The 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series was launched in spectacular fashion today with stars from all eight Finals teams coming together at Allianz Stadium.
Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm), Jarrod Croker (Canberra Raiders), Paul Gallen (Cronulla Sharks), Corey Parker (Brisbane Broncos), Jason Taumololo (North Queensland Cowboys), Matt Moylan (Penrith Panthers), James Graham (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs) and Nathan Friend (Gold Coast Titans) gathered ahead of what shapes as an extraordinary Finals Series.
The Telstra Premiership Finals Series begins on Friday night when Brisbane Broncos hosts Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium.
NRL Chief Executive Officer Todd Greenberg said it would be a fitting way to kick off the Finals Series.
“The Premiership so far has again been one of the closest on record,” Mr Greenberg said.
“It all came down to the final round – and the final game.
“Every top eight spot was up for grabs in Round 26, which suggests we have an incredible finals series ahead of us.
“Week after week, the 2016 season delivered magical moments which had to be seen to be believed. And as always there was nothing like being there to watch history happen.
“There are so many wonderful players and so many great storylines in this year’s Finals Series. I can’t wait to see who will be the next one.”
NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series – Week 1
Elimination Final: Friday, September 9, 7.55pm, Suncorp Stadium
NRL: (5) Brisbane Broncos v (8) Gold Coast Titans
Holden Cup: (2) Nth Qld Cowboys v (3) St George-Illawarra Dragons, 5.15pm
Qualifying Final: Saturday, September 10, 5.35pm, GIO Stadium
NRL: (2) Canberra Raiders v (3) Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Holden Cup: (5) Sydney Roosters v (8) Canberra Raiders, 2.55pm
Qualifying Final: Saturday, September 10, 7.55pm, AAMI Park
NRL: (1) Melbourne Storm v (4) North Qld Cowboys
Elimination Final: Sunday, September 11, 4.10pm, Allianz Stadium
NRL: (6) Penrith Panthers v (7) Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Holden Cup: (1) Penrith Panthers v (4) Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, 1.30pm
Holden Cup: (6) Wests Tigers v (7) Parramatta Eels, 11.10am
Fans will be able to attend NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series matches from $20 for members and $25 for the general public.
All finals matches will include pyrotechnic shows, roving fan engagement and live entertainment, continuing the #historyhappens theming.
Tickets are on sale to Ticketed Club Members at 10am today (September 5), and non-ticketed members and nrl.com members at 4pm today.
Finals Series tickets will be on sale to the general public at 10am on Tuesday (September 6) at www.nrl.com/tickets.
Fans are also reminded that tickets for the NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final, on October 2, are also on sale at www.nrl.com/tickets.