The Canberra Raiders have confirmed today they will play the Canterbury Bulldogs in a trial match in Bega on February 23, 2019.
The announcement today at Bega Recreation Ground, was part of the Raiders commitment to NSW regional areas, following the announcement earlier this year of the NSW Government's $4 million commitment to the new CDRL Centre in Braddon.
The trial match gives NRL fans in the region the opportunity to come and watch the Raiders and Bulldogs in what will be a competitive and hard-fought contest ahead of the 2019 season.
Tickets are just $15 for the match and are available for purchase through the Raiders online Shop
Raiders CEO Don Furner said the match gives regional fans the opportunity to experience an NRL match in their own backyard and was part of the clubs ongoing commitment to regional rugby league.
"The Raiders want to continue their strong commitment to regional areas and having a trial match in Bega allows us to showcase our product to fans who might not have the opportunity to attend an NRL match during the regular season," Furner said. "We already know we have a number of supporters and players who come from the South Coast region and we're excited to have the opportunity to play in Bega."
Raiders Halfback Sam Williams attended this morning's announcement and said he was excited to have the opportunity to play a trial match in his region.
"I'm from Cooma, who are part of the group 16 competition and I know how passionate people are about rugby league in this region," Williams said. "I think we can expect a big crowd for the trial match and I know the players are excited about having the opportunity to come down this way for the week and promote the game in the local communities."
7000 tickets will be made available, with 3000 of those being distributed by Group 16 to local clubs for the match and fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to ensure they don't miss out.
Raiders v Bulldogs – Trial Match
Saturday February 23, 2019, Bega Recreation Ground
NRL TRIAL: 5.00pm
LAURIE DALEY CUP: 2.50pm
ANDREW JOHNS CUP: 1.25pm
Tickets: CLICK HERE