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How to watch the 2021 NRL Grand Final Live Free in Australia and overseas

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It’s time for the NRL grand final 2021 Live, with the Penrith Panthers going head-to-head with the South Sydney Rabbitohs in Brisbane this Sunday, October 3.

The Panthers have fought their way back into the same spot they found themselves in last year – right on the cusp of a premiership win after a near-perfect season. But after their devastating grand final loss to the Melbourne Storm in 2020, they’ll be looking to turn their fortunes around.

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The question is whether Penrith has learned enough from last year’s defeat to seize on tonight’s opportunity, or if the pressure to perform on the big stage will get in the way of victory.

Meanwhile, South Sydney will be without its star fullback, Latrell Mitchell, after he was suspended for a high tackle back in round 27. But the Rabbitohs have coach Wayne Bennett on-side, a man with seven premiership wins to his name.

Tonight will also be the last time that Rabbitohs captain, Adam Reynolds, will hit the field for the club, and the team will no doubt want to send him off with a premiership win. The issue here is that Reynolds has a groin injury which could be a concern for his kicking game.

Penrith’s injury list is much more daunting. Tevita Pangai Junior has been ruled out of the grand final, while Brian To’o, James Fisher-Harris, Moses Leota, Dylan Edwards and Nathan Cleary are all nursing injuries – it’ll be a lot to overcome for the Panthers.

The NRL grand final will be broadcast live on free-to-air on Channel 9 and live streamed on 9Now if you’re in Australia. If you’re overseas, there are options for you too. Here’s how you can watch it all unfold to see who takes home the premiership.

WHEN IS THE 2021 NRL GRAND FINAL?

This year’s NRL Grand Final will take place on Sunday October 3rd.

What time does the Grand Final start?

The NRL grand final is scheduled for a 6:30pm kick off Brisbane time on Sunday, October 3. That early kick-off time is because daylight saving time has kicked off in parts of the country.

WHERE IS THE 2021 NRL GRAND FINAL?

For the first time ever, the NRL Grand Final will take place at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.

With the NRL remaining in Queensland for the end of the regular season, that will continue into the finals series as the COVID crisis in NSW continues.

HOW TO WATCH THE 2021 NRL GRAND FINAL

As with every other season, the NRL Grand Final will be broadcast live and exclusive on Channel Nine.Fox League will show a replay of the game immediately after full-time. The NRL Grand Final can also be watched online via Nine’s streaming service 9Now.

WHO IS PLAYING IN THE NRL GRAND FINAL?

South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on the Penrith Panthers in this year’s grand final, after they defeated Manly and Melbourne in their respective prelim finals.

How to watch the Grand Final on TV

The 2021 NRL Grand Final will be shown live and exclusive on Channel 9 in Australia. Coverage of the entertainment begins at 6:30pm (Sydney/AEDT) which is one hour before the match starts, but there will be all-day coverage from 11am – see below for the full TV guide.

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You can tune in to 9HD for high-definition coverage on channel 90 or channel 9/91 for standard-definition through your TV antenna. If you’re watching through Foxtel, tune in to channel 100 for standard definition or 209 for high definition – although your antenna must be plugged into your set-top-box if you’re on satellite.

Can I watch the NRL Grand Final on 9Now?

You can stream the Grand Final live on the 9Now App, on all devices – including TV’s, mobile phones, tablets, and computers. This is unlike the AFL where the Grand Final was restricted to compatible TV’s only. If you don’t have the native 9Now App on your TV, then you can Cast or AirPlay it from the mobile App to your TV if you have the capability to do this. 9Now will also offer four additional camera angles to watch through the app, including Spider Cam, Panthers Player Cam, Rabbitohs Player Cam, and Coach Cam.

Is the NRL Grand Final on Foxtel?

No, the Grand Final will not be shown live on Fox League due to the Pay TV provider not having the rights to broadcast the game direct. You will need to tune in to Channel 9 to watch the match (see above for details). Fox League will show a replay of the Grand Final after the match concludes, with the delayed coverage commencing on channel 502 at 9:40pm AEDT.

Is the Grand Final on Kayo?

While Kayo Sports live streamed every game of the 2021 premiership season and finals series, unfortunately the Foxtel-owned platform does not have broadcast rights to live stream the NRL Grand Final, meaning you cannot live stream it on the popular service. You will however be able to watch the game on-demand from when Fox League broadcasts the game, at 9:40pm, on all devices including mobile phones and tablets.

2021 NRL Grand Final TV Guide – Channel 9

While the match begins at 7:30pm AEDT (6:30pm local time), there will be coverage on Channel 9 and 9Now beginning at 11:00am. Here’s the full TV guide for the free-to-air network on Sunday, October 3. All times are AEDT (Sydney time) – which is one hour ahead of ahead of Brisbane (AEST) due to daylight savings which begins on Sunday.

  • 00am – Sunday Footy Show
  • 15pm – QLD Cup Prelim Final 1: Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Tweed Seagulls
  • 05pm – NRL Grand Final Preview
  • 45pm – QLD Cup Prelim Final 2: Norths Devils v Burleigh Bears
  • 35pm – NRL Grand Final Preview
  • 00pm – Nine News
  • 30pm – Pre-match Entertainment
  • 30pm – NRL Grand Final: Panthers v Rabbitohs
  • Fox League TV Guide (Foxtel/Kayo)

While Foxtel and Kayo don’t have the rights to show the game live, Fox League’s expert panel will deliver pre-game, halftime & post-match analysis, news & opinion, surrounding the Grand Final, before a full replay of the match at 9:40pm. All times AEDT.

  • 00pm – Finals Footy on Fox
  • 15pm – QLD Cup Prelim Final 1: Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Tweed Seagulls
  • 00pm – Finals Footy on Fox
  • 45pm – QLD Cup Prelim Final 2: Norths Devils v Burleigh Bears
  • 30pm – Grand Final Footy on Fox (Pre Game)
  • 30pm – Grand Final Footy on Fox (Half Time)
  • 30pm – Grand Final Footy on Fox (Post Game)
  • 40pm – NRL Grand Final Replay: Panthers v Rabbitohs

View the NRL Grand Final event page on Austadiums for all the event info including the venue seating map and directions to Suncorp Stadium.

How to live stream NRL grand final 2021 in Australia

The only place to catch this year’s grand final live is on Channel 9.

As the Nine Network has broadcast rights to the NRL grand final, you’ll also be able to stream the game live or on demand on Channel 9’s catch-up app, 9Now. This platform is available on a web browser, and has apps for both Android and iOS.

The grand final decider won’t be available on Fox Footy or Kayo until after the match is finished, where it’ll be aired as a replay.

How to watch the NRL Grand Final via 7plus?

The 2021 NRL Grand Final can be watched on 7plus, but not via desktop, mobile phone or tablet.

The following devices can be used with 7plus to watch the game:

  • Telstra TV
  • Samsung Tizen (2016 or later)
  • Fetch TV
  • Apple TV
  • Playstation 4 and 5
  • Android TV/Google TV (but only on Smart TV’s or with a Set Top Box)
  • LG TV

Can I use a Chromecast to watch the NRL Grand Final?

No, you cannot use a Chromecast or similar product to cast the NRL Grand Final to a television or a device.

WILL FANS BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND THE 2021 NRL GRAND FINAL?

Assuming nothing changes in regards to COVID up north, expect to see 75 per cent capacity at the NRL Grand Final this year, after a late change by the Queensland Government.

Tickets initially sold out for the event, with the NRL set to inform a quarter of those people they will not be able to attend in a ‘last in, first out’ policy.

WHERE CAN YOU BUY 2021 NRL GRAND FINAL TICKETS?

Tickets for the 2021 NRL Grand Final are being sold via NRL.com

The NRL announced a reduction in capacity to 75 per-cent, which means there are likely no tickets left available.

WHO WILL PERFORM PRE-GAME ENTERTAINMENT AT 2021 NRL GRAND FINAL?

The NRL has confirmed the entertainment lineup for Sunday’s historic grand final, with Kate Miller-Heidke and The Stafford Brothers among those set to perform.

Ian Moss of Cold Chisel fame will also feature in the offering at the first-ever grand final played outside of New South Wales.

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