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Warriors return on ANZAC Day

Melbourne Storm will host customary rivals New Zealand Warriors on ANZAC Day in Round 8, 2016 in another blockbuster showdown at AAMI Park.

Melbourne has played the Warriors at AAMI Park on ANZAC Day every year since 2009, with last year’s game against long-time rivals Manly being the only exception.

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Last year, the Warriors hosted their own ANZAC Day game against the Gold Coast Titans at Mt Smart Stadium marking the Centenary of the ANZAC’s.

The Club’s matches against the Warriors have grown to become one of the biggest fixtures of the season, attracting sell-out crowds with often an even split of support.

The game will also mark the return of Club legend, Ryan Hoffman who will play at AAMI Park in a Warriors jersey for only the second time. The 2012 premiership winner accrued 245 games for Storm before joining the Warriors on a three-year deal in 2015.

The two teams have enjoyed a rich rivalry since Melbourne joined the NRL in 1998, with Storm boasting a slender lead in the head-to-head tally, having beaten the Warriors 18 times.

Round 8, 2016
Melbourne Storm v New Zealand Warriors
Monday 25 April, 7pm
AAMI Park

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