Eels vs Broncos to relaunch season
Parramatta and Brisbane will re-launch the NRL season with a blockbuster Thursday night match.
The long wait for NRL fans is over with the next two rounds announced this afternoon with South Sydney to feature in back to back blockbuster Friday night games.
The Broncos are slated to host the Eels although home venues are yet to be decided. The return of the competition is highlighted by the grudge match between South Sydney and the Roosters on Friday night.
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Cowboys and the Titans will have an all Queensland derby in the first match on Friday while super Saturday will pit the Dragons against the Warriors, Sharks playing the Tigers and Storm taking on Canberra.
Penrith play Newcastle on Sunday minus Nathan Cleary while Kalyn Ponga (suspended) will be missing for the Knights.
The final game of round three will pit the Des Hasler coached Manly against Canterbury.
Round four will start with Brisbane playing the Roosters on Thursday night while Monday afternoon football makes its return when St George Illawarra play Canterbury at 4pm.
The Friday games are Penrith against the Warriors and Melbourne against South Sydney.
Parramatta play Manly in one of two matches on Saturday June 6 and will be followed by Valentine Holmes' North Queensland playing Cronulla.
The Sunday matches are Canberra against Newcastle and Titans playing Wests Tigers.
The rest of the draw will be announced next week.
The Bulldogs and Dragons Monday afternoon match coincides with the Queens Birthday long weekend.
ROUND 3 MATCHES
(venues to be decided but home team appears first)
May 28 Thursday:
Broncos v Eels 7.50pm
May 29 Friday:
Cowboys v Titans 6pm
Roosters v Rabbitohs 7.55pm.
May 30 Saturday:
Warriors v Dragons 3pm
Sharks v Tigers 5.30pm
Storm v Raiders 7.35pm.
May 31 Sunday
Panthers v Knights 4.05pm
Sea Eagles v Bulldogs 6.30pm.
ROUND 4 MATCHES
June 4 Thursday:
Broncos v Roosters 7.50pm
June 5 Friday:
Panthers v Warriors 6pm,
Storm v Rabbitohs 7.55pm
June 6 Saturday:
Eels v Sea Eagles 5.30pm,
Cowboys v Sharks 7.35pm
June 7 Sunday:
Raiders v Knights 4.05pm,
Titans v Tigers 6.30pm
June 8 Monday:
Bulldogs v Dragons 4.05pm
Originally published as Eels vs Broncos to relaunch season