JOONDALUP Giants and Alkimos Tigers rugby league clubs made a special trip to Perth Stadium to celebrate the NRL opening round double-header.
The Perth games will feature the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, with opposition teams still to be announced.
Joondalup Giants Junior president Gregg Pearson said having NRL launch major winter season sports at Perth Stadium was “a huge step in developing rugby league in WA and increasing the game’s exposure on the west coast”.
“We are an AFL-dominated state; however rugby league is in a period of growth and numbers across the State are growing,” he said.
“In the Perth competition in 2017, the Alkimos Tigers and an entire southwest division was added. In 2018, the Applecross Jets will re-enter the competition after a number of years absent.
“In 2019, game 2 of the State of Origin will be hosted at Perth Stadium for the first time ever in WA.”
Mr Pearson said Joondalup Giants juniors Parker Pearson and Uniquah Ryan and Alkimos Tigers’ Isaac and Jake Coorey were invited to be part of a photo shoot to promote the announcement.