All roads to lead to Mudgee today as the Intrust Super Shute Shield country roadshow hits the Central West of New South Wales, with reigning Premiers Sydney University taking on arch-rivals Eastwood in the 7TWO LIVE match-of-the-round at Glen Willow Stadium.
An innovation that has also seen Sydney club rugby matches taken to Orange and Bowral in recent years, will be warmly welcomed in an area which has significant links to the current Sydney University squad. Backrowers Mitch Whiteley and Rory Suttor hail from Wellington and Bathurst, while prop and vice-captain of the side Matt Sandell grew up in Mudgee itself, and has family still living there.
He also used to run around for the local team, the wonderfully-named Wombats, and has mates that are a part of the current side. Understandably, it promises to be quite the occasion for the local hero.
“For me personally, it’s amazing to go back and play a game there,” he told Behind the Ruck. “I haven’t played a game in Mudgee since I was a junior, and I haven’t actually played on Glen Willow since they’ve done up the field with the stand and everything, and I’ve really been looking for the opportunity to get a game out there.