NRL reveals games for rounds three and four as league approaches restart

The NRL has taken another step towards its season restart, revealing the games that will make up rounds three and four when play resumes later this month.

When the season was halted after just two completed rounds, there were six undefeated teams — Parramatta, Newcastle, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane and Penrith.

The league has decided that two of those teams, Parramatta and Brisbane, will kick off the rest of the season on Thursday May 28.

The match, which will be played in Queensland, will be the first time the Eels and Broncos have met since Parramatta beat Brisbane 58-0 in an elimination final last September.

South Sydney will take on arch-rivals Sydney Roosters on Friday May 29.

On the Saturday, the Dragons will face the Warriors, followed by Cronulla v Wests Tigers, and then another blockbuster with Melbourne Storm playing Canberra.

Penrith will play Newcastle and Manly will meet the Bulldogs to complete round three on May 31.

The following weekend, round four will begin with the Broncos against the Roosters on Thursday night, June 4.

The NRL will return to the recent tradition of Friday night double-headers, with Penrith against the Warriors followed by the Storm taking on the Rabbitohs.

Parramatta and Manly will play on the Saturday starting at 5:30pm AEST, with the Cowboys and Sharks following two hours later.

The Raiders will play Newcastle on Sunday afternoon, then the Titans and Wests Tigers’ match will kick off at 6:30pm eastern time.

The round will conclude on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday in NSW with the Bulldogs and Dragons facing each other on the afternoon of Monday June 8.

All games will be played in Queensland and NSW — although venues are yet to be confirmed.

No teams with players refusing to take their flu shot will travel to Queensland in the opening two rounds, avoiding a possible headache for the NRL and its clubs.

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