The NRL has updated its schedule for Rounds 20 and 21 which will feature a mini Magic Round triple header in Brisbane and see matches relocated to regional centres in Queensland.
With all teams now based in Queensland the revised draw will see games played in Mackay, Rockhampton and Redcliffe and a triple header at Suncorp Stadium.
The NRL will take games to Browne Park in Rockhampton, Moreton Daily Stadium in Redcliffe and BB Print Stadium in Mackay in Round 20, while two double-headers will be played at Suncorp Stadium, on Friday and Saturday. The match between Melbourne and Penrith has been confirmed as the final game of the Saturday night double header at Suncorp Stadium.
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A double header featuring the Raiders v Dragons and Eels v Rabbitohs games will be held at Cbus Super Stadium on the Friday in Round 21. On Saturday, a triple header at Suncorp Stadium will kick off with Warriors playing the Sharks at 3pm followed by the Roosters-Panthers clash at 5.30pm and Manly and Melbourne squaring off at 7.30pm. All times are AEST.
The Sharks and Sea Eagles in round 20 and Bulldogs v Wests Tigers in round 21 will play at Moreton Daily Stadium in Sunday afternoon clashes in both rounds.
The Knights-Broncos clash will open round 21 on Thursday, August 5 and will be played at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
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NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said the updated schedule looked at giving Queensland fans optimal coverage while the game was based in the state.
“Our challenges with the relocation of the competition have also become opportunities to offer unique fan experiences at mini magic days and it is wonderful for us to be able to take the game into heartland rugby league regions,” Abdo said.
“I’d like to thank the clubs and the broadcasters for their willingness to see these games in Mackay and Rockhampton eventuate.
“The opportunity for a mini magic triple header at Suncorp Stadium, as well as double headers in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast will also continue to maximise opportunities for our supporters in Southeast Queensland to see multiple clubs and games at one venue.
“Our two Round 20 double headers will be headlined by the traditional all-Queensland rivalry of the Broncos and the Cowboys as well as the grand final rematch between the Storm and the Panthers.”
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