NRL announces regional games for 2018
NRL to take games to seven different regions in 2018
- Warriors to play their part with game in Wollongong
The NRL has today announced that it will take matches to seven different regional locations during the 2018 season.
Games will be held in various locations around Australia including the Regional NSW town of Mudgee as well as Toowoomba and Cairns.
The announcement means the 2018 season will include the most number of regional locations in NSW and Queensland in the history of the NRL Premiership.
This follows the recent announcement that Wigan will make their own piece of history in 2018 when they host the first ever Super League game outside of Europe when they travel to Regional New South Wales in February 2018 and face Hull FC at Wollongong’s WIN Stadium.
South Sydney, will continue to play one of its matches in Cairns whilst St George Illawarra Dragons will host a match in Mudgee – which will also be the venue for the annual pre-season Charity Shield match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Both South Sydney and St George Illawarra will also partner with Wigan and Hull FC as part of Wigan’s landmark tour to New South Wales in 2018 when the teams face off in a blockbuster Double Header at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 17th February, the week following the Super League game in Wollongong.
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said: “We have said for some time it was our strong desire to take more games to regional venues in 2018, and we’re extremely happy to have been able to do that as part of the new schedule.
“It will be great to see so many people in regional areas being able to witness the best of rugby league up close in 2018.”
Warriors Commercial Manager Dan Burton, said: “This announcement is fantastic news for the game of rugby league and for regional fans who have the opportunity to see the stars of the sport in person.
“It is a great initiative from the NRL to take the game to the regions and we are incredibly excited to be playing our part by bringing our Super League game against Hull FC to Wollongong in February as part of our historic New South Wales tour.
“We’re working closely with our friends at St George Illawarra and South Sydney who have been very supportive of our visit in February and we look forward to putting on two fantastic events in the region.”