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Australian performers Daryl Braithwaite, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Thandi Phoenix and Christine Anu will add a home-grown flavour to the NRL grand final entertainment on October 6.

The four Aussie musicians are confirmed to complement superstar American band OneRepublic, the headliners of the pre-game show.

Anu will sing her famous rendition of the Warumpi Band's "My Island Home" at half-time of the NRLW decider, while the soulful Thandi Phoenix will collaborate with OneRepublic as they perform "Counting Stars" and other hits.

Bassingthwaite, the former Rogue Traders frontwoman, has been recruited to perform the national anthem before the main event.

The action will continue at half-time of the men's grand final as veteran rocker Braithwaite belts out his iconic cover of "The Horses".

In addition to the music, the NRL's 2019 retiring class featuring Paul Gallen, Robbie Farah and Matt Scott will participate in a special pre-game farewell ceremony.

The Ken Stephen and Veronica White Medals will also be awarded to the respective male and female players who went above and beyond in the community.

Iconic Australian entertainer Darryl Braithwaite.
Iconic Australian entertainer Darryl Braithwaite. ©Nathan Hopkins/NRL Photos

This year, the NRL is celebrating the five millionth fan to attend a grand final in Sydney. The supporter who brings up the milestone will receive a Golden Ticket to the next five grand finals.

There'll be something for every age group even outside the stadium, with the grand final precinct to include a multitude of food outlets plus fun activities. Pass-outs will be available so patrons can easily move in and out of the venue.

The grand final fun is set to begin a few days in advance with the NRL Fan Fest in Sydney's Martin Place running from October 2-4, with a range of activities including the KFC dive try station and the Chemist Warehouse grooming station.

NBA legend Paul Pierce is locked in to appear at the Fan Fest on Friday the 4th to go head-to-head with NRL champion Johnathan Thurston in a skills session.

All tickets to the grand final cover travel on public transport to and from the match, as well as granting complimentary entry to Epsom Day at Royal Randwick on October 5.

NRL grand final schedule

  • Gates open: 1.15
  • NRL State Championship kick-off: 1:35pm
  • NRL Holden Women's Premiership Grand Final kick-off: 4:05pm
  • Pre-game show: Commences 6:30pm
  • NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final kick-off: 7:30pm


Tickets for the NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final 2019 are now on sale to the General Public.

Tickets are available through Ticketek and

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