The World Club Challenge All-Stars and Charity Shield: 2023 return with NRL pre-season matches
With the 2023 NRL season not kicking off until March 2, we won’t have to wait long to see some rugby league action.
The pre-season is shaping up to be a beauty, with the first World Club Challenge in three years coming in February.
Reigning title holders the Roosters will have to hand over the long-held trophy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the 2022 Premier Penrith facing Super League champions St Helens at Bluebet Stadium.
The English tourists are making the most of their time in Australia, having booked a game against the Aussie Saints at the WIN Stadium. We also have a grand final match when Penrith take on Parramatta in the first week of pre-season.
Kiwi fans can watch the passion and emotion peak live. Men’s and women’s matches between Maori and local stars will be played in all halves.
We also prepare for the 40th Charity Shield between the Red V and the Bunnies, with the southerners boasting 22 wins. The Dragons broke a decade-long drought against their rivals in 2022 and will be looking to do so again when they return to Mudgee.
It will also be your first chance to see the NRL’s newest franchise, the Dolphins. Wayne Bennett and his men face their Queensland neighbors the Cowboys and the Titans.
Check out the full list of all preseason action with each game available on Fox League and Kayo.
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NRL pre-season 2023
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Thursday February 9
Warriors vs. Tigers at Mt Smart Stadium, 6 p.m
Friday February 10
Knights v Sharks, Central Coast Stadium, 5.55pm
Rabbitohs vs. Sea Eagles, Central Coast Stadium, 8pm
Saturday, February 11
Maori and Indigenous All Stars – Women, Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua, 1.30pm
Maori & Indigenous All Stars – Men, Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua, 3.45pm
Eels vs Panthers, BlueBet Stadium, 6pm
Dragons v St Helens, WIN Stadium, 8.05pm
Sunday February 12
Storm vs Roosters, GMHBA Stadium, Geelong, 1.50pm
Raiders vs. Bulldogs, Ack Weyman Oval, Moruya, 3.55pm
Cowboys v Dolphins, Barlow Park, Cairns, 6pm
Broncos vs. Titans, Sunshine Coast Stadium, 8:05 p.m
Friday February 17
Knights vs. Eels, Central Coast Stadium. 17:55
Roosters vs. Sea Eagles, Central Coast Stadium. 20.00
Saturday, February 18
Dragons vs Rabbitohs, Glen Willow Stadium, Mudgee, 3.30pm (Charity Shield)
Panthers vs St Helens, BlueBet Stadium, 6pm (World Club Challenge)
Broncos vs. Cowboys, Sunshine Coast Stadium, 8.10pm
Sunday February 19
Warriors vs Storm, Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch, 12.50pm
Tigers vs Raiders, Belmore Stadium, Sydney, 2.55pm
Bulldogs v Sharks, Belmore Sports Ground, Sydney, 5pm
Dolphins v Titans, Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe, 7.05pm
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