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 TV 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 back-to-back third place regular season finishes, but they have failed to add to their trophy collection with a second Premiership during that time. 2019 saw legendary coach Wayne Bennett join the club, and though they were one of the best team throughout the season they were unable to capitalise, losing 16-10 to the surprising Canberra Raiders in the preliminary finals. Heading into 2020 they’ll be expecting to reproduce a similar effort having retained much of their side from last year and signing Premiership Rooster Latrell Mitchell.
Rabbitohs 2020 Live TV (Sydney time)
|Friday 21 February||NRL Trial: Eels v Rabbitohs||LIVE: 7.00pm||NRL.com|
|Saturday 29 February||Charity Shield Pre Game||6.15pm–7.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 29 February||Charity Shield: Dragons v Rabbitohs||LIVE: 7.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 29 February||Replay: Dragons v Rabbitohs||10.45pm-11.45pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 14 March||LIVE: Rabbitohs v Sharks||LIVE: 5.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 20 March||LIVE: Broncos v Rabbitohs||LIVE: 8.05pm||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 27 March||LIVE: Rabbitohs v Roosters||LIVE: 8.05pm||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Thursday 2 April||LIVE: Storm v Rabbitohs||LIVE: 8.05pm||Nine / 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.
Rabbitohs on Live TV
If you enjoy Rugby League action then Fox League (Foxtel/Kayo) is the channel for you, televising all NRL teams and every 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.
Watch the NRL Online
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 live online with compatible internet connected devices.
Stream the Rabbitohs Free
Alternatively, Kayo Sports have a 14 day trial offering. With the Kayo trial you will have access to these same NRL broadcasts as Fox League, and can stream the Rabbitohs free and Live using eligible mobile devices (grand final excluded). Kayo also have a split-view feature so you can watch up to four live events at the same time, ensuring you never miss a key moment of the wide range of sport found in the Kayo TV guide.
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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, yearly, 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|