St George Illawarra and South Sydney will return to Mudgee in 2020 following confirmation next season's Charity Shield will again be staged at Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex.
The Dragons and Rabbitohs have played the last two editions of the time honour pre-season clash in Mudgee but 2019 is the last year on the initial two-year agreement to bring the Charity Shield to the bush.
Mid-Western Regional Council (MWRC) mayor Des Kennedy said he's delighted to extend the council's relationship with both clubs, with the 2021 Charity Shield also set to be staged in Mudgee as part of a new two-year deal to bring rugby league to the bush.
The new deal will mean Glen Willow will play host to four straight Charity Shield matches. Dates for the 37th and 38th installments of the shield will be announced later this year.
This is a major win for our region and proved Glen Willow is the best regional stadium in NSW, if not the country.Mid-Western Regional Council mayor, Des Kennedy
South Sydney has won both Charity Shield games in Mudgee so far, with both games drawing a crowd in excess of 9000 people.
The Rabbitohs and Dragons share a rich history and rivalry and I am excited our region will play a role in this prestigious rugby league tradition.
This Sunday's NRL game between the Dragons and the Newcastle Knights marks the end of the first two-year deal struck between St George Illawarra and MWRC.
That deal included two NRL competition games as well. The new deal will only feature the Charity Shield games.
St George Illawarra chief executive Brian Johnston said he's pleased the Dragons, Souths and the MWRC could strike a new deal to ensure both clubs can continue to engage with regional NSW.
"It is a fantastic opportunity to showcase NRL in the Central West," he said.
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