The South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on a Riverina side boasting a number of former NRL players in next month's pre-season trial in Albury on February 16.
A squad with a combined 168 games worth of experience will be on hand to take on the Red and Green at Albury Sports Ground, with the likes of Ben Jeffery, Etu Uaisele, Nick Skinner and Adrian Purtell to line up for the combined Riverina team.
"Some greats have come from those areas so we have to continue to make sure that we give something back," he said.
"It's a great thing for our players as well to go out to those places and play, it's a great experience. I think everyone's a winner and that's what the concept is about in the back of my mind.
"We don't take anything out of the place, we leave everything we possibly can. We're not looking for dollars, we're looking to give back to Albury and help get their season underway."
The trial will also include two curtain-raising matches, with the Riverina Men's under 23s taking on the Melbourne Storm under 20s side, as well as a Riverina Open Age Women's side taking on Victoria.
Tickets are still available here.
|Venue||Albury Sports Ground|
|Riverina vs Victoria (Womens)||1:30pm|
|Riverina Under 23s vs Melbourne Storm Under 20s||3:00pm|
|South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Combined Riverina||6:00pm|
The Riverina side to take on the Rabbitohs is as follows:
|Luke Berkery – Gundagai Tigers|
|Robbie Byatt – Albury Thunder|
|Sam Elwin – Temora Dragons|
|Daniel Foley – Junee Diesels|
|Noa Fotu – Gundagai Tigers|
|Jake Goodwin – West Wyalong Mallee Men|
|Tyron Gorman – Gundagai Tigers|
|Ben Jeffery – DPC Roosters|
|Andrew Lavaka – Griffith Black and Whites|
|Kose Leilei – Griffith Waratah Tigers|
|James Luff – Gundagai Tigers|
|Jack Lyons – Southcity Bulls|
|Chris Maher – Cootamundra Bulldogs|
|Kyle McCarthy – Southcity Bulls|
|Michael Mitchell – Griffith Black and Whites|
|Adam Pearce – Tumut Blues|
|Adrian Purtell – Albury Thunder|
|Nathan Rose – Southcity Bulls|
|Sterling Ross – TLC Sharks|
|Nick Skinner – Southcity Bulls|
|James Smart – Gundagai Tigers|
|Etu Uaisele – Albury Thunder|
|Coach: Josh Cale|