Just don’t get sick this time, Saints: AFL heading back to China with St Kilda v Port Adelaide 2020 game confirmed

The AFL has confirmed St Kilda and Port Adelaide will head back to Shanghai for a home and away match in the 2020 season.

The Saints will ‘host’ the Power at Jiangwan Stadium in Shanghai’s Yangpu District on Sunday May 31 at 4:20pm AEST, as part of Round 11.

Port Adelaide is unbeaten in the three matches played in China across the last three seasons, thumping Gold Coast in 2017 and 2018, then doing the same to St Kilda in 2019.

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“After a successful first three years of the Shanghai match, the AFL is thrilled to continue this tradition which will see St Kilda and Port Adelaide travel to China in May.” AFL general manager of China David Stevenson said.

“More than a game, the AFL’s increased presence in China including an office opened earlier this year, extends beyond the match day, with Festival of Australia in partnership with the Australian government in the lead up the game.

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“It’s a wonderful opportunity to give the local AFL fans a match in their home town, encourage Australian-based football fans to travel to China and continue to introduce footy to a new set of fans.”

For the Saints, the most notable part of their overseas jaunt was sickness sweeping through the playing and coaching group. Dan McKenzie and Jonathon Marsh had to be withdrawn from the game and replaced by Nick Coffield and Darragh Joyce.

The situation was so concerning that Ben Paton and Nick Hind were flown to China the night before the game just in case they had to play, while coach Alan Richardson also fell ill.

Then during the game itself Saints captain Jarryn Geary suffered a season-ending leg break.

The full 2020 AFL fixture will be released in October.

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