Rugby League fans are excited about the NRL premiership, the 22nd season of the current format of this elite competition. The NRL is the most popular rugby league code in the world, with Super Saturday matches dominating televisions on the weekends, and stadiums filled with enthusiastic crowds. Entering 2019 Sydney are the defending champions and will be looking to become the first-ever to win consecutive Grand Finals since the competition turned national, but they will have plenty of challengers, and you can enjoy the action at home on your TV, or when streaming the matches live with a mobile device.
Must See NRL 2019 Premiership TV
There will be a number of fascinating contests during the 2019 Telstra NRL Premiership season, highlighted of course in the regular season by local derbies. Chief among them is the much-anticipated Queensland Derby between the Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys, while the Western Derby which sees the Parramatta Eels battle the Penrith Panthers will warrant plenty of interest too. Also not to be overlooked are the annual Ron Coote Cup clashes between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and current Premier’s the Sydney Roosters – regarded as one of the most brutal rivalries in the NRL, these teams have had more Grand Final meetings than any other two clubs in league history. When it comes to modern-day rivalries, the matches between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Melbourne Storm certainly have to rate near the top. The 2019 season will also see a first-ever “Magic Weekend” during round 9, which was adopted from the Super League concept, with every match being hosted at Suncorp Stadium. As the season progresses the top of The Ladder contests will start to shape up, with the eight best sides advancing to the NRL Finals, where a new champion to be crowned in the Grand Final on October 6.
Round 23 of the NRL is highlighted by the Friday night fixture between the Brisbane Broncos and South Sydney Rabbitohs. Wayne Bennett vs Anthony Seibold once again and this game will have some feeling given the coach swap in the off season. They played earlier this year and it was the Bunnies under Bennett that smashed the Broncos in impressive fashion. Brisbane are now at home and are a better side to the one that played in that game, while the Rabbitohs are mixing their form and certainly aren’t in the form that saw them smash the Broncos earlier this year. Another key game will come on Saturday afternoon when the West Tigers host the Newcastle Knights. The Tigers are trying to keep their slim finals hopes alive while the Knights are looking maintain their spot in the eight and push hard for a top four spot. It was also this corresponding game last year which saw Mitchell Pearce tear his pec, which pretty much sealed the fate of the Knights season, so it should be a ripping contest between two desperate teams. There should be a fair amount of on-field action, and no doubt some memorable moments will be made during this must watch NRL match.
Among the action this week being broadcast Live on the Fox League channel (Foxtel/Kayo) 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) this week includes:
NRL 2019 LIVE TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
|Thu Aug 22||LIVE: Eels v Bulldogs||7.50pm||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Fri Aug 23||LIVE: Cowboys v Panthers||6.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Fri Aug 23||LIVE: Broncos v Rabbitohs||7.55pm||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat Aug 24||LIVE: Sharks v Warriors||3.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat Aug 24||LIVE: Tigers v Knights||5.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat Aug 24||LIVE: Dragons v Roosters||7.35pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sun Aug 25||LIVE: Storm v Titans||2.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sun Aug 25||LIVE: Raiders v Sea Eagles||4.05pm||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
Above matches shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Fox League (Foxtel/Kayo) will show NRL TV replays through-out the following week, so you can enjoy the games no matter your schedule.
Rugby League on Live TV
If you enjoy Rugby League action then the Fox League channel (Foxtel/Kayo Sports) 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, including full match replays 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 NRL live online with compatible internet connected devices.
Stream the NRL Free
Alternatively, Kayo Sports have a 14 day trial offering. With the Kayo trial you will have access to these exact same Fox League broadcasts, and can stream the NRL free and Live using eligible mobile devices. 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. This offer also applies to existing Telstra customers, to get started just visit the website listed below.
Stream NRL Matches Live with Kayo
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NRL on Free to Air in Australia
Once again here in 2019, the NRL Premiership season will consist of twenty-five rounds. The majority of games will be played from Thursday to Sunday, with Wednesday and Monday matches reserved for special occasions, and rounds 12 and 16 shortened to accommodate the 2019 State of Origin. Friday will see multiple day-evening double headers, and the first Monday match will be introduced on Easter weekend, April 2nd.
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. Fox League (Foxtel and Kayo Sports) 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 the NRL dedicated channel.
NRL on Channel 9 vs Foxtel/Kayo TV Guide
|Day / Time / Event||Channel|
|Thursday Night||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday Evening||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday Night||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday Afternoon||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday Evening||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday Night||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sunday Game 1||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sunday Game 2||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Holidays Game 1||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Holidays Game 2||Foxtel / Kayo|
NRL Regional Broadcast Times
Use this City and State chart to determine what time the match will start in your location, so whether enjoying the games at home or watching on mobile, you won’t miss a key minute. For example, based on their differences, games that kick off at 8.00pm in Melbourne will be broadcast at 7.30pm in Adelaide and at 5.00pm in Perth.
Sydney, NSW: 7.00pm
Melbourne, VIC: 7.00pm
Hobart, TAS: 7.00pm
Canberra, ACT: 7.00pm
Brisbane, QLD: 7.00pm
Adelaide, SA: 6.30pm
Darwin, NT: 6.30pm
Perth, WA: 5.00pm
List of Best NRL TV Shows in Australia
Looking for even more live NRL TV broadcasts and programs to keep you up to date during the 2019 season? Enjoy the off-field action with the wide-range of NRL shows offered by Channel Nine, Foxtel and Kayo. A list that includes features such as: The Sunday Footy Show, NRL 360, Big League Wrap, Sunday Night with Matty Johns plus more. Review the table below for details of the most popular NRL TV series, and stay on top of your favourite team and players 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|
Clubs and Rivalries
The North Queensland Cowboys seem to be virtually everyone’s second team, and there was hardly a Rugby League fan in the world that could begrudge the Cowboys their maiden premiership in 2015. Won in the most thrilling circumstances, the match saw superstar Johnathon Thurston booting home a field goal in Golden Point. Two years later they again reached the Grand Final, but 2018 was a disappointing year for the club as they dropped out of the finals. With Thurston retiring at the end of last season they will have their work cut out to challenge for the finals, but few would be surprised if they still manage to prove that 2018 was an anomaly.
The Sydney Roosters were the best side in the NRL last season, finishing atop the table and dominating the finals series to take out the 14th Premiership in their history. After defeating the Storm 21-6 in the Grand Final, the Roosters are arguably even better placed heading into 2019, and will likely be the team everyone else is chasing throughout the season. With no side having won back-to-back Premierships since the NRL began in 1998, they will be looking to make history this year.
2019 NRL Players to Watch
Cameron Smith has been a star of the league ever since his debut way back in 2002, and has been a major reason for the Storm’s success over the past decade and a half. A player capable of controlling the game like no other, Smith will be more important than ever in 2019 after the retirement of his teammate for the past 16 years in Billy Slater. He might be turning 36 this year and in his 18th season, but Smith is still one of the best in the business.
There will be plenty of eyes on Cooper Cronk again in 2019, a star player who, after moving to the Roosters after 15 years with the Storm, beat his old side in last year’s Grand Final while playing with virtually one arm. Cronk initially struggled to adapt to the Roosters system after so long with the Storm, but he returned to his best in the latter stages of 2018 and will be expecting to put in another big season as his side searches for back-to-back Premierships. You can watch Cronk and your other favourite players when you stream the NRL live online.