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Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy says he hopes having the NRL back before the AFL will help grow the game both in Victoria and across the globe.

Via The Herald Sun.

Under the leadership of the swashbuckling Peter V’landys, the NRL will return tonight to take centre stage before a sport-starved public.

Storm will face Canberra at AAMI Park on Saturday night in what looms as the club’s best opportunity ever to attract eyeballs with the AFL still two weeks away.

“I think it is a great way to grow it everywhere,” Bellamy said.

“I think overseas there’s not too many competitions happening at the moment so hopefully we can get a bit of global exposure for our game.

“I think that’s why they’ve put a few real blockbuster games on the first few rounds, And hopefully we can get a few more supporters in Melbourne as obviously the AFL will be a few weeks behind us.

“Hopefully they (Victorians) put on the TV and watch us in the first few rounds.”

Full story at heraldsun.com.au