MATT CONLAN - MINISTER FOR SPORT AND RECREATION
The Government has secured a deal which will see Darwin host a round 17 clash in the 2013 National Rugby League (NRL) season.
Minister for Sport and Recreation, Matt Conlan, said the Penrith Panthers will take on the Gold Coast Titans at TIO stadium on 6 July.
“Territorians are passionate about their sport and this game is an exciting one to mark in the calendar,” Mr Conlan said.
Rugby League’s presence in the Territory continued to grow in the 2012 season, with nearly 2000 players registered.
“The Government will work closely with the NRL to provide the community with opportunities to be involved with the clubs and the players,” Mr Conlan said.
Chief Minister, Terry Mills held talks with the NRL in Sydney last month to ensure the Northern Territory was part of the 2013 fixture.
Nearly 11,000 fans turned out to the 2012 NRL game between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Sydney Roosters, proving it is a popular sport in the Territory.
Since 2005, only two games for premiership points have been played in the Territory.
The game will take place at 7pm on Saturday 6 July at TIO Stadium.
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