AUCKLAND, AUSTRALIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The NRL announced today that the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Storm will take part in a blockbuster clash at Etias Stadium on Saturday, December 4, with the two clubs set to meet in the second round of the 2015 NRL premiership series.

The clash will be the third and final time the Bulldogs and Storm will face each other at the Etihad, with previous finals contests held at Suncorp Stadium in 2015 and the 2014 grand final at ANZ Stadium.

The match kicks off at 9:30am AEDT on Saturday.

The Bulldogs have won their last three meetings against the Storm and the Sharks have won five of their last six meetings against each other.

The Bulldogs are a league-leading 11-1 all-time at Etios Stadium, having beaten the Sharks on four occasions in the competition.

Storm players are in attendance for the match and will be looking to build on a win in their first contest in Australia since last Saturday’s historic grand final against the Melbourne Knights.

Storm players have not won at the Stadium since 2010, when the Club defeated the Western Force in the semi-finals, 13-9.

Storm captain Paul McGregor has been named the captain for the clash.

“The match will be an epic clash between two of the best teams in the game,” said NRL CEO Todd Greenberg.

“It will be a match that will have the Bulldogs fans and supporters salivating with excitement and the NRL crowd in raptures.”

We will have to wait until the weekend to see what the Bulldogs can do in this game but we are confident they will get the job done and we will look forward to seeing the Bulldogs compete against the top sides in the NRL.

“I am confident the Bulldogs will go out and prove they deserve to be crowned premiership champions.”

Storm captain Sam Thaiday said: “It is a great occasion to play at the best stadium in the world.

It is a massive occasion for the NRL club and its fans.”

This will be my first match in the Australian capital and I’m really looking forward to it.

This is the first match since the last Grand Final at Sunburn Stadium in 2014, so I’m sure it will be exciting.””

This is a game where we have got to get our A-game and that is why we are so focused on this match,” he added.

Melbourne Storm forward Josh Dugan said the contest would be a “huge opportunity for us”.””

[It] gives us a chance to get some momentum in the season,” he said.

Melbourne Storm forward Josh Dugan said the contest would be a “huge opportunity for us”.

“I’m very excited to be playing at home against a team like the Bulldogs,” he told the club website.

Dugan said he had no idea what to expect in his first NRL game.

“(The) game will be special,” he continued.

We know it’s going to be a high intensity game, so we’ll have to be ready for that.””

But it will definitely be a big game for me.

We know it’s going to be a high intensity game, so we’ll have to be ready for that.”

The match between the Bulldogs, the NRL and the Storm will be played in the first round of next year’s premiership.

There will be no changes to the match times, with all the action expected to commence at 9am AEST.

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