The Melbourne Storm and North Queensland Cowboys will go head-to-head in an exciting grand final rematch at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium next year.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the testimonial game will be an opportunity to honour the captains of both sides – Queensland Origin legends Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston, and raise money for their chosen charities.
“Cameron and Johnathan are outstanding ambassadors for their club, their State, their country and the game of rugby league. They are also selfless contributors off-the-field,” the Premier said.
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“The game will be promoted as ‘A Night with Cameron Smith and JT’, and raise funds for the players’ respective charities Ovarian Cancer Australia and Prostate Cancer Foundation and The NRL Cowboys House.
The Premier said she expected a full house at Suncorp Stadium for the Grand Final rematch on the 23rd February 2018, and that would further strengthen Queensland’s case to host a future NRL Grand Final.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said the fixture was a fitting way to recognise two of Queensland’s greatest rugby league players.
“This game will be a spectacle to remember for rugby league fans for years to come,” she said.
“In recent years, Johnathan and Cameron have cemented their reputations as true immortals of the sport.”
“It’s a great opportunity for Queenslanders to see these greats of the game take the field at the state’s home of rugby league… Suncorp Stadium.”
Tickets start from just $15 with a percentage of proceeds from each being donated to the charity partners. NRL fans can grab their tickets from Friday, 13 October via Ticketek.