2019 NRL Regional Matches Announced

Updated: October 19, 2018
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The NRL will take Telstra Premiership fixtures to Mudgee, Bathurst and Wagga Wagga next season, with support from the NSW Government.

In round three the Penrith Panthers will play in Bathurst (Saturday, March 30), in round eight the Canberra Raiders will play a game in Wagga Wagga (Saturday, May 4) and in round 10 the St George Illawarra Dragons are taking a game to Mudgee (Sunday, May 19).

“Our commitment to playing matches in regional locations will continue in the 2019 schedule,” NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg said.

“But more than that, importantly we will have the backing of the NSW Government and Destination NSW.

“We saw some amazing scenes in some of our regional matches in 2018 and I see no reason why we won’t see many more highlights in 2019.”

The full fixture list for all teams will be announced next week.

“Panthers is proud of the strong relationship it has built with Bathurst Regional Council and the local community,” Panthers Group CEO Brian Fletcher said.

“The support we receive when the team takes the field at Carrington Park is outstanding and we can’t wait to bring the NRL back to Bathurst in 2019.”

“The Dragons are proud of our continued commitment to support the development of rugby league in regional NSW, in particular the Mid-Western region,” Dragons chairman Brian Johnston said.

“I come from Dunedoo myself, so I know first-hand the passion that exists for rugby league in this region and we are looking forward to returning to Mudgee in 2019 to play the traditional Charity Shield against the Rabbitohs in the pre-season and then again in May for an NRL Premiership match.”

“This marks the start of the partnership between Wagga Wagga City Council and the Raiders, which will continue to grow and benefit both our community and the club in the coming years,” Wagga Wagga mayor Greg Conkey said.

“The Gold Cup Carnival is already one of Wagga Wagga’s premier events, which will only be strengthened by the NRL game on Saturday 4 May. Not only will it encourage people to stay longer in the city after the races, it will attract more visitors to the carnival.

“As well as boosting rugby league at a grass roots level, hosting an NRL game in Wagga Wagga is estimated to inject $2million into the local economy and will add to the 1.3 million people who visit our city each year.”

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