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Round 18: Everything you need to know to tune in

By the time round 18 kicks off on Friday night, State of Origin will be in the rear-vision mirror and the battle for spots in the Telstra Premiership finals will start heating up.

Due to the relocation of the 12 teams that were based in NSW to South-East Queensland, the venues for Round 18 had to be rescheduled.

Gold Coast's Cbus Super Stadium and Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium will host extra matches this weekend.

Buoyed a strong win in Canberra in their most recent match, the Titans can take another step towards finals football if they're able to defeat the high-flying Eels on home turf. 

The Dragons and Sharks both have opportunities to shore up their spots in the top eight when they take on the Sea Eagles and Raiders respectively.

Newcastle's recent return to form will be put to the ultimate test when they provide the opposition for the Storm's first match back in Melbourne.

Fellow competition heavyweights Penrith and South Sydney will be waiting on the availability of a slew of State of Origin players before turning their full attention to weekend matches.

What is the draw for Round 18?

FRIDAY, JULY 16

  • Titans v Eels. Cbus Super Stadium (Fox), 6pm
  • Sea Eagles v Dragons, Cbus Super Stadium (Nine/Fox), 8.05pm

SATURDAY, JULY 17

  • Raiders v Sharks, Cbus Super Stadium (Fox), 3pm
  • Cowboys v Roosters, QCB Stadium (Fox), 5.30pm
  • Storm v Knights, AAMI Park (Fox), 7.35pm

SUNDAY, JULY 18

  • Warriors v Panthers, Suncorp Stadium (Fox), 1.50pm
  • Broncos v Tigers, Suncorp Stadium (Nine/Fox), 4.05pm
  • Rabbitohs v Bulldogs, Cbus Super Stadium (Fox), 6.15pm

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Which clubs are moving?

The eight Sydney sides - Manly, Souths, the Roosters, Wests Tigers, Cronulla, Parramatta, Penrith and Canterbury - plus St George Illawarra will relocate from their Wollongong base, along with Canberra, Newcastle and the Warriors, who have been based on the Central Coast since last year.

They will be based at three hubs in the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

How will the clubs move to Queensland?

Clubs will be flown on charter flights to Queensland and comply with Apollo Protocols and public health requirements to ensure no risk to the Queensland community.

Every club will be permitted a maximum of 41 players and staff while in Queensland.

Players involved in State of Origin III from the 12 affected clubs will reunite with their respective teams and families when they relocate to Queensland.

Will the draw change?

The order of games over the four weeks from rounds 18-21 will not change, nor will the dates and times of when matches are played. 

What will change is the venues for some matches. Games that were to be hosted by Brisbane, North Queensland, Gold Coast or Melbourne will remain as is.

As changes are announced, the NRL draw page will show the updated information.

Where will the relocated matches be played?

The NSW-based teams will play their home games at Cbus Super Stadium Suncorp Stadium or Sunshine Coast Stadium. The exact breakdown of those matches will be announced in the coming days.

Will fans be allowed into the venues?

At this stage, crowds are permitted at Queensland and Victoria.

Every try from round 17

How many people will each of the relocated clubs send to Queensland?

Several clubs have already prepared players and staff to be ready for a move, with the NRL requiring Apollo bubble lists of 30 players and 11 staff members to be submitted to head office.

What about the families of players?

The NRL has agreed to pay for families of players to stay at the same hotels as players.

Is there an impact on the NRLW?

Pre-season training for each of the six NRLW teams in the expanded competition had also been due to start on Monday, but Project Apollo has now pushed that date back a week with contingencies for the competition to be worked out this week.

Round 18 tune-in details

Friday, July 16 – Titans vs Eels – Cbus Super Stadium 6pm AEST

  • Foxtel – Fox League (nationally)
  • Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)
  • Kayo Sports
  • Radio: ABC, Triple M Sydney/Brisbane, NRL Nation (or via the Match Centre in NRL App or NRL.COM)

International Coverage:

  • WatchNRL: Not available in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions
  • TVWAN Action (Papua New Guinea)
  • Fox US
  • BeIN Sports (France)
  • Rogers Canada
  • Sport24 (Worldwide In-Flight/In-Ship – excl Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions)

Friday, July 16 – Sea Eagles vs Dragons – Cbus Super Stadium 8.05pm AEST

  • Nine (Sydney/Brisbane), GEM (Melbourne/Adelaide/Perth)
  • Foxtel – Fox League (nationally)
  • Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)
  • 9Now
  • Kayo Sports
  • Radio: ABC, 2GB, 4BC, NRL Nation (or via the Match Centre in NRL App or NRL.COM)

International Coverage:

  • WatchNRL: Not available in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions
  • TVWAN Action (Papua New Guinea)
  • Fox US
  • Sky UK (Sky Sports Arena)
  • Fox Netherlands
  • ESPN Africa
  • Sport24 (Worldwide In-Flight/In-Ship – excl Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions)
  • Digital Tonga

Saturday, July 17 – Raiders vs Sharks – Cbus Super Stadium 3pm AEST

  • Foxtel – Fox League (nationally)
  • Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)
  • Kayo Sports
  • Radio: ABC, Triple M Sydney/Brisbane, NRL Nation (or via the Match Centre in NRL App or NRL.COM)

International Coverage:

  • WatchNRL: Not available in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions
  • TVWAN Action (Papua New Guinea)
  • Fox Sports Asia

Saturday, July 17 – Cowboys vs Roosters – Queensland Country Bank Stadium 5.30pm AEST

  • Foxtel – Fox League (nationally)
  • Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)
  • Kayo Sports
  • Radio: ABC, 2GB, 4BC, Triple M (FNQ only) (or via the Match Centre in NRL App or NRL.COM)

International Coverage:

  • WatchNRL: Not available in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions
  • TVWAN Action (Papua New Guinea)
  • Fox Sports Asia
  • Sky UK (Sky Sports Arena & Mix)
  • Sport24 (Worldwide In-Flight/In-Ship – excl Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions)
  • Digital Tonga

Saturday, July 17 – Storm vs Knights – AAMI Park 7:35pm AEST

  • Foxtel – Fox League (nationally)
  • Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)
  • Kayo Sports
  • Radio: ABC, 2GB, 4BC (or via the Match Centre in NRL App or NRL.COM)

International Coverage:

  • WatchNRL: Not available in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions
  • TVWAN Action (Papua New Guinea)
  • Fox US
  • Sky UK (Sky Sports Mix)
  • BeIN Sports (France)
  • Fox Netherlands
  • ESPN Africa
  • Rogers Canada
  • Sport24 (Worldwide In-Flight/In-Ship – excl Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions)
  • Fiji Broadcast

Sunday, July 18 – Warriors vs Panthers – Suncorp Stadium 1.50pm AEST

  • Foxtel – Fox League (nationally)
  • Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)
  • Kayo Sports
  • Radio: ABC, 2GB, 4BC (or via the Match Centre in NRL App or NRL.COM)

International Coverage:

  • WatchNRL: Not available in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions
  • TVWAN Action (Papua New Guinea)
  • Fox Sports Asia
  • Sport24 (Worldwide In-Flight/In-Ship – excl Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions)
  • Fiji Broadcast

Sunday, July 18 – Broncos vs Wests Tigers – Suncorp Stadium 4.05pm AEST

  • Nine (Sydney/Brisbane), GEM (Melbourne/Adelaide/Perth)
  • Foxtel – Fox League (nationally)
  • Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)
  • Kayo Sports
  • 9now
  • Radio: ABC, Triple M Sydney/Brisbane, 4BC (or via the Match Centre in NRL App or NRL.COM)

International Coverage:

  • WatchNRL: Not available in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions
  • TVWAN Action (Papua New Guinea)
  • BeIN Sports (France)

Sunday, July 18 – Rabbitohs vs Bulldogs – Cbus Super Stadium 6.15pm AEST

  • Foxtel – Fox League (nationally)
  • Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)
  • Kayo Sports
  • Radio: ABC, Triple M Sydney/Brisbane, NRL Nation (or via the Match Centre in NRL App or NRL.COM)

International Coverage:

  • WatchNRL: Not available in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions
  • TVWAN Action (Papua New Guinea)
  • Fox Sports Asia
  • Rogers Canada
  • Fox Netherlands
  • ESPN Africa

QRL Intrust Super Cup

One Saturday Intrust Super Cup match each weekend will be streamed live and free exclusively on Kayo Freebies.

This Saturday on Kayo Freebies Sunshine Coast Falcons vs Tweed Seagulls at 2pm (AEST).

Fans can access Kayo Freebies by downloading the Kayo Sports app or visiting kayosports.com.au/freebies and registering for an account. Kayo Freebies are free and no credit card details are required to register and start streaming.

Intrust Super Sundays will also be available on a variety of platforms including app as well as on the NRL Network.