After a difficult season in 2020, the NRL is back and bigger than ever. It’s our 20th year partnering with the NRL, and there are new ways to watch your favourite teams at home with us.
This year’s NRL season will feature a full 25 rounds after the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted last year’s schedule. Kicking off on Thursday, March 11, we’ll see matches played away and at home, including in New Zealand.
Unlike other codes, the NRL has laid out its entire season as part of the draw, with eight games a week to keep you locked to the box.
We even get a three-match State of Origin series for 2021, which is set to be another nail biter. The season builds to a thrilling crescendo on October 3, with the grand final.
20 years on, and closer to the action than ever
We’ve been partners with the NRL for 20 years now. That’s 20 years of thrilling moments that have unfolded before our eyes. Moments that make NRL simply the best.
The NRL was first telecast in 1961 between Balmain and Norths. Half a match was televised each weekend as a trial. Since then, we’ve watched sports broadcasting and technology take a quantum leap.
Games are now broadcast in glorious high definition, with technology injected all over the field to bring you the action from every angle.
Our partnership with the NRL has also introduced new technology to the game, including the Telstra Tracker. The Telstra Tracker combines technology and sport to bring fans closer to the game with live player insights. It tracks including player speed, intensity and ground coverage.
The evolution of technology gives every viewer the best seat in the house when it comes to the 2021 NRL season. And we’ve got new and exciting ways to watch the games in store, too.
How to watch NRL games live in 2021
Earlier in the year, we announced that we’d be changing the way you enjoy NRL games with us.
Through an exclusive offer with Kayo, eligible Telstra customers who’ve previously used NRL Live Pass can receive $20/month off Kayo’s Basic subscription for 12 months, meaning they can enjoy the footy – and about 50 other domestic and international sports – from their mobile device and almost any screen in their home for just $5/month.
If you’re a Telstra consumer customer, but haven’t watched AFL or NRL games on our apps before, we’re also offering $10/month off Kayo for you to get into the footy craze.
Kayo also takes sports streaming to another level offering multiple sports on multiple screens at once. With features like SplitView on selected devices, you can watch up to four events at once so you don’t miss a minute, even when scheduling conflicts happen for those big games.
The NRL Official App, powered by Telstra, remains the digital home of all the other features NRL fans know and love, including the latest news, full match replays, live scores, stats, highlights and more.
Getting you to the game with Telstra Plus
The new fixture puts home teams back in front of home crowds once again. In some instances, for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
Getting into the action on your couch is good, but nothing comes close to being in the stands with fellow fans to cheer on your favourite team.
Our loyalty program, Telstra Plus, gets you access to discounts on tickets for NRL games, and a range of other benefits. You can sign up on our website.
We’re also working hard with our partners at the AFL to bring the live sporting experience of the future to places like Marvel Stadium and the MCG.
We can’t wait for the first whistle of the season to sound, as we kick off another awesome year of footy.
Things you need to know
Redeem by 31 May 2021. Must sign up via Telstra. Cancel anytime, roll onto standard fees after 12 months. To be eligible, customers must have redeemed a Telstra NRL Live Pass service prior to 22 Dec 2020 and maintain that active Telstra service used to redeem it.