The Newcastle Knights is overall pleased with the 2016 NRL draw, particularly the calibre of home matches, following Friday’s official announcement.
The Club will host the Manly Sea Eagles on ANZAC Day in Round 8 as well as the South Sydney Rabbitohs for Old Boys Day in Round 25.
“It has been a number of years since we have hosted either Manly or Souths at Hunter Stadium, and we know both of those will be popular encounters,” CEO Matt Gidley said.
The Knights are scheduled three games on Saturday, three games on Sunday and two on Monday, however one of those is the ANZAC Day blockbuster on a public holiday.
“The majority of home games are family friendly while also appealing for our corporate partners and sponsors,” Gidley added.
The Knights kick off the season with an away match against the Gold Coast Titans at CBus Super Stadium, and will play the first four from five away. The benefit is back-to-back home games at season’s end.
In addition to Manly and Souths at Hunter Stadium, the Club will also host the likes of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs for Women in League Round, the St George Illawarra Dragons in Round 16 and the Cronulla Sharks for Indigenous Round.
“Overall we are pleased with the number of quality games scheduled at home and we’re excited about the potential of the season ahead,” Gidley concluded.
“With the draw now finalised, we hope our fans, Members, corporate partners and sponsors are all looking forward to sharing season 2016 with us.”