NRL Premiership 2018
2017 NRL Telstra Premiership
When: March 2 – October 1
Where: Australia and New Zealand
There is no higher quality of Rugby anywhere in the world, and this year’s NRL season promises plenty of excitement with the usual twists, turns, bumps and bruises. The 2017 edition is on display until October 1, and includes twenty-six rounds of the most competitive Rugby played world-wide.
Among the sure to be most watched fixtures are the hugely popular Anzac Test Match, to be held on May 5th, and the fiercely contested State of Origin series which commences on May 31 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. At the end of premiership, the NRL Grand Final determines the league champions, and is one of the most watched and best-attended sporting events in Australia, with a wider global audience that reaches well into the millions.
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If you enjoy Rugby League action then Fox Sports is the place for you, televising all NRL teams and every round LIVE and in HD with no ad-breaks during play before the grand final, including the matches not available to the NRL Free to Air (ch. 9).
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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.
Auckland Nines 2017
The NRL Auckland Nines is the traditional kick off for the NRL. 16 teams and 288 players will descend on the home of New Zealand sport, Eden Park, for a two day contest featuring the worlds best Rugby League players. Some sides don’t take the competition too seriously given the risk of injury, but those who take it seriously will fight it out for bragging rights and the $250,000 prize-money on offer for the winner. But as popular as it has become in recent times, don’t look for the Nines on Free to Air TV.
When: February 3-4
Where: Eden Park, New Zealand
LIVE TV: Fox Sports 2
NRL All Stars
The NRL All Stars is gaining back some good momentum heading into 2017 after a lean patch due to the introduction of the Auckland Nines. It is an interesting concept given both the World All Stars and Indigenous All Stars sides are picked via the fans. The World All Stars got the points last year in a gritty 12-8 win.
When: February 10
Where: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Anzac Test Match
It will be 102 years since the Anzac troops landed at Gallipoli, so the 2017 Anzac Test Match between Australia and New Zealand, as always, will carry great emotion in honouring the troops. The Aussies were far too good for the Kiwis at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle last year, led by Johnathon Thurston and Cooper Cronk.
When: Friday, May 5, 7:45 pm Sydney Time
State of Origin 2017
“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. Last year saw the Maroons win the trophy, and won the Series in the first two games, and as such, the Blues will look to quickly dispatch any notion of a new dynasty, so 2017 shapes up to be one of the most fascinating series in history, especially with it being the last series Johnathon Thurston will play for the Maroons.
When: Game I- May 31st; Game II- June 21st; Game III July 12th.
Where: Game I- Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane; Game ll- Anz Stadium, Sydney; Game III- Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.
2017 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 Cronulla defeating the Melbourne Storm, their first ever title in the 50 years of being in the comp.
When: Sunday October 1, 8:05 pm Sydney Time
Where: ANZ Stadium, Sydney