Inglis, Johnson launch NRL season
The biggest NRL calendar to date has been launched by two of the biggest names in rugby league in South Sydney's premiership-winning fullback Greg Inglis and Warriors and New Zealand halfback Shaun Johnson.
On a historic night for rugby league on Thursday, Inglis and Johnson officially launched a 10-month calendar of Rugby League on Auckland's waterfront.
"Every year we consider players who best represent what is great about the game," NRL Head of Commercial Paul Kind said.
"In Shaun Johnson and Greg Inglis, you have two very special players, two very unique talents, and players who in the course of last year shone in our major events.
"On top of that, they are two players who off the field gave a lot back to the community. They chose themselves."
The 2015 NRL calendar will kick off on Saturday and Sunday (January 31-February 1) with the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines at Eden Park.
Also featuring in 2015 will be the return of the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars match (February 13), the NRL Telstra Premiership (from March 5), a stand-alone representative weekend (May 1-3), the Holden State of Origin series (May 27, June 17, July 8) which includes a return to the MCG, and the NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series (from September 11).
It will culminate in the NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final on October 4.