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2020 NRL TV guide: How to watch every NRL game on television this season

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For all the information you need to watch each and every rugby league game in the NRL, look no further than The Roar’s complete NRL TV guide for the 2020 season.


Each and every 2020 NRL Finals match will be shown live across the country on both Foxtel and the Nine Network. For the season’s deciding match, viewers will have no choice but to set their TVs to Channel Nine, as Fox Sports do not have the rights to the grand final. The same goes for State of Origin, which is shown exclusively by Nine.

The 2020 NRL season ran over the course of 20 home-and-away rounds and four weeks of finals, with this year’s grand final to be played on Sunday, October 25.

The NRL signed a $1.8 billion TV deal that came into effect in 2016, but has incurred some changes since then.

Channel Nine present the Thursday Night, second Friday night and Sunday afternoon game on free-to-air TV each round, while Fox Sports will have coverage of each and every game, simulcasting the three already mentioned with Nine.

The following table gives a basic outline of what games each week are available on each network.

Match Game Time (AEDT/AEST) Broadcaster(s)
1 Thursday night (7:50pm) Nine, Fox League
2 Friday evening (6pm) Fox League
3 Friday night (7:55pm) Nine, Fox League
4 Saturday afternoon (3pm) Fox League
5 Saturday evening (5:30pm) Fox League
6 Saturday night (7:35pm) Fox League
7 Sunday afternoon (4:05pm) Nine, Fox League
8 Sunday night (6:10pm) Fox League

For a detailed, game-by-game broadcast guide, has you covered.


While viewers in New South Wales and Queensland get the full range of NRL coverage from Nine and Fox, fans in other states aren’t always so lucky.

People in Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia also get the full coverage, but the free-to-air coverage is shown is on GEM, rather than Channel Nine.

If you live in South Australia, you get a bit of a raw deal from Channel Nine. Originally, all three games, including the Sunday afternoon fixture, were delayed until midnight or the early hours of the following day. Thanks to the NRL, though, they are now showing the Sunday afternoon match live into the state.

Live streaming

If you’re without a TV, don’t fret – you can still catch all of the action from the season as it happens. A digital subscription to either Kayo Sports or Foxtel GO will get you access to each game of the season, with the exceptions of the State of Origin series and the Grand Final.

Another option is the NRL’s Digital Pass, from which you’ll be able watch every game live. If you’re a Telstra customer, you may even be able to grab a pass for free.

Channel Nine will also be streaming the three matches they show on TV via 9Now for free.

For more information, check out our NRL live streaming guide.


International coverage
If you’re overseas, you can live stream all games in one place: Watch NRL. Watch NRL is a service for people outside of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands that lets you watch every match of the NRL season live.

As far as international TV is concerned, the NRL has a range of broadcast partners all over the world, from the USA, to the Middle East, to Africa and everywhere in between. For specific information about each international region, visit

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