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The Blues will again have the privilege of opening the 2018 AFL season against traditional rival Richmond at the MCG.

The AFL will today formally announce the Round 1 fixture, which will see the reigning premiers hosting Carlton at the MCG on Thursday 22 March 2018.

The season opener will be the 11th time in 12 years that the traditional foes open the AFL season, dating back to 2007.

The full 2018 AFL fixture will be released on Tuesday 31 October.

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Round 1, 2018 Fixture

Thursday, March 22

Richmond v Carlton, MCG, 7:25pm

Friday, March 23

Essendon v Adelaide, Etihad Stadium, 7:50pm

Saturday, March 24

St Kilda v Brisbane Lions, Etihad Stadium, 3:35pm

Port Adelaide v Fremantle, Adelaide Oval, 4:35pm

Gold Coast v North Melbourne, Cazaly’s Stadium, Cairns, 7:25pm

Hawthorn v Collingwood, MCG, 7:25pm

Sunday, March 25

Greater Western Sydney v Western Bulldogs, Canberra, 1:10pm

Melbourne v Geelong, MCG, 3:20pm

West Coast v Sydney, Perth Stadium, 7:10pm

(all times listed are AEST)