How to watch rugby league test matches live and free
International rugby league is back with 3 weeks of games. Rugby league test matches kick off on 25 October and can be watched live.
It's the neverending year of rugby league. First there was the NRL and Super League, then came the World Cup 9s and now we have some test matches. Over the next three weeks rugby league internationals will be back on the tele.
As you'll see in the test match schedule there are multiple nations playing rugby league internationals. This comes as there's been an increased push to grow the game of rugby league globally.
Rugby league test match schedule
|Date||Match||Venue||Kick-off (AEDT)||How to watch|
|25 October||Junior Kangaroos vs France||WIN Stadium||3:00 PM||NRL.com|
|25 October||Jillaroos vs Kiwi Ferns||WIN Stadium||5:40 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Nine Network|
|25 October||Australia vs New Zealand||WIN Stadium||8:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Nine Network|
|26 October||Tonga vs Great Britain||Waikato Stadium||6:00 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Nine Network|
|2 November||Samoa vs Fiji||Eden Park||12:20 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Gem|
|2 November||New Zealand vs Great Britian||Eden Park||3:00 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Gem|
|2 November||Australia vs Tonga||Eden Park||5:40 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Gem|
|9 November||Fiji vs PNG||Christchurch Stadium||3:20 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Gem|
|9 November||New Zealand vs Great Britain||Christchurch Stadium||6:00 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Gem|
|16 November||PNG vs Great Britain||Port Moresby||6:30 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
How to watch rugby league test matches
Similarly to the NRL season, Foxtel and Kayo Sports will broadcast the most rugby league tests live. There'll be a few games on the Nine Network too but not all of them. At this stage NRL.com will have exclusive rights to the Junior Kangaroos vs France.
How to watch rugby league test matches on Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports is Australia's leading live and on-demand sports streaming service. The innovative platform has an easy-to-use design similar to Netflix. There are over 50 sports and a heap of special features to enhance fans' viewing experiences.
You can watch from a range of devices including iOS and Android devices, Telstra TV, Android TV, Mac, PC, laptops, Apple TV and Chromecast. Subscriptions to Kayo come in two variations.
There's the Basic subscription for streaming from two separate devices at once for $25/month. For an additional device sign up for the Premium package which costs $35/month. You can start watching now with a 14-day free trial if you're a new customer.
The SplitView option lets you select four separate sports or programs to watch at once. Interactive Stats will let you analyse the game or settle that argument with a friend over who's playing better. There's also a Key Moments timeline, Kayo Minis and more. For further information see our full Kayo Sports review.
How to watch rugby league test matches on Foxtel iQ
Foxtel IQ is the only service that airs content in 4K. Select rugby league test matches will be shown in 4K and watching in this resolution is simply sublime. It isn't all good news though as it's not that simple to just watch sport.
If you're an existing subscribers with a Foxtel iQ4 box a quick add of the Sport pack for $25/month and you'll be set. New Foxtel IQ customers have a few extra tasks.
First you have to organise installation of your set-top box and unless you can snag a deal, there's usually a fee. It's also mandatory to have the Foxtel Plus pack for $49/month which has a selection of Pop and Lifestyle channels.
So what we're saying is you'll be up for $74/month. You'll have access to watch from the Foxtel GO app after simply signing in with your Foxtel account details.
How to stream rugby league test matches on Foxtel Now
Foxtel Now is Foxtel's own digital streaming platform. The biggest difference with this product compared to Foxtel's traditional set-top box is that you stream directly from the Internet.
The maximum capability of Foxtel Now is HD as well. You can watch sport on Foxtel Now by signing up to the Sport pack for $29/month. Unfortunately if you're only a sports fan you won't enjoy the news that it's also compulsory to have the base Entertainment pack at $25/month.
This means you're up for $54/month at minimum. So unless you're after some programming that isn't solely sport, you'd be far better off with a Kayo Sports subscription. Subscribing to Foxtel Now will also allow you to stream via the Foxtel GO app.
Foxtel Now can be viewed from the Foxtel Now box, Telstra TV, Android TV, PS4, iOS and Android devices. You can stream to your TV with the assistance of Apple TV and Chromecast.
How to watch rugby league test matches on Channel 9
At the time of writing, the Nine Network has only confirmed it will show test matches on the first weekend of games. Channel 9 will broadcast games on both Channel 9 and Gem. Check local guides for details as broadcasts can vary state by state.
You can also watch live TV from the Nine Network through 9Now. You simply have to sign up via your email address. After that you can begin streaming through your laptop, PC, Mac, iOS or Android device. Streaming is also compatible with Airplay and Chromecast.
How to stream rugby league test matches on NRL.com
NRL.com will be the only broadcaster showing the under-23 Australian Kangaroos against France. The NRL website also recently broadcast the Prime Minister's XIII against Fiji.
To watch the Junior Kangaroos take on France for free visit the NRL site and select the game once the match begins. That should take you through to the live stream.
Image source: Kayo Sports website