NRL Live Streaming
Rugby League is one of the most-watched codes in Australia. If you love streaming NRL there is now more options than ever on both Pay TV and free to air. Stream every game from every round, the finals and the Grand Final on a range of devices whether you’re at home or on the move.
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Streaming NRL in Australia
The 2021 NRL Premiership takes place between March and October. Weekly action can be watched live via several sports streaming services in Australia. Plus, there are options for watching NRL outside Australia for those travelling or working overseas.
As well as regular-season games – there is also the State Of Origin series between New South Wales and Queensland. The Maroons caused one of the biggest upsets in State Of Origin history last year when they defeated the blues 2-1. On top of that, you can stream other league competitions like the Canterbury Cup, Nines and the English Super League. So, if you’re a dedicated Rugby League fan there’s plenty to get your teeth into!
Here we look at the best options for how to watch NRL live, how to claim offers and free trials and also the best devices to use when streaming online.
How to watch League live in Australia
Today, you can stream every game of the Telstra Premiership online right up till the Grand Final, live as it happens, with no ad breaks interrupting the action during the match. The NRL has its own dedicated Fox League channel, so that league fans have something to watch 24/7 – as well as a broadcast partnership on free to air with Nine (9Now).
Watch NRL Telstra Premiership live on Kayo
The Kayo sports streaming service allows you stream every match from every weekend, including the finals, Live or on demand via Fox League. The service is currently available with a free 14 day trial so new customers. Simply choose between a Kayo Sports Basic $25/month option (use on two devices) or Standard $35/month packages thereafter, which you are free to cancel at any time.
Stream NRL live with Foxtel Now
Foxtel Now is also the home of league in Australia, thanks to their dedicated channel, Fox League. The Foxtel Now Sports Pack Pack is included in the Foxtel Now 10 day free trial offer. After your free trial is over the pack is available for $29 per month on top of the Essentials Base Pack ($24 monthly). You can cancel your Foxtel Now plan at any time, meaning that you only need to subscribe during the season if needed.
Stream NRL with Kayo from Telstra
Telstra customers can live stream matches from each round of the NRL Telstra Premiership campaign on the cheap with their offer. Telstra provides the same content (over 50 live sports) available on the normal subscription. The key difference is you only pay $15 per month for a Basic Plan, or $25 per month for the Premium Plan. The offer does not come with a free trial and is part of a 12-month subscription. You will need an eligible Telstra mobile or home broadband plan to qualify for this offer.
NRL live on Foxtel Now from Telstra
To subscribe to Foxtel Now from Telstra all you need is a Telstra account. The Telstra Foxtel Now option includes all the same advantages and content as Foxtel Now, the only difference being that the first month is offered, and you must commit to a 12 month contract. If you would like to watch every match of the NRL season you will need the Sports Pack, which costs $29 per month – on top of the Essentials Pack ($24 monthly). This will allow you to view Fox Sports, and therefore see every game from every round online for a total of $53 per month.
NRL on Foxtel
If you are a Foxtel cable or satellite customer and already have Sports HD access, there is a super-easy way to stream live matches from the NRL Telstra Premiership season. All Foxtel customers get access to the Foxtel Go app meaning you can view every game from every round of NRL 2021. You can download the Foxtel Go app, which is compatible with a wide range of devices, from Google Play or the Apple Store.
Stream NRL and State of Origin on free to air
The Free to Air coverage on Channel Nine 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 Channel Nine in the lead-up to the Finals series. You may stream Channel Nine on your tablet or mobile via 9now. Free to air coverage is not available to stream outside of Australia.
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Kayo Sports 14-day Free Trial
Foxtel Now 10-day Free Trial
Kayo from Telstra $15/mth
Stream every NRL match replays on demand
These days we don’t always have the time to watch every live game as and when we want due to work and family commitments. Now it is easier to catch up match highlights later on-demand, however. Apps like Kayo even allow you to watch a specific game using the ‘No Spoilers’ feature, which ensures you don’t see any results before you’ve watched all the action at a more appropriate time.
Kayo also offers the unique Kayo Minis option for those who like to view quick, bite-sized match replays from the game featuring their favourite teams. NRL Live Pass customers can also watch replays of the latest games on demand. To access NRL Live Pass you will need an eligible mobile or broadband plan.
Free trials for NRL streaming
A great way to get NRL Live stream access – without paying a cent – is with a Kayo Free Trial. That means that if a particular match is coming up and you don’t have an existing subscription, you can simply check it all out for free with a trial. All you have to do to join is sign up, create an account and enjoy live league instantly.
Most of the best free trials are available to new and returning customers. Even though there is no trial available with Telstra, they do offer alternative discounts and reduced costs per month compared to the alternative options.
Plus, selected matches can be streamed for free via the live Nine broadcast and their sister service, 9Now each week. International audiences can also view live NRL via their country’s broadcast partner. In the UK, for example, this would be BT Sport, whilst the US partner is Fox.
Here are the official dates you need to put in your diary if you don’t want to miss each game during the Premiership season.
|Sport||Event||Date / Time||Watch On||mm/dd/yy|
|NRL||Roosters vs Eels||29/07/2021 19:50||Kayo,Foxtel||07/29/2021 19:50|
|NRL||Tigers v Warriors||30/07/2021 18:00||Kayo,Foxtel||07/30/2021 18:00|
|NRL||Broncos vs Cowboys||30/07/2021 20:05||Kayo,Foxtel||07/30/2021 20:05|
|NRL||Dragons vs Rabbitohs||31/07/2021 15:00||Kayo,Foxtel||07/31/2021 15:00|
|NRL||Knights vs Raiders||31/07/2021 17:30||Kayo,Foxtel||07/31/2021 17:30|
|NRL||Storm vs Panthers||31/07/2021 19:35||Kayo,Foxtel||07/31/2021 19:35|
|NRL||Bulldogs vs Titans||01/08/2021 14:00||Kayo,Foxtel||08/01/2021 14:00|
|NRL||Sharks vs Sea Eagles||01/08/2021 16:05||Kayo,Foxtel||08/01/2021 16:05|
Here you can stay up to date with which teams are leading the way during the NRL season. This table will be updated after each and every round of games.
Teams to look out for in 2021
After losing out against Melbourne in 2020, Penrith Panthers are hoping to go one step further this season. They have a squad packed full of stars like Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai. You have to go all the way back to 2003 for the last time they went all the way, so you could say they are due one! Follow them as they make their challenge in 2021.
One of the most consistent teams over the past 20 years in NRL has been Melbourne Storm. But this season they are dealing with life after Cameron Smith and looking to rebuild their team around a certain young superstar by the name of Ryan Papenhausen.
South Sydney Rabbitohs
The Bunnies go into 2021 as one of the favourites under the tutelage of Wayne Bennet. The South Sydney Rabbitohs last claimed Grand Final glory in 2013 when Sam Burgess captained the side. Now they have the talents of Latrell Mitchell at their disposal, anything can happen!
The ‘Chucks’ have been going through a little rebuilding phase of late, but this season they are set and ready to make another push for the finals. James Tedesco will lead the Sydney Roosters‘ attack, but it is their defence that may hold them back.
Biggest games in 2021 NRL season
Roosters v Storm
These two teams are the most successful in the Australian Rugby League, playing the best rugby over the past 20 years. When they meet there is always plenty of bad blood, which was exacerbated by Cooper Cronk’s move from Melbourne to Sydney.
Rabbitohs v Dragons
When these sides meet it is war. They are two of the oldest sides in the game with a raft of heated head-to-heads that span decades. Even though the Bunnies have had the upper hand in terms of scores recently, games with the Dragons remain as tight and emotional as ever.
State Of Origin (QLD v NSW)
This year’s State Of Origin series will go back to its midseason slot after covid interruptions in 2020. Queensland pulled off one of the biggest upsets in State Of Origin history in 2020, but the Blues have been licking their wounds and have a few scores to settle. Will NSW be able to bounce back?
Best NBN plans for streaming NRL
Telstra’s latest NBN plans are a great way to stream NRL without worrying about how much data you use. A 500GB Data ($75/mth) plan will give you speeds of up to 25Mbps, whilst the more complete Premium Internet + Unlimited Data (from $90/mth) plan provides speeds up to 100Mbps.
New and switching customers signing up for Telstra Broadband service today can also make big savings when signing up online, as the standard $99 connection fee is waived. Once you’ve signed up you can tailor your plan by choosing the option that works for the picture quality you desire.
whilst the more complete Premium Internet + Unlimited Data (from $90/mth) plan provides speeds up to 100Mbps.
Watch NRL overseas
If you would like to watch NRL matches when travelling overseas there is a great way to live stream games each week or replays on demand, including the Finals. The Watch NRL app (any device from android, apple, tablet, PCs) is only available outside Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. You can choose between a weekly, monthly or annual plan wherever you are in the world, and is seen as one of the most comprehensive NRL global services. You can cancel weekly and monthly plans at any time.
With Watch NRL you get all the same content as Fox Footy, including weekly shows like 360, NRL Tonight, The Late Show with Matty Johns – and live games across the NRL Telstra Premiership campaign including the finals. Watch NRL is perfect for real fans who hop between countries, sharing their time home and overseas. Watch NRL is the official overseas broadcaster for each match during every round including the finals. For more information on specific rights providers for countries outside Australia that are not Watch NRL, visit the NRL website.
Watch NRL overseas: Weekly, monthly and annual options available
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