Melbourne Rebels and ACT Brumbies' reserve grade teams to meet in Albury

Australian superstar Kurtley Beale played the last time big-time rugby union was held on the Border, in 2014.
Australian superstar Kurtley Beale played the last time big-time rugby union was held on the Border, in 2014.

A stack of Super Rugby players will hit Albury on Saturday.

The ACT Brumbies Runners will meet Melbourne Rebels A team at Greenfield Park.

“There will be a fair selection of Brumbies players who’ve played Super Rugby and I’d imagine the Rebels would be in the same boat,” the Brumbies’ Russ Gibbs said.

It’s the clubs’ reserve grade outfits, so the Rebels have six players with experience at Australia’s highest domestic level, including Tom Moloney and Dave Horwitz.

The Albury-Wodonga Rugby Union Football Club will host the match.

“It’s certainly the highest level we’ll see in the country, apart from a Super Rugby game or Test,” the Steamers’ Andrew Bell said.

It’s the highest-profile match the Border has hosted in four years.

Super Rugby outfits, the Rebels and NSW Waratahs, played a trial match at the Albury Sportsground on February 1, 2014, featuring a number of internationals.