The 2018 NRL season to start in America

NRL America

The National Rugby League is planning to kick-off the 2018 season in America with Parramatta Eels and South Sydney Rabbitohs sounded out for the historic match.

Reports in Australia suggest the match would be played on the west coast of the United States, with Rabbitohs owner and Hollywood actor Russell Crowe used to promote the event.

Fox Sports CEO Patrick Delaney confirmed to the Daily Telegraph that he would be fully behind a US-proposal stating: “I love the idea of a game in the States.”

He added: “Whether it’s the opening round or another round, taking a game to the States is a great idea. We’d love to work with the NRL on furthering the love of rugby league through the world.

“There are similarities between the NFL and NRL, but most ‘Yanks’ would have their jaw on the ground if they saw our athletes operate. I know Fox USA would also get right behind us also.’’

It is believed venues such as Berkeley and Stanford University Stadium (pictured above) are being considered as the NRL looks to showcase what Rugby League has to offer the American audience.

South Sydney have already played in the USA this decade when they faced Leeds Rhinos in an exhibition match at Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida in 2008.

It’s understood the NRL are ahead in their planning of the official NRL draw for next season, with talks well underway to schedule the historic opening round clash in the States.