Rugby League Vegas

The NRL’s plan to play the 2024 season opening games in Las Vegas seems to have the support of the majority of rugby league fans, at least according to a survey done by RugbyLeaguePlanet.

Over the next five years, the NFL’s Allegiant Stadium will host 10 NRL matches, starting with the historic double-header next March. The NRL’s first-ever competitive games in the United States will open the 2024 NRL Premiership season and feature four of its biggest clubs the Rabbitohs, Sea Eagles, Roosters and Broncos.

RugbyLeaguePlanet polled readers on X (Twitter) asking if they thought the NRL’s move to play games in Las Vegas will raise rugby league’s profile in the US and most of those who voted said they did.

The Yes vote was 68.7% and the No vote was 31.3%

The poll comes during the week that the NRL has sent players and media from Australia to the US to promote the games in Vegas and try to generate interest in rugby league in general.

The games will be broadcast live, in prime time, on Fox Sports 1 – giving sports fans across the US a first taste of Australia’s most entertaining sport.

The NRL had hoped that local media in America would cover its press conferences to announce the Vegas matches but other than the local Fox station in Las Vegas, which aired a segment with players Aaron Woods (Manly) and Campbell Graham (Souths) during last Sunday’s NFL game in that city, there hasn’t been much coverage.

However, RLP is making that right by doing our own interview in Los Angeles with Woods and Billy Walters (Broncos) for our American readers, so make sure to check back for it!

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