Nine to broadcast The Greatest NRL Grand Finals in lieu of new matches

Nine has revealed its content plans as broadcasters race to fill the hole left in their schedules by cancelled sporting seasons.

With no new NRL matches to broadcast in the coming months due to COVID-19 restrictions, Nine will instead begin broadcasting The Greatest NRL Grand Finals at 7:30pm on Fridays.

It will be broadcast across Sydney and Brisbane, where NRL is more popular, and be available on 9Now for viewers in other locations.

The Greatest will be hosted by James Bracey, with a panel of NRL experts also appearing including Brad Fittler, Andrew Johns and Phil Gould.

They will, according to Nine, “break down the greatest moments from NRL history which have become legend, along with the greatest matches, the greatest tries, and the greatest Grand Final pre-game entertainment – plus the moments which didn’t quite go to plan”.

Players and celebrity fans will also join in on the action, alongside Nine’s commentary team. “They will all be at their entertaining best as they uncover the stories behind the stories, the hits and misses of NRL in the ’80s, and much, much more,” Nine said.

Nine’s The Greatest format will also extend to tennis, with The Greatest Australian Open matches to air nationally at 3:30pm each Saturday.

It kicks off with a battle between Nick Kyrgios and Karen Khachanov from this year’s tournament, and the 2005 semi final between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.


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