The St George Illawarra Dragons have announced an additional pre-season fixture against the Mackay Cutters at Stadium Mackay on Saturday, January 31.

The Queensland trial will be played in tandem with the second annual NRL Auckland Nines tournament which will take place at Eden Park, Auckland across Saturday, January 31 and Sunday, February 1.

Head Coach Paul McGregor has welcomed the newly announced fixture against the Intrust Super Cup opponents and has indicated it will still provide those not named in the NRL Auckland Nines squad the opportunity to test themselves in a competitive environment.

“The upcoming trial against the Mackay Cutters will provide those players not named in the NRL Auckland Nines squad the chance to still play in what will be a physically challenging encounter,” McGregor said.

“It will also serve as an opportunity for the coaching staff to gauge where each player is at in their respective pre-season preparations while also providing a solid platform for our preparations in both the Charity Shield and World Club Series.”

The Dragons players selected for the two-day NRL Auckland Nines tournament will compete within the Rangitoto pool against the Parramatta Eels, Newcastle Knights and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

The Dragons will then compete in the traditional Charity Shield match against reigning premiers the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park on the evening of Saturday, February 7.

The Dragons will then travel north of the equator to take part in the inaugural World Club Series after being invited to compete against European Super League opponents Warrington Wolves at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington on Friday, February 20.

2015 Red V Members will have the opportunity to pre-purchase tickets to the pre-season fixture against the Mackay Cutters from 9am to  4.30pm AEST Thursday, December 11 before tickets go on sale to general public on Friday, December 12 from 9am.

Mackay Cutters v St George Illawarra Dragons

When: Saturday, January 31
Location: Stadium Mackay
Gates Open 3.30pm (curtain raisers 4.30pm and 6pm. Main game 7.30pm)

General Public On-sale

Friday, December 12, 9am via MECC Box Office Counter, or by phoning 4961 9777 or www.mackaytix.com.au

Max 4 tickets per transaction in Grandstand, Max 10 tickets per transaction in Hill (General Admission)

Prices

Grandstand (Reserved allocated seating) - $20* + $1.50 booking fee & $0.75 card fee (Admission for all ages)

Hill (General Admission):
                                  $10* Adults + $1.50 booking fee & $0.35 card fee
                                  $5* Concession/High school students/Kids 5-12 +$1.50
                                  (booking fee & $0.20 card fee)
                                  Kids aged 4 and under free (general admission only)

*Card & booking fees will apply to all ticket sales

The Cutters will be handling all sales for Corporate Boxes, all enquires can be directed to admin@mackaycutters.com.au

*This story first ran at www.dragons.com.au as: Dragons announce additional pre-season game