MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 31: A general view of play from the new MCC Members stand during the AFL Round 18 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Fremantle Dockers at the MCG July 31, 2005 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

2017 Round 1 fixture revealed

The AFL has released the full fixture for Round 1 next season.

Carlton and Richmond will once again kick off the season on the Thursday, followed by what could be Travis Cloke’s first game against his old side, with a Friday night blockbuster between the Bulldogs and the Magpies.

Fierce rivals Essendon and Hawthorn will clash on Saturday night, giving the Bombers’ returning players the perfect stage to return to the AFL.

2017 Round 1 fixture:

Thursday, March 23
Carlton v Richmond, MCG

Friday, March 24
Collingwood v Western Bulldogs, MCG

Saturday, March 25
Sydney Swans v Port Adelaide, SCG
North Melbourne v West Coast, Etihad Stadium
Gold Coast v Brisbane Lions, Metricon Stadium
Essendon v Hawthorn, MCG

Sunday, March 26
Adelaide v Greater Western Sydney, Adelaide Oval
St Kilda v Melbourne, Etihad Stadium
Fremantle v Geelong, Domain Stadium