Earlier today the Ashes kicked off - arguably Australia's biggest sporting rivalry with England. But it's not the only world sport that the two nations do battle in today. No! There's also the Rugby League World Cup Final.
Australia have coasted through the tournament, whereas England were lucky to escape Tonga in their semi-final last weekend. It all comes down to just one more match tonight. Here's where you can watch the World Cup Final live, online and free.
The Rugby League World Cup is a bit of a curious beast, playing with its format and amount of competitors up until the most recent World Cup back in 2013. Now, the tournament is scheduled to be played every four years, with the next tournament scheduled for 2021.
This year, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea hosted 14 nations as they competed to become the world champions. That tournament saw Australia take the title - their tenth - over New Zealand in a one-side Final. The Aussies have coasted through this year's tournament and when they faced England in their opening match they handled them with ease. They will go in hot favourites.
Where Is The Rugby League World Cup Final Played?
The final match of the 2017 tournament will be played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland. The stadium can hold 52,500 people and previously hosted the Rugby League World Cup Final in 2008. Australia lost to New Zealand in that match, so that'd make our friends across the ditch very happy.
When Is The Rugby League World Cup Final?
The Rugby League World Cup Final takes place tonight, December 2, at 7pm AEST.
Here’s that time for all Australian capital cities:
- Perth, WA: 5pm
- Darwin, NT: 6:30pm
- Brisbane, QLD: 7pm
- Adelaide, SA: 7:30pm
- Sydney, NSW: 8pm
- Canberra, ACT: 8pm
- Melbourne, VIC: 8pm
- Hobart, TAS: 8pm
However, so far we've only been banging on about the Men's Final, when the Women's Final is also taking place today. That game will also be played at Suncorp and features the Australian Jillaroos taking on the Kiwi Ferns. The game starts at 3:45pm AEST. Here's that time for all Australian capital cities:
- Perth, WA: 1:45pm
- Darwin, NT: 3:15pm
- Brisbane, QLD: 3:45pm
- Adelaide, SA: 4:15pm
- Sydney, NSW: 4:45pm
- Canberra, ACT: 4:45pm
- Melbourne, VIC: 4:45pm
- Hobart, TAS: 4:45pm
How Can I Watch The Rugby League World Cup Final 2017?
Channel 7 won the rights to broadcast the 2017 World Cup so all matches have been broadcast on the channel. The Final will be broadcast on Free to Air TV on Channel 7, Prime7 and Channel 7 HD in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane. It will be broadcast on 7Mate in Adelaide and Perth and on SCTV in Hobart and Darwin.
However, Australians without access to a TV will should be able to access the match through Channel 7's PLUS7 website or their app - available to iOS users and Android users. You can set your location as necessary with the simple click of a button.
Watching from abroad? 7Plus will be geoblocked, meaning you can't access it. Luckily, you can always counteract that by using a VPN and setting your region to somewhere within Australia. If you need help setting up and using a VPN - we've got you covered. This article will have you up and running in no time.
If you're looking for the Women's Final and you want to watch live, you will need to switch on to 7Mate at the times listed above. The replay will be broadcast following the Men's Final.
If you've stumbled across this post from somewhere else in the world? Here's the broadcast guide and who will be providing the Final for you.
The Reddit rugby league community is another place to start looking for streams. They haven't quite got the same amount of users as some of the more global world sports, but there may be links posted to the subreddit as the final kicks off. A good last resort. There's a chance that the Australian NRL subreddit may also be helpful.
It's a pretty big Saturday for Australia vs England sports - you can flick between the World Cup and the Ashes with out handy guide below!
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