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Round 1: Everything you need to know to tune in

Premiers Melbourne and title challengers South Sydney kick off the 2021 Telstra Premiership on Thursday night with a clash that many are tipping is a grand final preview.

Even though Cameron Smith has retired, a galaxy of stars from both squads will be looking to further establish their title credentials with victory in this heavyweight bout between two high-scoring line-ups. 

Storm-Rabbitohs may get top billing but every Round 1 clash will demand the fans' attention as finals contenders look to put their first two points on the board and last season's strugglers strive to show that hopes of a turnaround are well-founded.

A good old-fashioned local derby will round off proceedings when the Dragons host the Sharks at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on Sunday evening.

NRL.com will have live match centres which include updates as they happen, in-match highlights and live audio coverage.

There have been changes to Telstra's Live pass in 2021. More information on the changes can be found here.

And if you have an Alexa-enabled device you can download the NRL skill at amazon.com.au.

Farewell to a legend: Paying tribute to Cameron Smith

For the individual matches, fans can follow the games here (all times AEDT):

Thursday, March 11, Storm v Rabbitohs at AAMI Park, 8.05pm

  • Nine (Sydney/Brisbane/Melbourne), GEM (Adelaide/Perth)
  • Foxtel – Fox League (nationally)
  • Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)
  • 9Now
  • Kayo Sports
  • Radio: ABC, Triple M Sydney/Brisbane, NRL Nation

(or via the Match Centre in NRL App or NRL.COM)

International Coverage:

  • WatchNRL: Not available in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions
  • Sky UK
  • Fox US FS2
  • TVWAN Action (Papua New Guinea)
  • BeIN Sports (France)
  • Rogers (Canada)
  • Sport24 (Worldwide In-Flight/In-Ship – excl Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions)
  • Fox Sports Asia

Defy Impossible: The buzzer beaters

Friday, March 12, Knights v Bulldogs at McDonald Jones Stadium, 6.00pm

  • Foxtel – Fox League (nationally)
  • Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)
  • Kayo Sports
  • Radio: ABC, Triple M Sydney/Brisbane, NRL Nation

(or via the Match Centre in NRL App or NRL.COM)

International Coverage:

  • WatchNRL: Not available in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions
  • TVWAN Action (Papua New Guinea)

Friday, March 12, Broncos v Eels at Suncorp Stadium, 8.05pm

  • Nine (Sydney/Brisbane), GEM (Melbourne/Adelaide/Perth)
  • Foxtel – Fox League (nationally)
  • Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)
  • 9Now
  • Kayo Sports
  • Radio: ABC, Triple M Brisbane, 2GB, 4GB

(or via the Match Centre in NRL App or NRL.COM)

International Coverage:

  • WatchNRL: Not available in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions
  • TVWAN Action (Papua New Guinea)
  • BeIN Sports (France)
  • Fox Netherlands
  • ESPN Africa
  • Rogers (Canada)
  • Sport24 (Worldwide In-Flight/In-Ship – excl Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions)

Defy Impossible: The try savers

Saturday, March 13, Warriors v Titans at Central Coast Stadium, 3.00pm

  • Foxtel – Fox League (nationally)
  • Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)
  • Kayo Sports
  • Radio: ABC, Triple M Sydney/Brisbane, NRL Nation

(or via the Match Centre in NRL App or NRL.COM)

International Coverage:

  • WatchNRL: Not available in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions
  • TVWAN Action (Papua New Guinea)

Saturday, March 13, Roosters v Sea Eagles at Sydney Cricket Ground, 5.30pm

  • Foxtel – Fox League (nationally)
  • Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)
  • Kayo Sports
  • Radio: ABC, 2GB, 4BC

(or via the Match Centre in NRL App or NRL.COM)

International Coverage:

  • WatchNRL: Not available in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions
  • TVWAN Action (Papua New Guinea)
  • Sky UK
  • Fox US FS2
  • BeIN Sports (France)
  • Sport24 (Worldwide In-Flight/In-Ship – excl Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions)
  • Fox Sports Asia

Defy impossible: The cannon

Saturday, March 13, Panthers v Cowboys at Panthers Stadium, 7.35pm

  • Foxtel – Fox League (nationally)
  • Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)
  • Kayo Sports
  • Radio: ABC, 2GB, 4BC

 (or via the Match Centre in NRL App or NRL.COM)

International Coverage:

  • WatchNRL: Not available in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions
  • TVWAN Action (Papua New Guinea)
  • Sky UK
  • Fox US FS2
  • Fox Netherlands
  • ESPN Africa
  • Rogers (Canada)
  • Sport24 (Worldwide In-Flight/In-Ship – excl Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions)
  • Fox Sports Asia

Defy impossible: The chase

Sunday, March 14, Raiders v Wests Tigers at GIO Stadium, 4.05pm

  • Nine (Sydney/Brisbane), GEM (Melbourne/Adelaide/Perth)
  • Foxtel – Fox League (nationally)
  • Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)
  • 9Now
  • Kayo Sports
  • Radio: ABC, Triple M Sydney/Brisbane, NRL Nation, 2GB, 4BC

(or via the Match Centre in NRL App or NRL.COM)

International Coverage:

  • WatchNRL: Not available in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions
  • TVWAN Action (Papua New Guinea)
  • BeIN Sports (France)
  • Sport24 (Worldwide In-Flight/In-Ship – excl Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions)
  • Fox Sports Asia

Sunday, March 14, Dragons v Sharks at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium at 6.15pm

  • Foxtel – Fox League (nationally)
  • Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)
  • Kayo Sports
  • Radio: ABC, Triple M Sydney/Brisbane,

(or via the Match Centre in NRL App or NRL.COM)

International Coverage:

  • WatchNRL: Not available in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Regions
  • TVWAN Action (Papua New Guinea)
  • Fox Netherlands
  • ESPN Africa

Defy impossible: The leap

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