A turf war appears to be breaking out between Australia’s oldest rugby league foes – the Roosters and the Rabbits.
It centers on Sydney’s new football stadium at Moore Park, which is due to be officially unveiled when the two teams in question play each other on September 2.
But beyond that, there’s a stench about which team should be allowed to play home games at Sydney’s Eastern Stadium.
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The Chooks are based in Moore Park and use the SCG as a temporary home ground while the SFS is being rebuilt. They will return to the SFS once it is ready for full time use.
But the Rabbitohs have also reportedly wanted to play home games there, moving east from Accor Stadium to Homebush.
News Corp reports that the Roosters’ board are preparing to lobby the NSW government to try to stop the Bunnies from playing at home at SFS.
South Sydney CEO Blake Solly spoke to Wide World of Sports radio to explain where his club came from and partly hit back at the Chooks.
“I think there’s quite a bit of activity going on and a lot of people jumping to conclusions,” Solly said.
“There are still a lot of discussions and conversations between the government and the NRL and the stadiums. But it adds to the rivalry between us and the Roosters.
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“Our preference has always been to stay at the Accor stadium. For a decade the government has been discussing the type of investment needed in the Accor stadium to ensure it remains an ideal venue for rugby league.
“What we are asking the government to do is make a firm decision on what they want to do with the Accor stadium. Then we can make our decision after that as to where we want to play our matches. home.”
South Sydney have a deal to play at the Accor Stadium until 2030, but the Rabbitohs want the government to deliver on their promise to renovate the venue at the same time.
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