The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their teams for the 35th anniversary of the Charity Shield against the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium this Sunday 19 February, with the NRL fixture scheduled to kick off at the family-friendly time of 4pm.
Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire has named a number of his senior players to return to action this Sunday in the team’s final hit out before the Round One fixture against the Wests Tigers on 3 March.
Sam Burgess will captain the side this weekend in the absence of Greg Inglis who is being rested in preparation for the start of the season.
Off the field, the main focus of the Charity Shield for the Rabbitohs will be Souths Cares, which supports disadvantaged and marginalised youth and their families through the delivery of capacity building programs addressing education, training, health and employment needs.
Souths Cares has delivered enduring and positive change for disadvantaged and marginalised people through inclusive education, employment and health programs since 2008.
Last year Souths Cares delivered over $3 million in social impact, and positioned the Rabbitohs as a national leader in community engagement and social impact.
In 2016, over 90% of HSC graduates in Souths Cares’ mentoring programs moved into study, training or work, while Souths Cares’ employment programs placed 150 people into employment and ensured 9,000 school children received healthy lifestyle messages.
Gates open at ANZ Stadium at 1:40pm on Sunday with the under 20s game scheduled to commence at 1:45pm and the NRL fixture scheduled to begin at 4pm. There will be plenty of family-friendly fun around ANZ Stadium on Sunday so the Rabbitohs and Dragons are encouraging Members and supporters to get to ANZ Stadium early and enjoy a full day out at the footy for all of the family.
A special $35 family ticket offer is available for the Charity Shield by pre-purchasing your tickets from Ticketek by visiting www.ticketek.com.au or by calling 132 849. Members and supporters are encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets to save, or alternatively tickets are available at the gate on Sunday.
Ticketed Members of the Rabbitohs receive reciprocal rights to the Charity Shield with their Ticketed Membership card. Members should visit www.rabbitohs.com.au for more information.
The under 20s side for Sunday’s match against the Dragons is:
1) Mawene Hiroti
2) Rangi-Paoa Boyce
3) Campbell Graham
4) Bailey Shiach-Wise
5) Dylan O’Connor
6) Adam Doueihi
7) Harry Leddy
8) Henry-Siriah Fuimaono
9) Phoenix Hunt
10) Kalani Ili
11) Lucky Taavale
12) Blake Manowski
13) Cruz Topai-Aveai
14) Gabe Hamlin
15) Tarquinn Butler
16) Jordan Mailata
17) Sam Johnstone
18) Josh Saunders
19) Keaon Koloamatangi
20) Lachlan Attwood
21) Tyrone Taukamo
Coach – Ryan Carr