The NRL has released its draw for season 2016, with a number of tantalising blockbusters headlining what is set to be another brilliant year of football.
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Eels v Broncos, Thursday March 3, 8.05pm @ Pirtek Stadium. The season kicks off on a Thursday night, as the Eels unveil their star signing, Kieran Foran as they take on last year’s runners-up.
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Broncos v Cowboys, Friday March 25, 8.05pm @ Suncorp Stadium. The Grand Final rematch takes place in round four, with Queenslanders everywhere already licking their lips in anticipation.
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Roosters v Rabbitohs, Sunday March 6, 4pm @ Allianz Stadium. The Roosters host the Rabbitohs in Sam Burgess’ comeback game in front of what will be a packed house on Sunday afternoon.
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Dragons v Roosters, Monday April 25, 4pm @ Allianz Stadium. Another epic chapter in the traditional ANZAC Day narrative is set to be etched, as the Dragons host the Roosters on Monday afternoon.
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Dragons v Rabbitohs, Sunday March 20, 4pm @ Sydney Cricket Ground. The traditional Sydney Cricket Ground match returns in 2016, as fans are taken back in time to catch a glimpse of what rugby league was like in the 60s and 70s.
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Warriors v Rabbitohs, August 11-15 @ Mt Smart Stadium. Issac Luke faces up for the first time against his old side, in an epic showdown in New Zealand.
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Sea Eagles v Eels, Thursday April 14, 7.50pm @ Brookvale Oval. Kieran Foran lines up for the Eels, in what will be his first encounter against his old side. No doubt the Manly locals will make him feel very welcome.
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Titans v Sea Eagles, Monday June 20, 7pm @ Cbus Stadium. Daly Cherry-Evans once again returns to the Gold Coast, and is sure to be warmly welcomed by the locals on what is likely to be a cold Monday night.
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Roosters v Sharks, Monday July 18, 7pm @ Allianz Stadium. James Maloney returns to the scene of so many of his on-field triumphs, and will be tested against the Roosters on a Monday night.
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Roosters v Warriors, Sunday April 3, 2pm @ Allianz Stadium. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck returns to Allianz Stadium to face his old side for the first time. There will be plenty of fans on-hand, given the family-friendly time-slot.
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Bulldogs v Cowboys, August 25-29 @ Belmore Sports Ground. Johnathan Thurston returns to Belmore, as the Bulldogs host the Cowboys in what is set to be a tantalising battle.