How to watch the 2019 NRL Grand Final: TV guide

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This week's matches

RoundDateTeamsVenueTime (AEDT)Where to Watch
International11/10/19Women's Prime Minister's XIII vs FijiANZ National Stadium3:30pmKayo Sports, Foxtel, NRL.com
International11/10/19Prime Minister's XIII vs FijiANZ National Stadium6:30pmKayo Sports, Foxtel, NRL.com
Grand Final13/10/19St Helens vs SalfordOld Trafford4:00amKayo Sports, Foxtel
World Cup Nines18/10/19-19/10/1912 International teamsBankwest StadiumTBAKayo Sports, Foxtel

Note: Also make sure you check out the full 2019 NRL fixtures guide.

SUMMARY: The only way to watch the Grand Final live is on Channel Nine. The best price and experience for watching a replay and the upcoming 9s World Cup is Kayo Sports. It brings you over 50 sports live, is available on almost every device, has unique and innovative viewing features. You can try it immediately for free by accessing this 14 day trial.

Watching the NRL on free-to-air TV can be a pretty lousy experience. Not only are you chained to the couch the whole time, but you also miss out on more than half the action every round. Only a handful of matches from the regular rounds are broadcast on traditional TV, and they're broken up by ads. Although Channel 9 does show every NRL finals game, and the Grand Final live exclusively.

Until recently, the only alternative has been shelling out for a Foxtel subscription, a costly solution if you're only going to use it for watching sport. Fortunately, the advent of online streaming has brought about a better option: Kayo Sports. This dedicated sports streaming service and app includes all of the Fox Sports content, without having to install a set-top box or pay for non-sporting channels.

Another way to stream the NRL and NRL Finals is with NRL Live. It's a subscription streaming service dedicated to all things rugby league, but you don't get the 50+ other sports also included with Kayo. By purchasing an NRL Live Pass, you do get to stream every single Premiership game live to your phone or tablet, ensuring you'll never have to miss a match again.

Below we have a more thorough rundown of all your options.

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NRL Grand Final details

The 2019 Grand Final between the Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders kicks of at 7.30 AEDT. Note that this is the first day of Dalight Saving Time, so make sure you've put that clock forward. This year's match will be played at ANZ Stadium with the full 80,000 person crowd - mostly in green - expected. There is only one place to watch it live, and that's on Channel 9. You can also live stream the NRL Grand Final on the 9Now app.

Roosters vs Raiders Grand Final match preview

Even with history against the Roosters winning consecutive premierships they'll enter the match as favourites. The men from Bondi may also be feeling confident with several of the side playing in numerous big matches. Sydney play with such potency in attack that they're capable of putting the game out of reach in a 15-minute period. The Roosters are building yet another dynasty and another premiership will solidify that.

The Raiders have had to travel up to Sydney from the nation's capital, but it doesn't mean they'll have fewer supporters at the game. Neutral fans have adopted the Raiders as their team. Since finals started supporters have started calling Canberra "The Milk", in reference to an old team sponsor. This match means everything to the Raiders and coach Ricky Stuart was almost in tears after last week's victory while expressing how proud he is of his men.

Sydney Roosters players to watch: James Tedesco, Luke Keary and Angus Crichton

The newly crowned Dally M Medallist, James Tedesco may very well be the best rugby league player on the planet. His list of achievements is ever growing and just trying to pick out a few of them is too difficult. Tedesco was the point of difference last time these two sides met, picking up man of the match honours. He leads the competition in both line breaks and tackle breaks.

Luke Keary has proved to be a big game player since he arrived at the Roosters. Last year he was remarkable in the Grand Final and took out the Clive Churchill Medal as best on ground. Keary will steer Sydney around the field and put pressure on Canberra with his kicking game.

Crichton was the Roosters' big-name recruit this season. While he started slowly, he has hit his straps at the right time. Crichton is named to come off the bench but that may suit his game. Look for him to target the Raiders' right-hand side, alongside Cooper Cronk.

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Canberra Raiders players to watch: Jack Wighton, Josh Hodgson and Joseph Leilua

Jack Wighton has reached new heights this season, earning a maiden State of Origin berth. He moved from fullback to five-eighth and has flourished. There's a special quality about Wighton that allows him to create something out of nothing and the Raiders need that this Sunday to win.

Josh Hodgson was phenomenal last week against South Sydney. The England international displays great awareness around the ruck and knows when to go himself or to pass the ball on.

Joey Leilua has the ability to both win his team the game as well as lose a match. When Leilua is on he is one of the most devastating centres in the competition. But sometimes he loses his composure and makes mistakes in the form of penalties and dropped balls. He's tasked with marking Latrell Mitchell and it's crucial that he wins that battle.

NRL Ladder 2019

RankTeamPlayedWonDrewLostBFor/AgainstPoints
1Storm242004133142
2Roosters241707126436
3Rabbitohs241608110434
4Raiders241509115032
5Eels241401016030
6Sea Eagles241401015030
7Sharks241201215026
8Broncos24111121-5725
9Tigers24110131-1124
10Panthers24110131-6124
11Knights24100141-3722
12Bulldogs24100141-15122
13Warriors2491141-14121
14Cowboys2490151-12220
15Dragons2480161-14818
16Titans2440201-28110

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Option 2: Live streaming NRL in HD with Foxtel

Foxtel broadcasts every game of the NRL Telstra Premiership, with the exception of the Grand Final. To tune in, you will need the Sport Packages. Once that’s done, you will be able to stream matches with your laptop or mobile device via the Foxtel GO app. The app is free with your Foxtel subscription. All you have to do is download it from Google Play or the App store and enter your Foxtel ID. To stream on your laptop, check out the Foxtel website.

Rugby fans can also stream NRL matches with Foxtel Now. To get FOX League, you will need the Sport Pack, which costs $29/month. However, subscribers also need the Entry Pack to be able to access Sports content. This one costs $25/month and comes with a great selection of Pop and Lifestyle channels. Consequently, you will pay a minimum of $54/month to stream NRL games with Foxtel Now.

The streaming service is available on PCs/Macs, mobile devices, Chromecast/Airplay, PS4, Telstra TV, and the Foxtel Now Box.

Option 3: Watching NRL Finals on free-to-air

If you’re a casual NRL fan, free-to-air coverage might be enough to satisfy your cravings. You can watch three games per round on the Nine Network. This includes one Thursday night match, one Friday night fixture, and a Sunday afternoon clash. One additional game per round on Saturday night will be shown for the last five rounds of the season. Nine Network also broadcasts every game of the finals series including the Grand Final.

Option 4: Streaming NRL Finals matches from outside Australia

If you’re outside Australia when your favourite team is playing, you can still stream NRL matches live or on demand with WatchNRL. The platform is only available outside the country and it comes with three subscription options. During the regular rounds, a weekly pass costs $19, a monthly subscription $33, and a membership for an entire year is available for $189. During the Finals, the weekly pass rises to $25, or you can get the entire Finals series for $85. For the Grand Final, the weekly pass is abolished altogether, and the $33 monthly pass is the best you can get.

You can watch on your laptop on the WatchNRL website or download the app to your mobile device. WatchNRL is also compatible with Chromecast and Airplay.

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Option 5: Streaming NRL matches with NRL Live Pass

The NRL Live app serves as your gateway to the world of NRL streaming. You can download the app for free on Apple, Android and Windows mobile devices, and without forking over a cent you'll have access to live scores and statistics, match highlight videos, and up-to-date news and reports.

To get the full NRL Live experience, though, you'll need to subscribe to the NRL Live Pass which lets you live stream all Telstra Premiership matches, including Rep Games and the Finals Series, as well as all Nines and All Stars events. Live streams of the NRL Grand Final and the State of Origin series are not available via the NRL Live Pass, however, though you can watch full match replays of these after the fact.

What does an NRL Live Pass subscription get me?

While anyone can watch video highlights and view live scores for free through the NRL Live app, only NRL Live Pass subscribers can stream matches as they happen, directly to their phone or tablet. With an NRL Live Pass subscription, you also get access to live streams of post-match press conferences as well as full match replays just 12 hours after the final whistle.

For NRL history buffs, there's also an archive of over 400 NRL Telstra Premiership matches from 2013 onwards available to watch on-demand. Best of all, if you miss a live stream, you can set it so the app hides the scores for played matches, giving you a chance to go back and watch the replay without knowing the outcome.

Fans that attend NRL games in person are also eligible to access NRL Live Pass premium content for free during the match, regardless of whether they have an active NRL Live Pass subscription or not. With geolocation services activated on your mobile device, the NRL Live app will automatically detect if you are in the vicinity of an eligible venue and advise you of how to claim the free offer.

How much does it cost?

There are two ways of subscribing to NRL Live Pass: a Weekly Pass will set you back $3.99/week while an Annual Pass goes for $99.99.

However, if you're a Telstra mobile customer, you won't need to pay a thing; all Telstra consumer and small business post-paid mobile plans, consumer mobile broadband plans, and pre-paid services that maintain more than $30 of recharge credit come with a free NRL Live subscription for the 2018 season. To activate your free subscription, all you need to do is log into the NRL Live app from your Telstra mobile device and click the "I'm a Telstra customer" button.

It's also worth noting that Live Pass subscriptions auto-renew unless you explicitly opt out, so make sure to change your settings if you don't want to be charged indefinitely.

What devices are compatible with NRL Live Pass?

NRL Live supports a wide range of mobile devices through its respective mobile apps. For Apple users, the Official NRL app requires an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 9.0 or later. Android users need a smartphone with Android 4.4 or higher or a tablet with Android 4.2 or higher to run the Official Android NRL app. Users on Windows Phone, meanwhile, need to be running Windows Phone 8 or higher to access the Official Windows NRL app.

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Due to Telstra's agreement with the NRL, the NRL Live apps are subject to a number of limitations. The maximum display size of live streams is 7 inches diagonally, with full-screen mode disabled on devices with displays larger than 7 inches. You also can't output live streams to your TV through streaming devices like Google Chromecast or Apple Airplay. These restrictions do not apply to highlight videos or full match replays.

Support for non-mobile devices is limited to Windows and Mac laptops running a compatible web browser. Supported browsers include Internet Explorer 9+, Mozilla Firefox 28+, Google Chrome 31+ and Safari 6+.

Additionally, each NRL Live Pass subscription supports access for a maximum of 10 devices at any one time in order to prevent excessive account sharing.

How much data does NRL Live use?

Watching matches and other videos through NRL Live can use up quite a bit of data, and if you're streaming on-the-go, it's important to be aware of the toll it'll take on your monthly data cap. As a guide, streaming an 80-minute NRL match to a tablet typically uses around 900MB of data while on a smaller phone screen that drops to around 400MB.

Once again, Telstra customers are at an advantage here. If you're on a BigPond ADSL, Cable, NBN, or Telstra mobile Internet connection, all NRL Live video content is unmetered – in other words, it won't count against your monthly cap. However, this offer does not apply to Telstra mobile broadband dongles, Wi-Fi hotspots or business broadband plans.

List of NRL teams

  • Canberra Raiders
  • New Zealand Warriors
  • North Queensland Cowboys
  • Gold Coast Titans
  • Newcastle Knights
  • Canterbury Bulldogs
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Why are there bye rounds in the NRL?

In response to the demands of State of Origin on the regular season competition, bye rounds were introduced. This takes the pressure off the teams during the State of Origin period, where the elite players are removed from the competition. It also gives players a bit of extra time mid-season to get any niggling injuries under control.

What is NRL Magic Round?

In 2019, the NRL is giving rugby league fans quite the weekend away with the Magic Round It's all the Rugby League you could ever want in one place as the NRL Magic Round sees every team compete in the same ground over four days. That ground is the legendary Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane; previously revered by the name Lang Park.

From Thursday May 9 to Sunday May 12, fans can witness each of the eight Magic Round games unfold. The only place to watch every rugby league game live during the Magic Round is on Fox League. You can watch Fox League via Foxtel IQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports, all three of which are compared on this page.


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    brendanFebruary 28, 2018

    Hi, regarding live streaming NRL games live, I notice on a different website the tablet needs to b a certain size and brand, is this true? Or as long as it’s running Android 4.2 or above? I’m not a Telstra customer…can I live stream the games with Wi-Fi at home without maxing out my data? Cheers

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      MattFebruary 28, 2018Staff

      Hi Brendan,

      Thanks for your question. You don’t need a specific brand of tablet to stream NRL games live, though the tablet must be less than 7 inches in size (measured diagonally across the screen).

      If you’re streaming games on your home Wi-Fi connection, the average match is going to use up approximately 900MB of data if you’re on a tablet, and approximately 400MB of data on a smaller phone. Whether this will max out your data will depend on how large your home broadband data cap is.

      I hope this helps!

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