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After coming up agonisingly short of premiership glory in 2023, the Broncos will look to go one better in a season which starts with a road trip like no other. 

A match-up against the Roosters in Vegas gets things going for Kevin Walters' men, who only play on Brisbane soil twice in the first five weeks of the season.

Teams they play twice

Three teams who made the finals last year appear twice on the Broncos' draw, with double meetings set down against the Roosters, Panthers and Storm. Brisbane also have two games against the Rabbitohs and Eels along with Queensland rivals the Cowboys, Dolphins and Titans. 

Teams they play once

The Broncos see last year's three bottom placed sides – Wests Tigers, Dragons and Bulldogs just once – along with the Knights (A), Warriors (A), Sharks (H), Raiders (H) and Sea Eagles, the latter of which is an away game at Suncorp in Magic Round.

Day-by-day breakdown

  • Thursday: 4 games (2 home, 2 away)
  • Friday: 8 games (5 home, 3 away)
  • Saturday: 10 games (4 home, 6 away)
  • Sunday: 2 games (1 home, 1 away)

Turnaround time

  • 5 days: 1 game
  • 6 days: 4 games
  • 7+ days: 18 games

The Broncos will have just one five-day turnaround in 2024 – their final round regular season game of the year when they take on the Storm at Suncorp five days after facing off against the Dolphins. Their biggest turnaround time is 15 days between a Round 15 clash against the Rabbitohs at Accor Stadium followed by a bye and then a trip to New Zealand to face the Warriors in Auckland in Round 17.

Opening month

  • Round 1: v Roosters (A)
  • Round 2: v Rabbitohs (H)
  • Round 3: v Panthers (A)
  • Round 4: v Cowboys (H)

The season starts with a trip to Vegas for what is an away game against the Roosters. On the back of that they have a long turnaround before heading home to play the Rabbitohs, who will also have made the trek home from the USA. The  highly anticipated grand final rematch with the Panthers arrives in Round 3 before a Friday night blockbuster against the Cowboys in Round 4.

Magic Round

The Broncos will once again be the main ticket on the opening day of Magic Round, taking on the Sea Eagles in the second game on Friday night. Manly have been Brisbane's traditional Magic Round opponents, with the Broncos big winners in the corresponding fixture in each of the past two seasons, winning 32-6 last year and 38-0 in 2022.

State of Origin watch

Brisbane have the bye in Round 13 when Origin players are in camp but will likely need to roll out the 'Baby Broncos' for their Round 19 clash against the Dragons. Coach Kevin Walters will have big decision to make around whether or not to back up his stars after all three Origin games with intriguing away fixtures against the Sharks in Round 14, Warriors in Round 17 and Knights in Round 20.

Can't miss game

Round 6 v Dolphins, Friday at Suncorp Stadium (H)

Brisbane's first meeting with former players Herbie Farnworth and Tom Flegler and you can expect the latter in particular to be fired up and keen to make a point against Payne Haas and Patrick Carrigan. Both games between these local rivals were good last year and you can bet your bottom dollar Suncorp Stadium will be packed to the rafters on April 12.

Acknowledgement of Country

National Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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