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It?s been a long time since North Sydney Oval has seen first grade football, but the South Sydney Rabbitohs are out to change that after announcing their round 24 match with Manly will be moved to the famous ground.
All three grades ? NRL, Premier League and Jersey Flegg ? will be played at the venue, something not seen since the Bears? final season in the competition five years ago.
Rabbitohs CEO David Tapp hinted that further matches may be played at the venue in the future, given the commercial benefits it has.
?The costs of holding this game at North Sydney Oval are greatly reduced compared to playing it at Aussie Stadium,? Mr Tapp said.
?We played the Cowboys at Gosford for the same reason.
?North Sydney Oval, in my opinion, is one of the best grounds in Sydney and we are delighted to be taking Rugby League back to North Sydney.?
Luna Park will sponsor the match while the Humpty Dumpty foundation will also benefit from the match.
?They are a fantastic organisation and we are very happy to be helping them out on the day at North Sydney Oval, a venue located in the heartland of what is one of Sydney?s biggest charities.?