It's hard to believe but another footy season is almost behind us. (Where did the year go?) On Sunday October 6, the Sydney Roosters will take on the Canberra Raiders to decide the 2019 NRL Premiership. Here's your complete guide to viewing the NRL Final — whether you're planning to watch on TV, online, down the pub or in the stadium!
Below is everything you need to know about watching this year's NRL Grand Final, including streaming tips and where to buy tickets.
Where is the 2019 NRL Grand Final?
The NRL Grand Final will be taking place at Sydney's ANZ Stadium.
NRL Finals start times
The NRL Grand Final will start at 7.20pm on October 6. The NRL State Championship (between Newtown Jets and Burleigh Bears) and the NRL Women's Premiership Grand Final (between the Broncos and Dragons) will take place on the same day. Those matches begin at 1:35pm and 4:05pm, respectively.
How to watch the 2019 NRL Final on free-to-air TV
The NRL Final series will be broadcast live on Channel Nine. Coverage begins at 6:30pm AEDT. Note that some states and territories will be showing the match on Nine's secondary channel, 9Gem.
How to watch the 2019 NRL Final online
The easiest way to watch NRL Final online is via the free 9Now app. Previously, NRL finals were available on the NRL Live Pass from Telstra but since 2018 Channel 9 has held the exclusive broadcast and digital rights. The app is compatible with most Android, iOS, Mac and Windows devices.
How to watch the 2019 NRL Final on Foxtel
Fox Sports won't be showing the match live. Instead, it will be broadcast at 9:30pm. It will be re-broadcast on Monday and multiple times throughout the week.
How to get 2019 NRL Final tickets
2019 NRL Grand Final series tickets can be purchased through Ticketek. Available prices (at the time of writing) start at $50.
How to watch NRL Final 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 pubs 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 NRL Final 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.
Alternatively, do some googling to find a sports bar equipped with satellite TV and enquire whether they will be showing the match live. Good luck!