NRL Premiership 2019
The NRL Telstra Premiership is the pinnacle for all Rugby League players across the world, and it continues to get bigger each year, with fans from over 150 countries tuned into
2019 NRL Telstra Premiership
When: March 14 – October 6
Where: Australia and New Zealand
There is no higher quality of Rugby League anywhere in the world, and this year’s NRL season promises plenty of excitement with the usual twists, turns, bumps and bruises. The 2019 edition is culminates with the Grand Final on the 6th of October, and includes twenty-five rounds of competitive, hard-hitting action.
Among the sure to be most watched fixtures are the traditional pre-season Charity Shield match between the Rabbitohs and Dragons, the hugely popular Roosters-Dragons match-up during ANZAC round and the Grand Final rematch between the Roosters and the Storm on Good Friday. The season will also take a couple of weekends off throughout June and July for the fiercely contested State of Origin series, which commences on the 5th of June at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. At the end of premiership season, the NRL Grand Final – one of the most watched and best-attended sporting events in Australia, and with a wider global audience that reaches well into the millions – determines the Premiers.
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Must See Live TV
The 20th season under the ‘NRL’ banner looks to be a fascinating one with many questions yet to be answered, so in addition to twenty-six rounds of the best Rugby anywhere in the world, you surely don’t want to miss the fixtures listed below.
NRL All Stars
The NRL All Stars is regaining some good momentum heading into 2019, with the Australian Indigenous All Stars set to take on the New Zealand Maori Kiwis for the first time. There is sure to be plenty of passion, with First Nations players representing their cultures in a never before seen clash.
When: February 15
Where: Aami Park, Melbourne
Anzac Day Cup
The ANZAC Day Cup, contested annually by the Sydney Roosters and the St. George Illawara Dragons, has been played since 2002 and is always the scene of a fiery encounter. The Dragons have typically had the edge, winning 11 of the 17 match-ups, including a 24-8 victory last year over a Roosters side which would ultimately go on to win the Premiership. With Sydney again expected to be a force in 2019 and the Dragons a handy outfit themselves, expect a close one this year.
When: Thursday April 25, 4:05 pm Sydney Time
State of Origin 2019
“State against state, mate against mate”. That has been the State Of Origin motto since the concept began in 1980 and was seen in the very first game at Lang Park when Queensland captain Arthur Beetson belted Parramatta team mate and New South Wales player Mick Cronin. Club allegiances are thrown out the door when 34 players put on the Maroon and Blue. Though not a part of the NRL Premiership itself, it’s a hugely important fixture on the Rugby League calendar. Last year saw New South Wales win the trophy for just the second time since 2005. The Maroons will be desperate to reassert their dominance, but won’t have it all their own way against a NSW side with plenty of talent. Expect one of the most fascinating Origin series’ in recent memory in 2019.
When: Game I- June 5; Game II- June 23; Game III July 10.
Where: Game I- Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane; Game ll- Optus Stadium, Perth; Game III- Homebush Stadium, Sydney.
2019 Grand Final
Twelve months of blood, sweat and hard work goes on the line during the last 80 minutes of the season in the NRL Grand Final. What each player works for, and have dreamed about their whole life, can come to fruition if their side can find a way to bust a gut just one more time. If successful, you’re the winner of Rugby League’s greatest prize, as we saw last year with Roosters defeating the Melbourne Storm, their 14th title in total and third since the competition went national.
When: Sunday October 6
Where: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
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