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Jamayne Isaako, Corey Thompson and Justin O'Neill at the launch of Magic Round.

Rabbitohs five-eighth Cody Walker said the opportunity for family members to each see their favourite team at the one venue on the same weekend was a major advantage of NRL Magic Round.

With three-day tickets for the festival of football now available to families starting at $229, the NSW and South Sydney No.6 is looking forward to getting back to Suncorp Stadium.

The Rabbitohs will lock horns with Cronulla in the fourth game of the weekend after both sides were victorious during the inaugural round in 2019.

"People with big families might have different teams that they [all] support. So this is the perfect weekend for families to come across and watch the games," Walker said.

"I know with my family, I've got three older brothers and we all support different teams ... my dad supports a different team. This [Magic Round] is an awesome thing to be a part of."

Everybody’s heading to Magic Round

At Monday's launch of Magic Round in Brisbane, Broncos utility Jamayne Isaako joined Titans veteran Corey Thompson and Cowboys flyer Justin O'Neill to represent the Queensland clubs.

ARL Commissioner Kate Jones said the 2021 event was all the more important after what Australia, and the rest of the world, had gone through in 2020.

"Magic Round Brisbane really represents a large part of what we missed last year – fans in the stands watching the best entertainment rugby league can offer," Ms Jones said.

Brisbane outside back Jamayne Isaako.
Brisbane outside back Jamayne Isaako. ©NRL Photos

"It's a festival like no other – 272 players from all 16 of our clubs all in the one venue.

"There is no sporting event like it in this country.

"It will be the 'don’t miss' event for those who enjoy fast-paced and entertaining rugby league combined with entertainment, fun activities and a fan experience like no other."

Magic Round returns

A feature of the draw for the 2021 Magic Round is having the three Queensland teams each playing in the feature match on a different day. Brisbane play on Friday night, North Queensland on Saturday and Gold Coast on Sunday.

"Queensland is good to go, so pack a bag and book a holiday to Brisbane to experience the ultimate footy festival at Suncorp Stadium," Queensland Tourism and sport minister, Stirling Hinchliffe, said.

"Last year was challenging for tourism and events but Queensland’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic meant were able to stage COVID-safe events sooner and become Australia's hub of elite sport."

Single day tickets will go on sale in March.

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