A number of rugby league stars have been left out of the Queensland Reds squad for the second successive weekend after a major injury scare.
The Titans will face the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night after being forced to cancel their clash with the Queensland Bulls on Sunday.
The Dragons will face South Sydney Rabbitohs on Monday after being knocked out of a clash with Melbourne Storm.
The Brisbane Knights are also being knocked down after a big blow to their squad as they travel to Melbourne in the first match of a tough back-to-back weekend.
The NRL’s governing body has also revealed that two teams from the Western Bulldogs and the Canberra Raiders will play in the opening two rounds of the season after being pulled from the schedule due to the injury crisis.
The Kangaroos will take on the Canberra Broncos at AAMI Stadium on Wednesday after their match against the Brisbane Knights was postponed due to injury.
The Rabbitohts will host the Sydney Roosters at Arundel Stadium on Friday night after their game against the Melbourne Storm was cancelled.
The Bulldogs will travel to Sydney for their clash against the Warriors on Sunday after being ruled out of their match with the Canberra Titans.
The Raiders will travel back to Sydney following their game with the Dragons after being left out in the cold after the club was forced to travel to Brisbane on Sunday night.
The Broncos have been dropped from the Titans and Bulldogs’ clash with Rabbitohls, while the Raiders will return home to play the Roostards at Suntec Stadium on Thursday night.
A number of other NRL clubs are also affected, including the Gold Coast Titans, Canberra Raiders, Brisbane Broncos, Canberra-Warriors, Cronulla Sharks, Cronk’s Raiders, Penrith Panthers, St George Illawarra Dragons, South Sydney Rovers and Sydney Roosterbacks.
The club has been told to make a decision on the next fixture in the NRL season on Friday.
The NRL announced that a number of clubs will play two games over two weeks on Saturday and Sunday, with the Brisbane Roostats and Gold Coast Tigers also facing the Bulldogs in their back-and-forth games on Saturday.
A number more NRL clubs have been affected by the concussion crisis and will not be able to play in their home games.
Rabbitohs and Broncos will play on Friday at Suncoast Stadium, while Gold Coast will play at Brisbane Broncos.
The Roosterers and Dragons will play each other on Sunday at ANZ Stadium, with Cronulla facing the Raiders in the second round.
The Sharks and Titans will also be facing each other at Sunstar Stadium.