19 Oct 2012

NRL to play matches on Thursday nights

6:10 am on 19 October 2012

The National Rugby League will play matches on Thursday nights during the first four rounds of next season.

The move is a part of the new broadcasting deal with Channel Nine.

The announcement came a day after Channel Nine staved off administration.

The NRL season began this year with a Thursday night fixture between Newcastle and St George Illawarra.

The decision means rugby league will be broadcast on television five days a week for the opening four rounds.

The official NRL draw, including a schedule of days and times of each match for the first 20 rounds, will be finalised by mid-November.