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Everything you need to know about 2021 NRL season

After a disrupted season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Telstra Premiership promises to be one of the best ever.

Here is all you need to know about the season in which the Melbourne Storm will try to win back-to-back premierships for the first time in their history while 15 other clubs try to knock them off their perch.

Keep in touch with where you team is playing and who they're up against by grabbing yourself a copy of the 2021 Telstra Premiership draw.

Season 2021

Key dates

Round 1: Thursday, March 11

ANZAC Weekend Round (Round Seven): Featuring matches in Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Townsville, and Darwin.

Magic Round: Magic Round Brisbane, delivered by KFC, returns to Suncorp Stadium between May 14-16 (Round 10). 

How good is Magic Round

Indigenous Round - May 27-30: The NRL will have a national footprint for Indigenous Round (Round 12), featuring matches in Sydney, Townsville, Brisbane, Perth, Newcastle and Coffs Harbour.

Women In League Round - Round 22, August 12-15: The NRL will celebrate the contribution of women to The Greatest Game of All across all eight games.

Defy impossible: The cannon

Ampol State of Origin: Men's game one - June 9 (MCG); game two - June 27 (Suncorp Stadium); game three - July 14 (Stadium Australia). Women's Origin June 25 (venue TBC)

Telstra Premiership finals series: September 10 - October 3

Grand final: Sunday, October 3

NRLW: Dates, venues to be confirmed

Defy Impossible: The try savers

2021 membership

Get on board with your club: Sign up here.


Shop here and wear your club's colours with pride. Whether it's game-day jerseys, training gear, headwear and scarfs, gifts, budgy smugglers, or toothbrushes you can get them in the NRL Shop.


Get the full game-day experience. Tickets can be purchased by visiting

NRL Magic Round Brisbane 1-Day Passes are now on sale with eight massive games across round 10 at Suncorp Stadium this May. With the league's best players all heading to Brisbane, you'd hate to miss it! Tickets at


There's nothing better than being there when your team wins on the road. Book the full adventure via the Official NRL Travel Agent here.

Play Rugby League

Find out ways to play rugby league in your area and the different options you have to choose from at

As a token of thanks for their dedication, free Telstra Premiership tickets will be offered every round this season to a range of grassroots rugby league participants.

Through the Play Rugby League Rewards Program, registered junior players born on or after January 1, 2006, as well as coaches, referees, volunteers and schoolteachers, are eligible to claim a complimentary general admission pass to one match per round.

NRL Pick'Em Weekly 4

You could win $100,000 in the NRL's newest game for fans if you choose the correct winners and margins each round. Best of all, NRL Pick'Em Weekly 4 is free to play. Each week the players who get all four nominated games right will share in $100,000. If there's no outright winner a prize of $5000 will go to the highest-performing tipster.

Defy impossible: The chase

NRL Fantasy

Pit your rugby league nous and recruiting skills against more than 100,000 of your fellow rugby league fanatics by playing NRL Fantasy.

Do you have what it takes to claim the overall prize of a money-can't-buy experience for the winner and three mates at 2022 NRL Magic Round. Prize includes three nights accommodation, flights from nearest capital city and $2000.

NRL Tipping

Or you could go old school and organise your friends, family and workmates into a tipping comp. NRL Tipping is free to play, has great prizes and you can even take on the experts - former premiership winners Brett Kimmorley, Steve Renouf, Robbie Farah and Jamie Soward,'s Zac Bailey and Ladies Who League's Mary Konstantopoulos.

Engage via social

To stay up to date on all the latest Origin news, follow @nrl on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Defy impossible: The leap

How to tune in

Australian coverage:

  • Channel 9
  • Fox Sports

International coverage:

  • WatchNRL (excluding Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Nations)
  • Fox Sports 1 (USA)
  • Sky Sports (UK and Ireland)
  • Sportsnet (Canada)
  • ESPN (Africa)
  • Fox Sports (Netherlands)
  • Rogers SportsNet (Canada)
  • Sport 24 (In Flight/In Cruise)
  • Fox Sports Asia/Disney (Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei)
  • TVWAN Action Digicel (PNG Pay TV)
  • TVWAN Digicel (PNG Free TV)
  • Elijah TV (Cook Islands)
  • Fiji Broadcasting Corporation
  • Digicel (Tonga)
Acknowledgement of Country

Queensland Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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