The Sydney Roosters became the most successful team since the league became national, joining the Storm and the Broncos with three Grand Final wins in the past two decades. They will head into 2019 as favourites, but will have plenty of competition from the likes of the Storm, the Rabbitohs, the Broncos, the Panthers and a few likely surprises.
Thanks to a variety of viewing options here in Australia, you can enjoy every minute of the action from the comfort of home on your TV, or when streaming the NRL matches live to an eligible mobile device.
NRL 2019 Preview: All Stars Match
The Roosters were able to hold off a Melbourne Storm side looking for back-to-back Premierships in last year’s Grand Final, and after bolstering their line-up with the addition of young second-rower Angus Crichton will be feeling good about their chances of doing it again. This off-season was one of the busiest in recent memory, and there are a number of teams sporting new-look squads and a whole lot of question marks as a result.
Before the proper 2019 NRL season gets underway, there is a lot of Rugby League action to look forward to, starting with the NRL All-Stars on Friday the 15th of February. Contested by the Australian Indigenous All-Stars and the New Zealand Maori Kiwis, the match will kick off a weekend of Rugby action which ends with the World Club Challenge on Monday (AEDT). The Roosters will attempt to tie Wigan, the team they face in this match, for the most World Club Challenge titles with four total. A couple of weeks later is the Charity Shield, the annual pre-season game between the St. George Illawarra Dragons and South Sydney Rabbitohs, this year set to take place at Mudgee. Once the Premiership season gets underway there will be even more to look forward to, including a huge Easter weekend of exciting matches, as well as a pair of Anzac Day clashes, and you can watch it all a variety of ways including:
- Foxtel Now online: Every NRL game live (excluding Grand Final)
- Telstra: Every NRL game live (excluding the Grand Final)
- Free to Air: Three NRL games live each round
- NRL Live Pass: Every NRL game live (excluding Grand Final)
- Kayo Sports streaming: Every NRL game live (excluding Grand Final)
Watch the NRL Live Online with Foxtel Now
Fans of the NRL will have plenty of opportunities to catch the action, with every game of the 2019 season (grand final excluded) broadcast live, in High Definition and ad-break free on Foxtel Now. Foxtel Now allows you to watch the NRL live online direct to a compatible PC, MAC, tablet or gaming console.
With Foxtel Now you also have the choice of using the Foxtel Go app, which means you have the option to stream the NRL free to an eligible mobile device if it is needed. This means the regular season and finals series will both be available to watch whether at home or out and about. Not a bad deal for those wanting a bit of flexibility in the way they tune in to all the action. Additionally, Foxtel Now is currently offering a 10 days free trial so you can check it out before you commit.
Watch the NRL Live with Telstra
Foxtel from Telstra offers another way to keep on top of every minute of the NRL here in 2019, with only the grand final excluded from viewing. With Foxtel from Telstra, you can grab the Entertainment plus Sport pack for just $29 a month, a saving of roughly 40% over Foxtel’s regular cost, and have access to all the Fox Sports channels as well as ESPN of Australia and beIN Sports. All in all, Foxtel from Telstra offers exactly the same product as its Foxtel counterpart – but is currently available at a reduced cost. Hard to argue with that.
How to watch the NRL on Free to Air
Network Nine is the official NRL free to Air TV broadcaster in Australia, but due to licensing rights not every game will be available. Channel 9 will offer three matches per round, at a minimum, as well as every game of the finals series including the Grand Final, exclusively, on 6 October, 2019. As a guide Network Nine will broadcast the Thursday evening match, the later game on Friday, the early match on Sunday and any that fall on a public holiday such as Anzac Day (April 25). Channel Nine also have exclusive rights to the hugely popular popular State of Origin series which kicks off in Brisbane (Suncorp Stadium) on Wednesday, June 5th.
Watch Rugby League with the NRL Live Pass
The NRL Live Pass offers an alternative way to watch the matches, though it does have some limitations. The main benefit is for Telstra customers, who can download the NRL Live Pass to their mobile or tablet for free and stream without using any data. Non-Telstra customers will have to pay either a weekly, monthly or annual subscription fee though, while other limitations include a 7” size restriction on your viewing screen and no coverage of the NRL Grand Final due to the current broadcasting agreement.
Stream the NRL Free with Kayo Sports
Kayo is Australia’s first sports-dedicated mobile streaming service, and will allow you to watch every minute of every game of the NRL on a number of devices (grand final excluded). Simply sign up for either the Basic or Premium Pack, and you’ll be able to watch on your web browser on Mac or PC, as well as iOS and Android mobiles and tablets, or you can download the app to iOS and Android devices, as well as with Telstra TV.
Kayo broadcasts over 50 unique sporting codes live or on-demand, and in High Definition. It offers everything you’d be able to find on Foxtel in the way of sport – including all Fox Sports channels, ESPN, and beIN Sports. Kayo also offers a 14 day free trial with no-lock in contract so you can give it a go and cancel anytime. With a number of game-changing features such as the Split-view option to make the experience even better, Kayo has you covered when it comes to streaming the NRL live.
NRL 2019 Live TV Fixtures
The complete list of contests in this round of the NRL, including the matches that are exclusive to Foxtel and Kayo are:
Australian Indigenous All-Stars vs NZ Maori Kiwis 2019 LIVE TV
Friday 15 February LIVE NRL Women’s All Stars 5.00pm – 7.30pm (Nine/Foxtel/Kayo)
Friday 15 February LIVE NRL Men’s All Stars 7.30pm – 10.00pm (Nine/Foxtel/Kayo)
World Club Challenge 2019: Sydney Roosters vs Wigan Warriors LIVE TV
Monday 18 February LIVE from 5.30am – 8.00am (Nine/Foxtel/Kayo Sports)
Monday 18 February replay from 7.30pm – 9.00pm (Foxtel/Kayo Sports)
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. NRL matches on Free to Air include ad-breaks, and do not offer full replays per broadcasting agreement.