SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 10: Damien Cook of the Rabbitohs runs the ball during the round 22 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium on August 10, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs are set for a historic opening round clash at the SCG next year.

It will be the first time the bitter rivals have met at the SCG in the opening round for 92 years, with the showdown entrenched in decades of rancorous history and loathing between the sides.

The grudge match will also see former Souths star forward Angus Crichton playing his first game for the Roosters, with tensions sure to be high all match.

The Roosters and the Rabbitohs have the fiercest rivalry in NRL history, extending back to the foundation of both clubs in 1908 when the New South Wales Rugby League began.

The full Round 1 fixture can be found below, as revealed by The Daily Telegraph. The full season draw is to set to be announced this Thursday.

ROUND 1 2019 NRL DRAW

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

STORM v BRONCOS

7.40pm at AAMI Park (Fox Sports and Channel 9)

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

KNIGHTS v SHARKS

6pm at McDonald Jones Stadium (Fox Sports)

ROOSTERS v RABBITOHS

7.40pm at SCG (Fox Sports and Channel 9)

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

WARRIORS v BULLDOGS

4pm at Mt Smart Stadium (Fox Sports)

TIGERS v SEA EAGLES

6pm at Campbelltown Stadium/Leichhardt Oval (Fox Sports)

COWBOYS v DRAGONS

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8pm at 1300Smiles Stadium (Fox Sports)

SUNDAY, MARCH 17

PANTHERS v EELS

4pm at Penrith Stadium (Fox Sports and Channel 9)

TITANS v RAIDERS

6.30pm at Cbus Super Stadium (Fox Sports)

23 COMMENTS

    • If the Tigers don’t work on thier woeful attack in the off season , then yes it may be an easy start for Manly. Only the Eels had a worse attacking side in 2018.

  1. Great stuff, Roosters start with a bye, Soufths can’t score tires💪🤣👍🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🐓

    • by the way there will be no excuses this time rabbit fans, claiming you guys played two grand finals before the Roosters cleaned you up in the preliminary final. Game of touch against Melbourne 29-28 is not a grand final intense game. Anyway you could cause an upset because you have had an extra whole weeks rest more than the Roosters, we had to play a grand final, so taking into consideration of an extra weeks rest against the premiers. I have calculated the Roosters if they kick there goals will defeat Souths by 18-0💪😎👊

      • Woody, you never told me you adopted a stray Kelpie. He seems happy to follow you around and wag his little tail and yap to get your attention.

        “I have calculated the Roosters if they kick there goals will defeat Souths by 18-0”

        Does an abacus count up to 18 then old chook? 😂😂😂😂😂

        • My one has tree rails with fifteen beads on each rail. The top one is coloured Red The middle is White and the third is Dark Blue. After 45 I can ring my mate Crichton at the Chooks training, he can count up to a further 9 & 1/2 with his fingers alone💪🤣👍🎯

        • “knuckles” will have less fingers than that to help you count by the time the chooks get him. Richo is souveniring the rest to make a Back Scratcher by way of compensation for running out on the Rabbits early after they developed him into a SOO rep player. Pity he’ll never wear Green and Gold now, his rep career is over that he will have to share game time with Cordner and Radley.

          Very funny though Woody all the same. 👍

    • “Great stuff, Roosters start with a bye”
      WoodChook, that’s gold.
      P.S, I’m not taking sides in the Bunnies / Roosters feud, but that comment cracked me up.

      • I’m glad you had a chuckle eelsalmighty, Us Roosters are not worried about a premiership this season. We are totally focused on winning the “Ron Coote Cup”. By the way Parra started to show a bit of form towards the end of last season, I think you will be pushing for a top eight spot. Still can’t believe they finished last with the talent there. Ive got a funny feeling if Arthur cant produce the goods within the first 6 weeks then Maguire will be at the Eels.🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱

      • WoodChook October 22, 2018 at 3:34 pm
        Great stuff, Roosters start with a bye, Soufths can’t score tires

        The Rabbits scored more “tires” than any other club in 2018 and they scored more points than any other club overall. You really need to do something about those dentures old chook, it’s “Souths” not “Soufths”. Have you run out of Fixodent again? Try Fixodent Plus Dual Power, longer lasting and chicken flavoured. Just be careful that you don’t choke on the feathers! 😂😂😂😂

    • I’ll be the voice of a little reason for the Roosters here. Look Wood, I admire your enthusiasm, and don’t mistake me for a pessimist, but it’s going to be great to start the season with a real challenge like Souths. If they can produce anything like what they were able to do all up until they lost to Melbourne in the finals, then we’re by no means guaranteed a win. With rivalry comes respect, so put it this way, talking them up will only make it feel better when we smash them on opening day

      • At last a sensible and respectful Easts supporter, quite a few of my friends are Easts supporters and they have every right to say what they like, but they are humble and know in league anything can happen, when your on a high and have achieved success it is how you manage it that shows what type of person you are and your nothing like that Woody guy sydneyroosta thank goodness.

        • I can go along with that sydneyroosta. You’re right penso, this chicken came before the egg… that hatched Woody! Poor Woody has been breathing nitrous oxide for so long and that he now speaks fluent emoji! Poor old Foghorn Leghorn “I say, that boy’s about as sharp as a bowling ball.”

        • Oh cut it out Penzso, I am just having a bit of fun, I have not bragged and rubbed it into you South Sydney fans, nor you Penso but I did remind you that we want the Ron Coote Cup, a bit of friendly banter defending my chooks is what I constantly have to deal with being on here with your constant attack on the Roosters which never ends. But if I really wanted to be what you claim I am then I would follow Souths. I’m pretty sure if Souths defeated the Roosters I would be copping it left right and centre from all you blokes that follow Soufths. You are the one that was bragging before we even got to play against your Souths in the preliminary final Pennzso. And I quote you as saying ” If we get another crack at the Roosters with all our players back and the Roosters without Napa and Mitchell we will win”. Mate you were counting the chooks before they hatched. I’ve been extremely humble in our win this season but when smarties like yourself make idiotic false accusations then blokes like me love to defend the facts and the truth. While I’m at it again defending your false accusations, just remember you bragg often about Soufths juniors and how the Roosters do not develop their own. But please remember that the Roosters attract some of the very best young kids from all over Australia and they go on to make their NRL debuts from the Roosters. We are a club that recruits, develops and win. Also remember the rabbits stole a large chunk of our juniors in the 1950’s and we tried hard to get them back in the 1980’s but we were denied. Young POTENTIAL NRL talent know if they come to the Roosters development program that they give themselves the best opportunity to make it into the big time. Now Penso I am very proud of the teams efforts in winning this years premiership with 10 players that came through our development program. You have stated before to me your reasons for hating the Roosters, as a young bloke you told me you were over looked by them when your mates made the grade. You need to get over it and except the facts. I do remember a few time this season how you and your Rabbit mates bragged many times how your team will win this year and how superior a side they were than the 2014 premiership winning team. All I tried to do was explain that this years Souths is inferior to the 2014 team. But this couldn’t be proven until after the preliminary final. So what do you think upset you Penso with my friendly joke about souths in the off season getting an unfair advantage of having an extra weeks rest for round 1 clash with the Roosters. If you think that joke is a bragg then you need to give up footy and go out and by the box set of Seifield, Learn how to laugh again mate. It will add a few years to your life.

          Sydneyroosta, I respect all teams, any team can defeat anyone on their day. Even sitting in the crowd at this years grand final this year, I respected Melbourne’s brilliance so much that not until there was two minutes left on the clock did I start to believe we actually are going to win. But Penso has been on my case from day one. He just hates Roosters, He needs to know that Coodgee/Randwick was always a Roosters Junior Region until the NSWRL gave it to Souths and would not give it back.🐓Campbell Graham, John Sutton Coodgee Wombat🐓, Craig Wing Coodgee Wombat🐓, just too many so called Souths juniors if they had a time machine and went back to the 1950 they would be Roosters Juniors💪🤣👍

        • @ penso and Woody

          Oh Woody, I made it through that MEGA first paragraph, I’m cross-eyed now but I got through it. Penso is a good mate and I back him on pretty much everything, but I don’t think he gets your sense of humour or that you take a LOT of sh!t from me and give very little back.

          penso, we can catch up offline (call or text) so I can explain this better, but Woody is right in that he has not really bragged or rubbed it in to the Rabbitohs supporters as we would have expected, certainly not as much as RussCrower has… and HE is “supposed” to follow Souths! Too bad Woody didn’t follow my breadcrumbs you posted a while back or he would be in touch with us offline as well.

          penso, it’s all for sh!ts and giggles mate. Banter before tribalism, OK, perhaps I push the tribalism angle a little too far but give a bunny a break. Just think of mighty, eels47, billy, “the angry eagle” and poor old SSTID_1970 (may he Read In Peace) and how we all used to joke around and enjoy the banter before the tr0lls and “hysterical Hillary’s” took over the zoo.

          Trust me, Woody is mostly about the banter mate. Anyone that likes Seifield and calls his “pecking” chicken “Gregory” (aka Gregory Peck) can’t be all bad now can they?

          Sydneyroosta seems fair and reasonable and wants to be “the voice of reason” but surely there is no call for that? I can’t think of a good reason for reason when banter will suffice.

        • @ penso and Woody

          Oh Woody, I made it through that MEGA first paragraph, I’m cross-eyed now but I got through it. Penso is a good mate and I back him on pretty much everything, but I don’t think he gets your sense of humour or that you take a LOT of sh!t from me and give very little back.

          penso, we can catch up offline (call or text) so I can explain this better, but Woody is right in that he has not really bragged or rubbed it in to the Rabbitohs supporters as we would have expected, certainly not as much as RussCrower has… and HE is “supposed” to follow Souths! Too bad Woody didn’t follow my breadcrumbs you posted a while back or he would be in touch with us offline as well.

          penso, it’s all for sh!ts and giggles mate. Banter before tribalism, OK, perhaps I push the tribalism angle a little too far but give a bunny a break. Just think of mighty, eels47, billy and “the angry eagle” and how we all used to joke around and enjoy the banter before the tr0lls and “hysterical Hillary’s” took over the zoo.

          Trust me, Woody is mostly about the banter mate. Anyone that likes Seifield and calls his “pecking” chicken “Gregory” (aka Gregory Peck) can’t be all bad now can they?

          Sydneyroosta seems fair and reasonable and wants to be “the voice of reason” but surely there is no call for that? I can’t think of a good reason for reason when banter will suffice.

        • Good man Reg Reagan, as quoted in the Life of Brian “blessed are the cheese makers”. I’m sure Penso is a top bloke. Where did those crumbs fall❓😜

        • Yes Woody, penso is a top bloke and mate and I bet if you both were talking about something other than footy you would both hit it off as well.

          In my experience, having posted on a number of forums now, it is rare to find distinct voices, as opposed to lemmings following one another over a cliff (which is why I stick with “the Banter Brat Pack”). I’ve been more like the lone “I’m not” voice from that movie, “Life of Brian”…

          Brian: You’ve got to think for yourselves! You’re ALL individuals!
          The Crowd: Yes! We’re all individuals!
          Brian: You’re all different!
          The Crowd: Yes, we ARE all different!
          Man in crowd: I’m not…
          The Crowd: Shhhhhh! Be quiet…

          😂😂😂😂😂

        • Crucifixion, Ah no, They said I can go free and live on an island,…. Oh jolly good then, off you go….Nah I’m only kidding, its really crucifixion.

          Oh what I’d give to be spat at in the face. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  2. 2019 is a new year and whatever happened in 2018 will have no bearing on what happens in 2019.

    Everyone wrote the Rabbitohs off in 2018 based on 2017 results but I did mention the Rabbitohs would make the Top 4, I copped plenty of abuse but I was correct.
    it was no fluke as I attend training and I really did analyse our preparation as above average.
    Then the trials and everyone else jumped on board.

    It will be the same this season, in early January I will give you my report.
    Now that the Rabbitohs have Pi$$ed OFF those underperforming and amateurish Bears we have all the boys playing and sailing in the same direction the Morale will be first rate.

    Rabbitohs fans have no fear of the SCUM Rorts!

    The Rorts have not defeated the Rabbitohs in a Round 1 fixture since 2012.

    We will hopefully be at full strength and so will the Rorts so they can’t complain when we put Crichton and Keary in Hospital using big but LEGAL Hits!

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