The National Rugby League will return to Mudgee in 2022, with the Manly Sea Eagles hosting the Canberra Raiders at Glen Willow Sporting Complex on April 2.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders, who is chair of the NRL regional taskforce, said the corresponding fixture this year was a great success, and he’s confident there will be even more interest in 2022.
“The main goal I have as chair of the regional taskforce is to continue to attract top level games to regional areas, and I’m sure there’s going to be even more excitement about NRL games next year, as we re-build after COVID,” Mr Saunders said.
“Mudgee continues to be a location that ticks all the boxes when it comes to hosting elite sports like the NRL. The players love the quality of the ground, and the atmosphere is fantastic, so I’m sure fans will be very keen to grab tickets for the April 2 clash.
“There’s also a great opportunity just before the official season kicks-off, with the annual Charity Shield trial match between Souths and St George-Illawarra also being played at Mudgee on February 26.”
Mid-Western Regional Council General Manager Brad Cam said he’s confident Mudgee will once again shine.
“It’s fantastic to welcome the Sea Eagles and their fans back to the Mudgee region for next year’s game,” he said.
“Glen Willow Stadium has hosted many NRL games over the last five years, and I think we’ve pretty well set the standard for regional stadiums.
“I’m looking forward to working with the Sea Eagles and the NRL to make sure we provide the best possible game day experience for the teams and the fans.”
Manly chief executive Stephen Humphreys said the club is delighted to be heading back to Mudgee.
“We had a great experience with our home game at Mudgee in the season just gone, and I’m confident it will be even better next season, he said.”
“The players are looking forward to being back at such a beautiful location, and I’m encouraging fans from far and wide to come along and support us in Mudgee in 2022. You can enjoy what will be a great match against the Raiders, and another opportunity to sample the great tourism offerings of the area.”