Toowoomba to host NRL trial in February

The iSelect Gold Coast Titans will bring top-flight rugby league back to Toowoomba for the first time in seven years, with the announcement of a pre-season trial match against the North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday, February 22, 2014.


In a new partnership with the Toowoomba Rugby League and the Toowoomba Clydesdales, the Titans have agreed to play their final hit-out of the pre-season at the Toowoomba Sports Ground as well as undertake community engagement activities in the region prior to the event.


The new partnership will also see the Titans provide education and welfare workshops for Toowoombas junior representative players as well as a formal link through the Titans Junior Pathways Program.





It is the first time an NRL sanctioned match will be played in Toowoomba since 2006 and is likely to see the return of hometown hero and Cowboys captain Johnathan Thurston, who grew up playing junior football for the Toowoomba All Whites club.


iSelect Titans Chief Executive Officer Graham Annesley (pictured with Toowoomba Clydesdales Chairman Paul Reedy (left) and Toowoomba Rugby League Chairman Allen Pyne (right) said the club was excited to be able to take one of its pre-season fixtures to a new area of South East Queensland.


We are thrilled to be taking rugby league back to Toowoomba, a region which has a great rugby league tradition, said Annesley.


Over the last few years the Titans have taken pre-season games to different areas in Northern NSW and the Gold Coast, so its great that we can expand that reach to another area in South East Queensland.


Toowoomba Rugby League Chairman Allen Pyne said the confirmation of the trial match was a major boost for rugby league in Toowoomba.


Im extremely excited about the prospects that the new alliance with the Titans will bring for Rugby League in our area, said Pyne.


In addition to the opportunity for all our league patrons to view the very elite players in our city, the alliance will provide a linkage and a pathway for all local talent.


The partnership also clearly lifts the profile of rugby league in Toowoomba and will assist greatly with our goals to restore Toowoomba to its rightful place at the top of Regional Rugby League in Queensland.


The Clydesdales development of our U16/U18 and U20 players will now also have a support mechanism to assist their growth and ultimate goal of returning Toowoomba to the Intrust Super Cup.


The TRL is grateful for the support of the Toowoomba Regional Council and the Department of Sport in reaching this milestone."


Tickets will go on sale Monday December 2 through the TRL Office 7 Annand Street Toowoomba or phone (07) 4632 4748.