The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their 20-man NRL squad for their round 11 fixture in the NRL’s Indigenous Round against the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium this Saturday 25 May at 7:35pm.
Head Coach Wayne Bennett has named the same 17 players that defeated the Canberra Raiders away from home last Saturday night.
The Rabbitohs will wear a specially-designed jersey for this weekend’s Indigenous Round, celebrating the Indigenous culture that is ingrained within the Club, as well as the proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players and ambassadors that represent the Club each week.
The jersey was designed by Indigenous artist and uncle of Cody Walker, Joe Walker. Joe is a proud Wahlabul man of the Bundjalung Nation on the far north coast of New South Wales.
The jersey maintains the traditional red and green hoops of the South Sydney jersey which spans back to Rugby League’s foundation season of 1908, however the hoops are made from a sprawling dot painting that covers the entire jersey. The circles and lines that feature in the design represent the Club’s connection with the ocean in the east through to the land in the west.
Six players and ambassadors of Indigenous heritage represent the Rabbitohs in 2019, those being Indigenous All Stars captain Cody Walker, Indigenous ambassador Greg Inglis, Dane Gagai, Kyle Turner, Alex Johnston and Braidon Burns. The six players’ and ambassadors handprints are featured on the jersey, and within those handprints are depictions of their totems. Those totems are the goanna (Walker and Turner), the praying mantis (Inglis), the shovel-nosed shark (Gagai), the crocodile (Johnston) and the emu (Burns).
To learn more about the Rabbitohs players’ and ambassador’s backgrounds, as well as the design of the jersey, please watch the Rabbitohs’ 2019 Indigenous Jersey launch video by clicking here.
The curtain raiser on Saturday night at ANZ Stadium will be a NSW Physical Disability Rugby League match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Wests Tigers, with this match set to kick off at 6:10pm.
The night will open with a Welcome to Country from Uncle Allen Madden, with pre-game entertainment including a didgeridoo performance by world-renowned Indigenous artists Matthew and Glen Doyle, an Aboriginal dance performance by the Redfern Dance Company, and a performance from Indigenous singer Millie Mills. A cultural gift exchange between the two teams will also take place before kick off.
Fans First initiatives will also be in action for this game with pre-purchased family passes just $40, adult tickets just $20, concession tickets just $15 and junior tickets just $10. Integrated rail travel is included in all Rabbitohs Ticketed Memberships and pre-purchased tickets, and a food and beverage offer will be available at ANZ Stadium on the night.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ 21-man NRL squad for Saturday’s Indigenous Round match against the Tigers is:
Match: Rabbitohs v Wests Tigers
Round 11 -
Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Corey AllanFullback for Wests Tigers is number 5 Corey Thompson
Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Mawene HirotiWinger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Robert Jennings
Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Ethan LoweCentre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Paul Momirovski
Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Dane GagaiCentre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan Marsters
Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Campbell GrahamWinger for Wests Tigers is number 18 David Nofoaluma
Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody WalkerFive-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam ReynoldsHalfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
Prop for Rabbitohs is number 14 Tevita TatolaProp for Wests Tigers is number 8 Ben Matulino
Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien CookHooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie Farah
Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Thomas BurgessProp for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 John Sutton2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Ryan Matterson
2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Sam Burgess2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Chris McQueen
Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron MurrayLock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 8 George BurgessInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Jacob Liddle
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Mark NichollsInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Dean BrittInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Josh Aloiai
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Liam KnightInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-Kam