The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 2020 pre-season scheduled will be jam packed with two NRL trials and the return of the NRL Nines in Perth.
The club’s February campaign will start with the team heading to Perth on February 14-15 for the two-day tournament.
The NRL Nines, formerly held in Auckland, has been missing from the rugby league calendar for the past two seasons, but will return in 2020 at Perth’s HBF Park.
The nine-a-side format will give Dean Pay an opportunity to unleash a number of his rookies and showcase the younger players within his squad.
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Following the Nines, the team will head to Papua New Guinea to play the Cronulla Sharks in an historic rugby league event on February 22.
The Port Moresby clash with the Sharks will be the first time two NRL clubs have played a trial in PNG.
The match will be played at Port Moresby’s $88 million international-quality, 15,000-seat National Football stadium.
The final trial will see the team head to Port Macquarie to play the Canberra Raiders on February 29.
The fixture will be the region's first since Penrith and Newcastle played a trial match on February 11, 2012. Prior to that City played Country in 2010 with Country proving too good by 36-18.
The Bulldogs visit is part of a five-year partnership agreement with the North Coast where the boys from Belmore will have a growing visual presence.
The clash with the Raiders will be the third straight year the two sides have met before the NRL premiership gets under way.
Following the three-week schedule, Canterbury will have a week off ahead of their opening match of the 2020 season against the Parramatta Eels at Bankwest Stadium on Thursday, March 12.
* Stay tuned to bulldogs.com.au for further updates relating to tickets being made available for the PNG trial and the final trial match against the Canberra Raiders.