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Fittler: Players relishing chance to play at COE

Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler believes more games that are played at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence can only strengthen Rugby League across the state with the second official match to be played at the state-of-the-art facility on Monday 23 August. 

The Wests Tigers and Wentworthville Magpies go head-to-head in a blockbuster Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Round 6 fixture, just one week after the Rabbitohs and Bulldogs had the distinction of being the first two sides to play on the playing field at the state-of-the-art facility.

It has acted primarily as a training base for some of the world’s biggest sporting clubs, such as NSW Blues for the 2019 State of Origin series and English soccer team Leeds United, while also being home to all of NSWRL’s other representative teams.

Fittler says it’s a golden opportunity for Rugby League teams to experience the high-performance facility in the best way possible.

“It’s great because we have had a lot of training sessions with different teams but ideally we want to use it for games and have people be in amongst one of the best sporting facilities in Australia,’ he said.

“I think it’s the start of a long future in hosting games and building the reputation of the NSWRL organisation.”

The Tigers, captained by Harvey Norman NSW Women's Origin star Botille Vette-Welsh, currently sit fifth on the competition ladder while Wentworthville are still searching for their first win of the 2020 campaign. 

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