The NRL have released the 2015 Telstra Premiership schedule, which sees the St George Illawarra Dragons commence their campaign by hosting the Melbourne Storm at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Monday, March 9.

The schedule features key Dragons fixtures as some of the biggest events on the NRL calendar, which include:

  • A Sunday afternoon blockbuster home match against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park in Round 6

  • The traditional ANZAC Day clash against the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium, Moore Park in Round 8

  • A Sunday afternoon local derby home game against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah in Round 12

  • A return away game against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday in Round 13

  • A Saturday twilight Heritage Round match against defending premiers the South Sydney Rabbitohs at the Sydney Cricket Ground, marking the 50th anniversary of the famous 1965 Grand Final, in Round 19

The Dragons will play four home games at WIN Stadium, Wollongong:

  • Round 4 v Many-Warringah Sea Eagles on Saturday, March 28 (7.30pm)
  • Round 10 v Canberra Raiders on Sunday, May 17 (2.00pm)
  • Round 17 v North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday, July 4 (7.30pm)
  • Round 24 v Penrith Panthers on the weekend of August 21- 24

The four home games at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah are:

  • Round 1 v Melbourne Storm on Monday, March 9 (7.00pm)
  • Round 7 v Brisbane Broncos on Friday night, April 17 (7.35pm)
  • Round 12 v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks on Sunday, May 31 (4.00pm)
  • Round 21 v Newcastle Knights on the weekend of July 31- August 3

The Dragons will continue to support the Whole of Game Strategy, Right Game Right Venue, which was implemented to provide a platform for economic enhancement and growth capability at the Club.

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The Dragons will play four home games under the Right Game Right Venue strategy, which are:

  • Round 6 v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park on Sunday, April 12 (4.00pm)
  • Round 15 v Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium, Moore Park on Monday, June 22 (7.00pm)
  • Round 19 v South Sydney Rabbitohs at Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday, July 18 (7.30pm)
  • Round 26 v Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park on the weekend of September 3-6

This strategy also provides Red V Members access to attend reciprocal away games at ANZ Stadium in 2015 against the Rabbitohs (Round 9) and Bulldogs (Round 13).

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"The 2015 schedule reflects the Clubs, the NRL and Broadcasters working together to give Members, Corporate Partners and supporters as much consideration as possible, acknowledging the complexity of the process,” said Dragons CEO Peter Doust.

“Delivering an outcome that meets everyone’s expectations is difficult, but we believe we have scheduled appropriate balance across our season and venues, given all the variables, including venue availability.

“Fox Sports were very keen to see us launch our season on Monday Night Football at Jubilee Oval in Kogarah, and it has been 11 years since we have played a season opener in Kogarah.

“Our decision to support the Whole of Game Strategy through Right Game Right Venue in 2014 saw our overall crowd average increase from 12,000 to 16,000, with all four games at the major venues attracting larger crowds than what we would have been able to accommodate in our suburban venues.

“Continuing to develop these marquee events is important to the growth and long-term future of the Dragons.”

NRL Head of Commercial Paul Kind said the Dragons games would be played at the venue that best suited the match-up as part of the Right Game Right Venue approach.

“The Dragons have some blockbuster games at ANZ Stadium against traditional rivals as well as some great matches at both Jubilee Oval and WIN Stadium,” said Kind.

“And there is the historic match in Round 19 at the SCG against South Sydney, which celebrates the 50 year anniversary of the 1965 Grand Final.

“These games include some of the best match-ups of the season and we expect them to be popular for both home and away Sydney teams.

“That’s why our aim is to match the right game with the right venue so that we can provide as many fans as possible with the opportunity to watch their team.”

The NRL and Broadcast Partners Channel 9 and Fox Sports have agreed that the specific scheduling for the final six rounds of the 2015 season will be announced later in the season.

ROUND

DATE

OPPOSITION

VENUE

HOME/AWAY

1

Monday, Mar 9 (FOX, Fox MNF)

Melbourne Storm

Jubilee Oval, Kogarah

Home

2

Monday, Mar 16 (FOX, Fox MNF)

Westst Tigers

Campbelltown Stadium

Away

3

Saturday, Mar 21 (FOX, Fox Sat 5:30)

Canberra Raiders

GIO Stadium, Canberra

Away

4

Saturday, Mar 28 (FOX, Fox SS)

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

WIN Stadium, Wollongong

Home

5

Saturday, Apr 4 (FOX, Fox SS)

Newcastle Knights

Hunter Stadium, Newcastle

Away

6

Sunday, Apr 12 (NINE, Nine Sunday)

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park

Home

7

Friday, Apr 17 (NINE, Nine FNF QLD)

Brisbane Broncos

Jubilee Oval, Kogarah

Home

8

Saturday, Apr 25 (NINE, Nine FNF NSW)

Sydney Roosters

Allianz Stadium, Moore Park

Away

9

Monday, May 11 (FOX, Fox MNF)

South Sydney Rabbitohs

ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park

Away

10

Sunday, May 17 (FOX, Fox Sun 2:00)

Canberra Raiders

WIN Stadium, Wollongong

Home

11

Bye

 

 

 

12

Sunday, May 31 (NINE, Nine Sunday)

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Jubilee Oval, Kogarah

Home

13

Monday, Jun 8 (FOX, Fox Special)

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park

Away

14

Bye

 

 

 

15

Monday, Jun 22 (FOX, Fox MNF)

Sydney Roosters

Allianz Stadium, Moore Park

Home

16

Saturday, Jun 27 (FOX, Fox SS)

Parramatta Eels

Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta

Away

17

Saturday, Jul 4 (FOX, Fox SS)

North Queensland Cowboys

WIN Stadium, Wollongong

Home

18

Sunday, Jul 12 (NINE, Nine Sunday)

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Remondis Stadium, Cronulla

Away

19

Saturday, Jul 18 (FOX, Fox SS)

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Sydney Cricket Ground

Home

20

Saturday, Jul 25 (FOX, Fox SS)

Melbourne Storm

AAMI Park, Melbourne

Away

21

July 31- August 3

Newcastle Knights

Jubilee Oval, Kogarah

Home

22

August 7-10

New Zealand Warriors

Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland

Away

23

August 14-17

Brisbane Broncos

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Away

24

August 21- 24

Penrith Panthers

WIN Stadium, Wollongong

Home

25

August 28-31

Gold Coast Titans

Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast

Away

26

September 3-6

Wests Tigers

ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park

Home