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Roosters want to stay at SCG for South Sydney showdown

The Roosters, however, want to remain at their iconic home to slug it out with Souths, who they first met on the hallowed turf in 1913.

The Rabbitohs would also relish the opportunity to make the short hop across Anzac Parade rather than the 80km trek up the M1 to Gosford, while they were the only team to beat the premiers in their own backyard last year. That opening-round game featured plenty of niggle and Sam Burgess being knocked out by Rooster-turned-Rabbit Latrell Mitchell.

Latrell Mitchell was in the thick of last year's Souths-Roosters derby, and since switched clubs.

Latrell Mitchell was in the thick of last year’s Souths-Roosters derby, and since switched clubs.Credit:AAP

Bondi sources also believe having the SCG as a backdrop for the most anticipated match of the round in the first weekend back will only benefit TV broadcasters.

As part of their strict biosecurity measures, the NRL are trying to nail down a small number of stadiums that will host rugby league and no other code in the foreseeable future. The exclusivity arrangement will help the NRL monitor who enters and exits the facilities.

Consolidating the number of stadiums will also make it cheaper for broadcasters, who will not be required to move equipment in and out before and after games.

The SCG is not a viable short-term option for the NRL because the Sydney Swans will be back training and playing in the AFL next month.

Even though the Western Sydney Wanderers play out of Bankwest Stadium, there is an understanding the A-League will relocate to regional NSW and have all teams play out of a ”bubble” to complete the last remaining fixtures of their season.

The Storm will remain at AAMI Park knowing there will be no crossover with Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City.

Leichhardt Oval was mooted as prospective venue but the NRL went cold because of the limited dressing room size. Officials were also debating the merits of using Kogarah.


The Roosters have taken games to the Central Coast while they signed off on taking one game to Perth for the next three years.

Roosters coach Trent Robinson spoke of his hopes of playing at the SCG last week, but knows the chances of being at home for the first few rounds were unlikely.

“Personally I love being at the SCG, it will still host the grand final as far as we know. It’s a beautiful traditional venue,” he said.

“I also know we’ll probably be in a limited number of stadiums in Sydney to begin with. I’m trusting the NRL and broadcasters to get the best decision.”

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