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Rabbitohs Excited About 2018 NRL Draw

South Sydney Rabbitohs Ticketed Members will have access more games in their packages than ever before following the release of the 2018 NRL Draw today.

Ticketed Members will have access to up to 16 NRL games in their packages this year including nine home games at ANZ Stadium; the annual Charity Shield match against the Dragons; a home game at Central Coast Stadium; four reciprocal rights matches against the Bulldogs, Eels, Tigers and Dragons; plus the bonus round three double header match between the Eels and Sharks at ANZ Stadium.

Rabbitohs Members will also be able to enjoy seven day-time home games in 2018 as well as seven weekend or public holiday games in addition to the Charity Shield and the bonus double header fixture both played on Saturdays. The Rabbitohs have no home games in the Friday 6pm time slot and only two Thursday night home fixtures.

The Rabbitohs also play five straight games at ANZ Stadium throughout July and August making for a bumper run home to the Finals. The team also only has two five-day turnarounds as opposed to four last season and will only lose players to State or Origin duty prior to Origin I. Last season the Rabbitohs had five-day turnarounds following their home games in Perth and Cairns, whereas in 2018 the side will have a seven-day break following the round one double header in Perth and a 13-day turnaround following the Cairns game against the Cowboys in the upcoming season.

Membership

Rabbitohs CEO Blake Solly is delighted with the 2018 Draw and says Rabbitohs Members will get more value from their Ticketed Memberships than ever before.

“We’re really excited. It’s a huge improvement on the schedule we had in 2016 and 2017 and our Members deserve to take a lot of credit for that,” Mr Solly said.

“The Members told us what they wanted and we were able to fight really hard in at the NRL on those issues that the Members feel are important. The NRL have listened and I think we have a really improved schedule and we wouldn’t have been able to achieve that without the Members. Full credit to Todd (Greenberg) and his team. They’ve done a great job on a big, difficult piece of work.

“There’s a lot more weekend games which is something our Members told us they wanted. Next season we have seven games across weekends which the Members will have access to which is a huge improvement on what we had this season. There are 13 games that Ticketed Members can attend in Sydney at ANZ Stadium and across our reciprocal matches.

“In terms of football, this year we had the most number of five-day turnarounds in the League with four and some other clubs had none. This year it’s reduced to two.

"We’ve also got a bye after our game in Cairns which is important. Last year we had five-day turnarounds after Perth and Cairns which was really difficult for the team to come back from. This year we have a seven-day turnaround after Perth and a bye after Cairns so from a football point of view it’s a really strong draw for us as well.

“We’ve worked really hard with the NRL and they’ve had a lot more control over the draw under the new broadcast deal. The NRL worked really hard to make sure clubs got a better outcome than they did in recent seasons.

“We’ve now got an opportunity to learn from other competitions and look at what they’re doing in trying to get bigger attendances and there’s an opportunity for us to do exactly the same thing, which is create more big and better events in the calendar. Games like Good Friday and the double header the week before are big events and we’ll be working hard to get big crowds at these events.”

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