A new era began last night as the NRL Telstra Premiership 2019 season was launched in a spectacular setting in Sydney.
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg launched the season alongside the 16 NRL Club Captains – as well as a “new era” representative from each of the teams.
Daly Cherry-Evans and Tom Trbojevic represented the Sea Eagles at the launch at Bondi Icebergs.
Mr Greenberg said there was so much to look forward to in 2019.
“Our players here will be front and centre of our new era,” Mr Greenberg said.
“It is their time to shine.
“To light up the stage and show the way forward for the rest of the Premiership, for our members and supporters everywhere.
"This time next week, one of the closest competitions in the world will explode.
"There is simply no competition in the world like it.”
Mr Greenberg said there were a number of new concepts and initiatives which linked with the “New Era” theme.
“We will see the opening of Bankwest Stadium, we will hold our first ever Magic Round in Brisbane, a State of Origin match in Perth, as well as the World Cup of Nines,” Mr Greenberg said.
The NRL this week launched a new campaign of which the “New Era Begins” is a central theme.
The campaign focusses on the link between Clubs and their communities, and for the first time features female players.
The NRL also announced it would donate $100 for every point scored through Round One to those directly affected by the floods in North Queensland.
NRL Clubs will also support the flood appeal with fundraising initiatives in Round One, including bucket collections.