Tickets are selling fast for Saturday night’s Round 15 clash between the Parramatta Eels and the Canberra Raiders.

Being played at Darwin’s TIO Stadium, the much-anticipated game will kick off at 7.05pm with several curtain raiser games scheduled earlier in the afternoon.

Rugby fans are urged to get down to the TIO Stadium from 3.30pm, with the Under 16 men’s and the women’s Eels Cup games and Eels Medal game to take place.

The Eels vs Raiders match is expected to be hotly contested, with the NRL teams sitting eighth and fourth on the ladder respectively.

Parramatta Eels Club Team Captain Clint Gutherson said the players couldn’t wait to take on the Raiders in Darwin.

“The players really look forward to our annual trip to the Northern Territory – it feels like a home away from home for us,” he said.

“We’ll be out in the community during the week, so we’re hoping to meet as many of our Northern Territory fans as possible.”

This week has been jam-packed for the Eels, with the team taking part in a number of different community activities across Darwin and Katherine after touching down in the Territory earlier this week.

There are opportunities for members of the public to meet their favourite rugby players as part of team signing sessions on Thursday outside the Live Darwin Hub in Smith Street Mall from 12.30pm to 1.15pm and at Mindil Beach from 5.30pm.

The Territory Eels will be training tonight at Territory Rugby League Stadium at Marrara, the new home of local rugby league from 6.30pm.

A number of school, community sporting club and hospital visits are also included in the Eels’ itinerary, allowing young sporting stars to meet their rugby idols.

To avoid missing out on the Round 15 clash on Saturday night, people are urged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible through