Tickets to go on sale today
Storm face Cowboys in Brisbane
RUGBY LEAGUE: Tickets go on sale from today for a 2017 National Rugby League grand final rematch at Suncorp Stadium.
The Queensland Government and the NRL have agreed to a grand final rematch between the Melbourne Storm and North Queensland Cowboys in February.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the rematch would be a thank you to the captains of both sides, Queensland Origin legends Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston.
“Cameron and Johnathan are outstanding ambassadors for their clubs, their state, their country and the game of rugby league. They are also selfless contributors off the field,” the premier said.
“The game will be promoted as A Night with Cameron Smith and JT, and raise funds for the players’ respective charities, Ovarian Cancer Australia and Prostate Cancer Foundation, and The NRL Cowboys House.”
Together they have played 10 All Stars games, 79 Origin games for the Maroons, 88 games for Australia and a total of 657 games for their NRL clubs.
Combined, these prolific try-scorers and goal kickers have scored more than 5000 points.
To put that into perspective, the top eight teams, including the Storm and Cowboys, scored a combined 4225 points during the regular 24-round 2017 season.
Together, they have won six Dally M Medals, five Wally Lewis Medals, four NRL premierships and two World Cups.
The premier said she expected a full house at Suncorp Stadium for the grand final rematch, and that would further strengthen Queensland’s case to host a future NRL grand final.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said the fixture was a fitting way to recognise two of Queensland’s greatest rugby league players.
“This game will be a spectacle to remember for rugby league fans for years to come,” she said.
“In recent years, Johnathan and Cameron have cemented their reputations as true immortals of the sport.”
LEAGUE LEGENDS: A special match for Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston will be held at Suncorp Stadium.