How to watch the 2021 NRL season

After a COVID-delayed 2020 season, footy fans are ready to tackle another big season in 2021. With the Melbourne Storm hoisting the trophy, there’s plenty to look forward to in the upcoming season, despite some big name players such as Darius Boyd, Shannon Boyd, Sandor Earl, Sonny Bill Williams and Cameron Smith all announcing their retirements during the off-season. Find out when and where you can catch the 2021 NRL season in this Canstar Blue guide.

How to watch the NRL

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The NRL is available on Kayo and Foxtel, as well as via Channel 9 for free-to-air viewers. Streaming services such as Kayo and Foxtel will showcase every match of the regular season live and on-demand, helping you get your rugby league fix.

NRL on Kayo

With every game of the regular 2021 season, including the Finals Series, available both live and on-demand – with the Grand Final also available via delayed coverage – Kayo has plenty of footy to keep you entertained. Kayo coverage also includes highlights of the Intrust Super Cup, on-demand coverage of the State of Origin series, as well as select games of the NRL Women’s Premiership and the UK Super League.

  • Kayo also showcases multiple NRL talk shows, giving you behind the scene analysis and breakdowns of the week’s action.
Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month
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Basic Subscription

  • More than 15,000 hours of sport on-demand
  • Watch on 2 screens at the same time
  • 14 days FREE trial (New Customers Only)

min. cost $25 over 1 month

2No. of Screens /same time viewing $25Advertised Cost/month Go To Site
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Premium Subscription

  • More than 15,000 hours of sport on-demand
  • Watch on 3 screens at the same time
  • 14 days FREE trial (New Customers Only)

min. cost $35 over 1 month

3No. of Screens /same time viewing $35
Advertised Cost/month
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Telstra Exclusive Offer – Basic Subscription

  • Special Offer: Save $10/mth on Kayo for 12 months
  • Available to Telstra customers only. T&Cs Apply
  • Stream over 50 sports, Live & On Demand
  • Watch on 2 screens at the same time – Add up to 5 profiles

min. cost $15/mth first 12 months then $25/mth

2No. of Screens /same time viewing $25$15
Advertised Cost/month
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NRL on Foxtel

Foxtel has every game of every round of the regular season available live and on-demand, along with select games also in 4K High Definition. Foxtel also offers a number of additional extras for keen footy-followers, including behind the scenes analysis and interviews, as well as talk shows and match previews. Foxtel is also host to the Dally M Awards, giving you plenty to watch in between games.

NRL on free-to-air TV

For the casual footy fan or those not keen to pay for every game, you can still catch a few games a week on free-to-air TV. Channel 9 has again secured some of the broadcasting rights, showing multiple games per week, along with the State of Origin matches and the Grand Final on both Channel 9 and its streaming counterpart, 9Now.

NRL Digital Pass & NRL Official App

With recent changes to Telstra’s Live Pass offerings, fans can only get highlights, live score updates, player stats and other features via the official NRL app. While you won’t be able to watch the match, it may be a suitable option to quickly check the score.

NRL on radio

NRL matches are broadcasted on radio, although this will depend on the match and radio station. Stations that will likely broadcast matches in your area include Triple M, 2GB and the ABC, although it’s best to look into this before kickoff so you don’t miss anything.

How to watch 2021 NRL Grand Final

The 2021 NRL Grand Final is expected to be played on Sunday, October 3, 2021, at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, with the South Sydney Rabbitohs taking on the Penrith Panthers. Kick off is at 6:30pm (AEST), with Channel 9 and its online counterpart 9NOW offering live coverage, with replays available on Kayo and Foxtel after the Grand Final has wrapped up.

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