The National Rugby League has announced an unprecedented number of double-headers and regional games for next season, as well as a standalone weekend for State of Origin II, in their full 2018 fixture reveal this morning.

The season is set to kick off on Thursday, March 8 with a clash between the Dragons and Broncos at Kogarah’s UOW Jubilee Oval. Gosford will host two NRL matches as part of the competition’s push into more regional areas, with Bathurst, Cairns, Tamworth, Toowoomba, Mudgee and Gladstone all set to host one premiership game each.

The NRL also promised 11 teams would feature in free-to-air matches at least ten times.

2018 NRL Season Round 1

All times AEDT

Date & Time Venue Home Away
Thu. Mar 8, 7:50pm UOW Jubilee Oval Dragons Brisbane Broncos
Fri. Mar 9, 6:00pm McDonald Jones Stadium Knights Sea Eagles
Fri. Mar 9, 7:50pm 1300SMILES Stadium Cowboys Sharks
Sat. Mar 10, 4:30pm ANZ Stadium Tigers Roosters
Sat. Mar 10, 7:00pm Perth Stadium Rabbitohs Warriors
Sat. Mar 10, 9:00pm Perth Stadium Bulldogs Storm
Sun. Mar 11, 4:10pm Panthers Stadium Panthers Eels
Sun. Mar 11, 6:30pm Cbus Super Stadium Titans Raiders

The full 2018 NRL draw can be found HERE

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  • Roar Guru

    October 19th 2017 @ 10:23am
    spruce moose said | October 19th 2017 @ 10:23am | ! Report

    The odds of Brisbane getting a Thursday night game were shorter than Winx winning last week.

  • October 19th 2017 @ 10:28am
    Haz said | October 19th 2017 @ 10:28am | ! Report

    Finally a bunch of Sunday games for Broncos. Been a while. If only they could have opened the new Perth Stadium with Storm vs Broncos.

  • Roar Guru

    October 19th 2017 @ 10:29am
    Scott Pryde said | October 19th 2017 @ 10:29am | ! Report

    By my reckoning, the Dragons have six straight FTA games to start the year… Wait, what?

    • Roar Guru

      October 19th 2017 @ 10:34am
      Scott Pryde said | October 19th 2017 @ 10:34am | ! Report

      And 11 of 24 in total – I haven’t run through the rest of the clubs, but that seems like a lot.

      • Roar Guru

        October 19th 2017 @ 12:48pm
        Dogs Of War said | October 19th 2017 @ 12:48pm | ! Report

        Probably Ben Hunt and James Graham going there. They are thinking a few Bronco’s & Bulldogs fans will want to watch how they go.

  • October 19th 2017 @ 10:30am
    Rob9 said | October 19th 2017 @ 10:30am | ! Report

    Is that a typo? Sharks taking a home game against the Cowboys to 1300?

    • Roar Guru

      October 19th 2017 @ 10:49am
      Stirling Coates said | October 19th 2017 @ 10:49am | ! Report

      Yep that was a typo. We’ve fixed it now.

      • October 19th 2017 @ 10:54am
        Rob9 said | October 19th 2017 @ 10:54am | ! Report

        Phew! I did not want to be taking a home game up to the tropics and potentially burn up 2 competition points in the process!

  • Roar Pro

    October 19th 2017 @ 10:55am
    Chris Charlton said | October 19th 2017 @ 10:55am | ! Report

    Really frustrating that the NRL has decided to have the Storm/Dogs game at Perth Stadium. Traditionally the premiers have the first game of the season at home, and the added fact that it’s Billy’s 300th. Not to mention the AFL-free city of Melbourne that screams revenue. The sports-mad people of Melbourne would have lapped up the grand final rematch in Round 1 with no AFL in town.
    Really confusing.

    • Roar Guru

      October 19th 2017 @ 11:11am
      Riley Pettigrew said | October 19th 2017 @ 11:11am | ! Report

      They had already finalised the draw by the time of the NRL Grand Final but I agree, the NRL season should open with a GF rematch or at the very least have the reigning premiers host the opening game at their home ground. You get your grand final rematch in Round 3 though, same night as AFL begins which is a shame. The NRL were given a free kick and chose not to take it.

      • October 19th 2017 @ 11:26am
        Chris.P.Bacon said | October 19th 2017 @ 11:26am | ! Report

        Have to agree 100% Chris and Riley. A missed opportunity for the NRL.

    • October 19th 2017 @ 11:43am
      Greg said | October 19th 2017 @ 11:43am | ! Report

      GF rematch is never Round 1, and for good reasons – 1) there is already enough hype around the start of the season, by holding off the GF rematch it creates hype a few weeks later in a different round 2) Teams are never at their best in Round 1, you want a GF rematch when both teams have brushed off the cobwebs

      • October 19th 2017 @ 12:16pm
        Rob9 said | October 19th 2017 @ 12:16pm | ! Report

        Agree, GF rematch doesn’t belong in round 1 for the reasons you’ve listed.

        However, I think the Premiers should have the privilege of kicking off the season. Especially considering the winner was a team from outside Sydney and Round 1 would be a great homecoming and celebration of their achievements from the year before. Not to mention, the winner was Melbourne and there’s no AFL on in town. A Storm v Roosters kick off which represents the GF that never was from 2017 would be a marketers dream for Round 1.

        That said, the opening of the new Perth Stadium is a pretty unique and special occasion. Ideally you’d want the Premiers involved with some of the biggest stars of the game to add to the hoopla.

        • October 19th 2017 @ 12:57pm
          Fix the scrums said | October 19th 2017 @ 12:57pm | ! Report

          The NRL aren’t opening the Perth stadium. Some massive events will be held before the NRL gets there. Cricket and AFLW will be there 1st plus there will be a few rock concerts and a free open to the public day.
          I thought Storm would have gotten a Melbourne home game to open the season.
          Weird! Big free kick to the AFL.
          Missed opportunity there.

          • October 19th 2017 @ 1:58pm
            Rob9 said | October 19th 2017 @ 1:58pm | ! Report

            Doesn’t look like anythings confirmed as the first sporting event prior to the NRL opening weekend.

            http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-10/new-perth-stadium-public-open-day-announced/8890114

            Regardless, it’s a pretty unique opportunity whether the NRL is the first sporting event or not. Given the city is AFL mad and being targeted by expansion, the NRL should be leveraging every opportunity they have there- the fact that it’s round 1 makes it more of an occasion. The fact that the AFL season hasn’t got underway makes it more of an occasion. And the fact that the Premiers will be involved makes it more of an occasion.

            I get why this isn’t ideal for the Storm and Melbourne. But I also get why the NRL made the decision it landed on.

          • October 19th 2017 @ 3:34pm
            terrence said | October 19th 2017 @ 3:34pm | ! Report

            FTS,
            Rugby League will be the first sport fixture at the new Perth Stadium. Good to see it opening with an international sport. Only the community opening ceremony and Ed Sheeran are scheduled prior to the NRL double header. Don’t expect cricket there till late 2018, AFLW maybe 2019.

            • October 19th 2017 @ 4:02pm
              Fix the scrums said | October 19th 2017 @ 4:02pm | ! Report

              Perth doesn’t have an NRL team. Melbourne does.
              It is a wasted opportunity. To kick off the season in Melbourne, with Storm as the reigning premiers, would be massive.
              The NRL wanted to book Perth stadium early to get a headline but it seems they are trumped already.
              Anyway, it’s done now. It may work out okay but you can understand why people have their doubts.

            • October 19th 2017 @ 5:09pm
              RandyM said | October 19th 2017 @ 5:09pm | ! Report

              didn’t you say the NRL booking macklemore was a huge blunder, despite the many positive headlines they got for it?

            • October 19th 2017 @ 6:41pm
              Fix the scrums said | October 19th 2017 @ 6:41pm | ! Report

              Yeah, you’re right, I did.
              I was okay with it. But it put a lot of no voter fans offside who couldn’t care less about a couple of good headlines.

            • October 19th 2017 @ 7:19pm
              Alex L said | October 19th 2017 @ 7:19pm | ! Report

              Why bother kicking the season off at a 30k capacity ground though; waste of the occasion.

            • October 20th 2017 @ 10:39am
              terrence said | October 20th 2017 @ 10:39am | ! Report

              FTS,

              The AFL doesn’t start till NRL round 3, the Storm have a Saturday night home game round 2. I can’t understand the obsession with a season kick off in Melbourne.

              Having the Warriors, Souths, Dogs and Storm play in Perth will be great. The chances are the next team in the NRL will be Perth based, I’d like to see 5 or 6 games in Perth a year till they get there own team.

    • October 19th 2017 @ 12:47pm
      Peter Phelps said | October 19th 2017 @ 12:47pm | ! Report

      Chris,

      There are two facts of life if you are a Storm fan

      1. You will get frustrated at the lack of games, coverage and commentry

      2. You will need deep pockets.

  • October 19th 2017 @ 11:04am
    big daddy said | October 19th 2017 @ 11:04am | ! Report

    If you notice still a Friday night game at 6pm. They will sneak these in and hope people don’t notice. You think they would have learnt from 2017.The NRL spin is to make announcements early. Sure they are taking games to the country, but it is only a knee jerk reaction to public feedback. Still no announcement re final salary cap – are they going to wait until after world cup and give clubs no time re off season signings.

    • October 19th 2017 @ 11:24am
      jamesb said | October 19th 2017 @ 11:24am | ! Report

      Here is my theory.

      The problem with Friday 6pm and Thursday night games is it causes a ripple affect on the other timeslots that are more suitable. For example, if you attend a Friday 6pm or Thursday night games, with the atmosphere and game day experiences flat due to low numbers, then you begin to second guess whether you want to attend other NRL games in the future.

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