2021 will see the NRL returning to the usual 25-round season after last year’s shortened format. This means that teams will play both home and away matches in Australia and New Zealand, which is great news for everyone involved, especially the fans. Free-to-air TV coverage of the NRL is limited to just three games a week in Australia and it can vary state-by-state as to what’s being shown on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights on Channel 9.
However, those that are aired will be able to be live streamed using the network’s companion 9Now service – and they tend to be the biggest fixtures of the week, so it’s no bad thing.
For those who want more comprehensive coverage (which we suspect is many people), we rate over-the-top service Kayo Sports as the best way to live stream the NRL from Down Under. It lets you watch every single NRL match across the entire regular season – and of course all the final series and Grand Final action. It’s also cheap, offering the choice of a $25 per month basic package or $35 a month premium offering. The only difference between the two is the amount of screens you can stream to simultaneously – two on Kayo basic and three on Kayo premium.
We probably don’t need to point out, but if you’ve got mates who are also into NRL (and we’re betting you do) both of these deals break down very affordably on a per person basis. Better still, Kayo Sports is contract-free and offer a 14-day FREE TRIAL so you can check it out for yourself, no strings attached. It’s available on nearly all modern devices including Android and iOS mobiles, Macs, PC, Chromecast, select smart TVs and Android TVs, PCs and Macs, and Telstra TV boxes, with console support listed as “coming soon”.
The other option to watch NRL in Australia is via Foxtel, a premium TV offering that offers comprehensive rugby league coverage on Fox Sports but is considerably more expensive than Kayo – and requires you to sign on for a 12-month plan.
Match times vary but are typically in the evening local time in Australia.