NRL 2024 Las Vegas LIVE: Sea Eagles and Rabbitohs kick-off historic Las Vegas double-header

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NRL 2024 Las Vegas LIVE: Sea Eagles and Rabbitohs kick-off historic Las Vegas double-header


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Tom Dearden is team Manly, while Stephen Crichton is on team South Sydney. Which team do you think will have the first win in Las Vegas this afternoon?

Standing on the edge of the playing surface, in the stadium that hosted the Super Bowl less than three weeks ago, Trent Robinson feels rugby league isn’t out of place.

Trent Robinson speaks before the Roosters’ captain’s run on Saturday.Credit: Getty

“Getting the time to spend in Los Angeles, but then coming here and seeing 50,000 rugby league fans descend on Las Vegas from our little game back home, [I am] really proud,” Robinson said in his pre-game press conference inside Allegiant Stadium.

“To [ARLC chairman] Peter [V’landys] and the NRL, it’s really visionary around what’s possible and where we want to take our game. We’re really proud of it, but then also to say ‘No, no, we’re big enough for Las Vegas’.

“[To] set about a dream and then be one of the first teams to come here, we’re really proud and privileged to be here.”

Read the full story here.

Tom Dearden is team Manly, while Stephen Crichton is on team South Sydney. Which team do you think will have the first win in Las Vegas this afternoon?

In case you missed the news earlier, the NRL’s Las Vegas venture has been robbed of serious star power after Hugh Jackman pulled out of the game at the last minute due to personal reasons.

Jackman, a diehard Manly fan, was scheduled to be one of the VIPs afforded star treatment at Allegiant Stadium. However, officials said the Hollywood hunk had to pull out immediately due to “unforeseen” circumstances. The Sea Eagles had been hopeful Jackman would also be available for a pre-game function.

Sea Eagles fan Hugh Jackman talks to Manly coach Des Hasler in 2011.

Sea Eagles fan Hugh Jackman talks to Manly coach Des Hasler in 2011.Credit: Dallas Kilponen

Jackman had been in town on Friday night (US time), but was forced to fly back to New York City immediately.

Read the full story here.

More than 500 Manly fans rocked up to a pre-game function at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas.

It was a case of Beaver-Las-Vegas when Steve Menzies was presented to the punters, while chief executive Tony Mestrov also spoke at the event.

One American Manly fan caught a four-hour flight from Tennessee to be there. He was easy to spot – he was wearing a Sea Eagles mascot suit he made himself.

An American fan wearing a Sea Eagles mascot suit he made himself.

An American fan wearing a Sea Eagles mascot suit he made himself.Credit: Adrian Proszenko

Wind gusts of up to 112km/h are currently wreaking havoc in Las Vegas.

The NRL opened the doors to Allegiant Stadium half-an-hour early, to 4pm local time, to assist fans trying to get in. Several local outdoor functions have been cancelled and there are fears travelling Australian fans may have their flights cancelled tomorrow.

This was meant to be the NRL’s first tailgate party, but the strong winds have scuppered those plans.
The wild weather is a big blow for the NRL, with sales for walk-up fans expected to be hit hard.

Good morning rugby league fans, and welcome to day one of the 2024 season.

It’s felt like a long, cold winter waiting for NRL to return (even though it was a stinking hot, wet summer), but finally, we have reached the season opener.

Of course, it’s a historic round one, with the Rabbitohs, Sea Eagles, Roosters and Broncos getting us under way at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

Billie Eder and Dan Walsh here in Viva Las Sydney to take you through all the action today, along with Michael Chammas, Andrew Webster and Adrian Proszenko on the ground in Vegas.

The Sea Eagles and Rabbitohs get us under way from 1:30pm AEDT, but there’s plenty of news to bring you before then. So strap yourselves in, put your jersey on, and let’s get into this new season.

Captains Daly Cherry-Evans, Cameron Murray, James Tedesco and Adam Reynolds in Las Vegas ahead of the historic double-header.

Captains Daly Cherry-Evans, Cameron Murray, James Tedesco and Adam Reynolds in Las Vegas ahead of the historic double-header.

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