NRL insist the grand final WILL continue to be played on Sunday nights

ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys is adamant the Grand Final will remain in its usual Sunday night slot, despite calls for it to be played earlier in the day.

Sunday’s clash between Parramatta and Penrith at Accor Stadium in will kick off at 7:30pm AEDT, continuing the recent trend of evening starts.

The last time the showpiece event of the NRL season began before 7pm AEDT was in 2012, when proceedings between Canterbury and kicked off at 5pm AEDT.

Last year’s Grand Final between Penrith and South Sydney kicked off at 7:35pm

And V’landys is adamant the Grand Final will continue to be played under the floodlights. 

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V’landys comments come just days after rugby league great Matty Johns had urged the NRL to revert to a daytime Grand Final.

‘I would love to see a day Grand Final return to the NRL,’ Johns told Garry Lyon and Tim Watson on SEN Radio.

‘I think it’s a better standard of football. In our game, you move the ball around a lot more.

‘And I just like the atmosphere of a daytime Grand Final.’

Former rugby league great Matty Johns has called on the NRL to scrap night grand finals

The 2012 NRL Grand Final between Melbourne and Canterbury was the last to start at 5pm

Johns also noted the AFL has resisted calls to shift the start time of the Grand Final to accommodate evening viewers.

‘You see the MCG [for the AFL grand final] and you just see it jammed with everyone in there,’ he said.

‘At night, you don’t really get a great perspective of whether it’s a full house.