NZ Warriors set to play NRL opener in first home game in 18 months

Headlines 25/11/2020

The NZ Warriors are set to play the Gold Coast Titans at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium to open the 2021 NRL season - on the basis that a trans-Tasman bubble is in place. 

According to The Daily Telegraph, the NRL has granted the club its wish to welcome in the new season in front of a home crowd for the first time in 18 months. 

The Warriors would then be expected to travel back to Australia for several rounds, regardless of whether or not the travel bubble is in place.

The full NRL schedule for 2021 is set to release on Thursday, giving the teams a better indication of the season's travel expectations.

While all six Australian states are out of isolated lockdown, the threat of coronavirus is still very real as shown with the mini-cluster breakout in South Australia last week. 

In other first round action, the defending champion Melbourne Storm host the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the opening game of the season, while the Sydney Roosters will play the Manly Sea Eagles at the Sydney Cricket Ground. 

The match against the Titans is set for an afternoon kickoff on Saturday March 13.