South Sydney Rabbitohs
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As one of the oldest rugby league teams in the world formed in 1908, the South Sydney Rabbitohs are one of the most successful teams in Australia and have in recent years moved back towards been a championship winning team.
With the involvement of Russell Crowe in the club, the Rabbitohs have quickly become the glamour club of the NRL, with many Hollywood stars watching their games. This new found fame for the players has not distracted them to much as they have gone from been the wooden spoon winners only a few years back to now been amongst the favourites for the title.
For many UK based fans it is the Burgess brothers that was the main attraction of watching the Rabbitohs, with George Burgess and Sam quickly becoming a star for the team.
The Rabbitohs are full of other stars of course, with most of their team instantly recognisable to fans across Europe.
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There is always something special about a game featuring the Rabbitohs due to the history of the club, the great players to have played for them down the years and the great players who currently play for them.
There is little in the game that the cub have not achieved, both positive and negative and they head into many seasons as one of the teams to beat.
The club were originally set up to represent the municipalities of Alexandria, Botany, Mascot, Randwick, Waterloo and Zetland in the city of Sydney and they are still heavily involved with the community in their home base of Redfern although the club have grown to the stature of not just attracting fans from across Sydney but from across New South Wales, the rest of Australia and from across the world.
The clubs main home stadium is the impressive Stadium Australia, which was the home of the Olympic games in 2000.
The stadium is capable of hosting around 83,000 fans and whilst it does struggle with issues that all stadiums built for athletics struggle with including fans been far too far away from the action, it is a stadium that comes alive for big matches, when the stands are packed out.
The club also use their former home ground, the Redfern Oval, for training, reserves and junior matches and they have also utilised the popular Western Sydney Stadium as a home venue from time to time.
As you would perhaps expect from one of the oldest Rugby clubs outside of Britain and from one of the biggest clubs in the world, South Sydney have a number of nicknames including the Rabbitohs, Souths, the Bunnies, the Red and Green and the Cardinal and Myrtle.
It is also no surprise due to the history, size, and location of the club that they also have a number of rivalries with other clubs.
The biggest rivalry for the club is with their near neighbours and fellow foundation club, the Sydney Roosters.
Formally known as the Eastern Suburbs, matches between the 2 clubs have taken place ever since 1908 when South defeats Easts in the first ever Grand Final by 14-12.
That was a great sign of things to come as the 2 have remained amongst the biggest and most successful clubs in the sport and that has kept the rivalry at the forefront for both sets of supporters.
Another big rivalry is with Sydney rivalries the St George Illawarra Dragons, which goes back to the days of big matches between the club and the St George Dragons and his helped by the fact that the 2 face off each year for the Charity Shield.
Other smaller rivalries are with other Sydney clubs including the Manly Sea Eagles, the Wests Tigers, and the Canterbury Bulldogs, with the heated nature of these matches ebbing and flowing depending on the importance of the match.
Colours / Playing Kit
The club are always easy to recognise when they take to the field thanks to their Cardinal Red and Myrtle Green colours scheme that usually features as stripes on the shirt and socks whilst the teams shorts are either all black or all white.
As mentioned, the Rabbitohs are one of the oldest and most successful clubs in Australia which was something they seemed destination to become right form the off as they won the first ever title in 1908 and backed that up in 1909.
The club went onto win 2 further titles in the 1910s before a decade of dominance in the 1920’s that saw them win 5 titles.
That continued in the early 30’s but they went from winning in 1932 all of the way to the 1950 season for their next title but they then won every title from 1950-1955 , aside form 1952 when they lost the final and were the runners up.
It took until the 1967 season for their next title but they then won 4 out 5 titles with only 1969 seeing them miss out but once again they finished runners up that year.
After so much early success, it would have seemed impossible for the club to have to wait as long as they did to either win the title or at least make it to another Grand Final but in reality it took until the 2014 season for them to reach another Grand Final in a match that they went on to win to pick up another title.
During that huge gap in title successes, the club did pick up a win a single Minor Premiership in 1989 but they also one 4 wooden spoons for finishing last during that period in 1990, 2003, 2004 and 2006.
In the 19190’s the club struggled with financial difficulties and this left them in a precarious position during the Super League wars but it still came as a huge shock when they were expelled from the newly formed NRL in 1999 but after a number of huge court battles, many protests and both the NRL and New Limited coming to their senses, the club were re-admitted and by 2002, they were back in the competition.
Unfortunately, those years away and with the focus going from rugby to the court room, the team struggled upon that return but thankfully they are now back to doing what they do best and that is playing entertaining Rugby League.
South Sydney Rabbitohs Live Streaming
With the club featuring a number of English stars over the past decade or so and with huge names from across the globe playing for the Rabbits, it is no surprise that they also have a huge fanbase across here in the UK.
Unfortunately, it can be a frustrating experience trying to watch Souths live on British television but thankfully there are now a number of ways to watch the NRL live including the following.