How to watch NRL 9s 2020 live and free
The Sydney Roosters are the defending 9s champions and reigning NRL premiers, will they add another trophy in Perth? Here's how to watch live.
The NRL 9s is making a comeback in 2020. Before the 80-minute contests return to the calendar next month, whet your appetite with the fast-paced action of the 9s. Originally held in Auckland, it's now being staged in Perth.
When is the NRL 9s 2020?
The return of the NRL 9s is being held on Friday 14 February and Saturday 15 February at HBF Park in Perth. The action starts at 4pm local time on Friday (7pm AEDT).
The opening match is between NRLW teams the Warriors and Roosters. The first men's match is between the Panthers and the Roosters kicking off at 7:30pm AEDT.
What is the schedule of NRL 9s 2020?
How to watch NRL 9s 2020
Fox League has exclusive rights to this year's NRL 9s, which means you can watch on Foxtel iQ, Kayo Sports and Foxtel Now. It is also available on the NRL Live Pass app.
Stream NRL 9s 2020 on Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports is a whole new way to enjoy some of the world's best sports content, including a smorgasbord of rugby league and every single NRL game live. It's not just the action itself Kayo offers. It also has a range of special features to add to the viewing experience.
SplitView allows you to watch four sports at once. Interactive Stats, a Key Moments Timeline and Kayo Minis are also among the options.
If you are yet to try it, Kayo has a 14-day free trial so the NRL 9s might just be the perfect time to test it out. All up, Kayo has access to more than 50 sports and we have put together a full review of the service for you.
Subscriptions are $25/month for the Basic option, where you can watch games on 2 screens or devices. The Premium option is $35/month and gives you 3 screens.
Kayo is compatible with Android, iOS, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later), Sony Bravia TVs, Mac and PC as well as Chromecast or AirPlay.
Watch NRL 9s 2020 on Foxtel iQ
Foxtel has a main channel and an HD option dedicated to rugby league. If you already have a Foxtel iQ subscription including the Sports HD pack, you are all set. You can watch it on your television or stream it on your laptop or mobile using Foxtel GO.
You need both the Sports HD pack at $25/month through Foxtel and the Foxtel Plus package for $49/month. That means your monthly bill is $74/month, significantly higher than Kayo if you are just seeking sports content. Foxtel is at least the only broadcaster currently offering 4K content.
You may also be up for some installation costs, although Foxtel iQ deals are also regularly available.
Watch NRL 9s 2020 on Foxtel Now
This is Foxtel's digital streaming service. You have to subscribe to the Essentials pack in addition to the Sport pack which costs $54/month. So it is a cheaper option to Foxtel iQ, but still double the price of Kayo Sports.
Stream NRL 9s 2020 on NRL Live Pass
The NRL Live Pass is included if you have a Telstra mobile plan. If you are not a Telstra customer, you need to sign up. It costs $3.99 per week, $14.99 per month or $99.99 for a yearly pass. It also offers a free two-week trial.
It is compatible with iOS and Android smartphones or tablets, but live match videos are restricted to devices with a seven-inch screen or less. Match highlights and replays are available in full screen size. AirPlay mirroring and any form of external video output of streamed content is not permitted.
Who is playing in NRL 9s 2020?
All 16 NRL teams are competing, led by the reigning 9s and NRL premiers the Roosters. The 4 NRLW teams – Dragons, Broncos, Warriors and Roosters – are also having their own round-robin 9s competition.
NRL 9s pools
Pool 1: Panthers, Warriors, Roosters, Knights
Pool 2: Bulldogs, Dragons, Eels, Sharks
Pool 3: Raiders, Wests Tigers, Titans, Rabbitohs
Pool 4: Cowboys, Storm, Broncos, Sea Eagles
What is the NRL 9s format?
Each team will face two of the three sides in their pool. Games consist of nine-minute halves, with a two-minute half-time break. There are nine players on each team, with five unlimited interchanges. There is no video referee and a five-minute "golden try" period will be held if scores are locked at full-time. If there is no further score the match is deemed a draw.
The two highest placed teams in each pool progress to the quarter-finals. From there teams face single elimination matches in the quarters, semi-final and final. The decider will be held at 10pm AEDT on Saturday 15 February.
Who will win NRL 9s 2020?
Clubs typically take very different approaches to the 9s competition. While some see it as a chance for silverware, others view it as an ideal time to give some youngsters a taste of senior, albeit abbreviated football.
This year there are a number of retired players running around, with Kurt Gidley (Knights), Corey Parker (Broncos), Pat Richards (Tigers), Michael Gordon (Titans), Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs) and even former Sydney Swan Nick Davis (Roosters) among them.
Parramatta are tipped to be among the leading sides, while the Gold Coast seem to be taking it seriously under new coach Justin Holbrook. We'll also throw St. George Illawarra and Wests Tigers in as smoky outsiders.