Dragons announce Mudgee partnership

Updated: October 13, 2017

St George Illawarra Dragons Media Release

The St George Illawarra Dragons, in conjunction with the NRL, have today announced a two-year partnership with the New South Wales town of Mudgee that will see the club play four matches in the regional centre.

The partnership means the Red V will take an NRL Telstra Premiership game to Glen Willow Regional Sports Complex – home of the Mudgee Dragons – in both 2018 and 2019.

The date and opponent for the 2018 home game in Mudgee will be confirmed once the NRL Draw is released later this month.

The Dragons – alongside the South Sydney Rabbitohs – will also play the 35th and 36th edition of the annual Charity Shield game in Mudgee in 2018 and 2019. The 2018 Charity Shield will take place on Saturday, February 24.

Mudgee and surrounding areas in the Central West of NSW will play host to a vast number of community and development activities across the two years, with details being finalised.

Mayor of Mid-Western Regional Council Des Kennedy said the partnership is a fantastic opportunity for regional fans to watch the NRL live in action and meet them face-to-face.

“We’re extremely excited to partner with the St George Illawarra Dragons and to bring two premiership games and the 2018 and 2019 Charity Shields to the region,” Cr Kennedy said.

“It shows the club’s faith in our world class facility that, in May this year, hosted the final ever Country vs City Origin before a crowd of more than 8,300.

“The St. George-Illawarra Dragons are a natural fit with Mudgee given that our Group 10 side are the Mudgee Dragons. This two-year partnership and the respective four games will be well supported by our local and wider regional community.”

Dragons’ Chairman Brian Johnston said the Dragons’ partnership with Mudgee will prove important in the long-term prosperity of country rugby league.

“The Dragons have a large and avid supporter base across all regional markets, in particular the Central West region of NSW,” Chairman Johnston said.

“The opportunity to form a partnership with the Mid-Western Regional Council to play games in Mudgee ensures the Dragons play a leading role in the continued development of rugby league in the bush, and will enable us to further develop our brand in this important region.

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