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In a win for Victorian Rugby League fans, Channel Nine’s broadcast of Sunday’s Telstra Premiership match between the Panthers and Storm will be televised live into Melbourne from 3pm.

Nine announced the move this week and comes after the Storm’s stunning start to the 2011 season that sees them at the top of the Telstra Premiership table after five rounds.

“This is a really positive move from Nine and a great opportunity for Rugby League fans in Victoria to show their support for the game,” NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, said.

“We have been working closely with Nine and are looking forward to what will be a great clash on Sunday.”

Jeffrey Browne, Managing Director of the Nine Network Australia said:

“Nine has been a long-term partner of the NRL and we continue to foster and support the development of Rugby League.

“With the Storm flying high right now, we hope Melburnians jump on board and tune in to what promises to be a great game.”

Storm’s Chief Commercial Officer, Claire Murphy, said the club was delighted that members and fans are able to watch rugby league live on Channel Nine in Melbourne.

“We commend Nine for this decision, which we believe holds great benefit for Melbourne’s sporting landscape and Victorian Rugby League more broadly,” she said.

Murphy said the best way for Storm fans to continue to see games live on free-to-air television in Melbourne was by tuning in on Sunday.

“We are calling on Melbourne to vote with their remotes and make Storm matches a regular fixture on Channel Nine programming.”

NSW and Queensland fans will be able to tune into the match from 4pm on Sunday.