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On This Day: Rabbitohs Play In Jacksonville

On this day in 2008, the South Sydney Rabbitohs travelled to Jacksonville, Florida, USA to take on the reigning Super League champions, the Leeds Rhinos.

In what was an amazing event organised by the Rabbitohs, Rhinos and the Jacksonville Axemen; played out in front of 12,500 fans at Hodges Stadium at the University of North Florida; the Rabbitohs would trail the Rhinos 26-nil at the half time break.

Once the teams returned to the field for the second half, it was a completely different story, with the Rabbitohs running in 24 unanswered points to down by just two points to one of the strongest Rugby League teams on the planet.

To watch highlights of the second half of the match; which was broadcast around the world via the internet on Jacksonville Sports Radio 1010XL with a commentary team of Rabbitohs media manager Jeremy Monahan, former Jacksonville Jaguars NFL player Tom McManus with a cameo from Rabbitohs investor Russell Crowe; please press play on the video player.

Check out a selection of photos from the day at our photo gallery below.

Jacksonville Throwback - 2008


Leeds Rhinos 26 (Matt Diskin, Brent Webb, Rob Burrow, Keith Senior, Scott Donald tries; Kevin Sinfield 3 goals)


South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 (Eddie Paea, Issac Luke, Ben Rogers, George Ndaira tries; George Ndaira 2, Eddie Paea, Issac Luke goals)

Rabbitohs Line Up:

1) Beau Champion

2) Shannon Hegarty

3) Yileen Gordon

4) Fetuli Talanoa

5) Germaine Paulson

6) Ben Rogers

7) Eddie Paea

8) Michael Greenfield

9) Issac Luke

10) Manase Manuokafoa

11) Ben Lowe

12) Luke Stuart (c)

13) John Sutton


14) Beau Falloon

15) George Ndaira

16) Jaiman Lowe

17) Eddy Pettybourne

18) Shannan McPherson

19) Jamie Simpson

20) Sam Huihahau

21) Nathanael Barnes

22) John Taminika

Coach – Jason Taylor

Acknowledgement of Country

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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