THE North Queensland Cowboys will play the Penrith Panthers at Bathurst in May next year in the National Rugby League competition.
Rumours that local rugby league fans would get the chance to see Cowboys champion Johnathan Thurston ply his trade proved correct when the NRL draw was released.
The Carrington Park game will be played on Friday, May 4, 2018.
It will be the fifth game in Bathurst Regional Council’s deal to bring one Penrith Panthers NRL match a year to Bathurst.
The Canberra Raiders had played the Panthers for the past two years at Bathurst.