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The NRL has released the times and dates for the first five rounds of the 2012 Telstra Premiership, with some blockbuster clashes scheduled right up to March's Heritage Round.
Updates - December 15
- The Round 5 changes see the Panthers against the Sharks at Centrebet Stadium at 5:30pm on Saturday, March 31, followed by the Eels against the Sea Eagles at Parramatta Stadium and the Roosters against the Warriors at the SFS, both at 7:30pm.
- The Raiders, who were originally scheduled to play the Cowboys at Canberra Stadium on March 31 at 5:30pm, will now move to 7:00pm Monday on April 2.
- It is important to note also that the Panthers v Sharks game has moved to 5:30pm (previously released at 7:30pm).
- In Round 2, the Storm-Rabbitohs clash, originally set for 5:30pm Saturday, March 10, will now be played at 7:00pm on Sunday, March 11 as part of a Sunday triple-header, while the Gold Coast Titans-Canberra Raiders match on Saturday, March 10, will now kick-off two hours earlier, at 4:30pm (5:30pm NSW time).
- The changes have been made due to the result of venue availability in Melbourne in Round 2 and Canberra in Round 5.
Source: National Rugby League - NRL.com
- St George Illawarra are yet to confirm their venues in full for the 2012 season, as they await confirmation from the Illawarra Venues Authority regarding the availability of WIN Stadium as a home ground.
- The round one Warriors v Sea Eagles Grand Final replay will be shown live at midday on Channel 9, Sunday 4 March. The change in broadcast time allows for Channel 9 to screen the Commonwealth Bank Series One Day Cricket International live immediately following the NRL.
- The Raiders v Cowboys round five clash will be rescheduled. Canberra Stadium is already hosting a Brumbies Super 15 Rugby match the same night (Saturday 31 March).
- With the first five rounds, the NRL also released the venue list (excepting the Dragons) for the full season. Relocated home matches for some clubs are included at the bottom of this article.
All times AEDST
Round 1 :: Mar 1-5
Thursday 1 March
Newcastle Knights v St George Illawarra Dragons @ Ausgrid Stadium, 7:30pm Ch 9
Friday 2 March
Parramatta Eels v Brisbane Broncos @ Parramatta Stadium, 7:30pm Ch 9
Saturday 3 March
Canberra Raiders v Melbourne Storm @ Canberra Stadium, 5:30pm FOX Sports LIVE
Penrith Panthers v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs @ Centrebet Stadium, 7:30pm FOX Sports LIVE
North Queensland Cowboys v Gold Coast Titans @ Dairy Farmers Stadium, 9:30pm FOX Sports LIVE
Sunday 4 March
Warriors v Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles @ Eden Park, Auckland, 12:00pm Ch 9
Wests Tigers v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks @ Leichhardt Oval, 2:00pm FOX Sports LIVE
Monday 5 March
South Sydney Rabbitohs v Sydney Roosters @ ANZ Stadium, 7:00pm FOX Sports LIVE
Round 2 :: Mar 9-12
Friday 9 March
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles v Wests Tigers @ Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford, 7:30pm Ch 9
Brisbane Broncos v North Queensland Cowboys @ Suncorp Stadium, 8:30pm Ch 9
Saturday 10 March
Gold Coast Titans v Canberra Raiders @ Skilled Park, 5:30pm FOX Sports LIVE (4:30pm QLD time)
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v St George Illawarra Dragons @ ANZ Stadium, 7:30pm FOX Sports LIVE
Sunday 11 March
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks v Newcastle Knights @ Toyota Stadium, 2:00pm FOX Sports LIVE
Sydney Roosters v Penrith Panthers @ Sydney Football Stadium, 3:00pm Ch 9
Melbourne Storm v South Sydney Rabbitohs @ AAMI Park, 7:00pm FOX Sports LIVE
Monday 12 March
Parramatta Eels v Warriors @ Parramatta Stadium, 7:00pm FOX Sports LIVE
Round 3 :: Mar 16-19
Friday 16 March
St George Illawarra Dragons v Wests Tigers @ Venue TBA, 7:30pm Ch 9
Newcastle Knights v Brisbane Broncos @ Ausgrid Stadium, 8:30pm Ch 9
Saturday 17 March
Gold Coast Titans v Melbourne Storm @ Skilled Park, 5:30pm FOX Sports LIVE
North Queensland Cowboys v Parramatta Eels @ Dairy Farmers Stadium, 7:30pm FOX Sports LIVE
Sunday 18 March
Warriors v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs @ Mt Smart Stadium, 12:00pm FOX Sports LIVE
Sydney Roosters v Canberra Raiders @ Sydney Football Stadium, 2:00pm FOX Sports LIVE
Penrith Panthers v South Sydney Rabbitohs @ Centrebet Stadium, 3:00pm Ch 9
Sunday 19 March
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks v Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles @ Toyota Stadium, 7:00pm FOX Sports LIVE
Round 4 :: Mar 23-26
Friday 23 March
Parramatta Eels v Penrith Panthers @ Parramatta Stadium, 7:30pm Ch 9
South Sydney Rabbitohs v Brisbane Broncos @ NIB Stadium, Perth, 9:00pm Ch 9
Saturday 24 March
Warriors v Gold Coast Titans @ Mt Smart Stadium, 5:30pm FOX Sports LIVE
St George Illawarra Dragons v Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles @ Venue TBA, 7:30pm FOX Sports LIVE
North Queensland Cowboys v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks @ Dairy Farmers Stadium, 9:30pm FOX Sports LIVE
Sunday 25 March
Melbourne Storm v Sydney Roosters @ AAMI Park, 2:00pm FOX Sports LIVE
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Newcastle Knights @ ANZ Stadium, 3:00pm Ch 9
Monday 26 March
Wests Tigers v Canberra Raiders @ Campbelltown Sports Stadium, 7:00pm FOX Sports LIVE
Round 5 :: Mar 30-Apr 2 (Heritage Round)
Friday 30 March
Brisbane Broncos v St George Illawarra Dragons @ Suncorp Stadium, 6:30pm Ch 9
Melbourne Storm v Newcastle Knights @ AAMI Park, 7:30pm Ch 9
Saturday 31 March
Penrith Panthers v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks @ Centrebet Stadium, 5:30pm FOX Sports LIVE
Sydney Roosters v Warriors @ Sydney Football Stadium, 7:30pm FOX Sports LIVE
Parramatta Eels v Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles @ Parramatta Stadium, 7:30pm FOX Sports LIVE
Sunday 1 April
Gold Coast Titans v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs @ Skilled Park, 2:00pm FOX Sports LIVE
Wests Tigers v South Sydney Rabbitohs @ Sydney Cricket Ground, 3:00pm Ch 9
Monday 2 April
Canberra Raiders v North Queensland Cowboys @ Canberra Stadium, 7:00pm FOX Sports LIVE
Relocated matches in 2012 (from Round 6 to Round 26):
Round 7 (April 13-15)
Sydney Roosters v North Queensland Cowboys @ TIO Stadium, Darwin
Round 10 (May 11-14)
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Gold Coast Titans @ Suncorp Stadium
(Double Header with Broncos v Sea Eagles)
Round 15 (June 15-18)
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles v Melbourne Storm @ Venue TBC
Round 16 (June 22-25)
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Melbourne Storm @ Adelaide Oval
Round 19 (July 13-16)
Sydney Roosters v South Sydney Rabbitohs @ Sydney Cricket Ground
Round 23 (August 10-13)
South Sydney Rabbitohs v Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles @ Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford