Entering the 2017 NRL Premiership Cronulla are the defending champions and looking to become the first-ever to win consecutive Grand Finals under the banner, but the only thing certain is that the remaining clubs will go all out to unseat the Sharks, and you can enjoy the action using a standard or HD TV, as well as live internet and mobile streaming options with a Free Trial.
Must See 2017 Telstra NRL Premiership TV
When: March 2 – October 1
There will be a number of fascinating contests during the 2017 Telstra NRL Premiership season, highlighted of course in the regular season by local derbies, chief among them include the much anticipated Queensland Derby between the Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys, as well as the Western Derby which sees the Parramatta Eels battle the Penrith Panthers. Also not to be overlooked are the annual Ron Coote Cup clashes between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Sydney Roosters, regarded one of the most brutal in the NRL, which includes more Grand Final meetings than any other two clubs in league history.
The NRL Grand Final should be an absolute beauty between the the Melbourne Storm and the North Queensland Cowboys. It is a classic case of the champs against the underdogs. The Cowboys were half celebrating their Mad Monday, but good fortune saw them play finals and now they are 80 minutes away from one of the greatest premiership wins in history. But standing in their way is the Melbourne Storm, who have probably been the best side over the last two years, but to be called that, they need a title, and they get a great chance here off the back of a 30-0 drubbing over the Broncos in the Prelim.
Among the action this week being broadcast Live on Fox with no ad-breaks during play, that will either be limited by geography or not be available on the NRL Free to Air (Network Nine) in this round includes:
Grand Final Pre-game
Sun 1 Oct: Holden Cup Final LIVE 1.35pm (Fox)
Sun 1 Oct: State Championship LIVE 3.15pm (Fox)
NRL Grand Final Live TV
Sun 1 Oct LIVE: Storm v Cowboys 7.15pm (Nine)
Sun 1 Oct Replay: Storm v Cowboys 9.30pm (Fox)
Above matches shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Fox Sports will show NRL TV replays through-out the following week, so you can enjoy the games no matter your schedule.
NRL Live Streaming and a Free Trial
If you enjoy Rugby League action then the Fox League channel is the place for you, televising the NRL and every team Live and in HD with no ad-breaks during play before the grand final, while offering full match replays not available on Free to Air TV and 24/7 news, scores and highlights.
NRL on Free to Air
Starting in 2017, the twenty-six rounds of the NRL Telstra Premiership will be held four days a week, Thursday to Sunday. The Free to Air NRL coverage on Nine Network will include live telecasts of the games on Thursday and Friday nights, as well as Sunday afternoon. Likewise, the last five Saturday night games will be shown on Network Nine in the lead up to the Finals series.
Likewise Foxtel will televise every game in every Round Live, before the Grand Final, with up to five exclusive matches each week including those on Super Saturday and Sunday night footy, on their 24/7 NRL dedicated Fox League channel.
NRL Free to Air and Foxtel TV Fixtures – 2017
Thursday Night: Ch. 9 and Foxtel
Friday Evening: Foxtel
Friday Night: Ch. 9 and Foxtel
Saturday Afternoon: Foxtel
Saturday Evening: Foxtel
Saturday Night: Foxtel
Sunday Game 1: Foxtel
Sunday Game 2: Ch. 9 and Foxtel
Holidays Game 1: Ch. 9 and Foxtel
Holidays Game 2: Foxtel
NRL Regional Broadcast Times
Use this City and State chart to determine what time the match will start in your location. For example, based on their time differences, games that kick off at 8.00pm in Melbourne will be broadcast at 7.30pm in Adelaide and at 6.00pm 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: 6.30pm
Perth, WA: 5.00pm
Clubs you may not cheer for, but may enjoy watching
For most people, they have the side they cheer on, and their second team is the North Queensland Cowboys, so there was hardly any Rugby League fan that could begrudge the Cowboys their maiden premiership, won in the most thrilling circumstances, with Johnathon Thurston booting home a field goal in Golden Point. They tried to replicate in 2016 but fell at the final hurdle, losing to the eventual champs, Cronulla. They entered last season in ripping form after belting the Leeds Rhinos in the UK Super League but came up one short. They are near the top of the market to win the title and it’s hard not to see them fighting it out.
The Cronulla Sharks won the first title in their 50 year history, and 2017 could well be their year again. Their problem in recent years was that they hadn’t been able to score points, but recruits James Maloney and Chad Townsend in the halves helped fix that, and along with their youngsters Valentine Holmes and Jack Bird, combined with hard heads Paul Gallen and Andrew Fifita, Cronulla do look well placed to win the Premiership back-to-back in a historic feat for the club and the NRL.
The Brisbane Broncos are one of the best clubs in the business and coach Wayne Bennett returned to the helm at 2015, taking the side to the Grand Final and losing in heartbreaking fashion. The Cowboys broke their hearts then and did the same thing in 2016 in one of the best finals’ matches ever witnessed, losing in extra time. 2017 is all about redemption and Wayne Bennett sides usually bounce back hard off a failed season, and even though they were soundly defeated by Warrington in the 2017 World Club Series, they look ready to right the ship.
2017 NRL Players to Watch
Johnathon Thurston is the best in the game, and perhaps the greatest of all time. He won his record 4th Dally M Medal in 2015, won the title with the Cowboys and won a 10th State of Origin Series as well as winning the Four Nations with Australia. He has publicly declared this will be the last year he represents Australia and Queensland, so with that in mind, he will be all guns blazing for the Cowboys.
New Zealand Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson is a real enigma. Surprisingly, he won the 2015 Golden Boot as the Worlds Best Player, largely due to his deeds with the Kiwis in the Four Nations, but 2016 was a really poor year for the halfback, who just had no consistency, and to be a great player, he does need to close the gap between his best and worst. If the Warriors are to go all the way in 2017, this man needs to be front and centre.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs welcomed back Sam Burgess to the club last year. He left the Bunnies on the highest of highs; a premiership and the Clive Churchill Medal. He went to Rugby Union and played for England in the World Cup last year where he failed to flatter and was heavily criticised. He came back last year and despite the Bunnies having a horror year, he was a clear star and their best. He is comfortably back now in the NRL and is ready to lift South Sydney to the top of the mountain again, but he will need support, and you can stream the NRL Live to watch Burgess and all your favourite players in action.