Following an entertaining regular season and a dramatic finals series, the 2022 grand finale is finally here — and it is a match-up for the ages.
It is the first time in NRL history the Penrith Panthers take on the Parramatta Eels in a western Sydney derby to decide who takes home the premiership.
Read on for all the key information in 2021 NRL Grand Final Ultimate Guide!
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LOCATION AND KICK OFF TIME
Sunday, October 2 at Accor Stadium, 7:30pm AEDT kick-off.
Accor Stadium capacity: 83,500.
Partly cloudy 12-19 degrees. High (70%) chance of showers, less likely in the evening. Light winds becoming south to south-easterly 15 to 20 km/h during the day then becoming light during the evening.
GRAND FINAL DAY SCHEDULE
1:30pm — State Championship Grand Final: Penrith Panthers (NSW) v Norths Devils (QLD)
3:20pm — NRLW pre-game entertainment: Mahalia Barnes, A.GIRL, Emma Donovan
3:55pm — NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership Grand Final: Newcastle Knights v Parramatta Eels
6:30pm — NRL pre-game entertainment begins: Jimmy Barnes, Diesel, Josh Teskey, Sheldon Riley, Emma Donovan, Bliss n Eso (featuring JOY.)
7:30pm — NRL Grand Final: Penrith Panthers v Parramatta Eels
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HOW TO WATCH
Live coverage of the grand final day starts on Fox League at 12:00pm.
Fox League’s grand final preview begins at 5:50pm with Yvonne Sampson, Michael Ennis, Cooper Cronk and Corey Parker.
The NRL grand finale (7:30pm) will be broadcast live on Channel 9.
You can watch Fox League’s NRL post game with Yvonne Sampson, Michael Ennis and Cooper Cronk at 9:30pm.
If you can’t watch the game, foxsports.com.au will have you covered with rolling coverage throughout the day.
– Sky NZ (Sky Sport 4)
– Radio: ABC, Triple M, 2GB, SEN, Koori Radio
Coach of the Year Payten’s classy speech | 05:11
– Digicel PNG
– Digicel Tonga
– Fiji Broadcast
– Premier Sports Asia
– beINSport France
– ESPN Africa
– Sport1 – Germany
– Sport24 – Inflight and Cruise ships
Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Jaeman Salmon 18. Sean O’Sullivan 19. Matt Eisenhuth 20. J’maine Hopgood 21. Sunia Turuva 22. Chris Smith
Coach: Ivan Cleary
Eels team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Bailey Simonsson 5. Waqa Blake 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali ‘i 13. Ryan Matterson 14. Nathan Brown 15. Jakob Arthur 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Marata Niukore 18. Bryce Cartwright 19. Makahesi Makatoa 20. Tom Opacic 21. Ofahiki Ogden 22. Ky Rodwell
Coach: Brad Arthur
Referee: Ashley Klein; Sideline Officials: Phil Henderson, Drew Oultram; Video Referees: Grant Atkins.
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To purchase tickets and find out more about ticket pricing, on-sale dates, and stadium information, visit Ticketek.com.au or nrl.com/tickets.
Alinta Chidzey, star of Moulin Rouge! The Musical – The Broadway Spectacular will sing the national anthem ahead of kick-off. Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes headlines the grand final entertainment, alongside DIESEL, Josh Teskey and Emma Donovan. Sheldon Riley, Mahalia Barnes and A.GIRL will also perform. Australian hip-hop legends Bliss n Eso, alongside JOY will also perform hit song “Moments” during a tribute to retiring players.
Opacic still a chance to play in GF | 00:42
Panthers $1.38, Eels $3.10
Odds as of September 29
CLIVE CHURCHILL MEDAL FAVOURITES
Nathan Cleary (Bread) $2.75
Dylan Edwards (Bread) $7.50
Isaah Yeo (Bread) $9.00
Mitchell Moses (Eel) $10.00
Clinton Gutherson (Eel) $13.00
Apisai Koroisau (Bread) $13.00
Jarome Luai (Bread) $15.00
Dylan Brown (El) $17.00
Sean O’Sullivan (Bread) $21.00
Viliame Kikau (Bread) $21.00
Shaun Lane (Eel) $21.00
James Fisher-Harris (Bread) $23.00
Brian To’o (Bread) $26.00
Liam Martin (El) $31.00
Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Eel) $31.00
Isaiah Papali’i (Eel) $31.00
Stephen Crichton (Bread) $34.00
Ryan Matterson (El) $34.00
Junior Paulo (Eel) $34.00
Odds as of September 29
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