How to Watch NRL Outside Australia



Chris, a UK-born media connoisseur, is an expert in watching international TV. Known as "The Global Screen Wanderer", he has travelled extensively across the globe with long stints away from home. With over 10 years of experience he has become the go-to guru for streaming content from home and abroad.

If you’ve tried to watch the NRL (National Rugby League) outside Australia you’ll know the choices are limited and you’re often blocked from viewing. In this guide I’m going to show you the easy steps to watch NRL anywhere in the world.

If you haven’t already seen the Digital Pass from the NRL website then it’s a site where you can sign-up and watch the NRL games from within Australia. Unfortunately even if you have a subscription if you’re outside Australia you’re blocked from viewing.

I find this quite frustrating because after all you’re paying for a subscription and it shouldn’t really matter where you are especially as NRL streaming isn’t available locally in many countries around the world.

So if you’re a travelling Aussie or you just have a love for NRL then in this guide I’m going to show you how you can sign-up and watch NRL outside Australia.

How to Watch NRL Outside Australia

Streaming is not possible on all devices so firstly check if your device is compatible such as Android or Apple iOS devices. It’s not possible to stream on a desktop computer with NRL Digital Pass or on laptops.

Most compatible devices have built in screens such as certain types of tablet / laptop combinations.

First things first, if you’ve attempted to watch NRL using the Digital Pass outside Australia you’ll know like me that you’re blocked from viewing and you’ll see a screen similar to the one below that has no access to the live streams (as highlighted in red).


What you need to access the live streams outside Australia is a service called a VPN.

A VPN allows you to disguise your online location and appear in another country. So let’s say for example you’re travelling in Asia or living in Europe. When you visit the NRL Digital Pass website it knows this and blocks you.

With a VPN service you can pretend you are in Australia and rather than get blocked you’ll be able to watch all the NRL games in your location. See the difference below when using a VPN.


Below I’ll show you where you can get a VPN and how to use it to watch NRL outside Australia.

Where to get a VPN

I’ve tested tons of different services because there are thousands out there and found ExpressVPN to be the best for streaming NRL outside Australia.

Just follow the instructions below to sign up and use the service.

1) First, visit the ExpressVPN website by clicking the button below.

2) Sign up for the ExpressVPN service.

3) Select a package, Enter your email, Select a Payment option.

4) Complete payment and follow the rest of the sign-up process.

If you want to shop around then a few other good providers to check out are NordVPN and CyberGhost VPN.

Now let’s find out how to use the VPN.

How to use the VPN service

1) Download the software for your device from the Products area or search it in your regular app store.

2) Install and run the software.

3) Click Selected Location then All, then Asia Pacific and then Australia.

ExpressVPN app connecting to Australia

Stream the NRL with ExpressVPN.

4) Then click Connect.

Once connected all you need to do is visit either the NRL Digital Pass site if you want to sign up or if you already have the NRL Official App installed you can sign-up and stream through that.

At the time matches are being live streamed you’ll now have access to view the live stream rather than an empty box.

Don’t forget you can get a VPN to watch NRL outside Australia by clicking the link below.

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The great news is you can use the VPN to watch other Australian services too like Foxtel Go, TenPlay or more!

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