Gippsland will play host to its own Festival of Rugby this April, in an event hosted by Rugby Victoria, in partnership with the Melbourne Rebels, Regional Development Victoria, Latrobe City Council and community partners.
Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium (GRISS) in Traralgon will be buzzing with activity as the centre welcomes Come and Try Rugby activities, partner activations, Melbourne Rebels players, cultural Pasifika performances, and lots of activities for families.
With the action locked in for Saturday 1 April, the free community event will run from 11am – 5pm.
“We are excited to announce the Gippsland Festival of Rugby. The festival is the first step of a broader strategy to grow rugby in the region in the lead up to and post the 2026 Commonwealth Games,” stated Rugby Victoria Vice President and Gippsland local, Liz Radcliffe.
“Our vision is to establish a rugby club in the region with supporting school and development programs over the next three years.
“We know there are many rugby enthusiasts in the region and we look forward to welcoming everyone to GRISS on Saturday 1 April.
“On behalf of Rugby Victoria I would like to thank all of the partner organisation that are supporting the event.”
Through the support of Optus, the Melbourne Rebels v Fijian Drua SuperW match and the Melbourne Rebels v Fijian Drua Super Rugby Pacific match will be played on the big screen for the community to enjoy.
11.00am - Event starts 12.05pm - Melbourne Rebels v Fijian Drua SuperW match streamed on the Big Screen 12.45pm - Come and Try Rugby Clinic 1.50pm - Official welcome 2.30pm - Melbourne Rebels v Fijian Drua Super Rugby match streamed on the Big Screen 3.10pm - Come and Try Rugby Clinic 5.00pm - Event ends
Rugby Victoria, Melbourne Rebels, Latrobe City Council, GippSport, Centre for Multicultural Youth (and Le Mana team), Budjeri Napan Sports Committee (First Nations), Latrobe Health Assembly, Latrobe Health Advocate, Latrobe Valley Authority, Optus, Latrobe Valley Authority, State Government & Regional Development Victoria, Latrobe Youth Space and Fiji Community Association Victoria.