The NRL finals in 2021 are breaking new ground with all matches to be played in Queensland for the first time and Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium hosting the grand final.
Week three of the playoffs will kick off with the Rabbitohs facing the Sea Eagles at Suncorp Stadium for the right to play in the 2021 Telstra Premiership grand final.
On Saturday afternoon the Storm and Panthers square off in the second preliminary final at Suncorp Stadium.
Brisbane will be the location for the premiership decider on Sunday, October 3. Suncorp will also host the preliminary finals with Mackay the venue for the semi-finals in week two.
Tickets to Week 3 Preliminary Finals are available now from nrl.com/tickets
The playoffs kicked off with matches at Sunshine Coast, Townsville and Rockhampton.
Don't blink. Or you'll miss the moment that will define the finals.
Wondering about how the playoffs will work, who's playing who, ticketing options or the many ways you can tune in?
Read on for all the information you'll need to stay across every detail as the race for this year's title heats up. The NRL Premiership celebrates 20 years of naming rights partnership with Telstra in 2021.
Finals week 1 schedule
Friday, September 10
Qualifying final: Melbourne v Manly, 7.50pm at Sunshine Coast Stadium
Match Highlights: Storm v Sea Eagles
Saturday, September 11
Elimination final: Sydney Roosters v Gold Coast, 5.40pm at Queensland Country Bank Stadium
Match Highlights: Roosters v Titans
Qualifying final: Penrith v South Sydney, 7.50pm at Queensland Country Bank Stadium
Match Highlights: Panthers v Rabbitohs
Sunday, September 12
Elimination final: Parramatta v Newcastle, 4.05pm at Browne Park, Rockhampton.
Match Highlights: Eels v Knights
Week two finals fixtures
Semi-final 1 - Friday, September 17: Manly v Roosters, 7.50pm at BB Print Stadium, Mackay - SOLD OUT
Match Highlights: Sea Eagles v Roosters
Semi-final 2 - Saturday, September 18: Penrith v Parramatta, 7.50pm at BB Print Stadium, Mackay - SOLD OUT
Loser of Qualifying Final v Winner of Elimination Final
Match Highlights: Panthers v Eels
Week three finals fixtures
Preliminary final 1 - Friday, September 24: South Sydney v Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, 7.50pm at Suncorp Stadium
Winner of Qualifying Final v Winner of Semi-Final
Preliminary final 2 - Saturday, September 25: Melbourne v Penrith Panthers, 4.00pm at Suncorp Stadium
October 3: Suncorp Stadium
How does the finals format work?
The teams that finished in the top eight positions on the Telstra Premiership ladder after 25 rounds will play out the finals series, as follows.
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Qualifying finals: 1st v 4th; 2nd v 3rd
Elimination finals: 5th v 8th; 6th v 7th
Semi-finals: Loser of first qualifying final v winner of first elimination final; loser of second qualifying final v winner of second elimination final
Preliminary finals: Winner of first qualifying final v winner of second semi-final; Winner of second qualifying final v winner of first semi-final
Grand final: Winner of first preliminary final v winner of second preliminary final
- Tickets to Week 3 Preliminary Finals are available now from nrl.com/tickets
- Finals ticket prices start from $25 for adults
- The first release of grand final tickets have sold out. A second release of supporter bays for the teams who make the decider will be released on Monday, September 27 with Club Members accessing the tickets at 10am and any remaining seats going on sale to the general public at 4pm.
- All tickets can be secured through nrl.com/tickets
- NRL Hospitality packages to the grand final are on sale now at nrl.com/hospitality* A one-off handling fee per transaction applies on all purchases. Until category allocation is exhausted.
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How to tune in: Broadcast information
All games will be broadcast live in Australia on the Nine Network and Fox League. Matches will also be shown on Kayo Sports and 9Now. In New Zealand, Sky Sport will broadcast the finals.
International viewers can see the games via WatchNRL, which is not available in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific regions.