Footy fans are ready to tackle another big season, with the NRL officially kicking off on Thursday, March 12. With the Sydney Roosters picking up last year’s Premiership title after an epic clash against the Canberra Raiders, there’s plenty of excitement for the 2020 season to get underway, despite some big name players such as Matt Gillett, Darius Boyd, Paul Gallen, Sam Burgess, Greg Inglis, Robbie Farah and Cooper Cronk all announcing their retirements during the off-season. Find out when and where you can catch the 2020 NRL season below.
*The 2020 NRL Season has been cancelled due to COVID-19.
How to watch the NRL
The NRL is available on Kayo and Foxtel, as well as via Channel 9 for free-to-air viewers, with NRL Live Pass also available for those who can’t make it to the TV in time. 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 2020 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.
- 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. You can also stream via Foxtel Go, with highlights available on Fox Mini Matches, keeping you up to date without watching the full 80 minutes.
- 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.
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 three 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
Available through the NRL’s official website and app, NRL Digital Pass gives you every match of the regular season, with a number of plans available. You may also be able to catch a few matches if you’re a Telstra customer, as there has been deals and incentives in the past, although it’s best to check your current plan.
NRL on radio
NRL matches are also 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.
NRL 2020 Round 1 Draw
If you’re keen to catch the action as the first round of the NRL kicks off, find out when to tune in below:
- Parramatta Eels Vs. Canterbury Bulldogs – 7:00pm (AEST) Thursday, March 12
- Canberra Raiders Vs. Gold Coast Titans – 5:00pm (AEST) Friday, March 13
- North Queensland Cowboys Vs. Brisbane Broncos – 7:00pm (AEST) Friday, March 13
- Newcastle Knights Vs. New Zealand Warriors – 2:00pm (AEST) Saturday, March 14
- South Sydney Rabbitohs Vs. Cronulla Sharks – 4:30pm (AEST) Saturday, March 14
- Penrith Panthers Vs. Sydney Roosters – 6:30pm (AEST) Saturday, March 14
- Manly Sea Eagles Vs. Melbourne Storm – 3:00pm (AEST) Sunday, March 15
- George Illawarra Dragons Vs. Wests Tigers – 5:00pm (AEST) Sunday, March 15
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