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Dallas Johnson, Brett White, Aiden Tolman, Mark Riddell, Jeremy Smith, Trent Hodkinson, Beau Champion, Carl Webb, Shaun Berrigan and Neville Costigan will be among the prized recruits who will take to the field in their new colours for the first time in an action-packed pre-season that starts on February 5 and features matches across NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory and New Zealand.

While the second Harvey Norman All Stars clash on February 12 on the Gold Coast between the Indigenous All Stars and NRL All Stars on February 13 will mark the official launch of the 2011 Telstra Premiership season, an exciting pre-season featuring the Charity Shield, Foundation Cup, Mercury Challenge, Stockland Trophy, Battle of the West Cup and World Club Challenge Final will give members and fans plenty to cheer.

Coffs Harbour, Bega, Port Macquarie, Alice Springs, Tamworth, Cairns, Muswellbrook, Wollongong, Newcastle and Rotorua are among the centres that will host 27 pre-season matches ahead of the start of the Telstra Premiership on Friday, March 11.

“The countdown has certainly begun for the 2011 Telstra Premiership and the pre-season provides some great opportunities for members and fans to get out and see how their team is shaping up,” NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, said.

“As well as all the matches, the One Community Carnival next month will take hundreds of NRL stars to country and regional centres across Australia and New Zealand and encourage children to learn the importance of harmony, respect and to be part of the game’s ‘Dream. Believe. Achieve!’ program.”

The 2011 program of trial matches includes:

Saturday February 5

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Newtown Jets

Redfern Oval


Warriors v Newcastle Knights

Wingham Park, Greymouth


Sydney Roosters v Ipswich Jets

North Ipswich Reserve


Friday February 11

Melbourne Storm v Brisbane Easts/Ipswich

Langlands Park, Brisbane


Manly Sea Eagles v Cronulla Sharks

Brookvale Oval


North Qld Cowboys v Wests Tigers

Jack Manski Oval, Townsville


Saturday February 12

Warriors v Parramatta Eels

Rotorua International Stadium


Sydney Roosters v Canterbury Bulldogs

Leichhard Oval, Sydney


Harvey Norman All Stars:
Indigenous All Stars v NRL All Stars

Skilled Park, Gold Coast


Newcastle Knights v Fiji Bati

EnergyAustralia Stadium


Brisbane Broncos v Gold Coast Titans

Kougari Oval, Wynnum


Sunday February 13

Charity Shield: Rabbitohs v Dragons

ANZ Stadium, Sydney


Friday February 18

Mercury Challenge: Dragons v Bulldogs

WIN Stadium, Wollongong


Saturday February 19

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Gold Coast Titans

BCU International Stadium


Melbourne Storm v Canberra Raiders

Bega Recreation Ground


Penrith Panthers v Newcastle Knights

Port Macquarie Stadium


Wests Tigers v Parramatta Eels

Campbelltown Stadium


Warriors v Burleigh Bears

Toll Stadium,Whangarei


Brisbane Broncos v North Qld Cowboys

Traeger Park Oval, Alice Springs


Saturday February 26

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Canberra Raiders

Scully Park, Tamworth


Brisbane Broncos v Melbourne Storm

Dolphin Oval, Redcliffe


Newcastle Knights v Cronulla Sharks

Olympic Park, Muswellbrook


Warriors v Manly Sea Eagles

North Harbour Stadium, Auckland


Battle of the West Cup: Panthers v Eels

Penrith Stadium, Penrith


Stockland Trophy: Cowboys v Titans

Barlow Park, Cairns


Foundation Cup: Sydney Roosters v Wests Tigers



Sunday, February 27

World Club Challenge:
Wigan v St George Illawarra Dragons

DW Stadium, Wigan, England

UK: 7:15pm, NSW: 6:15am (Mon)

(Please note, all times are LOCAL times. Times are subject to change and all fans should check their respective club websites closer to match day to confirm times).