The Melbourne Rebels have today revealed that Albury will play host to a preseason trial against the Brumbies on January 23.
The Thursday evening fixture will mark the first time the Rebels have faced the Brumbies in a Super Rugby trial in the region, and will be the final chance for players to impress before round one of the 2020 Super Rugby season.
Rebels vs Brumbies
Thursday January 23, 3:45pm in Greenfield Park, Albury
Both clubs will be bringing their full squads to Albury, with back to back games planned to allow coaches to cast their eyes over their entire squads.
The occasion will have a festival feel to it, kicking off when the Albury Steamers Rugby Club host both teams and supporters for dinner on the Wednesday evening.
The Albury Steamers will also run a Level 1 Coaching Course for all their coaches, from Albury and the surrounding regions.
The matches have been organised in conjunction with Albury City Council who have liaised with the two Super Rugby teams to bring the game to the region.
Melbourne Rebels GM of Rugby & Pathways Nick Ryan said the Club was excited to be taking their final preseason fixture to Albury.
“We’ve previously taken squads to Albury for trials and always been blown away by how welcoming the Albury public have been,” said Ryan.
“The fact that we can spend a couple of days here and connect with the community makes it a fun experience for the playing squad and reflects our drive to take more games to regional areas.