The South Sydney vs St George Illawarra rivalry in the NRL goes back nearly 100 years, and throughout that time, the intensity and bitterness for one another remains as strong as ever.
That rivalry bubbles to the surface for the first time in 2019 this Saturday night at Mudgee for the 36th edition of the Charity Shield, and you won’t miss a minute of the action when watching at home on your TV, or streaming to a mobile device with a Free trial.
2019 Charity Shield TV Preview
The Charity Shield is the traditional pre-season match of the NRL played between two of the proudest clubs, the South Sydney Rabbitohs and St George Illawarra Dragons. The rivalry between the two clubs does go back nearly 100 years, but the first-ever Charity Shield was played in 1982 when the Dragons proved too good for the Bunnies, winning 9-7 in front of nearly 11,000 people. As it stands now, there have been 35 editions of this match, with the pendulum favouring the Dragons with 16 wins over the Rabbitohs’ 14, with five draws in there also. But when it comes to recent history, it is all about South Sydney, with the Bunnies winning the last six renewals of the match, the latest coming in 2018 when a new look South Sydney outfit won 22-18 in front of 9,000 people at Glen Will Stadium in Mudgee.
The 2019 Charity Shield shapes up to be such an intriguing contest. Mainly for all the wrong reasons. For the Dragons, the focus from the outside will be on forward Jack De Belin, who is a likely starter for the game despite facing some very serious allegations to which he has pleaded Not Guilty. He was one of the real stars for the Dragons last year but with this hanging over his head, what sort of impact will he have. And on the other side, the Bunnies have a high-class line up, but with controversy as well with Greg Inglis facing a DUI charge during the off season, losing the captaincy for the Australian team. On paper, the Rabbitohs should be too good given the star power across the park, but from all reports, St George Illawarra have impressed during the pre-season.
Charity Shield 2019 Live TV Times (AEDT)
Saturday 2 March: Charity Shield Pre-game 6.30pm–7.00pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Saturday 2 March LIVE: Dragons vs Rabbitohs at 7.00pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Saturday 2 March replay: Dragons v Rabbitohs 11pm-12.30am (Foxtel/Kayo)
Shown as Sydney time, 2019 Charity Shield replays available on Fox Sports (Foxtel/Kayo). Charity Shield on Free to Air not available in Australia.
Stream the 2019 Charity Shield Live
The Fox League channel (Foxtel/Kayo) will exclusively broadcast this year’s Charity Shield LIVE, in HD, and ad-break free during play. So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to review the Foxtel now free trial which is good for 10 days and allows Rugby fans to watch the Charity Shield online and live with compatible internet connected devices.
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Australia Regional Television Times
Use this City and State chart to determine what time the Charity Shield will start in your location. For example, games that kick off at 7.00pm (AEDT) in Melbourne will be broadcast at 6.30pm in Adelaide and at 4.00pm in Perth.
Sydney, NSW: 7.00pm
Brisbane, QLD: 7.00pm
Melbourne, VIC: 7.00pm
Hobart, TAS: 7.00pm
Canberra, ACT: 7.00pm
Adelaide, SA: 6.30pm
Darwin, NT: 5.30pm
Perth, WA: 4.00pm