Brad Inger takes a look at the New Zealand Warriors’ 2020 draw.
The New Zealand Warriors will use four different stadiums for their home games in 2020. Starting with a world-first rugby league – rugby union double header at Eden Park followed by nine matches at Mount Smart Stadium, one in Brisbane for the Magic Round and they will once again take a game to the newly named Sky Stadium in Wellington.
The Warriors will play thirteen of their matches on Saturday, seven on Friday nights and the remaining four to be played on Sunday.
2020 is a tough draw for the Warriors with the New Zealand side having to face five of 2019’s top eight clubs twice.
In the first five rounds, they only face two of these clubs, however, and the Warriors will need to take advantage of this as rounds six and seven see them face the Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm.
Much like 2019, the Warriors have a tough final month of the 2020 season with matches against the Rabbitohs, Sea Eagles, Cowboys and Sharks with all but the Sea Eagles clash being played in Australia.
The Warriors will need to improve their home record in 2020 if they wish to return to finals footy.