The NSW Waratahs have today confirmed the opening trial match of their 2023 Super Rugby Pacific pre-season campaign, when they take on the ACT Brumbies on February 4 in Griffith in regional NSW.
It’s a further win for country NSW Waratahs fans with the match against the Brumbies following the previously announced fixture against the QLD Reds on February 11 in Narrabri as part of the annual Santos Festival of Rugby.
Darren Coleman’s side kicked off their 2022 campaign with a 24-14 win against the Brumbies in their opening trial match last year and will be hoping for a similar result in 2023.
NSW Rugby CEO, Paul Doorn said it was exciting to see another top-flight rugby fixture in regional NSW.
“We are delighted to head to Griffith to face the Brumbies in what will be the first opportunity for Darren Coleman to get a look at his squad in action ahead of the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific campaign,” Doorn said.
“Having two heavy-weight fixtures against our traditional rivals in regional NSW is a massive win for Waratahs fans across the state.
“Adding to these regional matches we have one more exciting fixture to round out the pre-season in Sydney which will be announced shortly.”
Griffith City Council Mayor, Doug Curran said: “It is great to see Griffith recognised as a place to hold significant sporting events such as this. It is a wonderful opportunity for our community, including school children to be exposed to such elite athletes.”
“The event space is an area that Council certainly acknowledges as a great opportunity to improve the liveability for not only our residents but the larger catchment area.”
Further details on the trials including surrounding events and streaming availability will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
Saturday 4 February
NSW Waratahs v ACT Brumbies
Kick-off: 6:30 pm
Exies Sports Club, Griffith