Posted October 10, 2018 06:22:56AUSTRALIAN players and coaches will be among the stars who make their debuts at the NRL’s opening weekend, with media, broadcasters and fans in attendance to watch the opening matches in Sydney.
The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) is hosting a day-long conference at the Sydney Convention Centre to launch the 2017-18 season, with a special focus on the game’s biggest stars.
Key points:Rugby League International Federations chief executive Steve Tew”The NRL is a great opportunity for the fans and players to meet and network, which is why the RLIF is so keen to see this day-two event,” RLIF chief executive Steven Tew said.
“The focus is on the players, the coaches, the media and our community in general.”
The RLIF conference is expected to kick off at 7:00pm (AEST), with a press conference at 11:00am (AEDT).
“We know the NRL will have an impact on the games, and the game has been on the rise since the beginning of the season,” RLF chief executive Mike Fitzpatrick said.
Key eventsThe opening day of the NRL season will be a day of action for all the NRL teams and players.
The first match is against the Titans on Friday night (AET) with the NRL Super League team the Cronulla Sharks taking on the Queensland Reds at ANZ Stadium.
The match is live on FOX Sports 2 at 7.30pm (local time) and will be streamed on FOX Sport 2.
The NRL has set up a special social media channel, @NRL, to help fans engage with the team.
Rugger League International Confederation (RLIC) chief executive Gary Geddes has been invited to attend the opening match, which will be broadcast live on NRL Network at 8:00:00 (AADT) and broadcast on NRL TV at 11.30am (local) on Thursday.
The other games on offer are between the Roosters and Broncos on Friday evening (AEWT), and the Warriors and Storm on Saturday.
The next round of matches will be on Thursday night (local), with the Bulldogs and Dragons hosting the Sharks on Friday afternoon (AAT).
The first-ever live game between the Raiders and the Bulldogs will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 at 8.00:30pm and streamed live on AFL TV at 12.00pm.
This will be the first time in the league’s history that all the teams have competed against each other live, and is expected a big sell for the Raiders.
“I am really excited about the opportunity to bring the Raiders, who have been an incredible club to watch over the years, into the spotlight,” RLIC chief executive Greg Swann said.
The league will also be broadcasting live at 10:00 and 11:30am from the Sydney Opera House, featuring a live stream of every game, plus exclusive coverage of NRL games.
“This is an opportunity to really bring rugby league back to Australia and to showcase our beautiful city,” NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said.
Rabbitohs coach Trent Robinson will be back on the NRL stage for the first round of fixtures, with his side facing the Cowboys on Friday.
The Cowboys have not won in Sydney since 2012.
The Raiders and Bulldogs play their first matches of the year on Friday, with the game also being shown live on ABC TV and Fox Sports 2.
There will be an additional round of fixture changes on Friday as the season begins.
The following match is scheduled to be played on Saturday night (Local), with each team having the option to host the second-tier game in a different venue.
The game will be played in Townsville and will see all three games be streamed live, with live scores and analysis from NRL commentators.
The second-round fixtures will be announced in early November.
The full NRL schedule will be available on the RL IF website at www.rlif.org.au and on Fox TV.
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