The Sydney Roosters and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles have announced they will play their final trial match ahead of the kick-off to the 2015 NRL season on Saturday, 21st February at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford.
The 2013 Grand Final rivals have also agreed to make the preseason trial an annual fixture for the next four years.
Both Clubs have immensely strong followings across the Central Coast. The Sea Eagles have regularly taken NRL games to the area over many years, while the Roosters have formed a partnership with the Central Coast Division Rugby League as well as the Wyong Roos, who will represent the foundation club in the NSW Cup.
“We’re pleased to enter this partnership with the Sea Eagles that will see each of our three grades feature in an annual trial over the next four years,” said Roosters Chief Operating Officer Football, Brian Canavan.
“With more than 5,500 participants in the region, the Central Coast has a strong rugby league supporters base, and with next month’s trial locked in at Central Coast Stadium, we’re looking forward to engaging with the community to promote our code in lead-up to the day,” added Canavan.
Sea Eagles CEO Joe Kelly echoed the sentiments, saying he was excited the Club would be playing such a competitive side over the coming years.
“We’ve been two of the benchmark sides in recent seasons, so to secure a trial like this over the next four years is a real coup for both Clubs,” Kelly said.
“Both the Roosters and Sea Eagles have a fantastic relationship with the community on the Central Coast with many loyal Members from the region, so it’s great to see this in the diary for 2015,” he added.
The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and Sydney Roosters Head Coaches, Geoff Toovey and Trent Robinson, were both pleased to have an annual trial locked in for the next four years.
“While there are no premiership points on the line in these matches, they are vitally important fixtures for each player, as well as the coaching staff. It ensures that we are all 100% ready and committed for the rigours of another grueling NRL season,” said Toovey.
“I’m sure Trent [Robinson] will have his side fully prepped and ready, as he always does, but we’ll be just a ready and are looking forward to the early season match up against a quality rival,” he added.
“Manly have been a benchmark side over the last decade, and it will be a great measure for each of our squads to test themselves in the lead-up to the season over the next four years,” said Robinson.
The day will feature each of the Club’s top three grades, as well as membership, merchandise and community information available for both the Sea Eagles and Roosters members and supporters to be located at various points around the venue.
Tickets for the Central Coast Stadium clash will be on sale soon through Ticketek with both Sea Eagles and Roosters 2015 Members receiving significant discounts on all ticketing options.
Sydney Roosters v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Saturday 21st February 2015
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
NRL: 6:30pm NSW CUP: 4:15pm NYC: 2:00pm