The South Sydney Rabbitohs are now entering their sixth season since taking out their first and only NRL Premiership, a feat accomplished when English prop Sam Burgess played the entire 80 minutes of the Grand Final with a fractured cheekbone and rightfully earned the Clive Churchill Medal as the man of the match.
Fast forward to 2020 and the Bunnies will see themselves as a genuine chance to repeat those heroics with Wayne Bennett at the helm and a talented side, and you won’t miss a minute of the Rabbitohs in action when watching at home on TV, or streaming matches live to a mobile device.
South Sydney Rabbitohs History and Preview
The Rabbitohs were founded way back in 1908, making them the oldest club in the NRL alongside the Sydney Roosters and one of the oldest in the country. They joined the NRL when it was founded in 1998 but were excluded shortly thereafter following a decade of major financial struggles. The exclusion, however, lasted just a couple of years, and in 2002 they returned to the league where they have remained since. They endured significant on-field struggles over the following decade, making the finals just once between 2002-2011, but for the next three years they enjoyed plenty of success, culminating in their first and only NRL Premiership in 2014. The last couple of years has been similar for the Bunnies with the side finishing higher up on the ladder, but they have failed to add to their trophy collection. Heading into 2020 they’ll be expecting to reproduce a similar effort having retained much of their side from last year.
Rabbitohs TV Rights and 2020 Broadcast Guide
Fortunately, there are several options for watching the Rabbitohs 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 total of 12 Rabbitohs matches live during the 2020 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 2020 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 25 Rabbitohs matches during the 2020 Premiership season. That’s every Rabbitohs 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.
** NRL announces season postponed indefinitely **
The NRL has announced that the 2020 Premiership season will be postponed until further notice as a result of the unfolding coronavirus situation. If any new or significant details about the NRL’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) are made available, this notice will include them and TV fixtures will be updated accordingly.
Watch the Rabbitohs 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 Rabbitohs 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.
Stream the Rabbitohs Live and FREE
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, and can stream the Rabbitohs 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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Rabbitohs 2020 Live TV (Sydney time)
|Friday 27 March||Rabbitohs v Roosters||Postponed||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Thursday 2 April||Storm v Rabbitohs||Postponed||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 10 April||Rabbitohs vs Bulldogs||Postponed||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sunday 19 April||Rabbitohs vs Dragons||Postponed||Foxtel / Kayo|
Fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Per prior agreement the Rabbitohs on Free to Air TV will not be available for every round or in all locations.
How to Watch the Rabbitohs while Overseas
Watch NRL, the streaming service from Fox Sports, allows Rugby League fans outside of Australia to watch every minute of every game LIVE and ad-free, as well as providing access to all of the most important NRL shows. The service can be paid for either weekly ($20), monthly ($39) or yearly ($199), or you can simply buy a finals series pass meaning you can tailor your subscription to suit your needs. If you only need access during the finals series, the finals series pass is a great value option.
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Rabbitohs Players to Watch
Damien Cook has been one of the best hookers in the game for a number of years now, and he will play a vital role in the Rabbitohs’ quest for a Premiership in 2020. In a year which saw him selected to play for SW in the State of Origin series for the second time in a row, Cook had another excellent 2019 NRL campaign, but in what was ultimately the Bunnies’ last game for the year he put in a forgettable preliminary final performance against the Raiders. He’ll be desperate to atone for that game and lead his side one step further in 2020.
Latrell Mitchell has spent the past four years terrorising the Rabbitohs as a member of their biggest rival in the Sydney Roosters, but in the off-season he made the controversial move to Redfern, where he will this year play a major role. A versatile, talented 22-year-old, Mitchell has expressed a desire to play at fullback for his new side, where he will attempt to continue his development into one of the game’s best players. His signing was a major coup for the Rabbitohs, and if he fires will play a major role in his new side’s Premiership push.
As two of the oldest clubs in the NRL, the Rabbitohs and Sydney Roosters boast the oldest rivalry in the league. Harking back over a century, the two sides – both of which are based in inner Sydney – have played in over 200 contests against one another, and each season compete for the Ron Coote Cup. The two will won’t have to wait long to for their first clash against one another – they meet first in Round 2 before again facing off in Round 9, and with both Rabbitoh-turned-Rooster Angus Crichton and Rooster-turned-Rabbitoh Latrell Mitchell likely to play a major role, expect fireworks in both games.
Owing initially to their geographical proximity to one another, the Rabbitohs and the St. George Illlawara Dragons also share a fierce rivalry, something which has been sparked even further as a result of their numerous Grand Final match-ups last century. Each pre-season, they meet in the annual Charity Shield game, and two years ago fought out a tight and tense semi-final. They will face off twice in the 2020 regular season, first in Round 6 and then in Round 25, and there will be plenty of feeling in these games.
All matches shown as Sydney time, check the local listings for any updates or changes. Per prior agreement Free to Air TV channel 9 will not be showing the Rabbitohs’ live in every round.
Popular Weekly NRL TV Shows
Looking for even more live NRL broadcasts and TV programs to keep you up to date during the South Sydney match breaks? Enjoy the off-field action with the wide-range of NRL TV shows offered by Channel Nine, Foxtel and Kayo. A list that includes The Sunday Footy Show, NRL 360, Sunday Night with Matty Johns and more. Take a look at the table below for full details of the most popular NRL TV series, and stay on top of the Rabbitohs and other Rugby action even after the final whistle is blown.
|Show||Description||Channel||Live TV Times|
|The Sunday Footy Show||Get your fix of news, analysis and high profile guests on footy’s biggest panel show||Nine/9Gem||Sundays at 11.00am Sydney|
|100% Footy||Join Phil Gould, Paul Gallen and James Bracey as they discuss the game’s biggest issues||Nine/9Gem||Mondays at 10.00pm Sydney time|
|Thursday Night Golden Point||Check out the biggest stories from the biggest games immediately following Thursday Night Footy||Nine||Immediately following Macca’s Thursday Night Footy|
|Friday Night Knock Off||Join some of the games’ best known names as they discuss Friday night’s results and more||Nine||Immediately following VB Friday Night Footy|
|Sunday Kick Off||Get the latest news and NRL updates ahead of Sunday Footy||Nine/9Gem||Sunday at 3.00pm Sydney time|
|NRL 360||Join Paul Kent and Ben Iken for a look at the NRL from all angles||Kayo/Foxtel||Monday-Wednesday at 6.30pm Sydney time|
|Queenslanders Only||Join Hannah Hollis and her rotating panel of League Legends for a parochial look at all things Queensland footy||Kayo/Foxtel||Tuesdays at 8.00pm Sydney time|
|League Life||Australia’s first all-female panel show sees discussion on the hottest topics in the NRL||Kayo/Foxtel||Wednesdays at 7.30pm Sydney time|
|Sunday Night with Matty Johns||Enjoy a mix of banter and analysis that only Matty Johns and his team can provide every Sunday night||Kayo/Foxtel||Sundays at 8.00pm Sydney time|
|Big League Wrap||Get a comprehensive wrap of the weekend’s matches, hosted by award-winning presenter Yvonne Sampson||Kayo/Foxtel||Mondays at 7.30pm Sydney time|