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NITV will broadcast Saturday's trial match between the Newcastle Knights and the First Nations Goannas LIVE from Hunter Stadium while ABC Radio will call the match.


The week-long Festival of Indigenous Rugby League recognises the role Indigenous Australians play in rugby league. It is being held in Newcastle this week in place of the traditional Rugby League All Stars match which is being rested in 2014 post the Rugby League World Cup.




The event will feature extensive community activities, as well as curtain-raiser games between the QLD and NSW Under 16 boys teams and QLD and NSW Indigenous Women’s teams prior to the trial match.


Coached by former NRL player Laurie Daley, the First Nations Goannas includes some of Australia’s most talented non-elite Indigenous players. The team also features four former NRL stars: David Peachey, Nathan Blacklock, Rod Jensen and Dennis Moran.


NITV’s live coverage of the Newcastle Knights v First Nations Goannas will feature commentary from Brad Cooke, Owen Craigie and Djuro Sen.


Newcastle Knights v First Nations Goannas is televised live from 6:30pm on NITV while 1233 ABC Newcastle is live from 7pm.


NITV will also show the annual Koori v Murri Interstate Challenge at 2pm Sunday 9 February.


Tickets are on sale now for the Festival of Indigenous Rugby League. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets now.


• General admission: Adults $18, Children $8, Family $45

• Reserved: Adults $25, Children $15, Family $65