The Illawarra Cutters will travel to a proud regional rugby league heartland when they face the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Nowra Showgrounds on Sunday.
All clubs competing within the Intrust Super Premiership will travel to various country regions throughout the state which Cutters Manager Neil Lovett believes is important in giving back to the game.
“It’s a great opportunity for people in the country to experience first-hand the NRL standard of football without having to travel to the main city centers,” said Lovett.
“Both teams will be full of NRL contracted players so the level will be exceptional.
“The games over this weekend are also vital to the links between New South Wales Rugby League and the Country Rugby League so it’s important they are supported.
“There will be an opportunity for the general public to get closer to the players with a meet-and-greet after the game so it will definitely be a great day of football.”
Country Rugby League Regional Manager Kevin Felgate has expressed his delight at the round and has urged the local rugby league community to come out and support the weekend as a whole.
“A huge thank you needs to go out the Dave Trodden and the New South Wales Board for developing the initiative.
“For the average Rugby League lover in the country to be able to see games of an NRL standard without travel is outstanding.
“People at grass roots are able to have these players in their backyard which is important to the propagation of the Game in regional Australia.”