sport news 2018 NRL season: Teams, fixtures and new rules

Thursday, March 1 marked the start of the final week until the 2018 NRL gets going. Before the 21st iteration of the National Rugby League gets going, the captains and representatives of the 16 NRL teams gathered together in Sydney to mark the beginning of the new season.

In front of a crowd of NRL fans, Melbourne Storm’s captain, Cameron Smith, said: ‘In a week’s time we become combatants on the field.

‘But in the 25 rounds that lie ahead we will share some of the same highs, the same lows, and the same hopes of lifting the premiership trophy on September 30.’

Captains and representatives of the 16 NRL teams gathered together in Sydney to mark the beginning of the new season on March 1, 2018

Captains and representatives of the 16 NRL teams gathered together in Sydney to mark the beginning of the new season on March 1, 2018

The skipper added: ‘And we will share them all with you, the fans. Whether you are on the field or in the stands we all share the passion, the pride and the enjoyment the game brings.’

Here is all the information on the NRL 2018 season including when it starts, which teams are playing and NRL 2018 fixtures.

Which teams are competing in the 2018 NRL season?

Sixteen teams comprise the NRL and the 2018 NRL premiership will be contested by the following teams:

Brisbane Broncos

Canberra Raiders

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Gold Coast Titans

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Melbourne Storm

Newcastle Knights

New Zealand Warriors

North Queensland Cowboys

Parramatta Eels

Pennith Panthers

South Sydney Rabbitohs

St. George Illawarra Dragons

Sydney Roosters

Wests Tigers

While 15 teams are based in Australia, the New Zealand Warriors unsurprisingly are based in New Zealand. The team joined the NRL in its inaugural season in 1998.

When does the 2018 NRL season start?

The 2018 NRL season will commence on Thursday, March 8.

2018 NRL season opening fixtures

St. George Illawarra Dragons kick things off when they play Brisbane Broncos at the UOW Jubilee Stadium on Thursday evening at 7.50 AEDT. That is the game of Thursday Night Football.

On Friday, March 9 the Knights host the Sea Eagles at the McDonald Jones Stadium as the early game of Friday Night Football. That will be followed by Cowboys vs Sharks at 7.50

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