2019 is set to be a big year for Moree Rugby Union Club.
Not only are the Weebolla Bulls celebrating the club’s 60th anniversary, but they will also welcome a number of former Wallabies and Wallaroos players in March when they host a Classic Wallabies exhibition match.
The Moree club announced the exciting news this week, after being approached by the Classic Wallabies to be one of only a few clubs across the country to have the honour of hosting the rugby union greats.
“They approached us to play here which is pretty exciting,” Moree Rugby Union Club president Paul King said.
The likes of Stephen Moore, Justin Harrison, Julian Huxley, Radeki Samo, Steven Hoiles, Morgan Turinui and a number of other ex-Wallabies will take on a Central North invitational side, featuring Moree and other players from across the zone, during an exhibition match, to be held at Weebolla Oval on Saturday, March 23.
The day will also feature a women’s game between ex-Wallaroos and Central North players, as well as a trial between The Southport School (TSS) and Toowoomba Grammar School.
That morning, the Classic Wallabies will host a coaching clinic for all juniors across the zone.
They will also run coaching clinics at schools throughout the region and over the border – including at Inverell, Warialda, Goondiwindi, Toowoomba, and Dalby – during the week leading up to the main game, before visiting all schools in Moree on the Friday (March 22).
Following the feature match, there’ll be an auction of jerseys, speeches and live music from Avenue for Troy at the clubhouse.
“They’ll have sponsor tents and are even bringing over their big screen,” organiser Peter Copeman said.
“It’ll be a bit flash for Moree.
“The day will be massive. Hopefully it will be well patronised.”
With people from all around the Central North zone and beyond expected to travel to Moree for the event, King said not only will it provide a significant boost to the club and the Central North zone, but the whole town will benefit.
“It will bring a huge number of people and will be really good for the whole community,” he said.
The Classic Wallabies visited Orange in November this year, and will head to Rockhampton after the Moree event.