Defence team to play 2015 Anzac Test curtain raiser

Published on LEUT Kirsti Burtenshaw (author), CPL Shannon McCarthy (photographer)

Almost thirty strong and fit Australian Defence Force personnel are ready to take on the might of New Zealand Defence Force in a Centenary of Anzac rugby union test match.

The match will be played at GIO Stadium in Canberra at 5pm on April 24.

The Centenary of Anzac match is the curtain raiser to a Super Rugby match between the ACT Brumbies and the Otago Highlanders.

The test will provide a great opportunity to all involved, including Navy’s representatives.

The test match is a milestone for rugged prop Leading Seaman Shayne O’Reilly who will use his experience to guide the team in what will be a passionate and challenging game.

“I’m expecting it to be an extremely hard, physical hit out,” he said. 

“The Kiwis will have a strong team and always show up ready to play.”

Leading Seaman O’Reilly said he was happy to wear the Australian Services Rugby Union jersey for such a significant match.

“It’s an honour to be able to put on that Australian Services Rugby Union jersey and represent the Australian Defence Force in a sport I’ve always loved,” he said.

“I have equal respect for the New Zealand Defence Force and playing in this test for me is huge. 

“Anzac is about remembering those who have served in both the Australian and New Zealand Forces, the sacrifices they went through to give us the country we live in today and the mateship between our two nations,” he said.