NSW’s State of Origin victory has led to dominance in a Kangaroos merit team picked by Australian selectors from performances in the interstate series.
Tonga will play their first official Test match against the Australian Kangaroos in Auckland this weekend. This is The Roar‘s guide to streaming the match online and watching it on TV.
Set to be played at Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium in front of a sell out crowd, kick-off is scheduled for 5:45pm (AEDT) on Saturday, October 20.
The Australians come into this Test having lost to New Zealand last week. In what could only be described as a transformative era for the team, they have plenty of new faces floating around after the retirements of Billy Slater, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith from the representative scene, as well as the suspension of Cooper Cronk.
Tonga play every match like it means more than any match they will ever play, so this will be fierce, ferocious and one of the most highly-anticipated Tests in some time.
This match will be broadcast into Australia on both free-to-air TV and pay TV.
Foxtel, through a dedicated 24/7 rugby league channel known as Fox League, will broadcast the match, as they have done with most throughout the NRL season.
Their coverage is available in both high definition (Channel 256) and standard definition (channel 502) and will commence from 5pm (AEDT) without ad breaks once the game starts.
To watch the coverage on Fox Sports, you will need a valid Foxtel TV subscription.
The free-to-air alternative will be to watch the match through 9Gem, which can be found on Channel 93 (192 on Foxtel) from 5:30pm (AEDT).
Given it’s just about the only sport on during the period between 5 and 7pm on Saturday evening, you can just about guarantee you’ll find the match on at your local pub as well if you can’t get to a TV.
If you are looking to stream the match online, there will also be a couple of options available for you.
The first of those is to tune in through either of the Foxtel applications. If you already have valid login details for a TV account, then the Foxtel App will be free for you to use and download.
If not, you’ll be looking to use Foxtel Now, with packages starting from $39 per month including sports.
Otherwise, you can stream the coverage off Channel 9 by using 9Now.
The Roar will also cover the match live with scores, a minute-by-minute blog and highlights so you won’t miss a moment of the action.