The Santos Festival of Rugby will return to Roma in 2024, with the annual pre-season trial between the NSW Waratahs and Queensland Reds once again the centrepiece of the celebration of Rugby with the Waratahs looking to win their fourth consecutive Santos Cup.
Held on 9 and 10 February, the event will offer a huge amount of top-line rugby for fans, including club Sevens, country representative matches, and men's and women's Super Rugby fixtures.
Country representative matches will kickstart the action on the Friday night and will culminate in clashes between traditional rivals New South Wales and Queensland for both Super W and Super Rugby squads.
Held at Galas Fox Park, home of the Roma Echidnas Rugby Club, in partnership with Santos and Maranoa Council, the event will also feature music acts on Friday and Saturday night.
NSW Rugby Union CEO Paul Doorn said: “The Santos Festival of Rugby has become the signature preseason event in the Australian Rugby calendar.
“The event continues to grow every year, now featuring sevens games, country representative games and both the men’s Super Rugby team and women’s Super W team.
“We can’t wait to get to Roma to trial ourselves against our oldest rivals, in our 150th year and the opportunity to engage with the heartland of country QLD.
“We thank Santos for their continued support of this amazing festival and grassroots rugby around Australia.”
Queensland Rugby Union CEO David Hanham said: “The annual Santos Festival of Rugby is one of the most genuine examples of a real commitment to taking elite sport to regional communities.
“We share a vision to advance and develop the game in Queensland, and commitment to engage with rugby lovers in the bush. This is a landmark event which we are proud to be delivering alongside Santos.”
Tickets for the 2024 Santos Festival of Rugby will be available soon.
Santos Festival of Rugby 2024 - Friday 9 February - Saturday 10 February
Location: Roma Echidnas Rugby Club, Galas Fox Park, Roma.