Reds to play the Chiefs in Sunshine Coast

Getty Images and James Mortimer     21 Dec 2012     Getty Images

The encounter is the second straight year Queensland Rugby has taken elite-level Rugby and the Reds to the Sunshine Coast after the region hosted an exhibition match against New Zealand’s Hurricanes in June.

The announcement of the Chiefs trial game continues Queensland Rugby’s commitment to growing the code on the Sunshine Coast and also finalises the Reds preseason activity for 2013 with their opening trial game of the year being held in Toowoomba against the Blues on Saturday 2 February.

Reds Members and Sunshine Coast Rugby Union Members will receive a priority purchase opportunity to secure their seat for the trial match against the Chiefs before general public sale commences at 9:00am on Monday 24 December (presale information below).

Tickets for the encounter can be secured through Ticketek here:

St.George Queensland Reds v Chiefs Trial Match Ticketing Information and Prices

Reds Member Presale: 12:00pm Wednesday 19 December to 11:00am Friday 21 December
Sunshine Coast Rugby Union Member Presale: 12:00pm Friday 21 December to 12:00am Sunday 23 December
General Public Sale: 9:00am Monday 24 December

General Admission Adult: $25
General Admission Children (Ages 4-16): $15
General Admission Family Pass (Two Adults + Two Children): $70
Grandstand Adult: $50
*Children under four years of age are free

The Sunshine Coast trial game will be a crucial hit-out for the Reds before their Super Rugby campaign commences a week later with a blockbuster opening round clash against the Brumbies in Canberra on February 16.

Reds Head Coach Richard Graham said the chance to host the 2012 champion Chiefs would be a good opportunity to challenge the squad just prior to the season kicking off.

“The Super Rugby competition has become a virtual sprint for 2013 with the majority of our regular season fixtures completed by the June Test window. As a consequence of the scheduling, it is important we commence our campaign strongly,” Graham said.

“This will be the last opportunity for players to impress before round one selection against the Brumbies and we will want to see the squad execute all we have worked on during the preseason.

“Considering this, it’s ideal to have an opportunity to host a trial game against last year’s champions on the Sunshine Coast.

“The opportunity to play and perform well on the Sunshine Coast is also something the team is excited about after having received such a positive response and support from the community during this year’s exhibition game.”

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson welcomed the decision to have the Reds return to the Sunshine Coast.

“I am very happy the Sunshine Coast is being given the opportunity once again to host a Queensland Reds game,” Cr Mark Jamieson said.

“The code has a good following here on the Coast, as evidenced by the attendance at the Reds-Hurricanes game earlier this year.