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The Warriors are set to repay the faith showed by the people of Tamworth during their two-week stay in May by hosting the Newcastle Knights at Scully Park in round 16. 

After the Warriors used the city as a base for their COVID-19 quarantine period when they arrived in Australia in May, the August 29 match will reward the community and provide a boost to the local economy.

The occasion will be the first time the Warriors will play in the regional town, while the Knights will return to the venue after last playing at the venue in 2018. 

ARL chairman Peter V'landys was hopeful biosecurity measures in place would enable the ground to see at least 5000 people through the gates. 

"We want to thank the Tamworth community and businesses for their kindness, support and hospitality shown to the Warriors whilst they were in their beautiful town," V'landys said.

"Allowing the Warriors to quarantine in Tamworth played an important role in the season resuming on May 28."

Tamworth's Scully Park.
Tamworth's Scully Park. ©Pauk Barkley/NRL Photos

V'landys said the NRL remained committed to taking more games to regional venues in the future after an increase in previous seasons.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has restricted the opportunities to play games in regional centres this season. Towns like Tamworth have rugby league in their DNA," he said.

"We want people in regional towns to have the opportunity to watch more live rugby league and we will make this happen."

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Warriors CEO Cameron George said the club was looking forward to returning to Tamworth.

"We've played with Tamworth's postcode 2340 on our jerseys throughout the season and hold the region and its people very close to our hearts. We’ll never forget what they did for us," he said.

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"When we were stuck without a home just before the season was about to resume Tamworth came to the rescue by setting up a home away from home for our players and staff to meet their quarantine requirements.

"The circumstances meant the team couldn't connect with the community then but with this game, we'll, at last, have a chance to say thank you to those who are able to make it to the game."

The NRL worked with the NSW Government, Warriors, Wests Tamworth Leagues Club and Fox Sports to make the match a reality.

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