Grand finalists the Sydney Roosters will kick-off the 2011 Telstra Premiership season against arch rivals the South Sydney Rabbitohs in an NRL blockbuster on March 11 at the Sydney Football.

The NRL today released the dates and times of matches for the first five rounds of the 2011 Telstra Premiership, plus the venues for all matches this season, with the Broncos and the Cowboys launching the year in Queensland at Suncorp Stadium.

The Warriors will tackle the Eels in the first-ever NRL match at the historic Eden Park when they kick off a Super Saturday line-up that also features the Storm playing the Sea Eagles and the Titans tackling 2010 Premiers, the Dragons, on the Gold Coast in a thrilling encounter that will follow on from the excitement of the 2011 Harvey Norman All Stars clash.

The Raiders and Sharks and Panthers and Knights will start their seasons on Sunday, March 13, with the Bulldogs and Wests Tigers kicking off the first Monday night match of the season at ANZ Stadium.

“The release of the first five rounds and venues today is a reminder for all fans to start planning for next year and with Christmas just around the corner it is a perfect time to purchase your club memberships for the 2011 Telstra Premiership,” NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, said.

The schedule for the first five rounds is:

Round 1 : March 11 - 14
Match
Venue
Day
Time
TV

Roosters v Rabbitohs

SFS

Friday

7.30pm

Nine

Broncos v Cowboys

Suncorp Stadium

Friday

7.30pm

Nine

Warriors v Eels

Eden Park, NZ

Saturday

7.30pm

Fox

Storm v Sea Eagles

AAMI Park

Saturday

7.30pm

Fox

Titans v Dragons

Skilled Park

Saturday

6.30pm

Fox

Raiders v Sharks

Canberra Stadium

Sunday

2.00pm

Fox

Panthers v Knights

Penrith Stadium

Sunday

3.00pm

Nine

Bulldogs v Wests Tigers

ANZ Stadium

Monday

7.00pm

Fox

Round 2 : March 18 - 21
Match
Venue
Day
Time
TV

Eels v Panthers

Parramatta Stadium

Friday

7.30pm

Nine

Raiders v Broncos

Canberra Stadium

Friday

8.30pm

Nine

Storm v Titans

AAMI Park

Saturday

5.30pm

Fox

Wests Tigers v Warriors

Leichhardt Oval

Saturday

7.30pm

Fox

Cowboys v Knights

Dairy Farmers Stadium

Saturday

8.30pm

Fox

Rabbitohs v Bulldogs

ANZ Stadium

Sunday

2.00pm

Fox

Roosters v Sea Eagles

SFS

Sunday

3.00pm

Nine

Sharks v Dragons

Toyota Stadium

Monday

7.00pm

Fox

Round 3 : March 25 - 28
Match
Venue
Day
Time
TV

Eels v Rabbitohs

ANZ Stadium

Friday

7.30pm

Nine

Titans v Broncos

Skilled Park

Friday

7.30pm

Nine

Panthers v Sharks

Penrith Stadium

Saturday

5.30pm

Fox

Cowboys v Storm

Venue TBC

Saturday

6.30pm

Fox

Warriors v Dragons

Mt Smart Stadium

Sunday

2.00pm

Fox

Bulldogs v Roosters

ANZ Stadium

Sunday

2.00pm

Fox

Sea Eagles v Knights

Brookvale Oval

Sunday

3.00pm

Nine

Wests Tigers v Raiders

Campbelltown Sports Stadium

Monday

7.00pm

Fox

Round 4 : April 1 - 4
Match
Venue
Day
Time
TV

Rabbitohs v Sea Eagles

Bluetongue Stadium

Friday

7.30pm

Nine

Broncos v Panthers

Suncorp Stadium

Friday

7.30pm

Nine

Raiders v Titans

Canberra Stadium

Saturday

5.30pm

Fox

Eels v Cowboys

Parramatta Stadium

Saturday

7:30pm

Fox

Sharks v Warriors

Owen Delany Park, Taupo, NZ

Sunday

2.00pm

Fox

Knights v Dragons

Energy Australia Stadium

Sunday

2.00pm

Fox

Roosters v Wests Tigers

SFS

Sunday

3.00pm

Nine

Storm v Bulldogs

AAMI Park

Monday

7.00pm

Fox

Round 5: April 8 - 11
Match
Venue
Day
Time
TV

Cowboys v Titans

Dairy Farmers Stadium

Friday

7.30pm

Nine

Wests Tigers v Rabbitohs

SFS

Friday

7.30pm

Nine

Warriors v Roosters

Mt Smart Stadium

Saturday

7.30pm

Fox

Sharks v Sea Eagles

Toyota Stadium

Saturday

7:30pm

Fox

Panthers v Raiders

Penrith Stadium

Saturday

7:30pm

Fox

Storm v Eels

AAMI Park

Sunday

2.00pm

Fox

Dragons v Bulldogs

WIN Jubilee Oval

Sunday

3.00pm

Nine

Broncos v Knights

Suncorp Stadium

Monday

7.00pm

Fox

Please Note: All Match Times are Local Times