The Richmond Tigers have been one of the more dominant sides in footy for large periods since the game began, winning five Premierships between 1967 and 1980. This success was, however, followed by a lengthy drought before they reclaimed their status and added a thrilling Premiership in 2017. Last year they overcame a raft of injuries in the first half of the season to repeat that feat and add a 13th VFL/AFL Premiership, demolishing the Geelong in the Grand Finals.
Entering 2021 they will be favourites to make it four in five years, and you can catch all the action when watching live on your TV or streaming matches to a mobile device using the options listed in this guide.
Richmond Tigers History and Preview
Formed in 1885, the Tigers joined the VFL in 1908, just over a decade after the start of the league. It took them 12 years to win their first flag, and after going back-to-back in 1920 and 21 they had relatively consistent success over the next 5 decades, culminating in five Premierships between 1967 and 1980. Following this sustained success a much-publicised drought followed, with the side making the finals just twice between 1982 and 2013.
After three decades with nothing, one finals exits in 2013-15 and a 13th placed finish in 2016, the Tigers spectacularly returned to the throne with a dominant 2017 finals series, breaking a 37-year AFL Grand Final title drought for what was once the biggest club in the country. In both 2019 and 2020, they also tasted Grand Final victory and the GWS and Geelong respectively. Heading in 2021, the Tigers will be looking for more silverware as they compete for a triple succession of premiership trophies.
Richmond Tigers TV Rights and 2021 Broadcast Guide
Fortunately, there are several options for watching the Richmond Tigers live in Australia, including the Seven Network, Foxtel, Foxtel from Telstra and Kayo Sports. Seven is the official AFL free to air broadcaster and will show only selected Richmond Tigers matches live during the 2021 season across Seven and 7mate. Seven’s TV coverage is headed by Bruce McAvaney, Brian Taylor and James Brayshaw, alongside some new recruits in the shape of retired stars Luke Hodge and Jobe Watson, and the returning Daisy Pearce. Seven also offers a range of programming dedicated to AFL such as The Front Bar, Talking Footy and Armchair Experts.
For comparison and as shown in the TV schedule below, Foxtel, Foxtel from Telstra, and Kayo Sports will televise all 17 Richmond Tigers games during the 2021 AFL season. That’s every Tigers match before the finals shown live on their dedicated Fox Footy channel.
As well as these live matches and the option to watch replays at a later time, Foxtel, Foxtel from Telstra and Kayo Sports will also have a wide range of AFL programming that includes AFL 360, AFL Tonight and a new look Bounce. There will also be some familiar faces in the studio this season with live games fronted by Eddie McGuire and Sarah Jones. Match commentary will be made up of a team of former stars including Ben Dixon, Gerard Healy and Dermott Brereton.
Watch the Richmond Tigers Live Online
If you enjoy AFL action then Fox Footy (Foxtel/Kayo) is the channel for you, televising all AFL teams and every match from every round LIVE and in HD before the Grand Final, including the contests not available on Free to Air TV and replays of the games you may have missed.
So if you’re a resident in Australia and don’t have access to Fox Footy, you may wish to review the 10 day Foxtel Now trial, which offers rugby fans an opportunity to watch the Richmond Tigers online with compatible internet connected devices. Eligible platforms include iOS or Android mobile devices, as well as Telstra TV, the Google Chromecast, Playstation 4 and more (PC and Macs excluded). Foxtel Now can also be renewed month-to-month, requires no set-up fees, and can be accessed instantly.
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Alternatively, Kayo Sports have a 14 day free trial for new customers. With the Kayo trial, you will have access to these same AFL broadcasts as Fox Footy and can stream the Richmond Tigers live using eligible mobile devices (Grand Final excluded). Devices include select iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple and Telstra TV, Google Chromecast, as well as Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers (PC and Mac excluded).
Kayo doesn’t have a lock-in contract or equipment fees, which means you can cancel anytime if you’re no longer using it. For fans who want to catch up on the action, Kayo Minis provide a 10-20-minute recap after play has concluded. Other game changing features include Interactive Graphics, SplitView, NoSpoilers and Key Moments, which provide highlights throughout the matches in real-time.
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Richmond Tigers 2021 Live TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
|Game||Date / Time||Channel|
|Richmond v Bulldogs (Community Series)||LIVE: Sat, 27th Feb – 4.40pm||Foxtel / Kayo / AFL Live Pass|
|Adelaide Crows v Richmond (Community Series)||LIVE: Sun, 7th Mar – 12.40pm||Foxtel / Kayo / AFL Live Pass|
2021 Richmond Tigers Rivalries
The Tigers have long had a strong rivalry with the Collingwood Magpies, born out of the geographical proximity of the two sides to one another along with their relatively consistent success and huge, passionate supporter bases. The Tigers poor performance over the past few decades contributed to a slight decline in the strength of the rivalry, but the preliminary final meeting between the two in front of just under 95,000 supporters in 2018 reignited the competition between these two powerhouse clubs.
The Carlton Blues, as another member of the traditional ‘Big 4’ teams, are another long-time rival of the Tigers. The two played in a number of finals clashes in the 1970s and 80s, and though they have each had their struggles since then – the Tigers until the last few years and the Blues for much of this century – the competitiveness between the sides remains fierce. Each season since 2008, the Tigers and the Blues have opened the season with what has become a traditional Thursday night matchup, and though it hasn’t always been evenly matched it has still consistently drawn over 75,000 supporters, with over 85,00 coming through the gates for last year’s fixture, and you won’t have to miss a key moment of that match and more when mobile streaming the AFL.
There has always been plenty of animosity between the Tigers and the Essendon Bombers, again born out of the shared success and large supporter bases of the two clubs. Since 2006, the two have played in the annual Dreamtime at the G clash, celebrating the contribution of indigenous players to the league and taking place on the Saturday night of Indigenous Round. Played at the MCG, the game has brought in over 80,000 fans in seven of the past nine years, and will likely do so again this year.
Popular Weekly AFL Shows
One Tigers game per week not enough to keep you entertained? Enjoy a raft of extra AFL action with shows broadcast on Channel Seven, Channel Nine, Foxtel and Kayo, including the likes of AFL 360, On the Couch, Open Mike and the Sunday Footy Show. Take a look below for all the details on where to find the best in off-field AFL TV shows.
|Show||Description||Channel||Live TV Times|
|AFL 360||The unlikely pairing of Mark Robinson and Gerard Whateley take an in-depth look at all the latest in AFL news||Kayo/Foxtel||Monday-Wednesday at 7.30pm Sydney time|
|On the Couch||Join this panel of AFL legends as they discuss the biggest issues to arise from the weekend of football||Kayo/Foxtel||Mondays at 8.30pm Sydney time|
|After the Bounce||Hosted by Jason Dunstall, this show takes an irreverent look at all things AFL||Kayo/Foxtel||Sundays at 7.30pm Sydney time|
|Open Mike||Esteemed journalist and interviewer Mike Sheehan sits down for a chat with a new guest each week||Kayo/Foxtel||Tuesdays at 8.30pm Sydney time|
|On the Mark||Join footy’s first all-female panel as they and their weekly guest take a look at the more personal side of the game||Kayo/Foxtel||TBD|
|Talking Footy||Hosted by Luke Darcy, join this panel of experts as they dissect the weekend’s footy action||Seven||Mondays at 7.30pm Sydney time|
|The Sunday Footy Show||Get your dose of football humour as this six-man panel reviews all the results and big stories from the weekend so far||Nine||Sundays at 10.00am|
|Footy Classified||Join two of Melbourne’s biggest names in journalism and two of the game’s biggest stars as they take a look at the weekend’s action||Nine||Mondays at 10.50pm|
|AFL Game Day||Hamish McLachlan leads a rotating panel of superstars for a review of the weekend’s completed games and a preview of those to come||Seven||Sundays at 10.00am|
|The Front Bar||Comedians Mick Molloy and Sam Pang join host Andy Maher for a fun look at everything AFL||Seven||Wednesdays/Thursdays at 8.30pm|