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Reds to play Super Rugby warm up at Ballymore

The Reds won the Super Rugby title in 2011

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Article Published: Tuesday 3 December 2013|

The Reds have announced that they will return to Ballymore Stadium in 2014 to play a Super Rugby warm up match against Australian rivals Melbourne Rebels in February.

Tickets have already gone on sale for the match which is scheduled to be played on Friday the 14th of February - Valentine's day.

Reds head coach Richard Graham said the fixture would provide key match experience for his team only a week out from the Super Rugby regular season.

"The match against the Rebels will be another key component of our preparation," Graham said.

"It will follow on from what should be a high-quality game against the Chiefs, in Toowoomba, and will be our last hit out before the Super Rugby season kicks off.

"It's exciting to be able to see elite Rugby at Ballymore, the spiritual home of our game in Queensland.

"We have limited opportunities to see games of a Super Rugby standard at Ballymore.

"Some of the great moments of our game have taken place at this ground, so it's always special to play here."

In its 48-year history, Ballymore Stadium has hosted countless iconic Rugby encounters.

Provincially, Ballymore has featured many historic Queensland matches, including wins over the British and Irish in 1971 and All Blacks in 1980.

Internationally, Ballymore has played host to Rugby World Cup pool games in 1987, a British and Irish Lions clash against the Wallabies in 1989 and a ground-record crowd in 1993 for the first match between Australia and South Africa since the abolishment of Apartheid.

The last Super Rugby match played at Ballymore was a regular season fixture against the Blues in 2010.

The Reds' trial match against the Rebels will feature a heavy international flavour, with the current Reds squad boasting 18 capped Wallabies, while the Rebels line-up for 2014 includes Test players from Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Japan.

The clash with the Rebels follows on from a successful ‘Back to Ballymore' Premier Grade finals series earlier this year, which included a crowd of nearly 9,000 in attendance for the final match between Easts Tigers and GPS.

The game against the Rebels kicks off at 7:40pm, with tickets starting as low as $15 for general admission.

The trial against the Chiefs in Toowoomba the week prior, on February 8, kicks off at 6:30pm and includes a curtain raiser at 4:30pm, featuring the Darling Downs representative team.

The Reds' regular season starts February 22, with clashes on the road to the Brumbies and the Waratahs, before their first match at Suncorp Stadium against the Cheetahs on Friday 7 March.

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