Watch Thursday Night Football, Australian style, live online with a hard-hitting clash between two of the top four teams in the National Rugby League as the North Queensland Cowboys — tied for first place on the NRL ladder — host the fourth-place South Sydney Rabbitohs in a Round 23 match that could go a long way to determining each team’s position once the postseason Telstra Premiership Finals Series gets underway.
To find out how to watch the North Queensland Cowboys vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs National Rugby League game live online, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:40 p.m. at 1300 Smiles Stadium in Townsville, Queensland, Australia, on Thursday, August 13.
That means rugby fans in the United States will need to get up early, or stay up late. Start times in the U.S. are 5:40 a.m. Eastern Time, 2:40 a.m. Pacific.
The defending league champion Rabbitohs back-row will be missing suspended Glenn Stewart, as the team comes off of a loss to the Manly–Warringah Sea Eagles. In Stewart’s place, Indigenous All-Star Kyle Turner makes his return from a concussion suffered in the team’s win two weeks ago over the Newcastle Knights..
South Sydney will also bring back Kirisome Auva’a who has missed the whole season so far with a suspension due to a domestic violence incident which saw him enter a guilty plea to an assault on his girlfriend. At the time, Auva’a was suspended for a minimum of nine months.
The league said it would not consider Auva’a’s bid for reinstatement until he underwent a violence prevention counseling program and displayed what was called a “behavioral change designed to prevent the recurrence of violent behavior toward women.”
That was last November — and now less than a year later those requirements have apparently been met to the league’s satisfaction because Auva’a traveled with the team to Queensland for the Thursday match and is expected to step in for Dylan Walker, who is down with a bad hamstring.
To watch the North Queensland Cowboys vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs National Rugby League Round 23 match live online from Townsville, Australia, visit Fox Sports Go at this link, and log in with credentials from any major TV provider — or download the Fox Sports Go app to catch what promises to be a gritty, action-packed rugby league match on mobile devices.
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