NRL Grand Final 2021: When and Where You Can Watch Live and Free. What time does the Grand Final start? How to watch the 2021 NRL Grand Final in Australia and overseas? Where to watch NRL Grand Final 2021: Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs
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The 2021 NRL Grand Final between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs is nearly here and it will once again be one of the most watched sporting events in Australia.
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Fans in Australia and worldwide will be looking to watch the match at Optus Stadium in Perth, which starts on Sunday, October 3rd at 7.30pm (AEST).
WHAT TIME DOES THE GRAND FINAL START?
The 2021 NRL Grand Final starts at 7:15pm AEST (5:15pm AWST) on Sunday, October 3rd, and will be played at Suncorp Stadium.
It will be the first NRL Grand Final played in Western Australia, and the second-ever played outside of Victoria, after 2020’s flag decider was played at The Gabba in Brisbane.
Victoria will still have a Grand Final public holiday on Friday September 24, the day before the game is played.
The pre-game entertainment starts at 6:15pm AEST (4:15pm AWST).
HOW CAN I WATCH THE NRL GRAND FINAL?
The 2021 NRL Grand Final will be broadcast live on Seven and Nine Network (on certain platforms only), and you can stream it on Kayo after the game.
The Grand Final can only be streamed on Nine Network on Apple TV, Telstra TV, Fetch TV, Samsung Tizen, LG 2017 & above TVs with the native app, Android TV and PlayStation 4 and 5. You cannot watch it on mobile devices.
Otherwise to watch it live on TV you will need free-to-air channels, or even a simple antenna plugged into the coaxial input on your TV.
Fox Footy will have a massive line-up of live pre-game, half-time and post-game coverage with full analysis from the best team in the business.
If you’re outside of Australia, you can watch the Grand Final as well as Fox Footy coverage and TV shows on WatchAFL.
How to watch the NRL Grand Final on free-to-air in Australia?
The 2021 NRL Grand Final will be broadcast live on free-to-air television via both Nine Network.
The match will also be available to watched via the Nine Network app, but only on certain platforms.
How to watch the NRL Grand Final via Nine Network?
The 2021 NRL Grand Final can be watched on Nine Network, but not via desktop, mobile phone or tablet.
The following devices can be used with Nine Network to watch the game:
Samsung Tizen (2016 or later)
Playstation 4 and 5
Android TV/Google TV (but only on Smart TV’s or with a Set Top Box)
Can I use a Chromecast to watch the NRL Grand Final?
No, you cannot use a Chromecast or similar product to cast the NRL Grand Final to a television or a device.
How to watch the NRL Grand Final if you are overseas and NOT in Australia?
The NRL has a streaming service Watch NRL that will broadcast the Grand Final live to the most popular devices, but only if you are based outside of Australia.
There is a special subscription price of AU$40 to stream the Grand Final, with a standard 12-month subscription usually costing AU$200.
Watch NRL can be used on phones, tablets, desktop and is also capable with Chromecast, Airplay or Apple TV app.
Where to watch the 2021 NRL Grand Final in New Zealand
The 2021 NRL Grand Final will see the Panthers and Rabbitohs clash in epic decider: NRL Grand Final Ultimate Guide this Sunday the 3rd of October kicking off at 9.15 pm (NZT). Information can be found below of venues around the country that will be showing the game live. Please remember to adhere to all Covid-19 restrictions.
Sky Sport will also be broadcasting the Grand Final LIVE with coverage beginning at 8.15 pm (NZT). For those without Sky, you can purchase a Grand Final pass from Watch NRL.
While Australia is presently in something of a *state* and we’re currently navigating COVID-19 outbreaks, lockdowns, widespread uncertainty and a messy vaccine rollout, we can confirm that the footy final between Melbourne Football Club and the Western Bulldogs is set to go ahead. So, y’know, at least we have that.
Here’s what you need to know to bring you up to speed on the 2021 NRL Grand Final.
When is the NRL Grand Final 2021?
The 2021 Grand Final is slated for Sunday, 3rd of October at 7:15 pm.
Initially, the match was set to be played at Victoria’s MCG Stadium, however, it was confirmed on Tuesday, August 31 that this would not go ahead for 2021.
CEO Gillon McLachlan shared the NRL Grand Final would be played at Optus Stadium in Perth this year.
How can I watch it live, online, and free?
Thankfully for all, the Grand Final is always exclusively shown on free-to-air television so everyone can tune in without paying a cent.
The grand final will be aired free on Channel Seven or Nine Network.
If you end up being busy that day (or forget) but still want to catch the big game, streaming service Kayo will have it available for re-runs. The sports streaming service also has a selection of NRL content available to watch free of cost on Kayo Freebies.
And for those Aussies who are currently abroad, there is the option of a WatchAFL Finals Pass. As described on the website, Watch NRL offers “LIVE-streams and on-demand replays of the Australian Football League to fans around the world”.
A Finals Pass will give you access to every remaining match of the 2021 Toyota NRL Premiership Season, including the Finals Series and Grand Final for $85.
What if I’m heading to the event IRL?
For the lucky folks in Perth attending the event in the flesh, it’s worth noting that public transport to the game is free for ticket holders. TransPerth has shared details on that here.
As the ABC shares, pre-game entertainment kicks off at about 4:15 pm and will feature the likes of John Butler, Eskimo Joe and Baker Boy.
The 2021 NRL Grand Final will make history with a brand new host city for the showdown between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs on Saturday.
The biggest occasion in Australian football will kick-off at 7.15pm (AEST) and can be watched on Channel 7 and 7HD from 2pm.
Watch Fox Footy’s massive line-up of Grand Final week coverage on Kayo including live pre-game, half-time and post-game coverage with full analysis from the best team in the business.
With the match being played at Perth’s Optus Stadium for the first time, the first bounce will happen during the twilights hours of 5.15pm local time.
Fox Footy is also running a blockbuster day of football beginning from 2pm through to 11.15pm. You can also watch a replay of the grand final on Fox Footy from 11.15.
The official pre-match festivities begin from 6.15pm, including the pre-match entertainment and the performance of the Welcome to Country and national anthem.
The NRL last week announced the line-up for the match day entertainment, including a half time performance from Perth-based alternative rock group Birds of Tokyo alongside the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
This year’s pre-match entertainment is loaded with West Australian talent, including John Butler, Eskimo Joe, Abbe May, indie phenom Stella Donnelly, Men at Work’s Colin Hay and Young Australian of the Year Baker Boy.
The Waifs’ Donna Simpson and Vikki Thorn and Indigenous duo Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse will also feature.
The Demons are hoping to snap a record 57-year premiership drought while the Bulldogs are hoping to replicate their fairytale 2016 run to the premiership from outside the top four.
How to watch 2021 NRL grand final
The grand final is live and exclusive to Channel 7 right across Australia. Then right after the full-time siren, you can watch a full replay on Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now or Kayo Sports.
If you are a Foxtel customer, you are all set. If not, we recommend Kayo Sports, which has a 14-day free trial for new customers. You can also access a 10-day free trial for Foxtel Now.
We have a full guide to watching the NRL season here. Kayo Sports is our pick of the bunch, it allows you to get Fox Sports without committing to Foxtel.
Can I stream the NRL grand final on Nine Network?
Yes. The game will be available on Nine Network for select connected TV, set-top box and gaming console devices. These are Telstra TV, Samsung Tizen (2016 and later), Fetch TV, Apple TV, PlayStation 4 and 5, some Android TVs, Google TV and LG TV.
It’s worth noting, Nine Network is not available on Chromecast or AirPlay. You also can’t watch a replay on Nine Network, for that you need Kayo or Foxtel.
Stream Panthers vs Rabbitohs on Kayo Sports
You can watch Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs on delay for no cost using Kayo’s 14-day free trial for new users. After the trial period, a Basic subscription is $25 a month to watch on 2 screens or $35 a month for a third screen. You can check it all out in our Kayo Sports review.
Kayo also has a wide range of special features to add to your viewing experience. SplitView lets you watch up to 4 sports at once on the same screen. Other features include Interactive Stats, No Spoilers, Key Moments and more.
In total Kayo broadcasts more than 50 sports. That includes NRL finals, UFC, Formula 1, V8 Supercars and much more. Kayo is compatible with Macs and PCs, plus iOS and Android devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV, Sony Bravia TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later).
Who is performing at the NRL grand final?
For the second straight year, organizers are focusing on Australian acts for the decider. Birds of Tokyo are the headline act and will perform alongside the West Australian Symphony Orchestra at halftime.
During the pre-match entertainment, Eskimo Joe, John Butler, Abbe May and Stella Donnelly will be among the performers. In true 2021 style, Up there Cazaly and One day in September crooner Mike Brady will be part of the festivities remotely from Melbourne.