Friday, March 1, 2024

Georges River to host NRL Charity Shield clash

The South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on the St George Illawarra Dragons at the annual pre-season, Charity Shield match at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on Saturday, 17 February.

Georges River Council Mayor, Sam Elmir expressed his excitement for the highly-anticipated 2024 NRL pre-season opener at Georges River Council’s premium sporting facility during the first official week of the NRL’s Pre-season Challenge.

“Georges River is proud to host this iconic event to help kick off the 2024 rugby league season,” Mayor Elmir said.

“The Charity Shield is not just a coveted trophy for both clubs, it is a battle fought for a greater cause. Since 1982, the Rabbitohs and Dragons have done battle at the Charity Shield to not only ring in the season, but to raise money for charity, with thousands of dollars donated to hospitals in both the South Sydney and St George areas thanks to both clubs’ generous efforts.

“I would like to welcome both Clubs to Netstrata Jubilee Stadium for this titanic clash and thank them for their generous efforts.”

The Charity Shield fixture will be Shane Flanagan’s first match as St George Illawarra Dragons coach, with fans eager to see how the team performs under his leadership.

The clash against the South Sydney Rabbitohs will be the Dragons’ first of two NRL Pre-Season Challenge matches in 2024, with the 17 February match to be played at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium before the side travels to Mudgee to face off against the Wests Tigers on Saturday, 24 February.

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