NRL on Nine


How can i watch the coverage of the match in HD?


Only on FOX I guess.

It’s similar for us in the NRL states whereby AFL is usually a blocky mess on 7mate SD only.


And 9Gem Perth will go straight to Antiques Roadshow (as repeat). Sorry Nine, that’s a joke


On 9Now?


Something interesting, which some here may not have realised, for NRL on 9Gem markets, when it comes to Thursday and Friday nights, they schedule to finish at 9:45pm on both nights?

When surely there’s post game show in Sydney and Brisbane, aren’t they even some of the new shows announced? Running until much later in the night.

Pic example taken from TV week regional Victoria for March 15:


Viewers in Brisbane who want to watch the start of the games will have watch on 9Gem until 7pm when it switches to the main channel. Nine must think the NRL will rate less than the second half o the news.


I notice Peter Psaltis listed as commentator for NSW Cup instead of the Qld Cup, and Ray Hadley not mentioned anywhere. I wonder if (and hope) this is considered a ‘promotion’ and he might do some NRL games in Ray’s place.


Not sure why I bothered…


Why can’t 9now air the Thursday Night, Friday Night and State of Origin Post Matches ro the AFL Heartlands?


Who says they won’t? Nine obviously think movies will rate higher than the post match for the 9Gem terrestrial broadcast channel.


Channel Nine games never kick off on time (although they’ve gotten a bit better of recent years, they used to kick off 15-20 minutes late), they’ll delay it until after the News is over regardless of what the official kick off time is.


According to The Sunday Telegraph, Nine held its NRL season launch on midweek but Ray Warren was a last minute withdrawal due to family reasons. The article notes this year’s commentary team will have a smart casual dress code to appeal to a younger audience. Let’s see if it convince viewers to watch Nine’s coverage on Thursday and Friday nights instead of Fox League’s.


a dress code does nothing at all IMO. Secondly, why on Earth would they watch Nine’s coverage if they have already got Foxtel/Kayo.


The article also says Ray Warren will only call about a dozen games this year including Origin and Grand Final (there’s 4 games there!). It says Sterlo will commentate 1 game a week and Joey 3.


I much prefer 9’s commentary over getting stuck putting up with Roach/Ennis/Anasta on Fox. The ad breaks aren’t a deal breaker. I appreciate others may not agree.


I’d be surprised if he goes to Perth to call the Origin match there.

He has driven to Brisbane (and presumably) Melbourne for Origin games there in the past.


An Indian pacific train might suit Ray, however it will take him longer to get to the destination.


He does fly occasionally to games (there was a game at Robina for example that he flew to) but he tries to spend minimum time on the plane as possible. Otherwise he’d not have gotten calling gigs when he did swimming at Kuala Lumpur (98 Commonwealth Games), Fukuoka (2001 world championship, did a story for the footy show squeezing into one of those fastskin swimsuits worn in that era) or London (2012 Olympics). Besides this is the stand alone origin this year so driving and missing games shouldn’t be a problem.

As for Hadley, he’ll probably be too busy interviewing politicians and with his other radio commitments to worry about calling TV games.


Round 1

After a spectacular 2018 season which delivered the closest finals race in NRL history, rugby league is back on Nine with the biggest year of coverage yet.

With more live programming across Nine and 9Now, footy fans around the country will get more of the action they love, along with the best expert analysis and opinions from the top commentary lineup in Australian sport.

In the first game of the season tonight at 7.30pm AEDT on Macca’s Thursday Night Footy , last year’s grand finalists, the Melbourne Storm, take on a young Brisbane Broncos side packed with exciting talent. It’s a new era for Melbourne, with captain Cameron Smith leading a side without Billy Slater, who will be watching from the Nine commentary desk after hanging up his boots in 2018.

But the Storm are still blessed with one of the best backlines in the competition, highlighted by representative stars such as Will Chambers, Josh Addo-Carr and Cameron Munster. They will meet a Broncos outfit full of raw confidence in young guns Jamayne Isaako, David Fifita and Thomas Flegler, under new coach Anthony Seibold.

On Friday Night Footy at 7.30pm AEDT, the volcanic rivalry between the defending premiers, the Roosters, and the Rabbitohs erupts when NRL returns to the Sydney Cricket Ground, one of the great homes of rugby league. There are tantalising match-ups in the backs and the forwards, none more anticipated than Souths’ Greg Inglis versus the Roosters’ Latrell Mitchell in the centres. Will GI’s positional change prove to be a masterstroke from the master coach, Wayne Bennett, who has replaced Seibold at the Rabbitohs?

The Roosters will also be playing Origin star Angus Crichton off the bench in his first game against his former club.

Following both games, two new NRL programs, Macca’s Golden Point and Friday Night Knock Off , will debut respectively, offering unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to players and coaches around the grounds each week. The new members of Nine’s commentary lineup, former champions Johnathan Thurston, Billy Slater and Sam Thaiday, will add their opinions and insights to both shows, breaking down key moments in the games.

With eight straight hours of NRL and sporting content every Sunday, 2019 is going to be a big year for sports fans, starting with Sports Sunday at 10.00am AEDT, which is followed by the returning Sunday Footy Show .

Chemist Warehouse Sunday Kick Off makes its debut at 3.00pm AEDT this Sunday afternoon, a thorough game preview from the ground before Chemist Warehouse Sunday Footy , and a hot take on the round to date.

In the Sunday game at 4.00pm AEDT, Parramatta will be out to forget last season’s woes against a Panthers team fancied as one of the top candidates to win the premiership.

Coach Ivan Cleary returns to the Panthers to reunite with his son, Origin halfback Nathan Cleary, who pairs with fellow NSW Origin player James Maloney in the halves. The Eels have been bolstered with two big signings, Junior Paulo and Blake Ferguson, and with Mitchell Moses leading them around the park, Parramatta fans are looking to start the season on the front foot.

Plus, 100% Footy returns on Monday night at 10.00pm AEDT for its second season, with NRL CEO Todd Greenberg going one-on-one with Phil Gould – often viewed as one of his biggest critics.

Broadcast Times

Tonight – Thursday, March 14
Storm vs Broncos

Sydney 7.30pm LIVE on Nine
Brisbane 7.00pm LIVE on Nine
Melbourne 7.30pm LIVE on 9GEM
Adelaide 7.00pm LIVE on 9GEM
Perth 4.30pm LIVE on 9GEM

Friday, March 15
Roosters vs Rabbitohs

Sydney 7.30pm LIVE on Nine
Brisbane 7.00pm LIVE on Nine
Melbourne 7.30pm LIVE on 9GEM
Adelaide 7.00pm LIVE on 9GEM
Perth 4.30pm LIVE on 9GEM

Sunday, March 17
Panthers vs Eels

Sydney 3.00pm LIVE on Nine
Brisbane 2.00pm LIVE on Nine
Melbourne 3.00pm LIVE on 9GEM
Adelaide 2.30pm LIVE on 9GEM
Perth 12.00pm LIVE on 9GEM



  • MACCA’S THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTY – Storm vs Broncos, LIVE from AAMI Park at 7.30pm AEDT on Nine.

Host and commentators: James Bracey, Johnathan Thurston, Billy Slater, Paul Vautin, Andrew Johns, Brad Fittler, Darren Lockyer, Mat Thompson.

  • MACCA’S GOLDEN POINT – LIVE following Storm vs Broncos from AAMI Park. It explores the big stories to come out the game, and features exclusive behind-the-scenes access to players and coaches on the field and in the sheds.


  • FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTY – Roosters vs Rabbitohs , LIVE from the Sydney Cricket Ground at 7.30pm AEDT on Nine.

Host and commentators: Erin Molan, Ray Warren, Phil Gould, Sam Thaiday, Billy Slater, Andrew Johns, Brad Fittler.

  • FRIDAY NIGHT KNOCK OFF – LIVE following Roosters vs Rabbitohs from the SCG. It explores the big stories to come from the game, and has exclusive behind-the-scenes access to players and coaches on the field and in the sheds.


  • SPORTS SUNDAY – Sunday, at 10.00am AEDT, LIVE on Nine. This week: host James Bracey is joined by regulars Peter FitzSimons and Liz Ellis, with special guests Craig Wing and Shane Crawford.

  • SUNDAY NRL FOOTY SHOW – LIVE from 11.00am AEDT on Nine. Host Erin Molan will cover all the Round 1 action so far with Brad Fittler, Peter Sterling and Sam Thaiday. Special guests include Sydney Morning Herald journalist Andrew Webster, former Roosters and Rabbitohs star Craig Wing, and Allana Ferguson, who checks in following the birth of her first child.

  • CANTERBURY CUP NSW – South Sydney Rabbitohs vs North Sydney Bears, LIVE from 1.00pm AEDT on Nine for NSW viewers ONLY.

Hosts and commentators: Peter Psaltis, Jamie Soward, Danika Mason.

  • INTRUST SUPER CUP QLD – Tweed Heads Seagulls vs Townsville Blackhawks, LIVE from 12.00pm AEST on Nine for QLD viewers ONLY.

Hosts and commentators: Scott Sattler, Mark Braybrook, Adam Jackson.

  • CHEMIST WAREHOUSE SUNDAY KICK OFF – LIVE from Panthers Stadium at 3.00pm AEDT on Nine ahead of Chemist Warehouse Sunday Footy . A preview of the upcoming action with Andrew Johns, Ruan Sims, Darren Lockyer and host James Bracey.

  • CHEMIST WAREHOUSE SUNDAY FOOTY – Panthers vs Eels, LIVE from Panthers Stadium at 4.00pm AEDT on Nine

Host and commentators: James Bracey, Peter Sterling, Andrew Johns, Brad Fittler, Darren Lockyer, Mat Thompson.


  • 100% FOOTY – 10.00pm AEDT on Nine. 100% Footy is the home of the strongest opinions in rugby league from the people who count. Phil Gould returns with Paul Gallen, alongside Queensland great Darren Lockyer, journalist Neil Breen and host James Bracey. This week NRL CEO Todd Greenberg joins the program and goes one-on-one with one of his harshest critics, Phil Gould.

Check local guides for details. Times will differ.


In the first podcast for the season, James Bracey discusses the biggest rugby league issues of the week with NRL legend and expert commentator Phil Gould on Six Tackles with Gus .

This week:

  • Gus talks about the feeling around the Panthers after the recent controversies facing the club and the NRL
  • What effect will this have on the NRL and the fans?


Looking forward to the footy tonight!

Be good to see some on field action instead of the off field incidents we’ve seen over summer.

Go Storm to beat the Broncos tonight, and more importantly, GO SHARKIES (and stay out of trouble!!! I’m over it, seriously).