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Who your NRL team plays twice: Roosters dealt toughest draw, Eels one of easiest

The Sydney Roosters’ bid for a three-peat has been dealt a huge blow with the reigning champions handed the most difficult draw in the competition, compounding their winless start to the season.

It comes as one of their biggest threats to the title, the undefeated Parramatta, have been allocated one of the easiest draws and will avoid playing last year’s grand finalists (Roosters and Raiders) or minor premiers (Melbourne) twice this year.

Parramatta have been handed one of the easiest draws in the NRL schedule to be officially released on Thursday.

Parramatta have been handed one of the easiest draws in the NRL schedule to be officially released on Thursday.Credit:AAP

The NRL will officially announce the 2020 season draw on Thursday after weeks of tense broadcast negotiations, but the Herald has obtained a copy of the schedule to determine which teams will have to square off twice in a shortened campaign.

BetEasy has ranked, in order, the Storm, Raiders, Roosters, Eels, Rabbitohs, Broncos and Sea Eagles as the favourites for the 2020 premiership.

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