North Queensland Cowboys 2021 TV schedule, squad and team guide

Optimism for a vastly improved season for North Queensland in 2020 failed to materialise. So what now?

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The Cowboys failed to fire a shot last year to finish 14th, with their lack of success costing coach Paul Green his job. Valentine Holmes proved disappointing following his much-publicised NFL stint while co-captain Michael Morgan was limited to just six games due to injuries.

Expect a vast improvement this season under new mentor Todd Payten, who has shaken up the joint in Townsville, placing an emphasis on speed and intensity. Wrecking machine Jason Taumalolo is expected to be used in shorter but more damaging bursts. He will again be crucial to the Cowboys' fortunes.

North Queensland blooded six debutants last year so they should be better for the experience. If Payten can get Holmes and Morgan back to their best, the Cowboys will be a very dangerous outfit.

How to watch North Queensland Cowboys NRL matches

While Queensland rivals the Broncos enjoy a competition-best 15 matches on free-to-air television in 2020, the Cowboys won't be anywhere near as prominent. North Queensland have just 8 matches on Channel 9 and 16 on Fox League in 2021. So Cowboys fans should seriously consider a subscription to Foxtel or Kayo Sports, especially if they want to see their new-look team over the first half of the season.

From rounds 5–7 and 11–14, there's no North Queensland match on free-to-air. In terms of subscriptions, Kayo is the cheapest available option at $25 a month for a Basic subscription. That gives you access to two screens or devices. For $10 a month more you get a third screen.

Kayo has an impressive array of features such as SplitView, Interactive Stats, Kayo Minis and No Spoilers. Take a look at our Kayo vs Foxtel guide to see how they compare. Kayo also has a 14-day free trial for you to give it all a test run. In total it offers more than 50 sports.

We have a complete guide on how to stream the 2021 NRL season, including the providers.


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Watch North Queensland Cowboys matches overseas

Currently living overseas or planning a trip during the NRL season? You can still access great rugby league content thanks to the Watch NRL app. Check out our guide on streaming the 2021 NRL season from overseas.


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When do the Cowboys play next?

You can see the Cowboys' 2021 NRL schedule here.

North Queensland Cowboys squad

North Queensland Cowboys history

Largely an NRL laughing stock in the early years following their introduction in 1995, that changed when North Queensland made it all the way to the 2005 grand final, losing to Wests Tigers.

That season coincided with the arrival of superstar Johnathan Thurston. It would take another decade, but Thurston finally led the club to premiership glory with a victory over the Broncos in a classic 2015 decider.

The Cowboys enjoy fervent support in Townsville and play out of their state-of-the-art new boutique ground Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

Image source: NRL website

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