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New Zealand Warriors sign NRL deal in Christchurch

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In a historic move, the New Zealand Warriors have sealed a three-year deal to play NRL home games in Christchurch. The agreement, forged in partnership with Venues Ōtautahi and Christchurch NZ, is a result of the Warriors’ groundbreaking 2023 campaign.

While the New Zealand Warriors have previously played eight NRL matches in Christchurch as away fixtures, this marks a historic shift, bringing home games to the city, creating a new chapter in the club’s rich history.

The three-year deal will witness NRL home games hosted in Christchurch for the 2024, 2025, and 2026 seasons. The fixtures for 2024 and 2025 will be played at Apollo Projects Stadium, with the 2026 game scheduled for Christchurch’s new international arena, Te Kaha Stadium, which is currently in construction.

Excited about this development, New Zealand Warriors CEO Cameron George stated, “This is such an exciting step forward for us as a club. We’ve been eager to bring NRL games to the region for some time, and the building of Te Kaha Stadium has helped to make that a reality.”

The opponent and specific dates for the inaugural match in the 2024 season will be disclosed alongside the complete 2024 draw early next week.

Additionally, a trial match is scheduled for the Warriors in 2024 against the Wests Tigers, coached by rugby league legend Benji Marshall, at Apollo Projects Stadium on February 18.

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