The North Queensland Cowboys, who play their home games at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, enter 2021 on the back of another disappointing season. After a Grand Final appearance in 2017 they have struggled, and last year finished in 14th place, their joint worst finish since 2010.
The Cowboys head into 2021, the 27th season in the club’s history, hoping to turn things around with a return to finals action. Led by captain Michael Morgan, and with a few new faces Lachlan Burr and Kane Bradley they appear certain to improve. You can enjoy all the Cowboys action live at home on your TV, or when streaming matches to a mobile device.
North Queensland Cowboys History and Preview
The North Queensland Cowboys were founded in 1995, and first entered the NRL in 1998. After a difficult start to their NRL life, which saw them fail to finish higher than 11th in their first six seasons, the Cowboys gradually developed into a consistently competitive outfit, and between 2011 and 2017 they appeared in the finals on seven consecutive occasions.
This stretch included their inaugural Premiership in 2015, while they also appeared in the Grand Final two years later. As a result of this success, the Cowboys’ drop-off in recent years has come as a surprise to many. This will certainly be a big year for the team, and you won’t miss a key moment when watching the Cowboys live online.
North QLD Cowboys TV Rights and 2021 Broadcast Guide
Fortunately, there are several options for watching the North Queensland Cowboys live in Australia, including the Nine Network, Foxtel, Foxtel from Telstra and Kayo Sports. Network Nine is the official NRL free to air broadcaster and will show a select number of Cowboys’ matches live during the 2021 Premiership season across channel 9 and 9GEM. Nine’s TV coverage is headed by Erin Moran, alongside a commentary team made up of Andrew Johns, Billy Slater and James Bracey. Nine also offers live streaming options during the 2021 NRL season with the 9Now app, but these are limited to the games they broadcast and do not offer full match replays.
For comparison and as shown in the TV schedule below, Foxtel, Foxtel from Telstra, and Kayo Sports will televise all 20 North Queensland Cowboys matches during the 2021 Premiership season. That’s every North Queensland Cowboys game in every scheduled round shown live with no ad breaks during play, on their dedicated Fox League channel.
As well as these live matches and the option to watch replays at a later time, Foxtel, Foxtel from Telstra and Kayo Sports will also have a wide range of NRL programming that includes NRL Tonight, The Big League Wrap and the Late Show with Matty Johns. There are lots of new faces in the studio this season as every live game will be fronted by Yvonne Sampson, Lara Pitt and Jess Yates, as they step up from smaller league shows. Match commentary has also been freshened up and now includes two former NRL giants in the shape of Cooper Cronk and Sam Burgess.
Watch North Queensland Cowboys Live Online
If you enjoy Rugby League action then Fox League (Foxtel/Kayo) is the channel for you, televising all NRL teams and every Premiership round Live and in HD with no ad-breaks during play before the Grand Final, including the contests not available on Free to Air TV.
So if you’re a resident of Australia and don’t have access to Fox League you may wish to review the 10 day Foxtel Now trial, which offers rugby fans an opportunity to watch the N Qld Cowboys online with compatible internet connected devices. Eligible platforms include PC, Mac, iOS or Android mobile devices, as well as Telstra TV, the Google Chromecast, Playstation 4 and more. Foxtel Now can also be renewed month-to-month, requires no set-up fees and can be accessed instantly.
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Alternatively, Kayo Sports have a 14 day free trial for new customers. With the Kayo trial you will have access to these same NRL broadcasts as Fox League, that’s every game of every round LIVE with no ad breaks during play, so you can stream the North QLD Cowboys live using eligible mobile devices (Grand Final excluded). Devices include select PC and Macs, iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple and Telstra TV, Google Chromecast, as well as Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers.
Kayo also has no lock-in contract or equipment fees, which means you can cancel anytime if you’re no longer using it. For fans who want to catch up on the action, Kayo Minis provide a 10-20-minute recap after play has concluded. Other game changing features include Interactive Graphics, SplitView, NoSpoilers and Key Moments, which provide highlights throughout the matches in real-time.
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Live League returns to Kayo, with every game from every round of NRL live, as well as Super League, AFL, FA Cup soccer and more – all available on Kayo’s 14 day trial.
Cowboys Live TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
|Sat, Mar 13||Panthers vs Cowboys||LIVE: 7.35pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
Fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Per agreement the N. Qld Cowboys on Free to Air is not available in all locations before the finals, and does not offer full Cowboys TV replays.
North Queensland Rivalries and Derbies
The Cowboys rivalry with the Brisbane Broncos is one steeped in history. Kicking off in 1995, it is a rivalry based on geography, with the two clubs Queensland’s only representation in the NRL for close to a decade. It stepped up a notch in 2015 when the Cowboys won their first Premiership, defeating their intra-state rivals in one of the most memorable NRL Grand Finals in history. Typically, the Broncos have had the wood over their rivals, winning 34 of the 52 match-ups – more recently, however, it’s been a little closer, with the Cowboys having won 16 of the last 34 games between the two.
The Cowboys had little in the way of a rivalry with the Cronulla Sharks up until a few years ago. It started with a elimination final that went in the Sharks favour in 2013, before the Cowboys got their revenge a couple of years later during their Premiership run. 2016 saw the Sharks, who would earn their own maiden Premiership that year, end North Queensland’s hopes of consecutive Grand Final wins in the prelim, before the Cowboys knocked the Sharks out the next year in an elimination final.
Like with the Sharks, North Queensland’s rivalry against the Melbourne Storm is one born out of mutual competitiveness rather than geography. The Storm and North QLD Cowboys have been two of the dominant teams over the past half a decade, and as a result have put on many memorable contests in recent years. The rivalry culminated in a 2017 Grand Final meeting, though unfortunately for the Cowboys, that match was one of the least memorable between the two, the Storm winning 34-6 in a one-sided affair.