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Murray Wenzel

NZ Breakers to set up NBL home in Tasmania

New Zealand Breakers will have a new base for part of the NBL season when they shift to Launceston. (AAP)

The New Zealand Breakers are set to play home games out of Launceston later this season as their nomadic NBL existence continues.

The Breakers have been in Australia since late last year.

They were first based in Melbourne before a move to Hobart, and then returned to Melbourne for the ongoing NBL Cup.

It is hoped COVID-19 restrictions will ease and they will be able to return to play in New Zealand later this season, but in the meantime Launceston's Silverdome will be home for up to six games from next month.

The Tasmanian Government will invest $750,000 to cover operational and game day costs, as well as invest in new permanent infrastructure before the Tasmanian JackJumpers' NBL arrival in 2022.

The Breakers will engage in clinics and development programs with Basketball Tasmania during their residency in Launceston, in a timely initiative as the state's push for its own AFL team remains in the headlines.

"Australia is waking up to Tasmania's potential as a player on the national sporting scene and this is another important marker in our plan to secure elite sports that deliver numerous economic and social benefits," Tasmania premier Peter Gutwein said.

NBL boss Larry Kestelman thanked the Breakers for their continued efforts to ensure the season continued and celebrated another step forward into the league's newest market.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the NBL in Tasmania ahead of the entry of the JackJumpers next season," he said.

"We have always said we want basketball to be the number one sport in Tasmania and we thank the premier and the Tasmanian government for bringing NBL games to Tasmania this season."

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