Queensland Rugby has announced it is teaming up with the Australian Defence Force to commemorate ANZAC Day and the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC Gallipoli landings for its Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes from New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium on the afternoon of Sunday the 26th of April.
There are plenty of reasons to bring the whole family along beyond the spectacle of seeing two of the world’s great Rugby teams going head-to-head.
The match kicks off at 4:05pm and fans are asked to be in their seats at 3.40pm so they don’t miss the commemorative ceremonies. There will be traditional military displays inside and outside the stadium, including ASLAV’s & Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles, courtesy of the 7th Brigade, who are based at Brisbane’s Enoggera Barracks.
Before the game on Sunday a marching band, mounted horses of the 7th Brigade, and some serving soldiers will parade down Caxton Street towards Suncorp Stadium with Reds members and fans who have served, or have had families who have served marching behind. Members of the St.George Foundation will also march, encouraging those fans in and around Caxton Street during the parade to ‘join the ANZAC march to the Stadium’.
ANZAC Day is an important event in the Australian calendar and this year it will be extra special as the country recognises the 100-year anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. On the Thursday before the game, the Reds will announce their squad with a special jersey presentation by to the Reds match-day 23 on the field at Ballymore by the 23 players from the 7th battalion who will be playing in the curtain raiser at Suncorp Stadium against the 6th Brigade on Sunday afternoon.
On the Friday, Reds prop Ben Daley will be joined by male and female members of the 7th Brigade on the field at Ballymore to unveil this week’s ‘Be Great, Do Good’ campaign headgear featuring artwork in support of Mates4Mates, who assist service personnel returning from war zones. ‘Be Great, Do Good’ is an initiative by Daley, in which he will support a different charity every week by wearing unique headgear to raise awareness and funds for their cause.
Members of the Reds and the Hurricanes will jointly lay a wreath at the dawn ANZAC ceremony at Brisbane’s Cenotaph on Saturday morning. Finally, both the Reds and Hurricanes will acknowledge ANZAC Day at their match on Sunday through the reading of a specially commissioned poem written by Rupert McCall, as well as by the recital of ‘The Ode’ and the singing of both national Anthems prior to kick off.
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