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The Five things we learned from the 2022 draw announcement

The season might still be over 100 days away, however we already have a draw for the 2022 NRL and 2021 NRLW seasons.

We've broken it all down so you don't have to.

From triple headers and free-to-air broadcasts, through to who we play twice and the games you can't miss, here's what all that we learned from today's announcement.

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Free to Air Friendly

For another season, the nib Newcastle Knights have had their share of Channel Nine games increased.

In a win for the fans, this season we will feature on Free-to-Air on 11 occasions (up from nine in 2021).

The bulk of the FTA coverage will be at our home games (seven) while Channel Nine will feature us on the road on four occasions.

All in all, a win for the fans who can't make it to McDonald Jones Stadium.

Triple Treat

Whilst it's coming around a little later than we first thought, our NRLW campaign is set to kick off on Sunday, February 27.

In a big win for the Club, the Knights will make their debut in the competition at home, headlining a NRLW triple header at McDonald Jones Stadium.

For footy-starved fans in the Hunter, it's hard to think of anything better.

The first game will be a clash with Parramatta, with a second home game against St George Illawarra to follow in Round 4.

Being such historic occasions, these are games that can't be missed.

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Seeing Double

In the NRL mens draw, the Knights have learned who they'll face on multiple occasions.

In positive news, the Knights will face a big test when they face the reigning premiers Penrith on two occasions, including a Round 3 trip to Bathurst.

The Knights will also have to face the Roosters, Sea Eagles and Titans from last year's top eight twice. The Sharks, Raiders, Tigers, Broncos and Bulldogs will also play return games.

For those counting, that's 11 games against last year's top eight and 13 games against the bottom eight.

The NRLW side will face each of their rivals on just one occasion.

The Run Home

Both of our elite teams have been dealt interesting runs to the finals.

The NRLW side arguably have the tougher run in, facing established Clubs the Roosters, Dragons and fellow new team the Titans in their final three games.

Meanwhile, the NRL side will face the Raiders, Titans and Sharks in the run to September.

What the men do have in their favour is that two of those games will be played at home, a massive advantage should things be tight on the table heading into those crucial games.

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Frequent Flyers

For another season, the Knights will clock plenty of points on their frequent flyers cards.

To be exact, the Knights will fly 5,715km between now and the end of the season.

That's not even counting the four trips south to Sydney and one to Wollongong.

But after a season played out of a hub in South East Queensland, we're sure it won't be any kind of problem.