NRL fixture list revealed including State of Origin dates & plans for international window
The NRL has released its fixture list for the 2023 season, including dates for the State of Origin series and an All Stars fixture.
For the first time, both the Men’s and Women’s All Stars matches will be played in New Zealand, Rotorua, on February 11.
The 2023 State of Origin series will kick-off on May 31 in Adelaide. It will be followed by Game Two in Brisbane on June 21 and the final game in Sydney on July 12. It will also see the return of three Wednesday State of Origins for the first time since 2017.
On Saturday, February 18 the Charity Shield hits the road to Mudgee in the Central West of NSW for the annual Dragons-Rabbitohs pre-season clash.
Meanwhile, the World Club Challenge returns in 2023 as Penrith Panthers host St Helens on Saturday, 18 February.
The NRL season will consist of 204 matches over 27 regular rounds. Round 1 kicks-off on March 2, with the Grand Final set to take place on Sunday, October 1.
Wayne Bennett’s Dolphins will make their NRL debut on March 5 against the Sydney Roosters at the Suncorp Stadium.
The Warriors will play 12 matches in New Zealand for the first time since 2019.
Click here to find out the full fixture list.
NRL working towards international window
NRL CEO Andrew Abdo has also reaffirmed that he is working towards an international window in October. IMG has also shared its focus on the international game in the UK.
“We have a lot to look forward to in season 2023,” he said. “More matches, more rounds and more rivalries. It all starts with a new 18 team pre-season competition in February and we are also working towards a dedicated window of International Rugby League in October.
“The 2023 Telstra Premiership will have more local rivalry matches than ever before with the introduction of the Dolphins. We are also excited to be taking the NRL Telstra Premiership to even more regional locations across both Australia and New Zealand.”
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