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NRL 2021: Pre-season trials, All Stars kick off new year

The annual All Stars fixture headlines the pre-season schedule leading into the 2021 Telstra Premiership.

All eight official club trials have been confirmed with each team only playing one full NRL trial due to the shorter-than-usual time between seasons caused by the disruptions to the 2020 schedule from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The club trials will be held on the last weekend of February in the lead-up to the start of the regular season on March 11.

For the first time, Townsville's Queensland Country Bank Stadium will host the Harvey Norman All Stars clashes between the men's and women's teams representing the Australian Indigenous sides and the New Zealand Maori on February 20.

Due to the global travel restrictions, the World Club Challenge will not be played in its usual February/March timeslot.

The best from both sides of the Tasman

A busy 2021 calendar, including the World Cup, is among the factors that will be considered in the rescheduling of the fixture.

The traditional Charity Shield is returning to Mudgee on February 27, which will be new coach Anthony Griffin's first hit-out in charge of St George Illawarra against South Sydney.

Among the other confirmed trials for February 27 are the Titans locking horns with the Warriors at Lismore, Melbourne lining up against the Knights at Casey Fields  and the Sharks will host the Bulldogs at their 2021 home base Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

On February 27 Western Sydney rivals Penrith and Parramatta will have a hit-out  at Panthers Stadium while Brisbane and the Cowboys will meet in an all-Queensland at Redcliffe's Dolphin Stadium.

Sydney Roosters will be taking on the Raiders on February 27 at Leichhardt Oval and the following day, Wests Tigers will match up against Manly at the same venue.

The Tigers and Raiders had originally agreed to play each other with Manly taking on the Roosters but the teams switched around after the Telstra Premiership draw was announced - Canberra host the Tigers in round one with the Roosters at home to the Sea Eagles.

There will be four trials played featuring players with 12 games or less experience earlier in February.

NRL pre-season trials 

February 12

Sharks v Dragons: 5.30pm (AEDT) at PointsBet Stadium (players with 12 games from 2020 or less)

February 18

Eels v Dragons: 5.30pm (AEDT) at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium (players with 12 games from 2020 or less)

February 20

Wests Tigers v Roosters: 6.30pm (AEDT) at Kirkham Oval, Camden (players with 12 games from 2020 or less)

Warriors v Storm: 7.30pm (AEST) at Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe (players with 12 games from 2020 or less)

NRL All Stars: Indigenous v Maori women's game 4.40pm (AEST); Indigenous v Maori men's game 7.10pm (AEST) at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville

February 27

Storm v Knights: 5.30pm (AEDT) at Casey Fields, Melbourne

Roosters v Raiders: 5.30pm (AEDT) at Leichhardt Oval

Sharks v Bulldogs: 6pm (AEDT) at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium

Titans v Warriors: 6pm (AEDT) at Oaks Oval, Lismore

Rabbitohs v Dragons: 6.30pm (AEDT) at Mudgee

Eels v Panthers: 7.30pm (AEDT) at Panthers Stadium

Broncos v Cowboys: 7pm (AEST) at Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe

February 28

Wests Tigers v Sea Eagles: 5pm (AEDT) at Leichhardt Oval

 

Witness the best of the best from both sides of the Tasman. As athletes and as people from the First Nations 
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Be there as cultures collide.

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