Today the NRL confirmed their full set of fixtures for the 2024 season but what about Super League?
It is at least a week until we will see the Super League fixtures released with them being released on the week commencing 20th November.
This is quite surprising by comparison given the fact that Super League will start a month earlier than the NRL so you would suggest that this paints Super League as less organised which may not be entirely true.
The whole process of planning for next year was set back by the situation with League One with structure meetings being held at the 11th hour after London Skolars and Newcastle Thunder withdrew from the competition.
This even meant that the likes of Wakefield Trinity couldn’t release their season tickets due to the fact they were unsure of the structure.
Nonetheless, this is no good for the fans who often plan holidays and events around fixtures. Already fans are frantically trying to rearrange holidays around the new Magic Weekend date that was leaked by SkyBet being the 10th August.
In future it is important that these fixtures come out sooner rather than later to ensure the best experience for fans.
Turning back to the NRL, it kicks off on March 2 at Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, for the exciting Rugby League in Las Vegas double header featuring Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles v South Sydney Rabbitohs and Sydney Roosters v Brisbane Broncos in the most anticipated Premiership opener in the game’s history.
Round One will continue the following week with the Australian opener being the rematch of one of the great finals matches between the Newcastle Knights and Canberra Raiders, followed by Melbourne Storm hosting Premiers Penrith Panthers on Friday night. Round One will also feature local rivalries Parramatta Eels v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs on Saturday at CommBank Stadium and the Dolphins v North Queensland Cowboys on Sunday at Suncorp Stadium.
Round Two will feature the Broncos against the Rabbitohs on Thursday night at Suncorp Stadium, followed by the Western Sydney derby between the Panthers and the Eels on Friday night at BlueBet Stadium.
The Grand Final rematch between the Panthers and the Broncos will open Round Three on Thursday at BlueBet Stadium, followed by the traditional rivalry between the Roosters and the Rabbitohs on Friday at Allianz Stadium.
Easter Weekend in Round 4 will feature the traditional Easter match ups including Rabbitohs v Bulldogs on Good Friday at Accor Stadium as well as the Eels hosting Wests Tigers on Easter Monday at CommBank Stadium. Good Friday will also include the classic Queensland rivalry between the Broncos and the Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium.
The Battle of Brisbane between Broncos and the Dolphins will highlight Round Six in a clash on Friday at Suncorp Stadium.
The NRL Telstra Premiership themed rounds include Multicultural Round (Round 3), Anzac Round (Round 8), Magic Round (Round 11), Indigenous Round (Round 12), Beanie for Brain Cancer (Round 15) and Women in League Round (Round 22).
Multicultural Round will feature three matches in Western Sydney – BlueBet Stadium on Thursday, Belmore Sports Ground on Saturday and CommBank Stadium on Sunday.
Anzac Round will include three special matches on Anzac Day itself, with matches in Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne.
Indigenous Round will include two highlight matches with the Rabbitohs hosting the Eels on Saturday, May 25 and Broncos hosting their local rivals the Titans on Sunday afternoon at Suncorp Stadium.
No team will have more than three five-day turnarounds and total five-day turnarounds have been reduced from 30 in 2023 to 26 in 2024.