The Gold Coast Titans have a tough start to their 2021 campaign, flying across the ditch for the opening clash of the season before taking on big brother rivals Brisbane in their first home game at Cbus Super Stadium.
The NRL unveiled the full 2021 season draw on Thursday morning, with the season to kick off on Thursday March 11 next year with a blockbuster clash between the Melbourne Storm ad the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
The Titans aren’t in action until Saturday the 13th when they will head over to New Zealand, depending on border restrictions, to take on the Warriors.
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It will be the New Zealand based side’s first home game at Mt Smart Stadium since August 30 2019.
But the Titans will be trying to spoil the party by making it a streak of six straight wins (five-straight to finish 2020) for the first time in the Club’s history.
The club’s first home game will be a blockbuster with the Broncos, giving new Titans recruit Tino Fa’asuamaleaui and Brisbane’s Payne Haas a chance to go at it again following their on field scuffle during the State of Origin.
It will also provide superstar David Fifita his first chance to come up against his old club.
The other all-Queensland clash will come in Round 21, with the Cowboys to feature in the prime 4:05pm Sunday timeslot.
The Titans will feature on free-to-air television six times across the series, with four home and two away games to be shown on Channel 9, with all other games to be shown across Fox Sports and Kayo.
The NRL has also opted to return the State of Origin series to its usual mid-season slot.
Venues are yet to be confirmed but Origin I will take place on Wednesday, June 9 in between rounds 13 and 14, with half the competition getting their bye in round 13.
Origin II will be on Sunday, June 27 while the NRL competition takes a one-week representative hiatus with other men’s internationals and Women’s State of Origin to potentially be scheduled for that weekend.
The series concludes with game three on Wednesday, July 14 in between rounds 17 and 18.