Wagga Wagga City Council and Canberra Raiders’ promise to bring a National Rugby League fixture back to the city next year was today fulfilled with the 2021 NRL draw highlighting a premiership game at McDonald’s Park next May.To see the full Canberra Raiders draw for the 2021 season, click here!
The Raiders will play Newcastle Knights on Saturday 8 May, 2021 at 3pm, marking the return of elite sporting events to the city after the cancellation of this year’s NRL game in April due to the pandemic.
Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Cr Greg Conkey said the return of top level rugby league to the city would be a popular announcement for regional sporting fans who take every opportunity to support big sporting events in Wagga Wagga.
The game is scheduled for the day after the running of the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup, potentially providing the city with a weekend sporting bonanza expected to draw thousands to the region.
“This is a great step forward for the city, and indeed regional areas, to see the NRL back in Wagga Wagga next year,” Cr Conkey said.
“Needless to say it’s been a tough year, and I welcome this announcement by the NRL and congratulate everyone involved to ensure the Raiders are scheduled to return to Wagga Wagga in 2021.
“We have a strong relationship with the Raiders, and bringing one of their games to Wagga Wagga is indeed a significant boost to the morale and ongoing recovery of our city and surrounding towns after enduring the effects of the pandemic for most of this year.”
Cr Conkey said Council staff will work closely with the NRL, the Raiders and NSW Health to ensure everything is done within Public Health Order guidelines in the lead-up to and during the promotion.
“Being COVID-safe is a part of daily life now … people understand that and we will need to be aware of that and follow the health guidelines in place at the time of the game,” Cr Conkey said.