NRL Rd 4 - Broncos v Roosters
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 04: A general view of the stadium is seen before the round four NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium on June 04, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

The NRL have announced Round 18 venues, with the Queensland bubble designed to save the season ready for action.

Teams will be located on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast or in Brisbane, with 12 teams in total to be moved. They are all the Sydney based clubs, the Newcastle Knights, Canberra Raiders and already relocated New Zealand Warriors.

It means three stadiums will be used to carry out games, with teams to be in Queensland for the next month. Fans will be able to attend games, with the NRL putting on a swathe of double-headers to entice fans into watching neutral teams play.

Importantly, no fixtures have been changed by teams playing, times or dates. The only changes will be venues for those games which were supposed to be hosted by teams now inside the bubble.

The NRL is still hopeful teams will be able to return from the bubble in a months time, but that will be dependant on Sydney's COVID situation and lockdown measures.

The Round 18 fixtures will kick off on the Gold Coast, before the Cowboys and Storm host games on Saturday night.

Three games on Sunday this weekend due to State of Origin mean both Brisbane and the Gold Coast will be in action.

Intriguingly no games will be held on the Sunshine Coast this weekend, meaning the teams reportedly in that bubble will have some extra time on the team bus.

It was reported late yesterday by Sydney Morning Herald reporter Michael Chammas that clubs would be placed into bubbles as follows:

Sunshine Coast: Penrith Panthers, Newcastle Knights, Manly Sea Eagles, Sydney Roosters
Gold Coast: Parramatta Eels, Canterbury Bulldogs, South Sydney Rabbbitohs, Canberra Raiders, New Zealand Warriors
Brisbane: St George Illawarra Dragons, Cronulla Sharks, Wests Tigers

The Round 18 fixtures have been set as follows:

Friday

Gold Coast Titans vs Parramatta Eels, 6pm - CBus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
Manly Sea Eagles vs St George Illawarra Dragons, 8:05pm - CBus Super Stadium, Gold Coast

Saturday

Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sharks, 3pm - CBus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
North Queensland Cowboys vs Sydney Roosters, 5:30pm - Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville
Melbourne Storm vs Newcastle Knights, 7:35pm - AAMI Park, Melbourne

Sunday

New Zealand Warriors vs Penrith Panthers, 1:50pm - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Brisbane Broncos vs Wests Tigers, 4:05pm - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canterbury Bulldogs, 6:15pm - CBus Super Stadium, Gold Coast

Fixtures for the following weeks are expected to be confirmed by the NRL in the coming days.