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2013 NRL Draw

Rugby League fans can book their seats now to watch the Storm v Bulldogs Grand Final replay in Round 3, Roosters v Bulldogs in Round 6 and Warriors v Broncos in Round 16 as the NRL today unveiled the first 144 exciting match-ups of the 2
2013 NRL Draw
by NRL

Rugby League fans can book their seats now to watch the Storm v Bulldogs Grand Final replay in Round 3, Roosters v Bulldogs in Round 6 and Warriors v Broncos in Round 16 as the NRL today unveiled the first 144 exciting match-ups of the 2013 NRL Premiership season.

For the first time in the game's history, the NRL has given Rugby League fans details of the first 20 rounds of competition, unveiling a 2013 Premiership season that will kick-off on Thursday, March 7, with a blockbuster between traditional rivals, the Roosters and Rabbitohs at Allianz Stadium.

With just 104 days until kick-off, fans can now plan for the first 20 of the 26 regular rounds of the 2013 season that will culminate in the Grand Final on Sunday, October 6.

NRL Interim Chief Executive, Mr Shane Mattiske, said: "This has been the most extensive draw process we have ever undertaken and the result is a great outcome for the game.

"Not only do fans now have certainty around when their team is playing but we have also managed to deliver a schedule of week in week out blockbuster games and new trial timeslots."

Over 31 weeks of the 2013 NRL Premiership, matches will be played across the country from the traditional home grounds and other capital cities including Darwin and Perth to regional areas including Mudgee and Mackay.

NRL General Manager of Football Operations, Mr Nathan McGuirk, said: "We are all very excited about this draw which better assists fans to make plans for much of the season for the first time.

"Our Club Season Structure Committee (which includes representatives from the Dragons, Bulldogs, Wests Tigers and Broncos), broadcasters and NRL Marketing and Football Operations departments have agreed upon a thrilling spread of matches that enables clubs to maximise crowds and promotional opportunities.

"The opening game between traditional rivals, Rabbitohs and Roosters, on a Thursday night is a great way to start the season, which will also feature four other key matches in this timeslot as well as 13 twilight Sunday night matches.

"In addition we have some of the season's key clashes in regional centres, as well as the inclusion of the NRL-free Representative Weekend and Good Friday afternoon match following their successful introduction this year.

"Special mention must go to the NRL's Shaun Wendt and Rick Stone from the Canadian company, Optical Planning Solutions, who worked tirelessly through what was an enormous logistical exercise involving a wide range of variables to produce such an exciting draw."

Among the many features and innovations are:

* 13 twilight Sunday night matches and four Thursday night games
* Matches scheduled for Perth (Rabbitohs v Warriors), Darwin (Titans v Panthers) and Mackay (Bulldogs v Knights) ? all in Round 17 (July 5-8) - as well as a game in Mudgee (Eels v Titans, Round 11)
* The season-opening round on March 7 also featuring a Broncos v Sea Eagles clash which marks the 25th anniversary of their first premiership match
* A Good Friday afternoon game (March 29) between the Bulldogs and Rabbitohs as well as the Good Friday night game between the Broncos and Storm.
* Men of League Heritage Round (Round 6, April 12-14) featuring the Wests Tigers v Dragons match which marks the 50th anniversary of the trophy photo (Norm Provan and Arthur Summons); and the Manly v Sharks clash which is the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Grand Final and 30th anniversary of the 1983 KB Cup Final
* An NRL-free Representative Weekend (April 19-21) featuring the Australia v NZ Test in Canberra and Country v City Origin in Coffs Harbour
* An Anzac Day double (Thursday, April 25) featuring the Roosters and the Dragons in Sydney and the Storm against the Warriors in Melbourne
* The 'Pink V' Dragons hosting the Eels during the Harvey Norman Women In League Round which will be played earlier in Round 10 (May 17-20)
* Origin matches in Sydney (June 5 and July 17) and Brisbane (June 26)
* Rivalry Round (Round 20, July 26-29) kicking off with the Cowboys v Broncos in Townsville and Bulldogs v Eels at ANZ Stadium

NRL Interim Chief Executive, Mr Shane Mattiske, said: "It is very exciting to be able to give Rugby League fans certainty around almost the entire season for the first time.

"Knowing exactly who is playing, when and where for the first 20 of the 26 regular rounds of competition is a major coup for our fans.

"No doubt games such as the Round 3 Grand Final replay between the Storm and Bulldogs; the Wests Tigers v Sharks clash in Round 9; and the many traditional rivalries and local derbies will provide thrilling contests full of surprise and drama.

"With only 104 days until the season starts and, with so much to look forward to as revealed in the draw today, the countdown to kick-off truly starts now.

"Our Football Operations and Marketing teams have worked closely with clubs and the game's scheduling committee to construct a draw that will enable clubs to continue to build on their strong crowds and record membership figures of 2012.

"The message to fans is simple. This is what you have been asking for and we strongly encourage you to act now - secure your club membership and your seat at home games, circle the big matches on your calendars, make the most of flight specials and get behind your team wherever and whenever they play."

Round 1 - Mar 7-11
Thu: Roosters v Souths
Fri: Brisbane v Manly
Sat: Parramatta v Warriors
Sat: Canterbury v North Qld
Sun: Penrith v Canberra
Sun: Melbourne v Dragons
Sun: Cronulla v Gold Coast
Mon: Newcastle v Wests Tigers

Round 2 - Mar 14-18
Thu: Parramatta v Canterbury
Fri: Dragons v Brisbane
Sat: Warriors v Roosters
Sat: North Qld v Melbourne
Sun: Gold Coast v Canberra
Sun: Wests Tigers v Penrith
Sun: Manly v Newcastle
Mon: Souths v Cronulla

Round 3 - Mar 21-25
Thu: Melbourne v Canterbury
Fri: Wests Tigers v Parramatta
Sat: Gold Coast v Manly
Sat: Roosters v Brisbane
Sun: Cronulla v Warriors
Sun: Penrith v Souths
Sun: Canberra v Dragons
Mon: Newcastle v North Qld

Round 4 - Mar 28-Apr 1
Thu: Manly v Wests Tigers
Fri: Canterbury v Souths
Fri: Brisbane v Melbourne
Sat: Cronulla v Dragons
Sun: Penrith v Gold Coast
Sun: Newcastle v Canberra
Mon: Warriors v North Qld
Mon: Roosters v Parramatta

Round 5 - Apr 5-8
Fri: Canterbury v Manly
Fri: Gold Coast v Brisbane
Sat: Parramatta v Cronulla
Sat: North Qld v Penrith
Sun: Warriors v Souths
Sun: Dragons v Newcastle
Sun: Canberra v Roosters
Mon: Melbourne v Wests Tigers

Round 6 - Apr 12-14
Fri: Brisbane v North Qld
Fri: Roosters v Canterbury
Sat: Newcastle v Penrith
Sat: Canberra v Warriors
Sat: Souths v Melbourne
Sun: Manly v Cronulla
Sun: Wests Tigers v Dragons
Sun: Gold Coast v Parramatta

Fri 19 Apr: ANZAC Test - Australia v New Zealand at Canberra Stadium, 8.00pm

Sun 21 Apr: Place of Origin - Country v City at Coffs Harbour, 3.00pm

Round 7 - Apr 25-29
Thu: Roosters v Dragons
Thu: Melbourne v Warriors
Fri: Manly v Souths
Sat: North Qld v Canberra
Sat: Wests Tigers v Brisbane
Sun: Gold Coast v Newcastle
Sun: Cronulla v Canterbury
Mon: Penrith v Parramatta

Round 8 - May 3-6
Fri: Brisbane v Souths
Fri: Canterbury v Wests Tigers
Sat: Melbourne v Canberra
Sat: Parramatta v North Qld
Sun: Warriors v Gold Coast
Sun: Newcastle v Cronulla
Sun: Roosters v Penrith
Mon: Dragons v Manly

Round 9 - May 10-13
Fri: Souths v North Qld
Fri: Wests Tigers v Cronulla
Sat: Warriors v Canterbury
Sat: Parramatta v Brisbane
Sun: Canberra v Newcastle
Sun: Gold Coast v Dragons
Sun: Penrith v Melbourne
Mon: Manly v Roosters

Round 10 - May 17-20
Fri: Brisbane v Gold Coast
Fri: Souths v Wests Tigers
Sat: Dragons v Parramatta
Sat: North Qld v Roosters
Sat: Penrith v Warriors
Sun: Cronulla v Canberra
Sun: Newcastle v Canterbury
Mon: Melbourne v Manly

Round 11 - May 24-27
Fri: Wests Tigers v North Qld
Fri: Canterbury v Brisbane
Sat: Dragons v Penrith
Sat: Roosters v Melbourne
Sat: Manly v Canberra
Sun: Warriors v Newcastle
Sun: Parramatta v Gold Coast
Mon: Cronulla v Souths

Round 12 - May 31-Jun 3
Fri: Canterbury v Dragons
Sat: Souths v Newcastle
Sun: Gold Coast v North Qld
Mon: Brisbane v Warriors
Canberra bye
Cronulla bye
Manly bye
Melbourne bye
Parramatta bye
Penrith bye
Roosters bye
Wests Tigers bye

Wed 5 Jun: State of Origin - NSW v QLD at ANZ Stadium, 8.00pm

Round 13 - Jun 7-10
Fri: Parramatta v Roosters
Sat: Newcastle v Dragons
Sat: North Qld v Canterbury
Sun: Warriors v Manly
Sun: Penrith v Wests Tigers
Sun: Melbourne v Cronulla
Mon: Canberra v Brisbane
Gold Coast bye
Souths bye

Round 14 - Jun 14-17
Fri: Dragons v North Qld
Fri: Manly v Canterbury
Sat: Canberra v Penrith
Sat: Cronulla v Parramatta
Sun: Souths v Gold Coast
Sun: Melbourne v Newcastle
Sun: Roosters v Warriors
Mon: Brisbane v Wests Tigers

Round 15 - Jun 21-24
Fri: Canterbury v Roosters
Sat: Wests Tigers v Canberra
Sun: Parramatta v Souths
Mon: Gold Coast v Melbourne
Brisbane bye
Cronulla bye
Manly bye
Warriors bye
Newcastle bye
North Qld bye
Penrith bye
Dragons bye

Wed 26 Jun: State of Origin - QLD v NSW at Suncorp Stadium, 8.00pm

Round 16 - Jun 28-Jul 1
Fri: Souths v Canberra
Sat: Wests Tigers v Melbourne
Sat: Penrith v Dragons
Sun: Newcastle v Gold Coast
Sun: Warriors v Brisbane
Sun: North Qld v Cronulla
Mon: Roosters v Manly
Canterbury bye
Parramatta bye

Round 17 - Jul 5-8
Fri: Melbourne v Brisbane
Fri: Cronulla v Wests Tigers
Sat: Dragons v Roosters
Sat: Gold Coast v Penrith
Sun: Canberra v North Qld
Sun: Canterbury v Newcastle
Sun: Souths v Warriors
Mon: Manly v Parramatta

Round 18 - Jul 12-15
Fri: Brisbane v Cronulla
Sat: Parramatta v Penrith
Sun: Canterbury v Melbourne
Mon: North Qld v Manly
Canberra bye
Gold Coast bye
Warriors bye
Newcastle bye
Souths bye
Dragons bye
Roosters bye
Wests Tigers bye

Wed 17 Jul: State of Origin - NSW v QLD at ANZ Stadium, 8.00pm

Round 19 - Jul 19-22
Fri: Wests Tigers v Warriors
Sat: Canberra v Parramatta
Sat: Roosters v Cronulla
Sun: Penrith v Newcastle
Sun: Manly v Gold Coast
Mon: Souths v Dragons
Brisbane bye
Canterbury bye
Melbourne bye
North Qld bye

Round 20 - Jul 26-29
Fri: North Qld v Brisbane
Fri: Canterbury v Parramatta
Sat: Dragons v Canberra
Sat: Gold Coast v Souths
Sun: Warriors v Melbourne
Sun: Cronulla v Penrith
Sun: Newcastle v Roosters
Mon: Wests Tigers v Manly

Round 21 - Aug 2-5
Canberra v Melbourne
Gold Coast v Wests Tigers
Warriors v Cronulla
Newcastle v Brisbane
North Qld v Souths
Parramatta v Manly
Penrith v Roosters
Dragons v Canterbury

Round 22 - Aug 9-12
Brisbane v Dragons
Canterbury v Gold Coast
Cronulla v Newcastle
Manly v Warriors
Melbourne v Souths
Parramatta v Wests Tigers
Penrith v North Qld
Roosters v Canberra

Round 23 - Aug 16-19
Brisbane v Parramatta
Canberra v Canterbury
Warriors v Penrith
Newcastle v Melbourne
North Qld v Gold Coast
Souths v Manly
Dragons v Cronulla
Wests Tigers v Roosters

Round 24 - Aug 23-26
Penrith v Brisbane
Canberra v Manly
Souths v Canterbury
North Qld v Newcastle
Gold Coast v Warriors
Dragons v Wests Tigers
Melbourne v Parramatta
Cronulla v Roosters

Round 25 - Aug 30-Sep 2
Brisbane v Newcastle
Canterbury v Penrith
Cronulla v North Qld
Manly v Melbourne
Warriors v Canberra
Parramatta v Dragons
Roosters v Gold Coast
Wests Tigers v Souths

Round 26 - Sep 5-8
Brisbane v Canterbury
Canberra v Cronulla
Manly v Penrith
Melbourne v Gold Coast
Newcastle v Parramatta
North Qld v Wests Tigers
Souths v Roosters
Dragons v Warriors

September 13-15 Qualifying Semi Finals
September 20-21 Semi Finals
September 27-28 Preliminary Finals
October 6 Grand Final

Sat 26 October - World Cup Commences
Sat 30 November - World Cup Final


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