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Rugby League Grand Finals Guide: The details for both the NRL and NRLW deciders


NRL Grand Final 2023, NRLW Grand Final 2023

It’s Rugby League’s biggest day of the year and it’s just about here.

Here’s all the detail for the NRL Grand Final 2023 and NRLW equivalent, helping fans plan their big day — whether you’re intending to see it all in the flesh, or make sure you’ve got a good viewing setup somewhere.

When and where is the NRL Grand Final 2023?

ACCOR STADIUM, Sunday October 1, 7:30pm AEDT

Matchup: Panthers v Broncos | Here are the Team Lists, via

As expected, the decider is once again at Accor Stadium in Sydney’s Olympic Park. The NRL announced confirmation on this in late July.

This is only a one-year deal and the organising body will continue to attempt negotiating and generating a market around the feature match into the future. It comes after quite a bit’s been made about the NRL GF’s potential ‘Super Bowl’ future; an event that travels around. We’ll believe that when we see it.

NRL Grand Final 2023
Chairman Peter V’Landys has said he’s happy to shop around the NRL Grand Final.

“We are respectful of the new Labor Government’s priorities at the moment and their focus on the State budget, which is why we have agreed a short-term deal…” Chairman Peter V’Landys announced.

When and where is the 2023 NRLW Grand Final?


BOTH Grand Finals, the NRL and also NRLW, will be played at Accor Stadium on October 1.

Matchup: Knights v Titans | Here are the Team Lists, via

The Newcastle outfit is looking to defend its title from last year, after bursting through to the GF and outclassing Parramatta.

“The closeness of the competition and unpredictability of results, along with four new teams in an expanded NRLW competition, has given fans of all Clubs an opportunity to see their team on Grand Final day,” NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said.

“In addition to the Grand Finals at Accor Stadium, we will also have a Fan Festival in Sydney, which will be a great celebration of Rugby League and an opportunity for fans to show their colours and celebrate their team.”

NRL Grand Final 2023, Abdo, V'Landys

NRL Grand Final 2023 tickets

Tickets for the NRL and NRLW Grand Finals were on sale as of August 2.

Members of clubs had first dibs on tickets, a 24-hour window, before seats became available to the general public (August 3).

You can find ticketing options HERE.

It’s also suggested League fans look at signing up and joining the NRL’s Waitlist function to be notified about all major events, like the NRL Grand Final 2023, and receive special offers.

NRL premiership contenders

The Penrith Panthers are into the Men’s NRL Grand Final 2023 and shoot for a legacy-altering third straight title. The Panthers proved far too strong for the Melbourne Storm last Friday night and are now just one victory away achieving a feat that hasn’t been ticked off since Parramatta’s premiership run in the early 1980’s (1981-’83).

The Broncos will contest for the NRL Grand Final 2023; the Men’s side’s first GF since 2015. Coach Kevin Walters and his Brisbane outfit have enjoyed a thoroughly impressive season and it’s been a rather stunning rise; the Broncos were wooden spooners in 2020.

Penrith Panthers premierships
The Penrith Panthers are the defending 2022 and 2021 NRL premiers.

NRLW 2023 Grand Final contenders

With four new teams in the hunt for NRLW honours this year, the talent has been spread and there were a lot of moving parts. But one constant was Newcastle’s premiership bona fides; the Knights claimed more regular season wins than any other outfit and won through to a second straight GF.

Newcastle will meet the Titans, who will play in their first decider. Given Gold Coast hasn’t yet made the big dance since the club’s inception in 2007, it’ll be the first time we’ll see the Titans in a Grand Final.

NRLW Grand Final, Knights
Off the back of rising star Jesse Southwell, Newcastle claimed a maiden NRLW premiership in the 2022 decider, beating the Eels comfortably. Can they go back-to-back? | NRL Grand Final 2023
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