Newcastle to host NSW Waratahs
Tuesday 23 October 2018 9:04am
NSW Waratahs Media Release
The NSW Waratahs will make history in 2019 when they become the first NSW Waratahs team to play a Super Rugby match in Newcastle next season.
Rugby supporters from one of the New South Wales’ popular rugby regions will be able to watch the NSW Waratahs in their own backyard when they take on the Sunwolves of Japan on 29 March.
NSW Rugby CEO Andrew Hore said this was a significant chapter in the history of the team, and would not have been made possible without the support of the City of Newcastle.
“The NSW Waratahs are a State team and the next three years provide us with a great opportunity to take Super Rugby to different venues and showcase the game from the bush to the beach.”
“The City of Newcastle, as the official sponsor, are working with us hand in hand to deliver what promises to be a great event. Their support has been tremendous and we are delighted to take our NSW Waratahs to a strong rugby region.”
The news was extra special for young NSW Waratahs prop Harry Johnson-Holmes, who was born in Cowra and went to school in Newcastle.
“I am proud to call Newcastle home and the prospect of being able to play in front of my family and friends is exciting.
“We are a team that represents the entire State and playing our home games in regions that represent our diverse supporter base is fantastic,” Johnson-Holmes said.
Lord Mayor City of Newcastle Nuatali Nelmes said: “This is a major coup for Newcastle so to be standing here at McDonald Jones Stadium today to welcome this State team to our City is just incredible.”
"We’re proud to be the inaugural beneficiaries of the NSW Waratahs’ first foray outside of Sydney, particularly for a competition which has now achieved true international status with the addition of Japanese and Argentinean teams."
NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the NSW Waratahs heading to Newcastle represents a great experience for regional fans to see some of the best talent in the State, in their own backyard.
“The NSW Waratahs in Newcastle is all about getting closer to the passionate rugby fans from regional NSW. From the Hunter to the Tweed this is your home game,” Mr Ayres said.
For a third season in a row, ticket prices for all home games will remain the same.
“It is important for us that the games are affordable for our supporters and that is why we made the decision to not increase the cost of ticket prices,” Hore said.
Additionally, all junior players who register with their NSW Rugby club in 2019 will once again receive a NSW Waratahs season membership, which will give them free access to all home games next season. If every registered player in NSW takes up the offer, this equates to an investment of $1-million.
Full details of membership packages will be announced soon.