Warriors replace Tigers for Lismore Titans' clash

THE New Zealand Warriors will be the Gold Coast Titans opponents in Lismore in February after the Wests Tigers withdrew from the arrangement over an appearance fee.

The Titans said in a statement that due to a misunderstanding in the revised terms of the agreement between the two clubs, the Tigers have withdrawn after an appearance fee could not be guaranteed by moving the game to a regional venue with a capacity of only 8000 fans.

However, the full-strength trial match will still go ahead as planned at Oakes Oval on February 28 with the Warriors agreeing to travel across the Tasman in what will mark the final pre-season hit-out for both clubs.

Tickets which have already been purchased for the trial match will remain valid; however a refunds policy will apply for fans who no longer want to attend the match.

Fans in that situation need to contact the Lismore Workers Club on 6621 7401.

"There was a misunderstanding regarding the revised terms of the agreement after both clubs initially agreed to move this year's trial to Lismore so people in country NSW could attend the game," Michael Searle, Titans Managing Director, said.

"While it is disappointing the Tigers have had to withdraw, it is great the Warriors have been able to agree to terms at short notice.

"This enables the Titans to fulfil our commitment to bringing top flight rugby league to the Northern Rivers region."

The Titans and Tigers were scheduled to play for the annual Larry Corowa Shield, however the Titans will raise the possibility of playing for the shield when they clash in a premiership match in round 25 next season.

The New Zealand Warriors showed last year they are a genuine top four contender for 2009 and it will be a full strength Titans and Warriors teams that takes the field on February 28.

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