Parts of next year’s draw have been leaked before the full draw is revealed on Thursday.
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The season opener will be a blockbuster fight between master coaches Craig Bellamy and Wayne Bennett as the storm hit on Nov.. March receives the Rabbitohs at home in AAMI Park. It will be her first game at AAMI Park since Round 4.
ARLC chairman Peter V’landys has also confirmed that the State of Origin series will be played again in the middle of the year and not after the NRL season, as was the case for the first time due to the coronavirus shutdown.
Cronulla plays to Coffs Harbor, Manly to Mudgee, Penrith to Bathurst, South Sydney to Dubbo, Canberra to Wagga and Wests Tigers to Tamworth.
Not only are Bellamy and Bennett the two best coaches in the game, but they also have a bit of history. While Bennett was with the Broncos, they went to Bellamy in 2018 to replace him. The Broncos didn’t land Bellamy and instead secured Anthony Seibold, but it was the hunt for Bellamy that resulted in Bennett learning that Red Hill was no longer wanted.
To make the game even more juicy, Latrell Mitchell is set to return after an injury against Clive Churchill medalist Ryan Papenhuyzen. It could also be Cameron Smith’s first game contribution if the champion skipper decides to retire – or sign with a new club.
Kevin Walters will make his debut as Broncos coach against the Eels at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night. If there’s one team that wants to beat Walters first, it should be the eels who knocked Brisbane out of the 2019 final with a 59-0 strike at Bankwest Stadium. The eels also defeated them twice in 2020.
One of the Saturday games includes a home game for the Warriors in Auckland, subject to border restrictions. On Sunday, Kogarah Oval will host a local derby between the dragons and the sharks.
The Telegraph also revealed that the 2021 Anzac Day games will be Roosters vs Dragons, Storm vs Warriors and Sea Eagles vs Bulldogs.
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