The proposed Australia Week event in Las Vegas, which NRL chief Peter V’landys envisions, has received a significant boost with the potential participation of star athletes Latrell Mitchell and Tim Tszyu. The duo is set to team up as headline acts in Vegas, and Mitchell’s enthusiasm has made a strong case for his team, South Sydney Rabbitohs, to be one of the four NRL clubs involved. V’landys has already secured Allegiant Stadium, the venue that will host the NFL’s Super Bowl in 2024, for the two NRL games, although the participating Australian teams have yet to be announced.
Several NRL clubs, including the Brisbane Broncos, Souths, Cronulla Sharks, Melbourne Storm, Manly Sea Eagles, and Sydney Roosters, have expressed keen interest in being part of this inaugural and culturally significant event representing all things Australia. The plan is to hold a total of 10 premiership matches in Las Vegas over the course of five years, featuring all 17 NRL teams, until the end of 2028.
While the participating teams for the first year have not been confirmed, the star power of Souths co-owner Russell Crowe and Manly’s biggest fan, Hugh Jackman, is expected to play a significant role in the bids for those two sides. Additionally, Tszyu’s fondness for the Rabbitohs and his friendship with Mitchell, Souths‘ biggest star, further enhances the chances of their involvement in Australia Week.
Mitchell is thrilled about the prospect of playing in Vegas and hopes that Tszyu will have a fight scheduled for the same weekend. Mitchell expressed his support for Tszyu ahead of his fight and stated, “After that, I’m keen for a massive double-header in Vegas next year. South Sydney headlining on one night and then Timmy Tszyu the next in Vegas… it would be a great event for Australian sport.” The appeal of this proposition cannot be denied.
For Tszyu to secure his place in the Australian invasion at Australia Week, he must first defeat Mexican challenger Carlos Ocampo. George Rose, the former NRL player turned boxing promoter, who runs No Limit Promotions and features Tszyu’s fights, confirmed that both Tszyu and Mitchell are eager to be part of Australia Week in Las Vegas. Rose stated, “Tim has a great relationship with Latrell, and I can confirm we are looking to make it happen. It’s 100 per cent in the mix. If the NRL is in Vegas and they are looking at doing an Australia Week, it makes sense to have the best Australian fighter in Tim Tszyu alongside the best NRL athletes like Latrell Mitchell.”
In addition to NRL matches, there are discussions around organizing a UFC bout and securing a performance by the iconic band U2 during Australia Week. Talks with Las Vegas Tourism are progressing well, as confirmed by V’landys. He expressed his hopes for Australia Week in Vegas to become one of the biggest events on the sporting calendar, saying, “If we get it going, it will be massive.” The stage is set for an extraordinary celebration of Australian sports and culture in the vibrant city of Las Vegas.