Very rarely do we see games played on the South Island in New Zealand, but come the 2013 pre-season, the Brisbane Broncos will do just that – when they take on the New Zealand Warriors in their first ever game on the South Island of the country.
The game will be played at Dunedin’s newest indoor sports centre, Forsyth Barr Stadium, on February 23.
As it stands, talks are underway to have the game shown live on Fox Sports – which should that happen, the live broadcast of the game will start at 5:30 pm.
Should all the details be finalised, the eventual plan is to have the game as a curtain-raiser (albeit at different venues), for the annual Charity Shield clash later that night.
With the Broncos heavily supported in New Zealand, Terry Reader, the Broncos General Manager of Marketing and Commercial Operations, says that it is a clash that the organisation is looking forward to.
â€œThis game will be a great event not only for the Broncos and Warriors, but a great step forward for the game of rugby league in the South Island of New Zealand,â€ said Terry Reader, Broncosâ€™ general manager of Marketing and Commercial Operations.
â€œWe know we have thousands of fans across the Tasman and while those around Auckland get a chance to see us play every year, this will be an exciting opportunity for those on the South Island.
â€œIt will be a special event at a very unique stadium. We canâ€™t thank the Warriors and especially the management of Dunedin Venues enough â€“ their willingness to work to make this event happen has been a real breath of fresh air.â€