Pre-season trials start in three weeks

NRL clubs will play a total of 27 pre-season trial matches in February throughout regional Queensland and New South Wales, Sydney, Brisbane, Alice Springs, New Zealand and England, with the Rabbitohs the first to kick-off in Sydney at Redfern Oval on February 5. <br> <br> The "Return to Redfern" match between the Rabbitohs and the Newtown Jets at Redfern Oval marks the start of a month-long campaign just five weeks before the Telstra Premiership begins on March 11 when the Rabbitohs and Roosters kick-off the 2011 season at the Sydney Football Stadium. <br> <br> The pre-season also begins on Friday, February 5, for the Warriors and Knights, who will play a charity match in Greymouth, NZ; while the Sydney Roosters are hopeful of being able to show their support for the victims of flood-ravaged Queensland with a match scheduled against the Ipswich Jets at North Ipswich Oval. <br> <br> While there is some uncertainty around some trial matches scheduled in Queensland due to the current flooding crisis, clubs are anxious to get to the affected areas and provide locals with some relief. <br> <br> Among other matches currently scheduled for Queensland venues (Brisbane, Gold Coast, Townsville and Wynnum) in the first two trial weekends is the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars match at Skilled Park, Robina, on February 12. <br> <br> The final "trial" will be the World Club Challenge between NRL premiers St George Illawarra Dragons and UK Super League champions Wigan warriors in Wigan on February 27. <br> <br> <b>2011 NRL Trials*: <br> <br> Saturday, February 5:</b> <br> <b>Return to Redfern:</b> South Sydney Rabbitohs v Newtown Jets <br> Redfern Oval, Sydney NSW, 6:00pm <br> <br> <b>Charity Match: </b>Warriors v Newcastle Knights <br> Greymouth, NZ, 6:00pm <br> <br> Ipswich Jets v Sydney Roosters <br> North Ipswich Reserve, QLD, 7:30pm <br> <br> <br> <br> <b>Friday, February 11:</b> <br> Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks <br> Brookvale Oval, Sydney NSW, 7:00pm <br> <br> North Queensland Cowboys v Wests Tigers <br> Brothers Rugby League Club, Townsville QLD, 7:30pm <br> <br> Melbourne Storm v Brisbane Easts / Ipswich Jets <br> Langland Park, Brisbane QLD, 7:00pm <br> <br> <b>Saturday, February 12:</b> <br> <b>Harvey Norman All Stars:</b> Indigenous All Stars v NRL All Stars <br> Skilled Park, Robina QLD, 6:30pm <br> <br> Sydney Roosters v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs <br> Henson Park, Sydney NSW, 5:00pm <br> <br> Brisbane Broncos v Gold Coast Titans <br> Kougari Oval, Wynnum QLD, 7:30pm <br> <br> Warriors v Parramatta Eels <br> International Stadium, Rotorua NZ, 5:00pm <br> <br> Newcastle Knights v Fiji Bati <br> EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle NSW, 6:00pm <br> <br> <b>Sunday, February 13:</b> <br> <b>Charity Shield: </b>South Sydney Rabbitohs v St George-Illawarra Dragons <br> ANZ Stadium, Sydney NSW, 7:00pm <br> <br> <br> <br> <b>Friday, February 18:</b> <br> St George Illawarra Dragons v Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs <br> WIN Stadium, Wollongong, 7:00pm <br> <br> <b>Saturday, February 19:</b> <br> North Queensland Cowboys v Brisbane Broncos <br> Traeger Park Oval, Alice Springs NT, 7:30pm <br> <br> Melbourne Storm v Canberra Raiders <br> Bega Oval, Bega NSW. 7:00pm <br> <br> Penrith Panthers v Newcastle Knights <br> Port Macquarie Regional Stadium, NSW, 7:30pm <br> <br> Parramatta Eels v Wests Tigers <br> Campbelltown Sports Stadium, NSW, Time: TBC <br> <br> South Sydney Rabbitohs v Gold Coast Titans <br> BCU International Stadium, Coffs Harbour, 7:00pm <br> <br> Warriors v Burleigh Bears <br> Toll Stadium, Whangarei NZ, 5:00pm <br> <br> <br> <br> <b>Saturday, February 26:</b> <br> <b>Foundation Cup:</b> Sydney Roosters v Wests Tigers <br> SFS, Sydney NSW, 7:30pm <br> <br> Brisbane Broncos v Melbourne Storm <br> Dolphin Oval, Redcliffe QLD, 7:30pm <br> <br> <b>Battle of the West Cup: </b>Penrith Panthers v Parramatta Eels <br> CUA Stadium, Penrith NSW, 8:00pm <br> <br> Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Canberra Raiders <br> Scully Park, Tamworth NSW, 7:30pm <br> <br> Newcastle Knights v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks <br> Olympic Park, Muswellbrook NSW, 7:30pm <br> <br> North Queensland Cowboys v Gold Coast Titans <br> Barlow Park, Cairns QLD, 7:00pm <br> <br> Warriors v Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles <br> North Harbour Stadium, Albany NZ, 6:00pm <br> <br> <b>Sunday, February 27:</b> <br> <b>World Club Challenge: </b>Wigan Warriors v St George-Illawarra Dragons <br> DW Stadium, Wigan UK, 7:15pm (NSW: 6:15pm Monday) <br> <br> <i> * N.B. Trials are subject to change and are correct at time of printing.<br><br>If you wish to donate to the Queensland flood relief appeal, please go through the Queensland Government website at the following link: <a href="http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html" http:="" www.qld.gov.au="" floods="" donate.html="">http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html</a></i>