics of our team and a number of players coming in – we’ve got Tim Grant and Glenn Stewart which will add points of difference to how we’re playing.
“It’s an opportunity for a lot of players – we’ve had a few leave but it opens up some great doors for a number of players.”