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Where to watch NRL (rugby league) in Australia
Because not only Friday night has to be a great night for football.
Ah, football. The seemingly descriptive word that’s unfortunately quite ambiguous in Australia. It could refer to the accurate version of football (namely, soccer). Or it could be rugby union. Alternatively, it could be AFL.
Then there’s the “footy” shorthand that, at least for this writer, seems to be most used with the National Rugby League, or “NRL” to its mates. Scroll on for all of the best ways to watch NRL and other rugby league matches in Australia, including some of the best sports streaming services.
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Watch NRL online in Australia
Keep up to date with NRL on 9Now, Kayo Sports and Foxtel Now.
There are a few straightforward ways to watch NRL matches online in Australia. For a free option, start with 9Now. Sign up for a free account and stream three live matches for no cost during the NRL season. If you want to stream every match, you’ll either need a Kayo Sports account or Foxtel Now subscription with the Sport add-on.
Kayo Sports has a whole lot of live and on-demand sports content for a $25, $30 or $35 monthly fee. Basically, you pay more for access to additional HD streams: one, two and then up to three simultaneous streams. To watch NRL on Foxtel Now it’s a combo cost: $25 for the base plan (Essentials Pop or Lifestyle) then $29 on top for the Sport add-on, so a $54 monthly fee all in.
NRL isn’t the only rugby league content you’ll find on Foxtel programming, either. Here’s a full breakdown of all the Foxtel rugby league content:
- NRL Telstra Premiership (men’s and women’s)
- Super League
- Hostplus Queensland Cup
- Rugby Football League
- NSW Cup
- State of Origin (men’s and women’s)
- World Cup Challenge
- NRL All Stars
- Rugby League Internationals
- NRL Pre-Season Challenge
- Touch Football Australia
- Rugby League World Cup (men’s and women’s)
If you’re content with on-demand content, there are NRL highlights and full-match replays on the official NRL YouTube channel.
How else can I stream NRL in Australia?
With the right virtual private network (VPN) service, there are other ways to watch NRL matches. Download the Watch NRL app for Android or iOS, then connect to a VPN server outside of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. It costs $20 a week, $39 a month or $199 a year for NRL live streams and on-demand match replays. Try one of these VPNs for speedy global streaming:
Alternatively, connect to a VPN server in New Zealand and sign up for a Sky Sports Now account (there’s a seven-day trial). It costs NZ$20 per week, NZ$40 per month or NZ$400 per year to access NRL live streams. The VPNs below offer servers in New Zealand:
- Atlas VPN
- CyberGhost VPN
- Hola VPN
- Hotspot Shield VPN
- IPVanish VPN
- Mullvad VPN
- Private Internet Access VPN
- Proton VPN
- Surfshark VPN
- TunnelBear VPN
- VPN Unlimited
The other option for rugby league streaming is the UK version of Sky Sports; just connect to a UK VPN server. Sky Sports in the UK costs £25 per month (with a six-month contract). The VPNs below worked great with UK streaming in my tests:
Watch State of Origin in Australia
One of those lists above suggests that Kayo Sports is where you can reliably stream the State of Origin each year. But there is a catch. If you want to watch the match live, use 9Now instead. Kayo Sports has replays of State of Origin matches from previous years, plus the upcoming matches will show after they play live on 9Now.
Compare streaming services
Interested to see how the streaming services above stack up against the competition? Take a look at the table below for a comparison of your streaming options in Australia.
|4K streaming3 streamsDeal: 30-day free trial||$9.99/mth||Go to site|
|Binge Standard planHD streaming2 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial (starts on 3 Oct 2023)||$16/mth||Go to site|
|Apple TV+ plan4K streaming6 streams (Family Sharing)Deal: 7-day free trial||$9.99/mth||Go to site|
|Disney+ plan4K streaming3 streamsDeal: $139.99 for 12mths||$13.99/mth||Go to site|
|Netflix Standard + AdsHD streaming2 streams||$6.99/mth||Read more|
|Stan Basic planSD streaming1 stream||$10/mth||Read more|
|Kayo One PlanHD streaming 1 stream||$25/mth||Go to site|
|Foxtel Now EssentialsHD streaming2 streamsAccess to over 30 channelsDeal: 10-day free trial||$25/mth||Go to site|
|Shudder planHD streaming1 streamDeal: 7-day free trial||$6.99/mth||Read more|
|Hayu PlanHD streaming1 streamDeal: 7-day free trial||$6.99/mth||Go to site|
|Paramount+ planHD streaming3 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial||$9.99/mth||Go to site|
|Britbox planHD streaming5 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial||$8.99/mth||Go to site|
|Netflix BasicSD streaming1 stream||$10.99/mth||Read more|
|Netflix StandardHD streaming2 streams||$16.99/mth||Read more|
|Netflix Premium4K streaming4 streams||$22.99/mth||Read more|
|Binge Basic + Ads planSD streaming1 streamDeal: 14-day free trial (ends 2 Oct 2023)||$10/mth||Go to site|
|Binge Premium planHD streaming4 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial (starts on 3 Oct 2023)||$18/mth||Go to site|
|Kayo Basic PlanHD streaming 2 streams||$30/mth||Go to site|
|Kayo Premium PlanHD streaming 3 streams||$35/mth||Go to site|
|Stan Standard planHD streaming3 streams||$16/mth||Read more|
|Stan Premium plan4K streaming4 streams||$21/mth||Read more|
|Stan Sport add-onHD or 4K streaming||$15/mth add-onMin. cost $25/mth (Stan Sport + Basic)||Read more|
|Essentials + Movies planHD streaming2 streamsAccess to over 30 channels + Movies on-demandDeal: 10-day free trial||$45/mth||Go to site|
|Foxtel Now All Packs planHD streaming2 streamsAccess to over 30 channels + Movies on-demand + Live sports + Drama Extra, Kids and DocosDeal: 10-day free trial||$59/mth* *First 12mths. Then $104/mth||Go to site|