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Titans to play New Zealand Warriors in Lismore

The Gold Coast Titans will head to the Northern Rivers to start 2021, with an NRL trial game to be played at Lismore's Oakes

The Gold Coast Titans will head to the Northern Rivers to start 2021, with an NRL trial game to be played at Lismore's Oakes Oval.

The Titans will host the New Zealand Warriors, with the game to be played on Saturday 27th February.

Gold Coast Titans CEO Steve Mitchell says the team are excited to play in front of a capacity crowd in Lismore.

“We can’t wait to get to Lismore to take on the Warriors as we kick start our 2021 campaign in front of Titans Members and fans from the Northern Rivers.

“The quality of rugby league talent that comes out of Lismore and the surrounding region is unquestionable.

“We are committed to the area as this is Titans heartland and this region is one we want to continue to invest in.

“There’ll be a full day of football at Oakes Oval and whether you’re a footy fan or experiencing rugby league for the first time, this will be a great spectacle.

“Our team, led by Coach Justin Holbrook, are keen to run out onto Oakes Oval and are excited to play on such a quality surface.

“With the future upgrades planned by Lismore City Council to further improve the facility, Lismore will fast become a sought after sporting destination.”

Lismore City Council Manager of Liveable and Active Communities Tony Duffy said he hoped to see many more games being held at Oakes Oval with ongoing refurbishments placing Lismore firmly on the NRL map.

“We want to secure a regular fixture in Lismore as part of the NRL season – that’s our goal,” Duffy said.

“We have the fans and the facilities to support NRL season games and we are building our relationship with the Gold Coast Titans to help develop Lismore as a home for sport. The $12 million refurbishment at Oakes and Crozier will make us a premier sporting city.

“In this trial match alone, we hope to have a large crowd of 6000 people and once the refurbishments are complete, we will be able to accommodate up to 10,000 spectators in both facilities.”

Tickets will be go on sale in coming days and will available via www.visitlismore.com.au.