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The English Super League is the Northern Hemisphere's premier rugby league competition. Its inaugural season began in 1966 and in 2021 will run from late March to October, which is even longer than the NRL.
While it's definitely considered a lower standard than the Australian competition, the Super League is noted for its high point scoring and heavy contingency of former NRL stars (we're not kidding, over 25% of all Cowboys players have suited up).
Last year the coronavirus-affected competition saw the Toronto Wolfpack having to withdraw from their debut Super League season. And St Helens Saints defeated Wigan in the 80th minute of the grand final in one of the most remarkable finishes you can imagine to secure back-to-back titles.
This year Greg Inglis will come out of retirement and play for the Warrington Wolves and ex-Raiders backrower John Bateman returns to his home country after signing with Wigan.
In Australia, Super League matches aren't available on free-to-air television. Normally, this would mean your only option would be Foxtel, but that's no longer the case now that Kayo Sports is in the picture.
Kayo Sports and Foxtel are showing up to four games each round. It should be pointed out, though, that games are typically held in the middle of the night or early morning for Australian viewers, so you might prefer to watch the games on demand rather than live, which is easiest with Kayo Sports.
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Kayo Sports has access to all the Fox Sports content, plus beIN SPORTS and ESPN. This means over 50 sports are available to stream live or on demand. If you're a real rugby league buff, then Kayo has you covered with every NRL game live, NRL All Stars, NSW Cup, QLD Cup, the majority of internationals and more.
What really helps to get Kayo over the line is its abundance of viewing features designed for sport, along with its HD capability. There's Interactive Stats, SplitView (so you can watch four sports at once), No Spoilers, alternate camera angles and a Key Moments timeline (jump to the best bits). And you can start streaming now for free with Kayo's 14-day free trial.
You can watch Kayo Sports on smaller devices such as your PC, Mac, iOS or Android devices. If you want to watch on the big screen, you can watch via Apple TV, Chromecast, Telstra TV, Android TV, Sony Bravia TV and Samsung TV (2017 models or later).
Now to your subscription options, of which there are two. The only real difference between the two is the number of devices that you can watch Kayo on simultaneously, which is handy if you're sharing your subscription with someone else. The Basic subscription is $25 a month and allows you to stream on two devices at the same time. The Premium subscription is $35 a month and allows you to stream on three devices simultaneously.
Foxtel Now is another alternative for sports streaming via the Internet. To get set it up, you must have the Essentials pack for $25 a month and the Sport pack for an additional $29 a month. So for $54 a month, you can watch the Super League with Foxtel Now.
You can stream Foxtel Now from the Foxtel Now box, PCs, Macs, iOS and Android devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, PS4 and Telstra TV. Your subscription also allows you to stream via the Foxtel GO app. There's a 10-day free trial for new customers, so you can try out the service for free before you commit.
|Date||Match||Kick-off (AEDT)||Where to watch|
|Sat, 27 Mar||St. Helens vs Salford||4:30 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Sat, 27 Mar||Leigh vs Wigan||7:00 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Sun, 28 Mar||Wakefield vs Leeds||1:30 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Sun, 28 Mar||Catalans vs Hull KR||4:00 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
Without trying to sound like we're pumping the tyres of the Super League up, it should actually be a really exciting year for the competition. Despite the Toronto Wolfpack still not being back and the departure of global names like Sonny Bill Williams and Israel Folau (Catalans Dragons) there's still plenty of intrigue.
As mentioned Inglis coming out of retirement and heading to England is the biggest storyline. For the majority of his career GI was one of the most dominating players not only in the NRL, but the world.
There will be plenty of eyeballs keen to see what he has left in the tank after he retired from the Rabbitohs in April 2019. If he does look fit and firing NRL fans from 15 clubs other than the Rabbitohs will sure to kick up a stink considering he was medically retired and his contract didn't count towards Souths' salary cap.
Inglis will be teaming up at Leeds with Gareth Widdop and Blake Austin who enjoyed a strong first season together as the halves pairing.
Defending champions St Helens have lost James Graham who retired, but managed to pick up backrowers Joel Thompson and Sione Mata'utia who'll more than make up for his departure.
Runners-up Wigan lost quite a few players over the off-season including captain Sean O'Loughlin. However, they're boosted by the addition of Bateman, who was one of the top players in the NRL during his two-year stint with Canberra. Joining him are 2019 Man of Steel recipient Jackson Hastings and Jai Field who are both heavily suited to the Super League style, which will ensure the Warriors are contenders yet again.
While it does seem like one of St Helens, Wigan or Warrington are destined to take out the title, Leeds Rhinos shouldn't be far off their tails.
The new club joining this year's competition are the Leigh Centurions. Their aim will simply be avoiding relegation as they appear to have one of the weaker playing rosters.
If you're an existing Foxtel IQ customer, it's easy to add sports content to your package for an additional $29 a month. If you're a new customer, there's a bit more work to do. Foxtel iQ boxes incur an installation fee (whether you get a technician or not) and there's sometimes a waiting period.
It's $29 a month for sport, which sounds fair, but the catch is that you must also have the Foxtel Plus pack, which is $49 a month. This brings the total monthly cost to $74 a month. Your subscription also gives you access to Foxtel GO so you can stream on the run.
Each team plays 29 games per season, with 2 games against each other at home and away. There's also a Magic Weekend round and another six games determined by a team's ladder position. Only the top five teams enter the finals series, which eventuates with the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford on 11 October (AEDT).
In season 2020, the team that finishes last is relegated to the Betfred Championship and a new team is promoted from the Championship each year in what's dubbed the Million Pound Game.
Image source: Kayo Sports website
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