How to watch State of Origin Game 2: live stream QLD vs NSW for free, team news

Valentine Holmes of the Maroons is tackled during game one of the 2023 State of Origin rugby league
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Watch a State of Origin Game 2 live stream

State of Origin Game 2 is free to watch on 9Now in Australia. NRL fans in the UK can get their rugby fix on Sky Sports, while Watch NRL will live stream Queensland vs New South Wales in the USA. Kick-off is today, Wednesday 21st May 2023, at 11.05am BST. It's a clear, cool evening in Brisbane with the match approaching kick-off.

Aussie citizen away from home? Use a VPN to tune into 9Now free from abroad. Full details on how to watch the 2023 State of Origin from anywhere just below.

Watch State of Origin Game 2 2023: preview

The omens aren't good for the Blues as they take on Queensland in Game 2 of the State of Origin series today at the Suncorp Arena.

Defending champions QLD claimed first blood in this year's series with a 26-18 Game 1 victory with a superb late flourish.

The Maroons managed to fight back in that game despite being down to 12 in the closing stages after Thomas Flegler was sin-binned, with Tabuai-Fidow and Cameron Munster's late scores sealing a confidence-boosting victory.

New South Wales must now claim a win in the hostile environment of 'The Cauldron' as they look to save the series.

Should NSW pull off a victory here and go on to claim the series it will be against the odds. The Blues have never travelled to Brisbane a game down and gone on to win the State of Origin. Here's how to watch a free State of Origin Game 2 live stream from anywhere in the world.

State of Origin 2 team news

Here are the full line-ups for today's game:

NSW Team:  James Tedesco (c), Brian To'o, Stephen Crichton, Tom Trbojevic, Josh Addo-Carr,  Jarome Luai, Mitchell Moses,  Junior Paulo, Damien Cook, Payne Haas, Tyson Frizell, Hudson Young, Isaah Yeo, Stefano Utoikamanu, Cameron Murray, Liam Martin, Reece Robson   Reserves: Matt Burton, Keaon Koloamatangi.

QLD Team: Reece Walsh, Xavier Coates, Valentine Holmes, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Murray Taulagi, Cameron Munster, Daly Cherry-Evans (c), Lindsay Collins, Ben Hunt, Tino Fa'asuamaleaui, David Fifita, Jeremiah Nanai, Patrick Carrigan, Harry Grant, Tom Flegler, Reuben Cotter, Moeaki Fotuaika   Reserves: AJ Brimson, Corey Horsburgh.

How to watch State of Origin Game 2: free live stream in Australia

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Viewers in Australia can watch the entire 2023 State of Origin series for free via Channel 9 and the network's streaming service 9Now. Game 2 kicks off at 8.05pm AEST on Wednesday evening, with coverage getting underway at 7pm.

Travelling abroad? Watch 9Now from anywhere with ExpressVPN.

If you've never used a VPN before, follow the step-by-step instructions below...

Watch a State of Origin Game 2 live stream from anywhere

If you're abroad right now, you might not be able to watch the State of Origin series as you would if you were at home, as the service will detect your location based on your IP address, and may automatically block your access.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) will help you get around this obstacle. It creates a private connection between your device and the internet and can set your device to appear as if it's anywhere in the world. 

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How to use a VPN for State of Origin 2023

Using a VPN to stream TV from abroad is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN is the one we recommend.

2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For the State of Origin series, you could choose 'Australia' for 9Now.

3. Then head over to 9Now on your browser or device and watch the free State of Origin live stream!

You could also try NordVPN, which also comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, and Surfshark, which offers 24-hour assistance. Both performed very well in our tests.

UK: Watch a State of Origin live stream

State of Origin 2023 will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Arena in the UK, with kick-off set for 11.05am BST on Wednesday morning.

Take a look at the best Sky TV deals if you're interested in watching this game and plenty more live sport in top quality.

Even without a full Sky subscription, though, fans can enjoy a State of Origin live stream with a Now day pass or a monthly pass. Here is our pick of the best Now deals.

BT Sport customers can also enjoy the game so long as they're subscribed to the BT Sport Big Bundle, which includes the Sky Sports channels as well as the BT ones. You can add it to your BT package for £40 per month.

Virgin Media customers are be able to watch State of Origin with a Sky Sports subscription through the Virgin Media’s Bigger + Sports bundle.

If you have a Virgin TiVo box and access to BT or Sky, you can watch on-the-go through Virgin's TV Anywhere app. 

You can also tune into State of Origin via the Watch NRL streaming service, which shows every NRL game live and costs £16 per week, £29 per month, or £143 per year.

Remember: Aussies can watch State of Origin for free on 9Now (Use a VPN to access 9Now when travelling outside of Australia).

USA: Watch a State of Origin live stream

In the US, State of Origin Game 2 kicks off at 6.05am ET / 3.05am PT first thing on Wednesday morning. 

If that's not too early for you, you can tune in on the NRL's dedicated streaming service, Watch NRL, which shows every game of the season live. A subscription costs $20 per week, $39 per month, or $182 per year.

Don't forget: Aussie nationals can live stream State of Origin free of charge on 9Now. Aussies abroad can access 9now with a VPN.

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