Esteemed poet and presenter Rupert McCall loves his local rugby league.

His childhood days are filled with special memories of Redcliffe greats Arthur Beetson and Ian “Bunny” Pearce in full flight at Dolphin Oval.

The rugby league landscape has changed considerably since those years, but the passion still burns for Rupert.

This Sunday at Suncorp Stadium, Rupert will deliver a special ode before the Intrust Super Cup game between the Townsville Blackhawks and Ipswich Jets.

‘Every Sacred Blade of Grass’ is a tribute to 20 wonderful years of our state league competition, the theme of this year’s finals series.

Press play on the video to watch Rupert’s recital at the recent QRL Gala Dinner.

Better still, buy your tickets now and come along and watch Rupert perform live this weekend!