BATHURST, AUSTRALIA - MAY 04: A general view before the round nine NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the North Queensland Cowboys at Carrington Park on May 4, 2018 in Bathurst, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Telstra Premiership fixtures will be played in rural Sydney next season.

Penrith will play in Bathurst in round three, while Canberra will play a game in Wagga Wagga in round eight and in round 10 St George Illawarra Dragons will travel to Mudgee.

“Our commitment to playing matches in regional locations will continue in the 2019 schedule,” NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg told

“We saw some amazing scenes in some of our regional matches in 2018 and I see no reason why we won’t see many more highlights in 2019.”

Wagga Wagga Mayor Greg Conkey said the Raiders game would inject $2 million to the economy.

“This marks the start of the partnership between Wagga Wagga City Council and the Raiders, which will continue to grow and benefit both our community and the club in the coming years,” Conkey said.

“As well as boosting rugby league at a grass roots level, hosting an NRL game in Wagga Wagga is estimated to inject $2million into the local economy and will add to the 1.3 million people who visit our city each year.”


      • Only if your Greg Inglis and play in the inner Sydney southern suburbs, that claim the east coast of Australia. I would of thought that was East not south Queensland. I suppose if a person is on the west coast of Australia then according to South Sydney fans that would be Northern Suburbs.馃ぃ馃ぃ馃ぃ馃ぃ馃ぃ of Perth

      • You DO realise though P18 that “Sydney” does not extend beyond the Blue mountains though right? Rural by it’s definition is “outside” of a city (in this case Sydney).

        • OK, so you understand that SM was right to draw attention to the contradiction inherent in “rural Sydney” then? It just seems from your first post that you missed that.

          City equals Sydney and Country (rural) are the regions outside of Sydney. They are NOT interchangeable and an extension of Sydney. THAT is the point that both SM and I are making.

      • I can guarantee you that no one in mudgee, dubbo or bathurst consider themselves part of Sydney. And neither do their local governments. And neither does any sane person.

      • Maybe if they said Rural NSW, but they have said Rural Sydney, which is factually inaccurate. Pretty simple really.

        • Let’s be honest eels47, to an old chook like Woody everything west of Bondi junction and the Sydney CBD is Rural Sydney. 馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀

  1. Sydney has plenty of rural regions, Windsor,Richmond is a rural part of Sydney, The last time I looked as soon as you leave the shopping centres of those areas it becomes farm land, which is rural and still bounded by the greater Sydney tag.馃挭馃懘馃憤

    • So if you want to re-invent your own definitions of “rural” that’s fine by me but just answer me, are Wagga Wagga, Mudgee and Bathurst part of “rural Sydney”? Yes or No? And if you answer incorrectly I’m getting matron to bring the rectal thermometer to measure your temperature! 馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀

      • Defiantly not and don’t tell the Matron anything mate. But I was reacting to the headlines about rural Sydney. The meaning of Rural is

        in, relating to, or characteristic of the countryside rather than the town.
        “remote rural areas”
        country 路 countryside 路 pastoral 路 rustic 路 bucolic 路 agricultural 路 farming 路 agrarian 路 Arcadian 路 sylvan 路 georgic 路 agrestic 路 exurban

        If they stuck to the headlines “Premiership points to be played in rural Sydney in 2019” then Wagga, Mudgee or Bathurst are not in cooee of Sydney. But Sydney has miles and miles of rural land. Maybe they could take a game to Badgerys Creek before the airport is built, Wilberfore or Beyond Camden. What the story heading should of read was “Premiership points to be played in the bush in 2019”

      • Finally, we can agree AND disagree on the same point! You found a way to say you are wrong but right at the same time. THAT takes skill my friend. Have you thought about going into politics? 馃槈

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