Following the overwhelming success of last year’s inaugural tour, the Queensland Reds are excited to announce ‘Reds to Regions’ will return in 2021.35 players and various team and QRU administrative staff will visit a total of 28 regional Queensland hubs across three days next month.
The squad will travel to the same communities as last year with addition of four new towns including Cherbourg, St George, Warwick and Ingham.
After establishing meaningful and lasting connections, players will also return to the same region they visited last year and will again be billeted with local families.
The visits will take place in the third week of the Reds 2021 pre-season training block between Wednesday 20 January to Friday 22 January.
Again, the key focus for the regional tour is for the players to connect with the wider Queensland community.
Like last year, there will also be an allocated time for ‘work experience’ as the players partake in manual labour on their billet family’s farm or property.
Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: “We’re excited to bring back ‘Reds to Regions’ in 2021.
“It was important for us to reconnect with the Queensland community. We got around the state. The communities loved it and so did the players.
“We want to show it wasn’t just a one-off last year. It’s all about care and connection between us and the people of Queensland.
“We’re not the Brisbane Reds, we’re the Queensland Reds. If you’re going to represent your state, it’s important to know what it means to represent them.
“Like last year, we want the players spread across all parts of Queensland. Again, we want them billeting out amongst the different communities. We want to give back and we can’t wait to get out there again,” said Thorn.
Further details of Queensland’s second instalment of ‘Reds to Regions’ will be communicated closer to the date next month.
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2021 ‘Reds to Regions’ locations(in alphabetical order)