Tigers to play home NRL games in Auckland and Tamworth
WESTS Tigers rugby league team will participate in a special double header in New Zealand in 2018.
As a part of the exciting initiative, the Tigers will be taking one home game to Auckland next season with the club to lock horns with premiers Melbourne Storm across the Tasman.
The Tigers will join the New Zealand Warriors as the home teams for this special event at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.
Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said the club took its role in growing the game seriously and looked forward to being a part of this exciting NRL initiative.
“The club is proud to be involved in this NRL initiative in 2018 as we work with the NRL and the Warriors to grow the game,” said Pascoe.
“This double header is set to be a great day out for the members and fans of all four teams and we look forward to seeing plenty of Wests Tigers support in the stands.
“As a club we have strong links to New Zealand through our fan base, playing group and coaching staff,” he said.
“We always had great support at the Auckland Nines and when we play the Warriors in New Zealand and look forward to that continuing in 2018.
“We’re committed to doing our part to grow and develop the game both at home and abroad and being involved in this new double header is another example of that,” said Pascoe.
WESTS Tigers have also confirmed that the club will be playing a home game in regional NSW in 2018.
The Tigers have partnered with the NRL on this initiative, with the club set to take a 2018 home game to Tamworth for the first time.
The club is no stranger to the New England region having spent time in the area as a part of the NRL’s Community Carnival at the start of the year.
Wests Tigers visited more than 8,000 students at 20 schools and held a number of junior clinics. Tamworth also hosted the 2016 City Country game with the City team featuring Chris Lawrence and David Nofoaluma.
Lawrence captained City to a 44-30 win.
“Rugby league has a long history in Australia’s regional communities and we’re proud to be playing a role in continuing this by taking a game to Tamworth,” said Pascoe.