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NRL releases draw for 2017 season, defending champs to kick things off

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24th November, 2016
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The NRL has released the draw for the 2017 premiership, with defending champions the Cronulla Sharks set to get the season underway with a Thursday night clash against the Broncos on March 2.

With Monday night footy all but scrapped for the 2017 season – there are just two such fixtures in draw as it currently stands – fans will be treated to a Friday night doubleheader each week, starting with the Bulldogs hosting the Storm in a 6pm meeting at Belmore and Robbie Farah making his Rabbitohs debut against old club the West Tigers in Round 1.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said the earlier Friday night start would be an improvement from the old doubleheaders, which were last in play a couple of seasons ago.

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Todd Greenberg

“Fans will be able to see two games live on Fridays and, while the early game may present some challenges in terms of attendances, we think it will be a big hit,” Greenberg said.

“Certainly this is a much more family friendly time than the late-night Friday game that we had a couple of years ago.”

The season will also be a little easier on clubs without the Monday night fixtures, with the number of five-day turnarounds reduced to 19, down from 31 in 2016.

The season will have a one-week pause for a representative round on May 5-7, including the final City-Country match as well as both a men’s and women’s Test match.


The representative games will continue with State of Origin, with the three games between New South Wales and Queensland being held on May 31 (Brisbane), June 21 (Sydney) and July 12 (Brisbane).

In a historic announcement for South Australian rugby league, the Sydney Roosters will take one of their home games, against the Storm in Round 16, to Adelaide as the NRL attempts to continue to grow rugby league around the country.

Each state, with the exception of Tasmania, will play host to a regular-season game throughout the 2017 season.

The finals kick off on September 8, leading up to the season finale with the grand final on October 1.

“But the season won’t end there,” Greenberg said.

“The Rugby League World Cup will be held from October 26 to December 2, featuring the best talent from around the world.

“So it promises to be quite a season.”

While the dates and times for all games through Round 20 have been announced, the NRL has held back on providing that information for Rounds 21-26. The exact time and date for those final six rounds will be released at a later time.


Complete 2017 NRL Draw

Round 1
Thursday, Mar 2
Sharks vs Broncos Southern Cross Group Stadium 8:05pm
Friday, Mar 3
Bulldogs vs Storm Belmore Stadium 6:00pm
Rabbitohs vs Tigers ANZ Stadium 8:05pm
Saturday, Mar 4
Dragons vs Panthers UOW Jubilee Oval 4:30pm
Cowboys vs Raiders 1300Smiles Stadium 7:00pm
Titans vs Roosters CBus Super Stadium 9:00pm
Sunday, Mar 5
Warriors vs Knights Mt Smart Stadium 2:00pm
Sea Eagles vs Eels Brookvale Oval 4:00pm

Round 2
Thursday, Mar 9
Roosters vs Bulldogs Allianz Stadium 8:05pm
Friday, Mar 10
Warriors vs Storm Mt Smart Stadium 6:00pm
Broncos vs Cowboys Suncorp Stadium 8:05pm
Saturday, Mar 11
Knights vs Titans McDonald Jones Stadium 3:00pm
Sea Eagles vs Rabbitohs Brookvale Oval 5:30pm
Raiders vs Sharks GIO Stadium 7:30pm
Sunday, Mar 12
Tigers vs Panthers Campbelltown Stadium 4:00pm
Dragons vs Eels WIN Stadium 6:30pm

Round 3
Thursday, Mar 16
Storm vs Broncos AAMI Park 8:05pm
Friday, Mar 17
Bulldogs vs Warriors Forsyth Barr Stadium 6:00pm
Titans vs Eels CBus Super Stadium 8:05pm
Saturday, Mar 18
Knights vs Rabbitohs McDonald Jones Stadium 4:30pm
Panthers vs Roosters Pepper Stadium 7:00pm
Cowboys vs Sea Eagles 1300Smiles Stadium 9:00pm
Sunday, Mar 19
Raiders vs Tigers GIO Stadium 4:00pm
Sharks vs Dragons Southern Cross Group Stadium 6:30pm

Round 4
Thursday, Mar 23
Rabbitohs vs Roosters ANZ Stadium 8:05pm
Friday, Mar 24
Panthers vs Knights Pepper Stadium 6:00pm
Broncos vs Raiders Suncorp Stadium 8:05pm
Saturday, Mar 25
Sea Eagles vs Bulldogs Brookvale Oval 4:30pm
Eels vs Sharks ANZ Stadium 7:00pm
Titans vs Cowboys CBus Super Stadium 9:00pm
Sunday, Mar 26
Tigers vs Storm Leichhardt Oval 4:00pm
Dragons vs Warriors UOW Jubilee Oval 6:30pm

Round 5
Thursday, Mar 30
Bulldogs vs Broncos ANZ Stadium 8:05pm
Friday, Mar 31
Roosters vs Sea Eagles Allianz Stadium 6:00pm
Cowboys vs Rabbitohs 1300Smiles Stadium 8:05pm
Saturday, Apr 1
Sharks vs Knights Southern Cross Group Stadium 3:00pm
Raiders vs Eels GIO Stadium 5:30pm
Storm vs Panthers AAMI Park 7:30pm
Sunday, Apr 2
Warriors vs Titans Mt Smart Stadium 2:00pm
Tigers vs Dragons ANZ Stadium 4:00pm

Round 6
Thursday, Apr 6
Broncos vs Roosters Suncorp Stadium 7:50pm
Friday, Apr 7
Knights vs Bulldogs McDonald Jones Stadium 6:00pm
Panthers vs Rabbitohs Pepper Stadium 7:50pm
Saturday, Apr 8
Sea Eagles vs Dragons Brookvale Oval 3:00pm
Titans vs Raiders CBus Super Stadium 5:30pm
Cowboys vs Tigers 1300Smiles Stadium 7:30pm
Sunday, Apr 9
Warriors vs Eels Mt Smart Stadium 2:00pm
Storm vs Sharks AAMI Park 4:00pm

Round 7
Friday, Apr 14
Bulldogs vs Rabbitohs ANZ Stadium 4:00pm
Knights vs Roosters McDonald Jones Stadium 6:00pm
Broncos vs Titans Suncorp Stadium 7:50pm
Saturday, Apr 15
Sea Eagles vs Storm Brookvale Oval 3:00pm
Raiders vs Warriors GIO Stadium 5:30pm
Dragons vs Cowboys WIN Stadium 7:30pm
Sunday, Apr 16
Panthers vs Sharks Pepper Stadium 4:00pm
Monday, Apr 17
Eels vs Tigers ANZ Stadium 4:00pm


Round 8
Friday, Apr 21
Raiders vs Sea Eagles GIO Stadium 6:00pm
Rabbitohs vs Broncos ANZ Stadium 7:50pm
Saturday, Apr 22
Eels vs Panthers ANZ Stadium 3:00pm
Cowboys vs Knights 1300Smiles Stadium 5:30pm
Sharks vs Titans Southern Cross Group Stadium 7:30pm
Sunday, Apr 23
Tigers vs Bulldogs ANZ Stadium 4:00pm
Tuesday, Apr 25
Roosters vs Dragons Allianz Stadium 4:00pm
Storm vs Warriors AAMI Park 7:00pm

Round 9
Thursday, Apr 27
Broncos vs Panthers Suncorp Stadium 7:50pm
Friday, Apr 28
Rabbitohs vs Sea Eagles Allianz Stadium 6:00pm
Cowboys vs Eels 1300Smiles Stadium 7:50pm
Saturday, Apr 29
Titans vs Knights CBus Super Stadium 3:00pm
Bulldogs vs Raiders ANZ Stadium 5:30pm
Tigers vs Sharks Leichhardt Oval 7:30pm
Sunday, Apr 30
Warriors vs Roosters Mt Smart Stadium 2:00pm
Dragons vs Storm WIN Stadium 4:00pm

Round 10
Thursday, May 11
Bulldogs vs Cowboys ANZ Stadium 7:50pm
Friday, May 12
Dragons vs Sharks UOW Jubilee Oval 6:00pm
Tigers vs Rabbitohs ANZ Stadium 7:50pm
Saturday, May 13
Panthers vs Warriors Pepper Stadium 3:00pm
Storm vs Titans Suncorp Stadium 5:30pm
Sea Eagles vs Broncos Suncorp Stadium 7:50pm
Sunday, May 14
Knights vs Raiders McDonald Jones Stadium 2:00pm
Roosters vs Eels Allianz Stadium 4:00pm

Round 11
Thursday, May 18
Sharks vs Cowboys Southern Cross Group Stadium 7:50pm
Friday, May 19
Warriors vs Dragons FMG Stadium, Waikato 6:00pm
Broncos vs Tigers Suncorp Stadium 7:50pm
Saturday, May 20
Titans vs Sea Eagles CBus Super Stadium 5:30pm
Eels vs Raiders ANZ Stadium 7:30pm
Sunday, May 21
Knights vs Panthers McDonald Jones Stadium 2:00pm
Bulldogs vs Roosters ANZ Stadium 4:00pm
Rabbitohs vs Storm NIB Stadium 6:30pm

Round 12
Friday, May 26
Rabbitohs vs Eels ANZ Stadium 7:50pm
Saturday, May 27
Warriors vs Broncos Mt Smart Stadium 5:30pm
Sharks vs Bulldogs Southern Cross Group Stadium 7:30pm
Sunday, May 28
Raiders vs Roosters GIO Stadium 4:00pm
Byes: Cowboys, Dragons, Knights, Panthers, Sea Eagles, Storm, Tigers, Titans

Round 13
Friday, Jun 2
Storm vs Knights AAMI Park 6:00pm
Eels vs Warriors ANZ Stadium 7:50pm
Saturday, Jun 3
Dragons vs Tigers ANZ Stadium 3:00pm
Roosters vs Broncos Allianz Stadium 5:30pm
Cowboys vs Titans 1300Smiles Stadium 7:30pm
Sunday, Jun 4
Sea Eagles vs Raiders Brookvale Oval 2:00pm
Bulldogs vs Panthers ANZ Stadium 4:00pm
Byes: Rabbitohs, Sharks

Round 14
Thursday, Jun 8
Sharks vs Storm Southern Cross Group Stadium 7:50pm
Friday, Jun 9
Sea Eagles vs Knights Brookvale Oval 6:00pm
Broncos vs Rabbitohs Suncorp Stadium 7:50pm
Saturday, Jun 10
Titans vs Warriors CBus Super Stadium 3:00pm
Panthers vs Raiders Carrington Park 5:30pm
Eels vs Cowboys TIO Stadium 7:30pm
Sunday, Jun 11
Tigers vs Roosters Campbelltown Stadium 4:00pm
Monday, Jun 12
Bulldogs vs Dragons ANZ Stadium 4:00pm

Round 15
Friday, Jun 16
Rabbitohs vs Titans ANZ Stadium 7:50pm
Saturday, Jun 17
Storm vs Cowboys AAMI Park 5:30pm
Sharks vs Tigers Southern Cross Group Stadium 7:30pm
Sunday, Jun 18
Eels vs Dragons ANZ Stadium 4:00pm
Byes: Broncos, Bulldogs, Knights, Panthers, Raiders, Roosters, Sea Eagles, Warriors


Round 16
Friday, Jun 23
Warriors vs Bulldogs Mt Smart Stadium 6:00pm
Tigers vs Titans Campbelltown Stadium 7:50pm
Saturday, Jun 24
Cowboys vs Panthers 1300Smiles Stadium 3:00pm
Raiders vs Broncos GIO Stadium 5:30pm
Roosters vs Storm Adelaide Oval 7:30pm
Sunday, Jun 25
Dragons vs Knights UOW Jubilee Oval 2:00pm
Sharks vs Sea Eagles Southern Cross Group Stadium 4:00pm
Byes: Eels, Rabbitohs

Round 17
Thursday, Jun 29
Eels vs Bulldogs ANZ Stadium 7:50pm
Friday, Jun 30
Titans vs Dragons CBus Super Stadium 6:00pm
Broncos vs Storm Suncorp Stadium 7:50pm
Saturday, Jul 1
Roosters vs Sharks Central Coast Stadium 3:00pm
Sea Eagles vs Warriors NIB Stadium 5:30pm
Raiders vs Cowboys GIO Stadium 7:30pm
Sunday, Jul 2
Knights vs Tigers McDonald Jones Stadium 2:00pm
Rabbitohs vs Panthers ANZ Stadium 4:00pm

Round 18
Friday, Jul 7
Roosters vs Rabbitohs Allianz Stadium 7:50pm
Saturday, Jul 8
Panthers vs Sea Eagles Pepper Stadium 5:30pm
Storm vs Eels AAMI Park 7:30pm
Sunday, Jul 9
Bulldogs vs Knights Belmore Stadium 4:00pm
Byes: Broncos, Cowboys, Dragons, Raiders, Sharks, Tigers, Titans, Warriors

Round 19
Friday, Jul 14
Warriors vs Panthers Mt Smart Stadium 6:00pm
Raiders vs Dragons GIO Stadium 7:50pm
Saturday, Jul 15
Knights vs Broncos McDonald Jones Stadium 5:30pm
Titans vs Sharks CBus Super Stadium 7:30pm
Sunday, Jul 16
Sea Eagles vs Tigers Brookvale Oval 2:00pm
Rabbitohs vs Cowboys Cairns Stadium 4:00pm
Byes: Bulldogs, Eels, Roosters, Storm

Round 20
Thursday, Jul 20
Broncos vs Bulldogs Suncorp Stadium 7:50pm
Friday, Jul 21
Roosters vs Knights Allianz Stadium 6:00pm
Sharks vs Rabbitohs Southern Cross Group Stadium 7:50pm
Saturday, Jul 22
Panthers vs Titans Pepper Stadium 3:00pm
Raiders vs Storm GIO Stadium 5:30pm
Cowboys vs Warriors 1300Smiles Stadium 7:30pm
Sunday, Jul 23
Dragons vs Sea Eagles WIN Stadium 2:00pm
Tigers vs Eels ANZ Stadium 4:00pm

Round 21
Warriors vs Sharks Mt Smart Stadium
Knights vs Dragons McDonald Jones Stadium
Rabbitohs vs Raiders ANZ Stadium
Roosters vs Cowboys Allianz Stadium
Storm vs Sea Eagles AAMI Park
Panthers vs Bulldogs Pepper Stadium
Eels vs Broncos ANZ Stadium
Titans vs Tigers CBus Super Stadium

Round 22
Dragons vs Rabbitohs Sydney Cricket GRound
Knights vs Warriors McDonald Jones Stadium
Titans vs Broncos CBus Super Stadium
Sharks vs Raiders Southern Cross Group Stadium
Sea Eagles vs Roosters Brookvale Oval
Bulldogs vs Eels ANZ Stadium
Cowboys vs Storm 1300Smiles Stadium
Panthers vs Tigers Pepper Stadium

Round 23
Eels vs Knights ANZ Stadium
Dragons vs Titans UOW Jubilee Oval
Storm vs Roosters AAMI Park
Panthers vs Cowboys Pepper Stadium
Warriors vs Raiders Mt Smart Stadium
Rabbitohs vs Bulldogs ANZ Stadium
Broncos vs Sharks Suncorp Stadium
Tigers vs Sea Eagles Leichhardt Oval


Round 24
Rabbitohs vs Warriors ANZ Stadium
Knights vs Storm McDonald Jones Stadium
Roosters vs Tigers Allianz Stadium
Cowboys vs Sharks 1300Smiles Stadium
Raiders vs Panthers GIO Stadium
Eels vs Titans ANZ Stadium
Broncos vs Dragons Suncorp Stadium
Bulldogs vs Sea Eagles ANZ Stadium

Round 25
Raiders vs Knights GIO Stadium
Warriors vs Sea Eagles Mt Smart Stadium
Sharks vs Roosters Southern Cross Group Stadium
Storm vs Rabbitohs AAMI Park
Panthers vs Dragons Pepper Stadium
Broncos vs Eels Suncorp Stadium
Tigers vs Cowboys Campbelltown Stadium
Titans vs Bulldogs CBus Super Stadium

Round 26
Roosters vs Titans Allianz Stadium
Sea Eagles vs Panthers Brookvale Oval
Storm vs Raiders AAMI Park
Knights vs Sharks McDonald Jones Stadium
Tigers vs Warriors Leichhardt Oval
Cowboys vs Broncos 1300Smiles Stadium
Eels vs Rabbitohs ANZ Stadium
Dragons vs Bulldogs ANZ Stadium