NRL announces four double-headers for blockbuster 2018 season

The NRL has announced four double-headers across four major cities in Australia and New Zealand as part of a blockbuster 2018 season.

Sydney’s ANZ Stadium and Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium will host double headers in 2018, along with Perth Stadium and Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, all in the first 10 rounds.

It will be the first time in the history of the NRL four double headers have been a part of the schedule.


NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said the double headers would create an exciting element for next season.

“We will have double headers in four major cities – three in Australia and one in New Zealand,” Mr Greenberg said.

“This is a huge step for the game and I’d like to thank the Clubs involved for their efforts to embrace the concept and ensure the matches eventuated.”

Mr Greenberg said it’s a direct result of “having more control over the Premiership schedule in 2018.”

“We have had significant success with double headers at Suncorp Stadium in recent seasons and this is a natural progression.

“It will create more blockbuster events for our fans in 2018.”

The 2018 double headers:

  • South Sydney Rabbitohs v Warriors and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Premiers Melbourne Storm at the new Perth Stadium in Round One on Saturday, March 10;
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and Parramatta Eels v Cronulla Sutherland Sharks at ANZ Stadium in Round Three on Saturday, March 24;
  • Wests Tigers v Melbourne Storm and Warriors v North Queensland Cowboys at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium in Round Five on Saturday, April 7;
  • Melbourne Storm v Gold Coast Titans and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles v Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium in Round 10 on Saturday, May 12.