The NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series 2018 was launched in spectacular fashion today with stars from all eight Finals teams coming together at Allianz Stadium.
Qualifying Final: Friday, September 7, 7.40pm, AAMI Park
NRL: (2) Melbourne Storm v (3) South Sydney Rabbitohs
Elimination Final: Saturday, September 8, 5.30pm, ANZ Stadium
NRL: (5) Penrith Panthers v (8) New Zealand Warriors
NRLW: Sydney Roosters v New Zealand Warriors; 3.05pm
Qualifying Final: Saturday, September 8, 7.40pm, Allianz Stadium
NRL: (1) Sydney Roosters v (4) Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Elimination Final: Sunday, September 9, 4.00pm, Suncorp Stadium
NRL: (6) Brisbane Broncos v (7) St George-Illawarra Dragons
NRLW: Brisbane Broncos v St George-Illawarra Dragons; 1.45pm
Boyd Cordner (Sydney Roosters), Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm), Greg Inglis (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Paul Gallen (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), James Maloney (Penrith Panthers), Darius Boyd (Brisbane Broncos), Gareth Widdop (St George Illawarra Dragons) and Tohu Harris (Warriors) gathered ahead of what shapes as an extraordinary Finals Series.
The NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series players were also joined by the Holden Women’s Premiership Captains for the launch; Simaima Taufa (Sydney Roosters), Laura Mariu (Warriors), Ali Brigginshaw (Brisbane Broncos) and Sam Bremner (St George Illawarra Dragons).
The Telstra Premiership Finals Series begins on Friday night when Melbourne Storm hosts South Sydney Rabbitohs in a Qualifying Final at AAMI Park.
NRL Chief Executive Officer Todd Greenberg said it would be a fitting way to kick off the Finals Series.
“Once again we have seen the NRL Telstra Premiership regular season come down to the final round, the final game,” Mr Greenberg said.
“The battle for top eight positions was incredible, and highlighted how close the NRL competition is.”
The NRL’s theme for the Finals Series will be This is Why – designed to be a catchphrase for everyone involved in the game, from supporters to the players.
“It’s designed to highlight what makes this game and particularly these enormous Finals Series matches so important for so many people,” Mr Greenberg said.
“It’s about the players taking part, the Captains on show today, as well as the children who accompanied them on stage today, the next generation of fans and players.”
Ticketed members prices start from $50 for families and $20 for Adults at every venue for the NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series.
General Public tickets start from $65 for families and $25 for Adults.
Tickets are now on sale to Ticketed Club Members and non-ticketed members, while tickets for tickets for nrl.com members will be on sale at 4pm on Monday (September 3).
Finals Series tickets will be on sale to the general public at 10am on Tuesday (September 4) at www.nrl.com/tickets.
The NRL will donate $100 for every point scored during the Finals Series to Rural Aid to assist drought relief.
Fans are also reminded that tickets for the NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final, on September 30, are also on sale at www.nrl.com/tickets.