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  • State of Origin across three consecutive weeks is among the draw changes
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The NRL has released its fixture ahead of next week's resumption (Getty Images)

NRL releases draw for 2020 Season

 
The NRL has released its draw ahead of the May 28 season resumption with a revamped fixture seeing a number of key changes across the 2020 season.

The new schedule will be a 20-round format in total, with the NRL grand final set be held in Sydney on October 25. 

Notable draw details include:
  • Key rivalries all featuring twice across season
  • The Anzac match between the Dragons and Roosters will now be played on August 6 in round 13 on the anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine
  • The grand final rematch between the Roosters and Raiders will be held on a Thursday night in round 10

State of Origin will also enter new territory when the series is played for the first time in November over three consecutive Wednesday nights.

Acting NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said "everyone has fought so hard" to get rugby league into a position to make a successful May 28 return.

"After months of careful preparation and planning, the NRL Telstra Premiership is back and will be faster and tougher than ever before," Abdo said.

"Everyone has fought so hard to get the game back on the field.

"There are new fixtures and new venues, but when the players take the field, the desire to win will be that much higher given the sacrifices made to this point.

"The schedule of 18 uninterrupted weeks of football combined with the new rules to make the game faster, will deliver the heart-pounding entertainment fans expect."

Click here to see the complete 2020 NRL draw

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