The St George Illawarra Dragons will compete in three countries across two hemispheres after announcing their pre-season fixtures for 2015.
The Dragons first hit-out of the pre-season will be the second annual NRL Auckland Nines tournament which will take place at Eden Park, Auckland across Saturday, January 31 and Sunday, February 1.
The Red-and-Whites will compete within the Rangitoto pool against the Parramatta Eels, Newcastle Knights and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.
The nine-man-per-side tournament will be competed over two days with all 16 NRL teams involved competing for a massive prize pool of $2.34 million.
“The NRL Auckland Nines proved to be a very unique concept when it was introduced ahead of last season, and was a great event for all players and spectators alike,” said Head Coach Paul McGregor.
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The Dragons will then compete in the traditional Charity Shield match against reigning Premiers the South Sydney Rabbitohs, to be held at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park on the evening of Saturday, February 7.
“The Charity Shield is always an important part of our pre-season preparation due to the history and traditions associated with it,” said McGregor.
“It always provides a strong and intense atmosphere for all players involved in the game and I have no doubt it will be the case this time around again.”
Red V Members will receive emails advising of all ticketing details once they go on sale as confirmed by Ticketek.
Please note that Red V Members who purchase either Platinum, All In, Metro Plus or West Wing memberships will receive entry to the Charity Shield fixture included in their package.
The Dragons will then travel north of the equator to take part in the inaugural World Club Series after being invited to compete against European Super League opponents Warrington Wolves on Friday, February 20 (venue to be confirmed).
“The World Club Series will provide the final hit-out for the players and they are looking forward to competing in the inaugural tournament,” said McGregor.
The Dragons will provide further communication concerning the World Club Series to all Red V Members once ticketing details and travel packages are confirmed.
Dragons 2015 Pre-Season Fixtures:
Saturday, January 31 - Sunday, February 1
Fixture: NRL Auckland Nines v Parramatta Eels, Newcastle Knights and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.
Location: Eden Park, Auckland
Ticketing Information: Tickets are now on sale to Red V Members and the general public through Ticket (NZ). Click here for more information regarding ticketing.
Saturday, February 7
Fixture: Charity Shield v South Sydney Rabbitohs
Location: ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park
Ticketing Information: Tickets will be sold through Ticketek and are not yet on sale. Red V Members will be emailed with ticketing details once confirmed. The following 2015 Red V Memberships include entry to the Charity Shield – Platinum, All In, Metro Plus & West Wing.
Friday, February 20
Fixture: World Club Series vs Warrington Wolves
Location: United Kingdom (Location TBC)
Ticketing Information: Ticketing information is not yet available for this fixture. Red V Members will be emailed with ticketing details once confirmed. An official supporters tour to the UK is being developed and details will be provided once confirmed.