A festival of rugby league action is set to take over the pre-season in 2020.
Have a read of the guide below to see what sport you can sink your teeth into across the country this weekend?
There is some NRL action happening on Saturday 23 March, with Newcastle Knights v Penrith Panthers at McDonald Jones Stadium – 5.30pm. The Knights got off to a dream start with victory over the Sharks in Round 1, and will be looking to replicate that victory with two clashes at home in a row.
The Knights are up and about after a massive Round 1 victory.
Across the state, Manly Sea Eagles take on Sydney Roosters at Lottoland, starting at 7.35pm. Neither side started the year the way they would’ve liked, as each go into the Round 2 clash searching for their first win of the season.
On the same day at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, make a day of it with the Longines Golden Slipper. It’s likely to be Champion Winx’s final race at Rosehill, plus Jimmy Barnes is performing a live concert after the last race. With perfect weather on the radar, this’ll be a perfect day out.
Looking ahead to Sunday (24 March), the GWS GIANTS face Essendon at Sydney Showground Stadium with a 3.20pm bounce. It’s our match of the round as we open the AFL season, as both sides press their case to be considered Premiership contenders in 2019.
It’s a footy kind of weekend in Melbourne, with Round 1 of the AFL season underway.
First up on Saturday night (23 March) sees Western Bulldogs v Sydney at Marvel Stadium at 7.25pm. How will the stacked Bulldogs midfield fare against the ever-present Swans outfit?
Thoughts on the Bulldogs Thor-inspired Marvel jersey they’ll be donning on Saturday night?
Then on Sunday we have a crunch clash between St Kilda and Gold Coast, again at Marvel Stadium, starting at 1.10pm. With up to 12 players in line to debut for the Saints and Suns combined, it promises to be the perfect chance for fans to see their sides of the future in action as both teams look to begin their rise up the ladder.
Heading to Optus Stadium, Fremantle battle North Melbourne on Sunday 24 March, starting at 3.20pm. Can Nat Fyfe take the Dockers to new heights this season? There will be plenty of new faces lining up for Fremantle as well, with Rory Lobb, Reece Conca and Travis Colyer all confirmed to take the field in purple for the first time.
How many will Cam McCarthy snag on Sunday afternoon?
Back to the other side of the country, it’s a real test for the Lions up against the reigning Premiers, with Brisbane taking on West Coast Eagles. Held at the Gabba and starting at 7.30pm on Saturday night (23 March), is this season the one where the young Lions start to live up to the hype?
Saturday night will be Dayne Zorko’s first “official” outing as Brisbane captain after filling in as interim skipper for Dayne Beams in 2018.
No matter where you are, there’s lots of sport happening across the country this weekend. Check it all out and grab your tickets at Ticketmaster.com.au.