The South Sydney vs St George Illawarra rivalry in the NRL goes back nearly 100 years, and it has only intensified since the inaugural Charity Shield was played in 1982.
That rivalry bubbles to the surface for the first time in 2020 on Saturday, the 29th of February at Mudgee for the 37th 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 the options listed in this guide.
2020 Charity Shield TV Preview
The Charity Shield is a traditional NRL pre-season match 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 36 editions of this match, with the pendulum favouring the Dragons with 16 wins over the Rabbitohs’ 15, and five draws in there also. In recent times, however, it’s been all South Sydney, with the Bunnies winning the last seven editions of the event – including a comfortable 36-24 victory last year.
The 2020 Charity Shield shapes up to be such an intriguing contest. The Rabbitohs will be favoured to continue what is already a record-breaking seven-game win streak to eight – they are expected to be competing in the upper echelons of the NRL ladder throughout the season, while the Dragons are more likely to be at the other end of the table. And while they do have some young talent, an injury list which was exacerbated by the recent NRL Nines tournament will make things difficult for St. George Illawarra. Plenty of stranger things have happened in sport though, and the Dragons will be eager to get the year started on a positive note against a much more highly fancied opponent.
Charity Shield 2020 Live TV Times (AEDT)
|Saturday 29 February||Charity Shield Pre-game||6.15pm–7.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 29 February||LIVE: Dragons vs Rabbitohs||7.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 29 February||Replay: Dragons v Rabbitohs||10.45pm-11.45pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
Shown as Sydney time, 2020 Charity Shield replays available on Fox Sports (Foxtel/Kayo). Charity Shield on Free to Air not available in Australia.
Stream the 2020 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.
Alternatively, Kayo Sports have a 14 day trial offering. With the Kayo trial you can stream the Charity Shield free using eligible mobile devices. Devices and browsers include select PC and Macs, iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple and Telstra TV, the Google Chromecast, as well as Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers, with new apps and platforms arriving soon.
Kayo will also provide on demand replays of the NRL matches they televise, should you need to catch up on that week’s action. Additionally, every game will be displayed in High Definition, giving you greater clarity. While the No Spoilers option allows fans to hide all outcomes, a very handy feature if you don’t want to learn the results before you’ve had a chance to watch.
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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