No US game but Easter bo­nanza for Eels v Tigers

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

THE 2019 NRL sea­son draw is just days from be­ing fi­nalised — mi­nus a his­toric US kick-off.

Todd Green­berg’s dream to launch the sea­son in Amer­ica has been put on hold as it proved too great a fi­nan­cial risk.

The NRL will con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate ways to cover the costs of stag­ing the sea­son kick-off in the US for the start of 2020.

One much-an­tic­i­pated match set for al­lo­ca­tion is for the grand open­ing of the new Western Syd­ney Sta­dium, where Par­ra­matta will call home.

The Eels have been told to pre­pare to host their first home game against Wests Tigers on Easter Mon­day in round six.

For now, you won’t catch ei­ther club or NRL of­fi­cials con­firm­ing the date as the NSW govern­ment wants to grand­stand the an­nounce­ment.

The NRL has com­pleted the 2019 sea­son draw in near record time and, in a bid to beat the AFL to its draw re­lease, Green­berg had con­tem­plated mak­ing it pub­lic on Thurs­day.

How­ever, it’s more likely the draw re­lease will be post­poned by a fur­ther week to avoid tak­ing the spot­light and at­ten­tion away from Aus­tralia’s ea­gerly awaited Test match with Tonga in New Zealand on Satur­day.

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