The NRL have today confirmed round three and four of the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership with the Blue & Gold set to face the Brisbane Broncos in the first clash of the competition's resumption.
Following a 10 week suspension due to the response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Blue & Gold Members and fans can now lock in the first two clashes of the revamped draw in their calendars!
ROUND THREE - Brisbane Broncos v Parramatta Eels – Thursday 28 May, 7:50pm
Match: Broncos v Eels
Round 3 -
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
ROUND FOUR - Parramatta Eels v Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles – Saturday 6 June, 5:30pm
Match: Eels v Sea Eagles
Round 4 -
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
Venues are yet to be allocated for each game, however, it is confirmed matches will be held across NSW and Queensland. A "home" team will be given for each match with no double headers or venue clashes expected on each game day.
Where the Broncos, Cowboys or Titans are listed as the home team for a match, the game will be played at a venue in Queensland, with the remaining games for that round played in NSW.
The Eels will resume the season from the top of the ladder with two wins from the opening two rounds, after victories over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and the Gold Coast Titans.
The remaining 16 rounds of the draw will be confirmed in the next two weeks.
Under the revamped draw, teams will play five opposition clubs twice in the 20-round format before a normal finals series takes place. The first week of the finals will kick off on Friday, October 2 before the NRL Grand Final will be played in Sydney on October 25.
All matches will be played behind closed doors until further notice based on current advice, restrictions and government approvals.
Strict protocols, known as the Project Apollo protocols, have been introduced for players, club officials and staff to adhere to, with sanctions applied if they are breached.