You don’t have to spend any more time looking forward to the next round of the NRL finals, but you might want to think twice.
In the lead-up to the grand final on Sunday, the NRL is set to unveil its 2018 grand final schedule, and the games we could see will be as varied as the players on the field.
While the NRL will still be fielding its full 23 teams for the grand Final, the full schedule has changed.
A list of matches is expected to be unveiled on Wednesday afternoon, with the first half of the schedule due to be revealed in early September.
The NRL will also be releasing the 2018 grand Final bracket, with preliminary picks and the preliminary results expected to become available later in the week.
So, how do we start looking ahead to the 2018 Grand Final?
While we won’t have a full preview for the NRL Finals until September, there are a few things you can look forward to this weekend.
If you’re in Sydney this weekend, there will be a few games to watch, with Newcastle v Wests Tigers at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night, and Brisbane v West Coast at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.
If the grand finals are the NRL’s first big test, then you should have some of the top-level football teams on your radar.
The Brisbane Broncos are one of the favourites to win the title this year, and have had a fantastic year in 2018, picking up the premiership and a second consecutive Grand Final appearance.
The Rabbitohs are one NRL team that will be keen to win a grand final this season, and are a very dangerous outfit in the backline.
The Parramatta Eels are a powerhouse in the middle of the pack in the competition, and will be looking to put their hand up to win another grand final, as well as take a win in their home state of Queensland.
The Eels have a long history of winning grand finals, having picked up their first Grand Final title in 2013.
While there won’t be many matches at Sunbury Stadium this weekend that feature the Eels, you might have some exciting matches on the horizon.
The Raiders will be aiming to win their first grand final of the year, having lost to the Cowboys in round six, and looking to rebound after a disappointing 2017 season.
The Roosters will be hoping to put another big win behind them this season.
They’ll be looking for a fifth straight Grand Final victory, and won the premier’s medal in 2018.
The Warriors are one side that will look to get back into the finals race, and they will be the favourite to win it all this season with the help of a few great players.