Manly, Canberra and the Gold Coast will return to their spiritual grounds after the NRL confirmed the home venues for this weekend’s round eight fixtures.
The Sea Eagles haven’t played at Fortress Brookvale, now dubbed Lottoland, since the opening round against Melbourne prior to the coronavirus break.
Manly were scheduled to play the Knights at Central Coast Stadium, but they have been given clearance to go back to Brookvale.
It is huge boost for the Sea Eagles given the ground is a formidable place to play for any opposition team.
The homecoming is perfect timing for Manly after they were comprehensively outclassed by Cronulla last weekend.
Canberra will also return to GIO Stadium when they host St George Illawarra on Friday night.
The Raiders have found it difficult playing home games at Campbelltown Stadium in Sydney’s west given the travel required.
Last year’s runners up were expected to excel this season, but they are slumped in seventh position after seven rounds.
A return home to GIO Stadium could be the perfect motivation to revive Canberra’s substandard season to date.
With clubs transitioning to approved home bases from round eight, the schedule has been altered as follows:
Thursday, 2 July
Storm v Roosters at Suncorp Stadium – 7.50pm
Friday, 3 July
Raiders v Dragons at GIO Stadium – 6pm
Eels v Cowboys at Bankwest Stadium – 7.55pm
Saturday, 4 July
Titans v Sharks at Cbus Super Stadium – 3pm
Warriors v Broncos at Central Coast Stadium – 5.30pm
Tigers v Panthers at Bankwest Stadium – 7.35pm
Sunday, 5 July
Sea Eagles v Knights at Lottoland – 4.05pm
Bulldogs v Rabbitohs at Bankwest Stadium – 6.30pm
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