When does the NRL season start? Opening round games, draw for 2024

The 2024 NRL season is quickly approaching.

As the summer of tennis and cricket comes to a close, it’s time to shift our attention to rugby league.

The Sporting News takes you through the key dates.

MORE: NRL contract news – Official signings and extensions

When does the 2024 NRL season start?

The 2024 NRL campaign will begin on March 3 (March 2 in the US).

It will all kick off in Las Vegas, when the Sydney Roosters, Brisbane Broncos, Manly Sea Eagles and South Sydney Rabbitohs feature in a season-opener event.

Those games are scheduled for Sunday, March 3 (Australian time).

The season will then begin on Australian shores on Thursday, March 7 when the Newcastle Knights and Canberra Raiders face off.

A clash between the Melbourne Storm and reigning champions the Penrith Panthers will headline the opening round on Friday night.

NRL 2024: Round 1 draw, games

Date (AEDT) Time (AEDT) Game
Sunday, March 3 1:30 pm Rabbitohs vs. Sea Eagles
Sunday, March 3 3:30 pm Broncos vs. Roosters
Thursday, March 7 8:00 pm Knights vs. Raiders
Friday, March 8 6:00 pm Warriors vs. Sharks
Friday, March 8 8:05 pm Storm vs. Panthers
Saturday, March 9 5:30 pm Eels vs. Bulldogs
Saturday, March 9 7:35 pm Titans vs. Dragons
Sunday, March 10 4:05 pm Dolphins vs. Cowboys
BYE   Wests Tigers

NRL Las Vegas: Matches, tickets for 2024 season opener

The match-ups for the NRL’s Vegas doubleheader have been confirmed:

  • Sydney Roosters vs. Brisbane Broncos
  • Manly Sea Eagles vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs

The two games will be played at Allegiant Stadium, which is located in Paradise, Las Vegas, Nevada.

The venue is the home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders and fits roughly 65,000 fans.

Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased here.

How many NRL games are there this season?

Since the addition of the Dlophins, there have been 204 games each season, spread out over 27 rounds with each team receiving three byes.

MORE: Full bye schedule for all 17 teams

When is the 2024 NRL grand final?

This year’s showpiece match will take place on Sunday, October 6, 2024.

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