Rugby fans worldwide will turn their attention to Tamworth early next year when the NSW Waratahs bring the Super Rugby competition to the Country Music Capital in a show of support for drought stricken communities.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson welcomed the announcement by Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro. 

“This is fantastic for Tamworth and the wider region. 

“It will be a match that will uplift a community that is, like all of regional NSW, struggling through one of the worst droughts on record.

“I want to thank Wests Entertainment Group and its CEO Rod Laing for all the work they have done to assist this game of world class rugby to Tamworth.

“I also want to thank the Tahs for showing their support to the people of regional and rural NSW.

“Bringing this event to Tamworth will provide the town and surrounding areas with some respite from the unrelenting drought and boost the number of customers in our cafes, diners in restaurants and heads on beds in our motels. 

“The NSW Government is providing $1.8 billion in emergency drought relief funding as well as making record investments in water security infrastructure, but we’re also acutely aware of the impact this drought is having on people,” Mr Anderson concluded.

Deputy Premier Barilaro said the opportunity to cheer on the Tahs at an elite level rugby match will be a real boost for Tamworth.

“The televised match will showcase regional NSW before an international audience but more importantly boost the local economy when the players, support staff and fans come to town.

“It goes to show the resilience of regional NSW, when despite this devastating drought Tamworth will stage a world class event and generate tourism opportunities for our regions far and wide. 

“Sport is often the heartbeat of regional NSW towns and the Waratahs visit to Tamworth will provide locals with the opportunity to meet the players and for kids to be a part of skills sessions that will improve their abilities and hopefully give them a much needed boost,” he said. 

Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said this was a great opportunity for Tamworth locals to see their sporting heroes up close.

“The Super Rugby competition will share the benefits of sport across the State,” Mr Lee said.

“This partnership between the NSW Government and the NSW Waratahs will bring together grass roots rugby and elite level rugby for fans of all ages,” he said. 

The match date and other details will be revealed when the Super Rugby draw is released later this month.

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