Anzac Day rugby league will return to the SCG for the first time in more than three decades in 2019, with the traditional clash between Sydney Roosters and St George Illawarra to shift for the next three years.

The move, made to accommodate Allianz Stadium redevelopments, will mark the first Anzac Day fixture at the ground since Canterbury faced South Sydney in 1986.

The game will mark 92 years since the first Anzac Day game at the venue between Glebe and Western Suburbs, while the Dragons and Roosters first faced off there in the historical fixture in 1959.

“We are delighted that next season, the two clubs and their many thousands of fans will once again pay tribute to our servicemen and women at the SCG – a place that began its life as a military sporting ground,” SCG Trust Chairman Tony Shepherd said.

“In 2002, the Roosters, Dragons and Trust established the Anzac Day Cup – breathing new life into a wonderful sporting tradition. It is now, without question, the largest and most significant match outside of the finals series.

“Returning to the SCG for three seasons will give the clubs, players and fans the chance to reflect on the enormous history of the game in the SCG precinct – from the Dragons’ 11 straight premierships to those wonderful Easts teams of 1974 and ’75.”

The Roosters have also previously confirmed they will take their home games to the SCG venue during the refurbishment.

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  • Roar Guru

    April 17th 2018 @ 11:26am
    BA Sports said | April 17th 2018 @ 11:26am | ! Report

    ANZAC day aside, I guess the Roosters didn’t have much choice but to use the SCG but boy, if you couldn’t get people to come to one of the best grounds to watch footy at (Allianz), I don’t like your chances of getting them to one of the worst grounds to watch footy at

    • April 17th 2018 @ 11:41am
      kk said | April 17th 2018 @ 11:41am | ! Report

      In total agreement BAS.

    • April 18th 2018 @ 11:28pm
      Johnno said | April 18th 2018 @ 11:28pm | ! Report

      SCG has way more atmosphere than Allianz..
      And oval footy works fine the sydney 1st grade shute shield final at north sydney oval got 20,000 sold out last year..
      Henson Park is oval shaped and footy is awesome there the fans turns up..

  • April 17th 2018 @ 12:28pm
    Paul said | April 17th 2018 @ 12:28pm | ! Report

    Funny how the great Saints teams of ’77 and ’79 don’t rate a mention. Will be interesting to see what sort of crowd numbers they get.

    • April 17th 2018 @ 1:54pm
      Da No said | April 17th 2018 @ 1:54pm | ! Report

      Crowd will be the same for Anzac Day games. Probably won’t make much difference to any of the roosters’ crowds, which are well below par in any event.

      • April 18th 2018 @ 11:28pm
        Johnno said | April 18th 2018 @ 11:28pm | ! Report

        NRL is a TV sport not a live attendance sport.

  • April 17th 2018 @ 7:11pm
    Jed Clampit said | April 17th 2018 @ 7:11pm | ! Report

    It doesn’t matter what they do , there will always be people moaning about it.

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