The Rabbits Return – Jack Wighton Trains
By Steve Mavin reporting from Redfern Oval for Bunnies TV.
The Rabbitohs 2024 campaign is well underway with star recruit Jack Wighton joining his new teammates at Redfern Oval today. Jack wore a black Souths cap and looked fit and happy as he moved freely around the ground. Wighton showed his pace off the mark and his smiling face at his new home was a welcome sight.
Club captain Kangaroo Cameron Murray is yet to return after his Pacific Championships stint. No sign of our other rep stars Keaon Koloamatangi, Siliva Havili, Junior Tatola, Taane Milne or Alex Johnston either.
Latrell Mitchell, Cody Walker, Damien Cook, Davvy Moale and Sean Keppie were among the top 30 squad who where out on the field preparing for the upcoming NRL season. The boys displayed a real determination out there today. Even at this early stage the signs are there that this club is determined to bounce back in a big way next year.
The 2024 Rabbitohs Jersey
Paying tribute to the Rabbitohs 116-year history, the club returns to the full-hooped jersey for both it’s home and away jerseys next season.
For the first time since 2006, Souths will wear the full cardinal red and myrtle green hoops on the jersey. This returns to a tradition that stretches back to the foundations of the sport in this country in 1908.
Since 1908 until 2006, the Rabbitohs have worn jerseys that featured full unbroken hoops. The full hoops were worn by 20 premiership-winning teams since 1908 including the likes of Clive Churchill, Jack Rayner, Arthur Hennessy, George Treweeke, Alf Blair, John Sattler, Ron Coote, Eric Simms and Bob McCarthy to name just a few.
2024 RABBITOHS OFFICIAL TEAM RANGE HERE.
The 2024 Rabbitohs Draw & Pre Season
The Rabbitohs will take on the Sea Eagles, Dragons and Roosters in their three-match pre-season schedule for the lead up to the 2024 season, with Rabbitohs Ticketed Members having tickets to all three matches included in their 2024 Membership packages.
The Rabbitohs will first play the Sea Eagles on Sunday 11th February at Gosford’s Industree Group Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 4pm.
Secondly, the 41st Charity Shield match up against the Dragons will be played at Netstrata Jubilee Oval on Saturday 17th February, kicking off at 8:05pm in the first official week of the NRL’s Pre-season Challenge.
Finally, the Rabbitohs will play the Roosters at Shark Park on Friday 23rd February at 6pm as the first game of a double header followed by the Sharks v Bulldogs.
The Rabbitohs have the 2nd hardest 2024 NRL draw behind the Storm.
Las Vegas Double Header
The season opening double-header featuring the Roosters v Broncos and Sea Eagles v Rabbitohs will be played on Saturday, 2nd March 2024 (local time) in Las Vegas, Nevada U.S.A. and broadcast live to Australia and New Zealand (Sunday 3rd March).
There will be no home games again until round 4 for Souths. The Rabbits meet the Panthers, Broncos and Storm twice and will be on the road to Las Vegas, Brisbane and Allianz Stadium in the opening three weeks due to the unavailability of Accor Stadium. No team plays more games against last year’s top four or top eight, and they will finish with the traditional last-round blockbuster against the Roosters.
Souths v Storm Anzac Day
In what I consider a great move, the Rabbitohs will meet the Storm on Anzac day in Melbourne. Let’s hope the ‘Pride Of The League’ becomes a regular on this important day on the calendar.
Magic Round v Cowboys
The Rabbitohs meet the Cowboys on Saturday 18th May 7:45pm at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane in Magic Round. This explains why the club will again not play at the Cowboys new stadium in Townsville.
Jai Arrow & Keaon Koloamatangi Sign
Good news this off season came with the signings of both Jai Arrow and Keaon Koloamtangi. Queensland Origin star Arrow will remain with South Sydney through 2027 after the club announced the forward’s re-signing only one day before the player market opened.
The club announced the contract extension of International and State of Origin second rower Keaon Koloamatangi. The Mascot junior will spend at least another two seasons until the end of 2026.
The addition of Jack Wighton and Sean Keppie adds experince and size to the team. Look for another couple of big bodied youngsters like Tom Fletcher to fight for spots in the 17 in 2024. Next year is a huge year for the Rabbitohs, bring it on!
The Rabbits Return – Jack Wighton Trains.