Charity Shield Captains Run

By Steve Mavin for Bunnies TV.

As the sun sets on another summer, rugby league fans across the country eagerly anticipate the return of the NRL season. The pre season challenge kicked off last night at Belmore with Bulldogs defeating the Storm 24-12. There is however, one game that holds a special place in the hearts of South Sydney Rabbitohs and St George Illawarra Dragons fans alike: the Charity Shield.

Selected footage from todays Charity Shield Captains Run.

Captains Run

Todays Captains Run took place at the Rabbitohs Centre on a damp morning amidst overcast skies and intermittent rain showers. A cuppa at The Burrow Cafe definitely hit the spot. I then headed out to the northern end of the playing field to get to work.

A cuppa at The Burrow Cafe hit the spot!

Despite the less-than-ideal weather conditions, I managed to capture some excellent footage as the boys warmed up. The rain held off just in time for the Bunnies TV camcorder to do what it does best.

Players To Watch

A number of Souths stars are absent from this lineup due to injury or All Stars committments. It is however still a stong lineup. In the pack, our back 3 are Cameron Murray, Jai Arrow and Keoan Koloamatangi. Crafty hooker Peter Mamouzelos gets the nod in the number 9. Tom Burgess and Davvy Moale will come off the bench and a bloke called Alex Johnston will be on the left wing.

Sean Keppie will make his Rabbitohs debut, starting in the front row alongside Junior Tatola. NSW Cup 2023 star Jacob Gagai gets a well deserved chance at fullback in the top grade. Exciting youngster Jye Gray will come off the bench.

The NSW TAB has the Dragons $1.72 favourites for the match.

Charity Shield Captains Run
Jye Gray has been named on the bench for the 2024 Charity Shield.

Charity Shield team lists here.

The Charity Shield: A Tradition of Passion and Purpose

A Rich Tradition:

For over three decades, the Charity Shield has served as a pre-season showdown between two of the NRL’s most storied clubs. This annual clash not only ignites the competitive spirit but also serves a noble cause. Proceeds go to various charities chosen by both clubs.

A Battle of Heritage:

The rivalry between the Rabbitohs and the Dragons runs deep, fuelled by decades of memorable encounters on the field. From legendary players to iconic moments, this fixture has seen it all. Each year, both teams step onto the field with pride, representing their club’s rich heritage and the passionate fans that support them.

An Evening of Entertainment:

On Saturday at 8:05 pm, February 17th the Charity Shield returns to Sydney at Netsrata Jubilee Oval in Kogarah. The result of the Charity Shield doesn’t count towards the NRL ladder. It does however serve as a crucial opportunity for players to showcase their skills and stake their claim for a spot in the starting lineup come round one. For rookies looking to make their mark and seasoned veterans aiming to prove their worth, this game is a chance to shine under the bright lights of the pre-season stage.

A Community Connection:

The significance of the Charity Shield extends beyond the confines of the rugby league field. Established in 1982, the annual fixture not only marks the beginning of the NRL preseason but also serves as a platform for charitable endeavors. Traditionally, proceeds from the match are donated to various causes, reinforcing the sport’s commitment to giving back to the community. This year, Souths Cares is the Rabbitohs’ chosen charity.

Souths Cares

Souths Cares is the charitable arm of the South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league club. It is dedicated to making a positive impact on the community. Through a variety of programs and initiatives, Souths Cares aims to address social issues. It also romote health, education and strives to empower individuals and families.

From youth mentoring and indigenous outreach to health and wellbeing initiatives, Souths Cares demonstrates the club’s commitment to using the power of sport to create meaningful change in people’s lives. With a focus on inclusivity and community engagement, Souths Cares embodies the values of the Rabbitohs both on and off the field.

The 2024 Charity Shield

Looking Ahead:

As the countdown to kick-off begins, anticipation builds for another chapter in the history of the Charity Shield. For players, fans, and communities alike, this annual tradition represents more than just a game—it’s a celebration of passion, pride, and purpose.

Charity Shield Captains Run.

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