Canberra Raiders set to have six double headers at Canberra Stadium in 2021
The Canberra Raiders are set to play six double headers at Canberra Stadium in 2021, with the return of the Green Machine to the NSW Cup.
The Raiders have not fielded their own NSW Cup team since 2007. They established an affiliation with the Souths Logan Magpies in the Queensland Cup in 2008, before being forced back to the NSW Cup.
The Raiders affiliated with Mt Pritchard in 2012, but last year, Mounties decided to switch their loyalties to the Canterbury Bulldogs for 2021.
It looked like the Raiders would be without a NSW Cup team for this season, until they announced they would enter their own team, withdrawing from the Under 21s Jersey Flegg Cup at the same time.
ARLC Chair Peter V'landys has led a return to playing "all three grades" this season, allowing fans to follow the progression of their club's players from Under 21s through to the NRL.
While the Raiders will not have "three grades" this year, their NSW Cup team will provide the "warm up" match at six of their fixtures at Canberra Stadium.
Three of the Raiders NSW Cup home games will be played at Raiders Belconnen. They will also play before the Raiders NRL match which has been transferred to Wagga.
In addition, the Raiders NSW Cup team is to play prior to their NRL counterparts at four away venues.
The NSW Cup draw is yet to be "officially" released, but it has been issued on the Play Rugby League
site. It is possible that there may be some further changes before the draw is finally settled.
The NSW Cup was sponsored by sporting apparel company Canterbury in recent seasons, but it appears it the NSW transport safety campaign, "The Knock-On Effect" will be the naming sponsor in 2021.
2021 Canberra Raiders NSW Cup draw
Rd 1 Canberra Raiders v Western Suburbs Magpies, Sunday 14 March, 1:50pm, Canberra Stadium
Rd 2 Parramatta Eels v Canberra Raiders, Saturday 20 March, 5:30pm, Cabramatta
Rd 3 Canberra Raiders v Mounties, Saturday 27 March, 12:40pm, Canberra Stadium
Rd 4 Canberra Raiders v Newtown Jets, Saturday 3 April, 4:00pm, Raiders Belconnen
Rd 5 Penrith Panthers v Canberra Raiders, Friday 9 April, 5:30pm, Panthers Stadium
Rd 6 Canberra Raiders v Parramatta Eels, Saturday 17 April, 5:20pm, Canberra Stadium
Rd 7 BYE
Rd 8 Canberra Raiders v South Sydney Rabbitohs, Saturday 1 May, 4:00pm, Raiders Belconnen
Rd 9 Canberra Raiders v Newcastle Knights, Saturday 8 May, 12:40pm, Wagga*
Rd 10 BYE
Rd 11 Western Suburbs Magpies v Canberra Raiders, Sunday 23 May, 12:00pm, TBC
Rd 12 North Sydney Bears v Canberra Raiders, Sunday 30 May, 2:00pm, North Sydney Oval
Rd 13 Newtown Jets v Canberra Raiders, Saturday 5 June, 3:00pm, Henson Park
Rd 14 Canberra Raiders v Blacktown Sea Eagles, Saturday 12 June, 5:20pm, Canberra Stadium
Rd 15 St George Illawarra Dragons v Canberra Raiders, Saturday 19 June, 3:05pm, Wollongong Stadium
Rd 16 BYE
Rd 17 Mounties v Canberra Raiders, Saturday 10 July, 5:05pm, Western Sydney Stadium
Rd 18 Canberra Raiders v Penrith Panthers, Saturday 17 July, 12:40pm, Canberra Stadium
Rd 19 BYE
Rd 20 Canberra Raiders v North Sydney Bears, Saturday 31 July, 3:00pm, Raiders Belconnen
Rd 21 Canberra Raiders v St George Illawarra Dragons, Friday 6 August, 3:45pm, Canberra Stadium
Rd 22 Blacktown Sea Eagles v Canberra Raiders, Saturday 14 August, 5:35pm, Brookvale Oval
Rd 23 South Sydney Rabbitohs v Canberra Raiders, Saturday 21 August, 2:00pm, Redfern Oval
Rd 24 Newcastle Knights v Canberra Raiders, Saturday 29 August, 12:00pm, TBC
* Home game transferred to away venue
Full NSW Cup draw: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=34482
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