Warriors to host SBW in first home game
The Warriors will officially be hosting Sonny Bill Williams in their first home game of 2013, with the announcement of the draw of next year's 26-round NRL season today.
The Warriors will clash with the Roosters at Eden Park on March 16, a week after they open their campaign under new coach Matt Elliott at Parramatta Stadium, against the Eels, in round one.
A Monday night game against the Cowboys at Mt Smart Stadium in round four, on April 1, looms as another interesting early round feature, while the Warriors will once again travel to Melbourne to play the Storm on Anzac Day, in round seven, in what is now an annual feature of the NRL calender.
Another trip to Perth is planned for the Warriors in 2013 - where they will play the Rabbitohs on July 7, in round 17, at Patersons Stadium.
The Warriors home clash against the Bulldogs on May 11 is yet to be listed with a venue. Warriors officials have said that the game is likely to be played outside Auckland - meaning Wellington's WestpacTrust Stadium, Christchurch's AMI Stadium and Hamilton's Waikato Stadium could be in line for NRL footy this year.
The NRL will kick off with a clash between the Roosters and Rabbitohs at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on March 7 - a match that will mark former All Black Williams' first game back in the NRL after controversially walking out on the Bulldogs for rugby in 2008.
Warriors - 2013 NRL draw:
1 Sat March 9 5.30pm Eels Parramatta Stadium, Sydney
2 Sat March 16 7.30pm Roosters Eden Park, Auckland
3 Sharks, Toyota Stadium, Sydney
4 Mon April 1 6.00pm Cowboys Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
5 Sun April 7 4.00pm Rabbitohs Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
6 Sat April 13 Raiders Canberra Stadium, Canberra
7 Thu April 25 Storm AAMI Park, Melbourne
8 Sun May 5 2.00pm Titans Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
9 Sat May 11 Bulldogs TBC
10 Sat May 18 Panthers Centrebet Stadium, Sydney
11 Sun May 26 4.00pm Knights Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
12 Mon June 3 7.00pm Broncos Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
13 Sun June 9 4.00pm Sea Eagles Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
14 Sun June 16 Roosters Allianz Stadium, Sydney
15 June 21-24 Bye
16 Sun June 30 4.00pm Broncos Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
17 Sun July 7 3.30pm Rabbitohs Patersons Stadium, Perth
18 July 12-15 Bye
19 Fri July 19 7.30pm Wests Tigers Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
20 Sun July 28 2.00pm Storm Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
Dates yet to be decided:
21 August 2-5 Sharks Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
22 August 9-12 Sea Eagles Brookvale Oval, Sydney
23 August 16-19 Panthers Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
24 August 23-26 Titans Skilled Par, Gold Coast
25 August 30-September 2 Raiders Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
26 September 5-8 Dragons WIN Stadium, Wollongong