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Rabbitohs announce line ups for John Sutton Testimonial Match

Top level Rugby League will return to the Metricon High Performance Centre at Redfern Oval this Saturday when the South Sydney Rabbitohs take on the Penrith Panthers in four grades at the John Sutton Testimonial game, with the NRL fixture set to kick off at 6pm.

Date Saturday 23 February
Venue Metricon High Performance Centre, Redfern Oval
Gates Open 12:30pm
Harold Matthews (16s) Kick-off  12:40pm
SG Ball (18s) Kick-off 2:00pm
Jersey Flegg (20s) Kick-off 4:00pm
NRL (first-grade) Kick-off 6:00pm

The Rabbitohs have named a near full-strength squad for the NRL-approved Testimonial celebration of John Sutton’s career with the likes of Sam Burgess, Damien Cook, Cody Walker, Dane Gagai, Thomas Burgess and Cameron Murray all set to represent South Sydney at the Club’s spiritual home ground this Saturday.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NRL squad for Saturday’s John Sutton Testimonial Match against the Panthers is:

1) Alex Johnston
2) Corey Allan 
3) Dane Gagai
4) Campbell Graham
5) Jacob Gagan 
6) Cody Walker
7) Connor Tracey 
8) Junior Tatola 
9) Damien Cook 
10) Thomas Burgess 
11) John Sutton (c) 
12) Sam Burgess 
13) Cameron Murray
14) Mark Nicholls 
15) Kyle Turner 
16) Liam Knight 
17) Rhys Kennedy 
18) Bayley Sironen 
19) Jack Johns 
20) Mawene Hiroti
21) Dean Hawkins
5) Cory Denniss 
9) Billy Brittain 
10) Tom Amone 
12) Tarquinn Alatipi-Butler
Head Coach: Wayne Bennett

A host of the Rabbitohs’ young, up-and-coming players will also take to the turf at Redfern in the NRL, Jersey Flegg Cup (U20s), SG Ball Cup (U18s) and Harold Matthews Cup (U16s) matches throughout the day. Sutton has represented all of these grades for South Sydney during his tenure with the Club.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg squad for Saturday’s match against the Panthers is:

1) James Tautaiolefua
2) Nick Mougios 
3) Volkan Er
4) Tallis Angianga 
5) Kane Allan 
6) Lachlan Ilias 
7) Blake Taaffe 
8) Luke Mastroianni 
9) Jayden Griffin 
10) Aiden Manowski 
11) Maila Aluni-Chanfoon
12) Josh Fepuleai
13) Iizayah Iti 
14) Luke Puru 
15) Matt French
16) Luke Bain
17) Augustine Stowers
18) Jack Frasca 
19) Luke McDonald 
20) Cameron Akauola 
2) Myden Ong 
3) Faamanu Siaosi Kalolo
6) Marc Zaurrini 
7) Ezra Gibson
8) Joe Ngere 
9) Michael Goggins 
10) Grant Taulafo 
11) Jack Alipate 
12) Tevita Piukana
Head Coach: Ben Rogers

The NRL fixture is scheduled to kick off at 6pm with the under 20s set to start at 4pm. The under 18s will kick off at 2pm with the under 16s due to commence at 12:40pm. Gates open at 12:30pm.

Members and supporters will have the opportunity to win $20,000 of travel credit from the Rabbitohs’ Pathways partner, Wotif, as part of the half time ‘Boot It or Bank It’ competition. The first 3,000 people through the gates will get a commemorative John Sutton face mask courtesy of Aqualand, and Members and supporters will be able to enjoy a Young Henrys beer and a Garlo’s Pie while watching the football.

The Harold Matthews and SG Ball Squads are as follows: 

Harold Matthews (16s) Squad
1) Joseph Suaalii
2) Joshua Mocevakaca
3) Terrell Ka 
4) Faresa Palu
5) Luca Ace-Nasteski
6) Emmanuel De Bartolo
7) Joseph Nohra
8) Davvy Moale
15) Ratu Vesikula
10) Izayah Tuigamala
11) Dranza Hawe-De-Thierry
12) Braydon Jang
13) William Taliai
16) Hennessy OFRIA-HUNT
17) Epeli LAVAKI
18) Ame Cottrell
22) Naati Teaupa
14) Carson Kaho
SG Ball (18s) Squad
1) Logan Aldridge
2) Zane Bijorac
3) Byron Parnell
4) Salesi Malu
5) Daylen Meredith
6) Manaaki Sassine
7) Bradley Zampech
8) Tevita Taumoepenu
9) Peter Mamouzelos
10) Ben Olson
11) Langi Gleeson
12) John Dodds
13) Kye Black
14) Benjamin Lloyd
16) Tioata Fua
17) Krystian Mapapalangi
18) Darcy Shum-Cotrell
24) Lachlan Gale 

NRL Development officers will be on hand to teach the youngest Rabbitohs some footy skills at the Rabbitohs Kidzone, kids and their families can get more information about playing Rugby League in the Souths Juniors competition in 2019, and kids can play on the Tropical Slide courtesy of Sunshine Coast Council. Junior Rabbitohs can also get their faces painted for the big event in John Sutton’s honour.

Tickets for the match are available here or at the gate on Saturday. Prices for adults start from $20 and kids from $10, with a percentage of proceeds from the day going to support Souths Cares as well as Panthers on the Prowl.


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South Sydney Rabbitohs respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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