Rugby League

Canberra Raiders confirm two trial matches against Melbourne Storm and Newcastle Knights

 The Canberra Raiders have locked in two trial matches for the start of the 2015 season, to be fitted in around the Auckland Nines and the revived All Stars match.

The Raiders will open their pre-season at the Auckland Nines on the weekend of January 31, before travelling to Griffith, NSW, to take on the Melbourne Storm on February 7.

The All Stars representative game will be reborn on February 14, before the raiders return to their spiritual home base, Queanbeyan's Seiffert Oval, for a trial against the Newcastle Knights on February 21.

Seiffert, where the Raiders played home games from 1982 to 1989, is undergoing a $1 million renovation in time for the match. Tickets for the trial will be launched at the Queanbeyan Gift, on the weekend of November 22-23.

The scheduling of the trial against Newcastle would give the Raiders a weekend off before the NRL season-proper kicks off on March 5.