NRL Touch Football has released the draw for the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership after it’s inaugural season in 2018.
The second year of this elite touch football tournament will expand significantly, with more NRL clubs involved, and about four times as many game days at many more stadiums around the country and in New Zealand. Games will be played as curtain-raisers to NRL matches, with broadcast details to be released shortly.
The Eels touch football side will play six clashes during the 2019 season, with three touch football games played prior to our Eels NRL fixtures with games taking place in round four against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks (Saturday 6 April) at ANZ Stadium, in round twelve against the South Sydney Rabbitohs (Friday 31 May) at Bankwest Stadium and in round fourteen against the Brisbane Broncos (Saturday 15 Jun) at Bankwest Stadium.
The 2019 NRL Touch Premiership in numbers
- 8 NRL clubs — The tournament has expanded from six NRL clubs in 2018 to eight in 2019, with the Sydney Roosters and the New Zealand Warriors joining the Wests Tigers, Parramatta Eels, Newcastle Knights, Gold Coast Titans, Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys in this tournament.
- 240 elite athletes — Each of the eight NRL clubs will field both an elite women's and elite men's touch team, meaning that more than 120 female and 120 male athletes will be competing to win their club a Premiership.
- 26 game days — The tournament will also significantly extend in game days – from just seven in 2018 to 26 in 2019. The tournament will run across five months of the NRL season, from 6th April to 18th August.
- 12 stadiums — Matches will be played at all major stadiums throughout Australia (including ANZ, Suncorp and CBUS Stadiums), as well as the brand new Bankwest Stadium, Adelaide Oval, Glen Willow Stadium in Mudgee and Mt Smart Stadium in New Zealand. The ready-made audience of 680,000 Australian touch participants, and 260,000 in New Zealand, plus the related rugby league fanbase, will have the opportunity to spectate live in stadium.
See the full 2019 NRL Touch Premiership draw below.