Canberra forward Josh Papalii in action against Newcastle in Round 17 of the 2016 Telstra Premiership.

Queanbeyan to host Raiders trial match

The Canberra Raiders will once again return to their spiritual home of Seiffert Oval in 2017, when they play the Newcastle Knights in a trial match on Saturday February 18.

The match will be the main pre-season showcase for the Raiders ahead of the 2017 season, with the match against the Knights the clubs only official NRL trial before the start of the season proper. 

Raiders Coach Ricky Stuart and Raiders CEO Don Furner joined Administrator of the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Tim Overall at Seiffert Oval on Monday to officially launch the trial, which is scheduled for a 6.30pm kick-off on February 18. 

Stuart said taking the game back to the Raiders traditional home was exciting and the club was looking forward to it. 

"It's a privilege for us to be able to come back to our roots here," Stuart said.

"There's been a lot of history and great traditions set at this ground for many, many years.

"I know all the players are looking forward to coming to play here. I think we will get a big crowd here with the interest in the game so high."

Read more at raiders.com.au