Including the new Western Sydney Stadium at Parramatta in Magic Round as well as matches at 27 different venues across Australia and New Zealand in the NRL today unveiled a season schedule which includes a new concept.
Magic Round Brisbane the 2019 NRL Telstra Premiership will see the introduction and at Suncorp Stadium over four days in Round Nine which will see all eight matches played.On Thursday, March the season will kick off at Melbourne’s AAMI Park.
That Storm v Broncos clash, before the AFL season in Melbourne taking place a week a sporting vacuum in Melbourne gets underway to take advantage of. Blockbusters and a 25-round season kicks off an opening round that the most even draws in memory delivers NRL fans one.
In five regional NSW positions (Bathurst, Tamworth, Mudgee, Wagga Wagga and Gosford) it will also property tournaments and for the first time ever – the Round 5 clash between South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Warriors while the Sunshine Coast will host a Premiership tournament.
The new Western Sydney Stadium on Easter Monday Parramatta Eels will open with Wests Tigers in Round Six in the traditional clash and at the new venue will also play tournaments Wests Tigers and the Bulldogs.
On Thursday, March 14 at AAMI Park Melbourne Storm will open the season, facing off against Brisbane Broncos.
The following night (Friday, March 15) and At the Sydney Cricket Ground Premiers Sydney Roosters will face traditional rivals South Sydney.
A drive to protect player welfare no team will have more than three five-day turnarounds as part and with the 16 teams a more even spread of shorter turnarounds across.
State of Origin tournament will be held at the new Perth Stadium on June 23 of the Sunday night standalone and the Perth in the first time Origin has been played.
On Wednesday, June 5State of Origin I will be played at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium and at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Wednesday, July 10 the third tournament of the series will be played. State of Origin only two rounds will be directly impacted.
2019 schedule included NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said some of the other highlights:
-Sunday Sydney derbies – 17 tournaments on Sundays throughout the season Sydney teams have been scheduled.
-All Queensland derby between Brisbane Broncos the traditional and at Suncorp Stadium North Queensland Cowboys in Round Two (Friday, March 22) and at 1300Smiles Stadium in Round 21as well as the return match-up.
-The Grand Final rematch – between Melbourne Storm and Sydney Roosters – on the Easter Weekend (Round Six) featuring on Good Friday and the traditional tournament between the Bulldogs and South Sydney Rabbitohs at following. Thursday to Monday over Easter tournaments will be played.
– At the Sydney Cricket Ground ANZAC Round punctuated by the traditional Roosters-Dragons clash being played.
– During the season (Broncos-Cowboys, Broncos-Titans, Bulldogs-Souths, Bulldogs-Eels, Sharks-Dragons, Sea Eagles-Eels, Eels-Panthers, Roosters-Souths, Dragons-Souths) traditional rivals facing off twice.
“Game changer and the opening match between the Eels and Wests Tigers should be a wonderful occasion the new Western Sydney Stadium.
” Brisbane over one weekend it will be fantastic to see all 16 teams the Rugby League in what will be a real celebration.
2018 there is more parity across the 16 teams Mr Greenberg said while five-day turnarounds are up marginally Mr Greenberg said “The number of teams with three five-day turnarounds has been brought down”.
Today in Sydney all 25 rounds were announced and to plan the entire season in advance allowing supporters the chance.
On September 13 The NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series will begin and on October 6 culminate in the Grand Final.
The season alongside NRL CEO Todd Greenberg launched the 16 NRL team Captains – as well as a “new era” representative from each of the clubs.
Among those at Bondi Iceberge, at the launch, were Premiership Co-Captain Jake Friend from Sydney Roosters, Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith, South Sydney Rabbitohs’ Greg Inglis, including Newcastle’s Kalyn Ponga as well as the new era of stars, North Queensland’s Jason Taumalolo and the Sea Eagles’ Tom Trbojevic.
“Our new era our players here tonight will be front and centre,” Mr Greenberg said.
“For the rest of the Premiership To light up the stage and show the way forward and for our members and supporters everywhere.
New concepts and initiatives Mr Greenberg said there were a number which linked with the “New Era” theme.
“Bankwest Stadium we will see the opening and State of Origin match in Perth and we will hold our first ever Magic Round in Brisbane, as well as the World Cup of Nines,” Mr Greenberg said.
A new campaign the NRL this week launched of which the “New Era Begins” is a central theme.
It stands to reason that to launch the season we would get our collective new era players and NRL Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Abdo said.
“Our next generation superstars are Kalyn Ponga, Jason Taumalolo and Josh Addo-Carr”.
For every point scored through Round the NRL also announced it would donate $100 in North Queensland One to those directly affected by the floods.
Their opening match, on Saturday, March 16 against St George Illawarra Dragons North Queensland Cowboys will also dedicate, to raising spirits in the North, following the devastating floods.