Wests Tigers Canterbury Cup side, Western Suburbs Magpies, will kick off the season with a number of home games as they look to improve on their 2018 campaign under Brett Hodgson.
After a strong season last year that took the Magpies back in to the top eight, Hodgson's side will be looking to go even further this year in the new-look competition officially launched today by New South Wales Rugby League.
Round 1 of the Canterbury Cup will kick off on March 16 when Western Suburbs face Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles at Leichhardt Oval before returning to Campbelltown Sports Stadium in Rounds 2 and 3. In a boost for Wests Tigers Members and fans, all three games will be played prior to the NRL side, with entry for the day guaranteeing two (and in some cases three) games of footy!
The 2019 Canterbury Cup Grand Final will be played at the new, state-of-the-art Bankwest Stadium after a five-year agreement was locked in with the venue, with Western Suburbs set for both a home and away game there during the year.
The first of those games will be as part of a doubleheader on Easter Monday — the first NRL game day experience in the new stadium and definitely not one to miss!
In addition to this, Western Suburbs will also have two fixtures at the historic Lidcombe Oval following last year's successful return to the venue. The Magpies will face Newtown at the ground in Round 7 as well as North Sydney in Round 16.
For the full 2019 Canterbury Cup draw, please click here.
2019 CANTERBURY CUP DRAW
|1||Sat., March 16||3:15pm***||Sea Eagles (H)||Leichhardt Oval|
|2||Sun., March 24||3:55pm***||NZ Warriors (H)||Campbelltown Sports Stadium|
|3||Sun., March 31||1:50pm***||Bulldogs (H)||Campbelltown Sports Stadium|
|4||Sun., April 7||3:00pm||Mounties (A)||Aubrey Keech Reserve|
|5||Sun., April 14||1:10pm||Panthers (H)||Leichhardt Oval|
|6||Mon., April 22||1:45pm***||Wentworthville (A)||Bankwest Stadium|
|7||Sun., April 28||1:10pm||Newtown (H)||Lidcombe Oval|
|8||Sun., May 5||1:10pm||North Sydney (A)||North Sydney Oval|
|10||Sat., May 18||10:50am||Bulldogs (A)||Panthers Stadium|
|11||Sun., May 26||1:10pm||Rabbitohs (A)||Metricon High Performance Centre|
|12||Sun., June 2||1:10pm||Dragons (A)||Nestrata Jubilee Stadium|
|13||Sat., June 8||3:00pm||Mounties (H)||Campbelltown Sports Stadium|
|14||Sun., June 16||1:10pm||Knights (H)||Campbelltown Sports Stadium|
|15||Sun., June 30||1:10pm||Rabbitohs (H)||Campbelltown Sports Stadium|
|16||Sun., July 7||1:10pm||North Sydney (H)||Lidcombe Oval|
|17||Sun., July 14||1:50pm***||Wentworthville (H)||Bankwest Stadium|
|18||Sat., July 20||3:00pm||Dragons (H)||Leichhardt Oval|
|19||Fri., July 26||3:45pm***||Knights (A)||McDonald Jones Stadium|
|21||Sun., August 11||1:10pm||Sea Eagles (A)||H.E. Laybutt Field|
|22||Sun., August 18||1:10pm||Panthers (A)||Panthers Stadium|
|23||Sat., August 24||12:45pm||Newtown (A)||Henson Park|
|24||Sat., August 31||9:00am||NZ Warriors (A)||Mount Smart Stadium|
* denotes played directly before NRL match.