NRL Draw 2012

February 28th, 2012

The 2012 NRL season kicks off on Thursday March 1 with a must see encounter as master coach Wayne Bennett leads Newcastle up against his former team the St George Illawarra Dragons. The 2012 NRL draw has been renovated with some interesting changes. It is specifically designed to ensure that marquee games are spread throughout every round of the season. For the first time ever, NRL matches will be played in every mainland capital city in 2012.

NRL 2012 Draw Changes

The 2012 draw will again feature 26 rounds of NRL competition but includes a number of changes to previous seasons.

Perhaps the biggest change from previous seasons is the introduction of a new finals system. The McIntyre finals system has been replaced in favour of a draw which was used in the 1990s. The new NRL finals draw is also employed by the AFL and has been put in place to reward those teams that finish inside the top four at the end of the regular season. The top four teams are guaranteed a second chance in the event of a week one loss. It also means that teams inside the top four only require to win two games to make the Grand Final and the top two teams are guaranteed two home finals games.

The players prayers for a break for representative football have been partially answered with no NRL games to played over the April 20-22 weekend which will see Australia play New Zealand and the annual NSW City-Country clash.

A special heritage round will occurr March 30 – April 2 with the Rabbitohs to take on the Tigers at the SCG while the Broncos will play the Dragons, replicating their first ever premiership 20-years-ago. In addition to the this, the Warriors will play the Roosters to mark the 10 years since their grand final clash.

The traditional Anzac day clash between the Sydney Roosters and the St George Illwarra Dragons will again take place but the Anzac Day program has been expanded to see the Melbourne Storm clash with the Warriors in Melbourne. A game will also be played on Good Friday afternoon between Rabbitohs and the Bulldogs.

Representative Matches

In addition to the 26 NRL premiership rounds as always the draw features a heavy representative schedule.

The NRL will break for a representative weekend on April 20-22 for the Australia-New Zealand test and the annual City-Country fixture. As always, the three origin matches will be played on Wednesdays. These will occur on May 23, June 13 and July 4.

2012 NRL Draw

NRL Draw Round 1

Date NRL Round 1 Venue Time
Thu 1 Mar 2012 Newcastle v St-George Illawarra Ausgrid Stadium 7:30PM
Fri 2 Mar 2012 Parramatta v Brisbane Parramatta Stadium 7:30PM
Sat 3 Mar 2012 Canberra v Melbourne Canberra Stadium 5:30PM
Sat 3 Mar 2012 Penrith v Canterbury-Bankstown Centrebet Stadium 7:30PM
Sat 3 Mar 2012 North Queensland v Gold Coast Dairy Farmers 8:30PM
Sun 4 Mar 2012 Warriors v Manly Eden Park 2:00PM
Sun 4 Mar 2012 Wests Tigers v Cronulla Leichhardt Oval 2:00PM
Mon 5 Mar 2012 South Sydney v Sydney Roosters ANZ Stadium 7:00PM

NRL Draw Round 2

Date NRL Round 2 Venue Time
Fri 9 Mar 2012 Manly v Wests Tigers Bluetongue Stadium 7:30PM
Fri 9 Mar 2012 Brisbane v North Queensland Suncorp Stadium 7:30PM
Sat 10 Mar 2012 Gold Coast v Canberra Skilled Park 4:30PM
Sat 10 Mar 2012 Canterbury v St George Illawarra ANZ Stadium 7:30PM
Sun 11 Mar 2012 Cronulla v Newcastle Toyota Stadium 2:00PM
Sun 11 Mar 2012 Sydney Roosters v Penrith SFS 3:00PM
Sun 11 Mar 2012 Melbourne v South Sydney AAMI Park 7:00PM
Mon 12 Mar 2012 Parramatta v Warriors Parramatta Stadium 7:00PM

NRL Draw Round 3

Date NRL Round 3 Venue Time
Fri 16 Mar 2012 St George Illawarra v Wests Tigers WIN Jubilee Oval 7:30PM
Fri 16 Mar 2012 Newcastle v Brisbane Ausgrid Stadium 8:30PM
Sat 17 Mar 2012 Gold Coast v Melbourne Skilled Park 4:30PM
Sat 17 Mar 2012 North Queensland v Parramatta Dairy Farmers 6:30PM
Sun 18 Mar 2012 Warriors v Canterbury-Bankstown Mt Smart Stadium 2:00PM
Sun 18 Mar 2012 Sydney Roosters v Canberra SFS 2:00PM
Sun 18 Mar 2012 Penrith v South Sydney Centrebet Stadium 3:00PM
Mon 19 Mar 2012 Cronulla v Manly Toyota Stadium 7:00PM

NRL Draw Round 4

Date NRL Round 4 Venue Time
Fri 23 Mar 2012 Parramatta v Penrith Parramatta Stadium 7:30PM
Fri 23 Mar 2012 South Sydney v Brisbane NIB Stadium 6:00PM
Sat 24 Mar 2012 Warriors v Gold Coast Mt Smart Stadium 7:30PM
Sat 24 Mar 2012 St George Illawarra v Manly WIN Jubilee Oval 7:30PM
Sat 24 Mar 2012 North Queensland v Cronulla Dairy Farmers 8:30PM
Sun 25 Mar 2012 Melbourne v Sydney Roosters AAMI Park 2:00PM
Sun 25 Mar 2012 Canterbury v Newcastle ANZ Stadium 3:00PM
Mon 26 Mar 2012 Wests Tigers v Canberra Campbelltown 7:00PM

NRL Draw Round 5

Date NRL Round 5 Venue Time
Fri 30 Mar 2012 Melbourne v Newcastle AAMI Park 7:30PM
Fri 30 Mar 2012 Brisbane v St George Illawarra Suncorp Stadium 7:30PM
Sat 31 Mar 2012 Penrith v Cronulla Centrebet Stadium 5:30PM
Sat 31 Mar 2012 Parramatta v Manly Parramatta Stadium 7:30PM
Sat 31 Mar 2012 Penrith v Cronulla Centrebet Stadium 7:30PM
Sat 31 Mar 2012 Sydney Roosters v Warriors SFS 7:30PM
Sun 1 Apr 2012 Gold Coast v Canterbury Skilled Park 2:00PM
Sun 1 Apr 2012 Wests Tigers v South Sydney SCG 3:00PM
Mon 2 Apr 2012 Canberra v North Queensland Canberra Stadium 7:00PM

NRL Draw Round 6

Date NRL Round 6 Venue Time
Fri 6 Apr 2012 Cronulla v St George Illawarra TBA TBA
Fri 6 Apr 2012 Newcastle v Parramatta TBA TBA
Fri 6 Apr 2012 Gold Coast v Sydney Roosters TBA TBA
Fri 6 Apr 2012 South Sydney v Canterbury TBA TBA
Fri 6 Apr 2012 Wests Tigers v Brisbane SFS TBA
Fri 6 Apr 2012 Canberra v Warriors TBA TBA
Fri 6 Apr 2012 Manly v Penrith TBA TBA
Fri 6 Apr 2012 North Queensland v Melbourne TBA TBA

NRL Draw Round 7

Date NRL Round 7 Venue Time
Fri 13 Apr 2012 St George Illawarra v Newcastle WIN Jubilee TBA
Fri 13 Apr 2012 Manly v Gold Coast TBA TBA
Fri 13 Apr 2012 Roosters v Nth Queensland TBA TBA
Fri 13 Apr 2012 Penrith v Wests Tigers TBA TBA
Fri 13 Apr 2012 Melbourne v Canterbury TBA TBA
Fri 13 Apr 2012 Warriors v South Sydney TBA TBA
Fri 13 Apr 2012 Cronulla v Parramatta TBA TBA
Fri 13 Apr 2012 Brisbane v Canberra TBA TBA

NRL Representative Events

Date Rep. Weekend Venue Time
Fri 20 Apr 2012 Australia v New Zealand TBA TBA
Sun 22 Apr 2012 City v Country TBA TBA
Byes: All Clubs

NRL Draw Round 8

Date NRL Round 8 Venue Time
Wed 25 Apr 2012 Brisbane v Gold Coast TBA TBA
Wed 25 Apr 2012 St George v Sydney Roosters SFS TBA
Wed 25 Apr 2012 South Sydney v North Queensland TBA TBA
Wed 25 Apr 2012 Melbourne v Warriors TBA TBA
Wed 25 Apr 2012 Canberra v Cronulla TBA TBA
Wed 25 Apr 2012 Newcastle v Penrith TBA TBA
Wed 25 Apr 2012 Canterbury-Bankstown v Manly TBA TBA
Wed 25 Apr 2012 Parramatta v Wests Tigers TBA TBA

NRL Draw Round 9

Date NRL Round 9 Venue Time
Fri 4 May 2012 Parramatta v Canterbury TBA TBA
Fri 4 May 2012 Warriors v Brisbane TBA TBA
Fri 4 May 2012 Manly v Canberra TBA TBA
Fri 4 May 2012 North Queensland v St George TBA TBA
Fri 4 May 2012 South Sydney v Cronulla TBA TBA
Fri 4 May 2012 Gold Coast v Wests Tigers TBA TBA
Fri 4 May 2012 Penrith v Melbourne TBA TBA
Fri 4 May 2012 Sydney Roosters v Newcastle TBA TBA

NRL Draw Round 10

Date NRL Round 10 Venue Time
Fri 11 May 2012 Brisbane v Manly TBA TBA
Fri 11 May 2012 Cronulla v Melbourne TBA TBA
Fri 11 May 2012 Canterbury v Gold Coast TBA TBA
Fri 11 May 2012 Canberra v Parramatta TBA TBA
Fri 11 May 2012 Warriors v Sydney Roosters TBA TBA
Fri 11 May 2012 Newcastle v North Queensland TBA TBA
Fri 11 May 2012 Penrith v St George Illawarra TBA TBA
Byes: Tigers, Rabbitohs

NRL Draw Round 11

Date NRL Round 11 Venue Time
Fri 18 May 2012 St George Illawarra v South Sydney WIN Jubilee TBA
Fri 18 May 2012 North Queensland v Penrith TBA TBA
Fri 18 May 2012 Canterbury-Bankstown v Cronulla TBA TBA
Fri 18 May 2012 Manly v Sydney Roosters TBA TBA
Fri 18 May 2012 Wests Tigers v Warriors Leichhardt TBA
Byes: Broncos, Raiders, Storm, Knights, Titans, Eels

State Of Origin Game 1

Date State of Origin – Game 1 Venue Time
Wed 23 May 2012 QLD v NSW Etihad Stadium 8.00pm

NRL Draw Round 12

Date NRL Round 12 Venue Time
Fri 25 May 2012 St George Illawarra v Parramatta WIN Jubilee TBA
Fri 25 May 2012 Melbourne v Brisbane TBA TBA
Fri 25 May 2012 Penrith v Manly TBA TBA
Fri 25 May 2012 Newcastle v Gold Coast TBA TBA
Fri 25 May 2012 Sydney Roosters v Canterbury TBA TBA
Fri 25 May 2012 South Sydney v Canberra TBA TBA
Fri 25 May 2012 Wests Tigers v North Queensland Campbelltown TBA
Byes: Warriors, Sharks

NRL Draw Round 13

Date NRL Round 13 Venue Time
Fri 1 Jun 2012 Gold Coast v North Queensland TBA TBA
Fri 1 Jun 2012 Canterbury v South Sydney TBA TBA
Fri 1 Jun 2012 Parramatta v Cronulla TBA TBA
Fri 1 Jun 2012 Manly v St George Illawarra TBA TBA
Fri 1 Jun 2012 Warriors v Melbourne TBA TBA
Fri 1 Jun 2012 Brisbane v Newcastle TBA TBA
Fri 1 Jun 2012 Canberra v Wests Tigers TBA TBA
Byes: Panthers, Roosters

NRL Draw Round 14

Date NRL Round 14 Venue Time
Fri 8 Jun 2012 Sydney Roosters v Brisbane TBA TBA
Fri 8 Jun 2012 Melbourne v Wests Tigers TBA TBA
Fri 8 Jun 2012 Penrith v Warriors TBA TBA
Fri 8 Jun 2012 Cronulla v Gold Coast TBA TBA
Fri 8 Jun 2012 Newcastle v Canberra TBA TBA
Byes: Sea Eagles, Bulldogs, Dragons, Cowboys, Eels, Rabbitohs

State Of Origin Game 2

Date State of Origin – Game 2 Venue Time
Wed 13 June 2012 NSW v QLD ANZ Stadium 8.00pm

NRL Draw Round 15

Date NRL Round 15 Venue Time
Fri 15 Jun 2012 St George Illawarra v Canterbury WIN Stadium TBA
Fri 15 Jun 2012 Cronulla v Warriors TBA TBA
Fri 15 Jun 2012 Manly v Melbourne TBA TBA
Fri 15 Jun 2012 Parramatta v South Sydney TBA TBA
Fri 15 Jun 2012 North Queensland v Brisbane TBA TBA
Fri 15 Jun 2012 Gold Coast v Penrith TBA TBA
Fri 15 Jun 2012 Wests Tigers v Sydney Roosters Leichhardt TBA
Byes: Raiders, Knights

NRL Draw Round 16

Date NRL Round 16 Venue Time
Fri 22 Jun 2012 Canterbury v Melbourne TBA TBA
Fri 22 Jun 2012 St George Illawarra v Gold Coast WIN Stadium TBA
Fri 22 Jun 2012 Newcastle v Wests Tigers TBA TBA
Fri 22 Jun 2012 Brisbane v South Sydney TBA TBA
Fri 22 Jun 2012 North Queensland v Canberra TBA TBA
Fri 22 Jun 2012 Sydney Roosters v Manly TBA TBA
Fri 22 Jun 2012 Penrith v Parramatta TBA TBA
Byes: Warriors, Sharks

NRL Draw Round 17

Date NRL Round 17 Venue Time
Fri 29 Jun 2012 Parramatta v Newcastle TBA TBA
Fri 29 Jun 2012 South Sydney v Penrith TBA TBA
Fri 29 Jun 2012 Brisbane v Cronulla TBA TBA
Fri 29 Jun 2012 Canberra v St George Illawarra TBA TBA
Fri 29 Jun 2012 Warriors v North Queensland TBA TBA
Byes: Sea Eagles, Bulldogs, Storm, Roosters, Tigers, Titans

State Of Origin Game 3

Date State of Origin – Game 3 Venue Time
Wed 4 Jul 2012 QLD v NSW Suncorp 8.00pm

NRL Draw Round 18

Date NRL Round 18 Venue Time
Fri 6 Jul 2012 Gold Coast v Warriors TBA TBA
Fri 6 Jul 2012 South Sydney v Newcastle TBA TBA
Fri 6 Jul 2012 Cronulla v Sydney Roosters TBA TBA
Fri 6 Jul 2012 Wests Tigers v Canterbury SFS TBA
Fri 6 Jul 2012 Melbourne v Canberra TBA TBA
Fri 6 Jul 2012 Manly v Parramatta TBA TBA
Byes: Broncos, Panthers, Dragons, Cowboys

NRL Draw Round 19

Date NRL Round 19 Venue Time
Fri 13 Jul 2012 Brisbane v Warriors TBA TBA
Fri 13 Jul 2012 St George Illawarra v Cronulla WIN Stadium TBA
Fri 13 Jul 2012 Newcastle v Manly TBA TBA
Fri 13 Jul 2012 Sydney Roosters v South Sydney TBA TBA
Fri 13 Jul 2012 Canberra v Gold Coast TBA TBA
Fri 13 Jul 2012 Melbourne v North Queensland TBA TBA
Fri 13 Jul 2012 Canterbury v Parramatta TBA TBA
Fri 13 Jul 2012 Wests Tigers v Penrith Campbelltown TBA

NRL Draw Round 20

Date NRL Round 20 Venue Time
Fri 20 Jul 2012 Manly v Canterbury-Bankstown TBA TBA
Fri 20 Jul 2012 Parramatta v Melbourne TBA TBA
Fri 20 Jul 2012 Warriors v Newcastle TBA TBA
Fri 20 Jul 2012 Gold Coast v Brisbane TBA TBA
Fri 20 Jul 2012 Cronulla v Canberra TBA TBA
Fri 20 Jul 2012 North Queensland v Wests Tigers TBA TBA
Fri 20 Jul 2012 Penrith v Sydney Roosters TBA TBA
Fri 20 Jul 2012 South Sydney v St George Illawarra TBA TBA

NRL Draw Round 21

Date NRL Round 21 Venue Time
Fri 27 Jul 2012 St George Illawarra v Melbourne WIN Stadium TBA
Fri 27 Jul 2012 Cronulla v Penrith TBA TBA
Fri 27 Jul 2012 South Sydney v Wests Tigers TBA TBA
Fri 27 Jul 2012 Brisbane v Parramatta TBA TBA
Fri 27 Jul 2012 Sydney Roosters v Gold Coast TBA TBA
Fri 27 Jul 2012 Canberra v Newcastle TBA TBA
Fri 27 Jul 2012 Canterbury v North Queensland TBA TBA
Fri 27 Jul 2012 Manly v Warriors TBA TBA

NRL Draw Round 22

Date NRL Round 22 Venue Time
Fri 3 Aug 2012 Gold Coast v South Sydney TBA TBA
Fri 3 Aug 2012 Sydney Roosters v St George TBA TBA
Fri 3 Aug 2012 Canberra v Brisbane TBA TBA
Fri 3 Aug 2012 Melbourne v Penrith TBA TBA
Fri 3 Aug 2012 Wests Tigers v Parramatta Campbelltown TBA
Fri 3 Aug 2012 Newcastle v Canterbury TBA TBA
Fri 3 Aug 2012 North Queensland v Manly TBA TBA
Fri 3 Aug 2012 Warriors v Cronulla TBA TBA

NRL Draw Round 23

Date NRL Round 23 Venue Time
Fri 10 Aug 2012 South Sydney v Manly TBA TBA
Fri 10 Aug 2012 Parramatta v Sydney Roosters TBA TBA
Fri 10 Aug 2012 Newcastle v Cronulla TBA TBA
Fri 10 Aug 2012 Melbourne v Gold Coast TBA TBA
Fri 10 Aug 2012 Wests Tigers v St George Illawarra SFS TBA
Fri 10 Aug 2012 Canterbury-Bankstown v Brisbane TBA TBA
Fri 10 Aug 2012 Penrith v Canberra TBA TBA
Fri 10 Aug 2012 North Queensland v Warriors TBA TBA

NRL Draw Round 24

Date NRL Round 24 Venue Time
Fri 17 Aug 2012 Brisbane v Melbourne TBA TBA
Fri 17 Aug 2012 Gold Coast v Parramatta TBA TBA
Fri 17 Aug 2012 Cronulla v South Sydney TBA TBA
Fri 17 Aug 2012 St George v North Queensland WIN Stadium TBA
Fri 17 Aug 2012 Canterbury v Wests Tigers TBA TBA
Fri 17 Aug 2012 Manly v Newcastle TBA TBA
Fri 17 Aug 2012 Canberra v Sydney Roosters TBA TBA
Fri 17 Aug 2012 Warriors v Penrith TBA TBA

NRL Draw Round 25

Date NRL Round 25 Venue Time
Fri 24 Aug 2012 South Sydney v Parramatta TBA TBA
Fri 24 Aug 2012 St George Illawarra v Warriors WIN Stadium TBA
Fri 24 Aug 2012 North Queensland v Newcastle TBA TBA
Fri 24 Aug 2012 Sydney Roosters v Wests Tigers TBA TBA
Fri 24 Aug 2012 Penrith v Gold Coast TBA TBA
Fri 24 Aug 2012 Manly v Brisbane TBA TBA
Fri 24 Aug 2012 Melbourne v Cronulla TBA TBA
Fri 24 Aug 2012 Canberra v Canterbury TBA TBA

NRL Draw Round 26

Date NRL Round 26 Venue Time
Fri 31 Aug 2012 Newcastle v South Sydney TBA TBA
Fri 31 Aug 2012 Brisbane v Penrith TBA TBA
Fri 31 Aug 2012 Canterbury v Sydney Roosters TBA TBA
Fri 31 Aug 2012 Cronulla v North Queensland TBA TBA
Fri 31 Aug 2012 Warriors v Canberra TBA TBA
Fri 31 Aug 2012 Gold Coast v Manly TBA TBA
Fri 31 Aug 2012 Wests Tigers v Melbourne Leichhardt TBA
Fri 31 Aug 2012 Parramatta v St George Illawarra TBA TBA

NRL Finals 2012

NRL Finals Week 1

First Qualifying Final: 1 (H) v 4 (A)
First Elimination Final: 5 (H) v 8 (A)
Second Elimination Final: 6 (H) v 7 (A)
Second Qualifying Final: 2 (H) v 3 (A)

NRL Finals Week 2

First Semi-Final: Loser of 1 v 4 (H) plays winner of 5 v 8 (A)
Second Semi-Final: Loser of 2 v 3 (A) plays winner of 6 v 7 (H)

NRL Finals Week 3

First Preliminary Final: Winner of 1 v 4 (H) plays winner of second semi-final (A)
Second Preliminary Final: Winner of 2 v 3 (H) plays winner of first semi-final (A)

NRL Finals Week 4

Grand Final