The NRL has released its full 2018 draw for the first time. The Brisbane Broncos will start next year with a bang, hosting the Cowboys at Suncorp for their round two clash.

Lily Nothing reports.


Broncos CEO Paul White is chuffed with the draw he’s been handed.

After years of lobbying, the Broncos have secured three Sunday games.

Paul White, Broncos CEO: “It’ll allow us to attract more families, and obviously some younger supporters and fans to our games because it’s a more family-friendly time slot.”

He’s also promising to spend more on game-day entertainment.

The NRL boss Todd Greenberg unveiled the draw this morning.

The League’s taking steps to level the playing field.

There’s an emphasis on avoiding five-day turnarounds and expanding the game to regional towns.

Todd Greenberg, NRL CEO: “These towns mean so much to the game, and the game means so much to those local communities, so I’m really looking forward to seeing clubs really embrace embrace those communities, fill up those small stadiums and make it a great experience for those locals.”

In AFL, the 2017 trade period has wrapped up.

In a blockbuster deal, Carlton’s Bryce Gibbs has finally been traded to the Adelaide Crows in exchange for two first-round draft picks.

Lily Nothling, QUT News.