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
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.
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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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