Australia Day comes to Bridgend

Bridgend Blue Bulls RLFC will be holding their very own Australia Day six months early next Wednesday (July 7th) at their Coychurch Road ground writes Ian Golden.

The Blue Bulls have a crucial Total Welsh Rugby League Conference re-arranged match to play against Valley Cougars on this date (kick off 7.15pm) but the club have come up with an ingenious idea to get the fans in early.

Bridgend Chairman Simon Green explains, "On the other side of the world, one the biggest matches in the rugby calendar will be played, the third match in the State of Origin series. We will be showing this game on the big screen before our crucial match."

The State of Origin, a three match series between New South Wales and Queensland is delicately poised at one game each. An expected 80,000 sell-out crowd is expected at the Telstra Stadium in Sydney to see the decider. In Australia this game is just as big, if not bigger than the Grand Final or any international.

Although the game kicks-off at 11am BST, Sky Sports are replaying the game at 5.30pm. Green adds, "We'd like to encourage all fans to wear an Australian shirt of some kind, come down to Bridgend Town FC early, have some food and drink and have a great time."