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State of Origin live stream: How to watch NSW Blues vs QLD Maroons Game 1, 2018 online and on TV

Boyd Cordner of the NSW Blues. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)
6th June, 2018
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Want to get access to a State of Origin live stream? You’ve come to the right place. This is The Roar‘s guide to streaming Game 1 of the 2018 series between New South Wales and Queensland and watching it on TV.

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Kick-off for Game 1 is scheduled for 8pm (AEST) on Wednesday, June 6 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Victoria. The actual start time of the series opener is likely to be closer to 8:15pm (AEST) due to advertising and pre-match entertainment.

How to watch the match on TV

The match, as has been the case with Origin for decades, will be available exclusively on the Nine Network.

Their coverage will start more than an hour before kick-off at 7pm (AEST) and is available in high definition on Channel 90 and standard definition on Channel 91. For those watching through a Foxtel service, the channel numbers are 209 and 100 respectively.

Note that in Perth and Adelaide, the preview will not begin until approximately half an hour before kick-off.

Nine’s coverage will finish after a whopping hour-long post-match show, meaning their broadcast will wrap up at 11:10pm.

How to live stream the match online


In a change from years gone by, Origin will only be available to live stream online in one spot this year. While the NRL season is available on Fox Sports and the NRL Digital Pass, the State of Origin series and NRL grand final will only be available online by using Channel 9’s dedicated streaming application.

Known as 9Now, both for the website and application, the match will be streamed live from five different camera angles, giving viewers the option to have multiple views of the game.

The application can be downloaded from the Google Play and Apple Store and both the apps and website are free to use. You will, however, need to create a login to use the service.

If you’d like to watch the match from overseas, then you’ll be best to head to Fox’s Watch NRL service, which allows you to watch Australia’s rugby league action for a subscription fee.

Here at The Roar, we will have you covered from whistle to siren with a live blog and highlights of all the big moments, plus the best analysis, expert opinion and wash-up of the game.