With the 2021 NRL Nines competition cancelled, League fans have had to wait until the preseason to get their first glimpse of newly assembled squads. Kayo Sports is the only place where you can watch each and every Preseason Game Live or On Demand. Find out when it gets underway and how to watch games for Free right here.
NRL Preseason 2021 TV Preview
This year’s NRL Preseason has a little more spice than usual, with some major changes in personnel the driving factor. Last year’s Grand Final winners Melbourne Storm could be without their talisman Camron Smith, who is expected to announce his retirement any day now. But the signatures of George Jennings (Eels) and Reimis Smith (Bulldogs) should mean that they will at least get their Preseason preparations started on the front foot.
Last year’s Grand Final runners up, the Penrith Panthers, are the bookies’ favourites for 2021. They have added five new faces to the squad this term in the shape of Robert Jennings, Matt Eisenhuth, Paul Momirovski (Wests Tigers), Jaeman Salmon (Eels), Scott Sorensen (Sharks) – and have retained their main star players Nathan Cleary and Api Koroisau.
This year’s Preseason also includes both men’s and women’s All-Star games in Townsville. The Indigenous men’s team looks strong with the likes of Jamal Fogarty, Wade Graham and Jack Wighton included in the 20 man squad. They go up against a Maouri All-Star team for the third year in a row, with both sides claiming one win each over the previous two meetings.
Where to Watch or NRL Preseason in Australia
Each and every NRL Preseason game will be broadcast on Kayo Sports, who currently have a 14 day free trial. It is the only place that you can watch all 14 games, with only three games going out live on Fox Sports.
Kayo will also show every game from every round excluding the Grand Final of the 2021 NRL regular season.
There will be no Free to Air NRL Preseason games on Channel Nine in 2021. Channel Nine only have rights to three regular-season NRL matches per round, along with the Grand Final in October.
What are the best Kayo deals?
A Basic Kayo plan costs $25/month, allowing you to watch on up to two devices at any one time. The second option is the Premium plan, which costs $35/month, giving you Kayo access on up to three devices at once.
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On top of that, customers who previously held and NRL or AFL Live Passes with Telstra can also get Kayo for as little as $5/month, an exclusive offer running until May 31st. That’s a huge saving, and a way to access every game across the NRL Preseason and Regular Season Live, as well as international games and State Of Origin replays.
Cheapest way to watch sport on Kayo this season
The best offer for Kayo is on Telstra this season. As a Telstra customer, get $10 off per month your Kayo subscription (so that’s just $15/month)! Claim this before 31 May.
NRL Preseason 2021 Live Events (Sydney time)
Every game of the 2021 NRL Preseason season is airing on Kayo Sports. There is no NRL Preseason available on free to air. Use this live TV schedule to watch upcoming matches:
|Game||Date / Time||Channel|
|Sharks v Bulldogs||LIVE: 27 Feb, 6.00pm||Kayo|
|Rabbitohs v Dragons||LIVE: 27 Feb, 6.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Broncos v Cowboys||LIVE: 27 Feb, 7.00pm||Kayo|
|Raiders v Roosters||LIVE: 27 Feb, 5.30pm||Kayo|
|Eels v Panthers||LIVE: 27 Feb, 7.30pm||Kayo|
|Titans v Warriors||LIVE: 27 Feb, 6.00pm||Kayo|
|Storm v Knights||LIVE: 27 Feb, 5.30pm||Kayo|
|Tigers v Manly||LIVE: 28 Feb, 5.00pm||Kayo|
Mobile Device List and User Guide
Here is a list of compatible mobile and internet-connected devices you can use to stream the NRL Preseason, whether at home or on the go – with new apps and devices being added as they become available.
Devices supported on Kayo
– PC/Mac: Yes – MacOS 10.12+ (Chrome, Safari, Firefox) & Windows 10 (Chrome, Firefox, Edge); web browser only
– iOS/Android Phones/Tablets: Yes – Via native apps (iOS 11+ and Android 6+)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Chromecast Ultra, 3rd Generation and Chromecast with Google TV for optimal streaming. SplitView not available
– Apple TV: Yes – tvOS 11+, 4th Generation or higher. Casting available to previous models
– Telstra TV: Yes – SplitView not available; Telstra TV1 limited to 720p.
– Android TV: Yes – Via
– Samsung Smart TVs: Yes – 2017 and later models. SplitView not available
– Playstation and Xbox: App in development – expected 2021
Must See TV for NRL Preseason fans
Once you’ve watched all the games you may need some other events to get your sporting fix, so here’s a few options that may be of interest.
AFL Community Series (Foxtel / Kayo)
AFL teams across the country will be getting their squads up to full speed in the annual pre-season Community Series, which is set to get underway from February 18th. The series sees teams make a welcome return to Victoria after 2020’s Covid interruptions. Read more.
India v England Cricket (Foxtel / Kayo)
England is set to take on India this summer in a series of Test, T20I and ODI matches. They will be looking to find their best starting 11 before the next Ashes series and T20 World Cup, both of which start at the end of the year. Read more.
Six Nations Rugby (Foxtel / Kayo)
The 2021 Six Nations Championship will be the 127th edition of the event, featuring the top six sides from the Northern Hemisphere in England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. With Lions places up for grabs, there will be a bit more of an edge to this year’s competition, which will make for some compelling Rugby. Read more.