The 2023 NRL Premiership is the longest season ever. It comes off a slightly shorter off-season for representative players who took part in the Rugby League World Cup. The NRL 2023 season starts on 2 March and then 27 rounds and a finals series later, it culminates with the grand final on 1 October. Teams will play 24 matches and each team will also receive 3 byes throughout the regular season.
In 2023 there will also be the debut of a fourth Queensland-based team, the Dolphins. It now takes the total number of teams in the NRL to 17 and is the first time the NRL has added a team since the Gold Coast Titans in 2007.
The Penrith Panthers are the reigning NRL premiers in 2023.
How to watch the 2023 NRL season live stream online?
There are two ways to watch the NRL in 2023.
You can watch selected matches on free-to-air TV on the Nine Network or via its streaming service 9Now.
Or you can watch every game up until the grand final live and ad-break free on Fox League, which means you’ll need a subscription to either Foxtel Now, Foxtel iQ, or Kayo Sports.
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Watch the 2023 NRL season on free-to-air TV
You can watch selected NRL matches in 2023 live and free on the Nine Network and via its streaming service 9Now, but it will be screening ads throughout the game.
The Nine Network will only broadcast 3 matches per round at the start of the season, which will increase to 4 per week as it gets closer to the finals.
This means if you’re a casual NRL fan, you might be able to avoid shelling out for a streaming service. But the Nine Network’s coverage tends to favor recent success and general popularity. So if your team has been sitting on the bottom of the ladder for years, you’ll have to look beyond free-to-air to catch a good number of games.
The Nine Network broadcasts every game of the finals series and has exclusive rights to the grand final and State of Origin series. It is also able to stream the games it shows on replay via 9Now.
Live stream the 2023 NRL season with Kayo Sports
Kayo will allow you to stream every game of the NRL season prior to the grand final. A 7-day free trial is available for new customers.
Once your free trial is up, subscriptions to Kayo start with a $25 a month Kayo One package, which allows viewing on only 1 device at a time. Get a $30 a month Basic subscription to watch on 2 screens at the same time or pay $35 a month to enjoy 3 simultaneous streams with the Premium option. Kayo Sports is available on PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, Telstra TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PS4, PS5, and select smart TVs including Hisense, LG, and Samsung.
Kayo Sports has some rather excellent sport-specific viewing features. These include SplitView (4 sports at once on the same screen), Interactive Stats, No Spoilers (hide scores mode), Key Moments (a timeline of important events in a game you can jump to), and picture-in-picture mode.
It includes over 50 sports live and on-demand, plus all the supplementary programming such as chat shows and news. Notably, everything from the Fox League channel is available to watch on replay, live, or in highlights packages.
Watch the 2023 NRL season on Foxtel Now
League fans can stream the 2023 NRL season on Fox League via Foxtel Now. It will show every game of every round live, plus every game of the finals series before the grand final live. There is a 10-day free trial for new users.
To get Fox League on Foxtel Now, you will need the Sport pack as well as the base Essentials pack to access sports content. Consequently, you will pay a minimum of $54 a month to watch NRL. This might seem expensive, but you do get access to entertainment content and not just sports.
Foxtel Now is available on PCs and Macs, mobile devices, Chromecast and AirPlay, PS4, Telstra TV, and the Foxtel Now box.
Instead of streaming via Foxtel Now, you could watch the NRL with a set-top box on Foxtel iQ. It will also show every NRL game like Foxtel Now, but it is a more expensive option, with no free trial. To watch the NRL on Fox League you will need the Sports HD and Foxtel Plus packs, for a combined cost of $74 a month. Again you also get access to entertainment content as well as sport, plus you can watch some content in 4K where available.
Watch the 2023 NRL season from outside Australia
If you’re overseas, you can still stream the NRL season live or on-demand with Watch NRL. The platform is only available outside of Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. It comes with 3 subscription options, starting with a weekly pass that costs $20. You can subscribe monthly for $39 or if you’re going to be overseas for the entire NRL season, you can get an annual subscription for $199.
NRL grand final 2023 details
The 2023 NRL grand final is scheduled for Sunday 1 October and will return to Sydney Olympic Park at Accor Stadium. The only way to watch the big game live is on the Nine Network. You can also live stream the game on 9Now. It is then replayed on Foxtel and Kayo Sports with the Fox Sports commentary team.
When is the State of Origin in 2023?
For the first time in 6 years, the 3 State of Origin games will all be played on a Wednesday night in 2023. The first match is on 31 May at the Adelaide Oval, where the State of Origin was last played in 2020. Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium hosts game 2 on 21 June, with game 3 at Sydney’s Accor Stadium on 12 July.