How To Watch State Of Origin 2018 Online And Free [Updated]

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The second game of State of Origin 2018 will take place in front of thousands of Blues supporters this Sunday (June 24). Will NSW make it 2-0 and clinch the series? Or will the mighty Maroons pull off an upset in front of a Sydney home crowd? Here's everything you need to know about viewing Game 1 — whether you're planning to watch live, at the pub, on TV or on the internet.

State Of Origin 2018: Watch The Live Stream Here!

Below is everything you need to know about watching this year's State Of Origin - including streaming tips, where to buy tickets and the players on each team.

When is the State Of Origin on?

The second game in the series kicks off at ANZ Stadium on Jume 24, 7:40pm (AEST).

How to watch State Of Origin on free-to-air TV

The State Of Origin series will be broadcast live on Channel Nine. The actual kick-off is scheduled for around 7.40pm with coverage beginning at 7:30pm.

How to watch State Of Origin online

Previously, the easiest way to watch State Of Origin online was to purchase an NRL Live Pass from Telstra for $3.99. However, this year's pass does not include live streaming of State of Origin. Boo!

The good news is that Nine's free 9Now web app will be providing a live stream of all three State Of Origin games. Hurrah!

Nine will offer a total of five separate streams that viewers can swap between. These range from a spider cam to a 'player cam' focused on one team only. Naturally, you can also stick to Main coverage if you prefer.

Click here to bookmark the live feed. If you're watching on a phone or tablet, you can also get the mobile-optimized version for iOS and Android.

Alternatively, you can sign up to the official WatchNRL app with a VPN. This provides live coverage to "overseas" users - although with prices starting at $19 for one week, you need to be a fan of the NRL to make it worthwhile.

How to watch State Of Origin on Foxtel

Fox Sports won't be showing the match live, although you can watch 9HD's coverage through the service if you want. Repeats of the game will be broadcast on Foxtel Sport throughout the week.

How to watch State Of Origin in the flesh

2018 State Of Origin series tickets can be purchased through Ticketek. Game 2 is being held at at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. There is a limit of six tickets per customer. Available prices start at $88.

How to watch State Of Origin at the pub

If you want to enjoy the atmosphere of a live crowd without paying for stadium seating, a local sports pub is a pretty good bet. Here is a list of venues that will be showing the live broadcast on big screen TVs. (Type in your postcode to find the closest venue to your location.)

How To Watch State Of Origin If You're Stuck Overseas

Unfortunately, the aforementioned 9Now app is region locked and won't be accessible for users that are not located in Australia. Your best bet is to sign up for a virtual private network (VPN) which will hide the location of your computer and mobile devices.

If you can't be arsed getting a VPN, the aforementioned WatchNRL app is probably your best bet. Alternatively, do some googling to find a sports bar equipped with satellite TV and inquire whether they will be showing the match live. Good luck!

State of Origin teams: NSW lineup

NSW has made minimal changes to its squad for Origin 2 (surprise, surprise.) It's a team dominated by State Of Origin first timers, which seems to be working out rather well. Here's the lineup for Game 2:

  1. James Tedesco
  2. Tom Trbojevic
  3. Latrell Mitchell
  4. James Roberts
  5. Josh Addo-Carr
  6. Nathan Cleary
  7. James Maloney
  8. David Klemmer
  9. Damien Cook
  10. Matt Prior
  11. Boyd Cordner
  12. Tyson Frizell
  13. Jack de Belin

    Interchange:

  14. Paul Vaughan
  15. Jake Trbojevic
  16. Angus Crichton
  17. Tyrone Peachey

State of Origin teams: Queensland lineup

As you'd expect, Queensland has made a few changes to its lineup following its Game 1 defeat, with 20-year-old Kalyn Ponga set to make his Origin debut. Here is Sunday's lineup:

  1. Jai Arrow
  2. Will Chambers
  3. Gavin Cooper
  4. Dane Gagai
  5. Tim Glasby
  6. Coen Hess
  7. Valentine Holmes
  8. Ben Hunt
  9. Greg Inglis
  10. Felise Kaufusi
  11. Andrew Mccullough
  12. Josh Mcguire
  13. Cameron Munster

    Interchange

  14. Dylan Napa
  15. Josh Papalii
  16. Kalyn Ponga
  17. Billy Slater
  18. Jarrod Wallace

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Comments

    Alternatively, you can sign up to Foxtel's WatchNRL app which does provide live coverage - although with prices starting at $19 for one week, you'd need to be a really big fan of Foxtel's commentary.
    @chrisjager You've got this all wrong. WatchNRL is for people overseas. I doesn't actually work in Australia. I know, because I pay to use it from the US, and was locked out when I visited Sydney recently! So you need to remove it from this section, and actually add it under the How To Watch State Of Origin If You're Stuck Overseas instead. And in terms of watching it free, I believe there's a free trial period of 1 or 2 weeks (there was when I signed up). Check it out, but it may be long enough to watch 2 of the 3 matches for free?

      I should have explained you need a VPN - have now cleaned this up. Thanks!

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