The first Brisbane-based powerhouse Rugby League match of 2014 will be sponsored by Brisbane NRL Expansion Bid team, the Brisbane Bombers.

The powerhouse Rugby League match is the inaugural pre-season charity cup, between 2012 grand finalists Melbourne Storm and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, on Sunday 23 February at Suncorp Stadium.

The Brisbane Bombers are thrilled to help deliver the charity cup game to South-East Queensland, as supporters will miss out on a pre-season game at Suncorp Stadium due to the NRL All Stars match being shelved for 2014.

The Brisbane Bombers NRL Expansion Bid team is led by CEO Nicholas Livermore and an advisory board comprised of notable Brisbane business men and women, with former League great and proud Queenslander Billy Moore acting as an ambassador.

The Brisbane Bombers are keen to prove Brisbane has the goods to support more great Rugby League with a healthy turn out at Suncorp Stadium.

Mr Livermore says the bid team three years in remains committed to bringing more great Rugby League to Brisbane with hopes of securing a second team to join the 2018 NRL premiership season.

With Brisbane currently home to just 12 games a season compared to more than 100 games in Sydney, he believes the market is ripe for more NRL action.

“Brisbane has the population, corporate support, infrastructure and love of the game to justify another NRL team based here in Queensland’s great capital city.

“We’re committed to building a club that is successful both on the field and off in terms of engagement with all levels of the community and with a focus on grass-roots development,”he says.

The Brisbane Bombers recently announced they would help bring both the Melbourne Storm and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs to the region for pre-season training camps before and after the 23 February clash.

At the request of the Brisbane Bombers, part of the proceeds from the match will go to three local charities Mates4Mates, White Cloud and Wishlist Foundation.

Tickets start from $20 and can be purchased from Ticketek.

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