Hopefully our draw this year will be better. A couple of weeks ago I sent a email to the Nrl quizzing them on how they decide the draw. Here are a couple of the replies I got. Troubling indeed. 1.The NRL announces the schedule following consultation with the host broadcasters. Of course individual clubs are able to, and do give their preferences for consideration in that process via the NRL. Venue availability is also a consideration. 2.It is worth noting that the NRL will take control of the scheduling of the draw from 2018.