For the first time in 19 years, Kiwis will be able to enjoy Rugby League's greatest spectacle, State of Origin free-to-air live. The series opener will be broadcast on Three and ThreeNow as well as Sky and Sky Sport Now.
Three's coverage of the first game of the 2021 series between Queensland and New South Wales, on Wednesday June 9, will begin from 9:50pm and will feature build-up, halftime analysis and post match commentary from a team of Newshub and Sky experts.
Sky Sport will air Channel Nine's expert analysis, before kick-off at 10:10pm NZ time.
State of Origin games two and three will be shown live and exclusively on Sky.
"We are excited to be bringing State of Origin to our Three audience in partnership with Sky," Discovery's New Zealand and Australia general manager Glen Kyne says.
"It's been a long time since this iconic event was last seen live on free-to-air and we know Kiwis will be thrilled to catch the action live on Three and ThreeNow."
NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo says that the move is "a great outcome for fans in New Zealand."
"We are delighted that the first match of State of Origin, a rivalry that captures all sports lovers' imagination, is being offered to a broader audience in New Zealand via Sky's collaboration with Discovery," he says.