Australia will be looking to reproduce their promising form in the Rugby Championship going into the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. Taking on Fiji in the opening round of Pool D, the Aussies will get their bid for a record-equalling third Webb Ellis trophy started on September 21 in Sapporo.
Australia always seem to find their mojo in the World Cup year. Usually making the semi-finals or better in all but two tournaments, the Aussie’s are regarded as one of the most fearsome attacking teams in world rugby.
Michael Cheika’s men may be without cross-code superstar Israel Folau, but you could argue that their form since he has been out of the team has improved. A standout 47-26 drubbing of New Zealand in August meant that they finished higher than the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship for the first time since 2015 – when they reached the final of the last world cup in England. Former Schoolboy star Kurtley Beale will be stepping up to replace the embattled Folau, and promises to be just as dangerous to opposition defences.
The Rugby World Cup 2019 TV Preview – Can Australia win a third Cup?
There are probably seven teams in with a realistic chance of winning the world cup this Spring, and it should be one of the most competitive tournaments to date. Australia is currently sitting sixth in the world rankings going into the Rugby World Cup, but don’t let that fool you, surprises are around the corner at every stage of the comp.
One major factor in Australia reaching the final last time out was their constant ability to steal opposition ball at the breakdown, thanks to the world-class loose forward partnership of David Pocock and current captain Michael Hooper. These two are an absolute nuisance to the opposition, and you feel that they will both have to be fit throughout the tournament if the trophy is going to come back home.
Australia’s performance will obviously generate plenty of interest, and as a result the official Rugby World Cup free to air broadcaster in Australia, Network Ten, will be televising all of their Group Stage matches. However, only a handful of other matches will be shown on Ten, which include just two of the four Quarter-finals, the Semis and the Final. In contrast, the Kayo Sports coverage of the Rugby World Cup 2019™ is significantly more comprehensive, broadcasting every match LIVE, with no ad-breaks during play and in High Definition, as well as on-demand for those who want to catch up at a later date.*
How to Stream every Australia match of the Rugby World Cup 2019™
Kayo Sports will have every match of the Rugby World Cup 2019™ LIVE with no ad-breaks during play. You’ll also get access to a range of great features, including SplitView (which lets you watch up to four different sporting events simultaneously on the same screen, on compatible devices) as well as No Spoilers (hides the scores) and Key Moments (lets you jump to the most important moments of the match – available for selected sports and matches), all of which greatly enhance the viewing experience for those watching the matches On Demand.
Simply take a moment to review the Kayo 14 days free trial, and then check out the Rugby World Cup 2019™ fixture list below. You can then start streaming team Australia live to a variety of eligible devices listed in the table below.
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What time do Australia play? Live TV Fixtures
TV fixtures are shown as Sydney time, so you may need to adjust the hour depending on where you live. Rugby World Cup 2019™ on demand match replays will be made available following the conclusion of each game – so you will need to consult your on-screen Kayo TV listings for exact times.
Australia Live TV Times (Sydney time)
|Sat 21 Sept||Australia vs Fiji||2:45pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / Tenplay|
|Sun 29 Sept||Australia vs Wales||5:45pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / Tenplay|
|Sat 5 Oct||Australia vs Uruguay||3:.15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / Tenplay|
|Fri 11 Oct||Australia vs Georgia||8:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / Tenplay|
|Sat 19 Oct||England v Australia||6:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10|
|Sat 19 Oct||New Zealand v Ireland||9:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sun 20 Oct||Wales v France||6:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10|
|Sun 20 Oct||Japan v South Africa||9:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 26 Oct||Semi Final 1||6:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sun 27 Oct||Semi Final 2||7:00pm||Fox Sports / Kayo|
|Fri 1 Nov||Bronze Final||7:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / TenPlay|
|Sat 2 Nov||Final||7:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / TenPlay|
Rugby World Cup 2019™ Streaming Guide
Kayo Sports will have every match of the Rugby World Cup 2019™ LIVE with no ad-breaks during play across a wide range of streaming devices, including PC or Mac (Safari, Firefox, Chrome or Edge), as well as iOS and Android mobiles and tablets, Apple TV, Telstra TV and Android TV, and Google Chromecast. *Kayo requires internet & compatible device. Data charges may apply. Kayo service available in Australia only.
|PC/Mac||Yes||Web browser only (Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge)|
|iOS/Android Phones/Tablets||Yes||Via native apps (iOS 11 and Android 6 minimum)|
|Google Chromecast||Yes||Chromecast Ultra or 3rd Generation required for 1080p HD, otherwise 720p|
|Telstra TV||Yes||Split View not available; TTV1 limited to 720p|
|Android TV||Yes||Via app for version 7.0 and up|
|Samsung Smart TVs||Yes||2017 and later models|
|PS4 and Xbox One||Soon||App in development|
|Apple TV||Yes||4th Generation or higher|
Australia Match Previews
Australia vs Fiji: Australia’s first Pool D game is against Fiji at the Sapporo Dome on the 21st of September. Fiji are an unpredictable side with bags of talent, yet they lose many of their best players to the lure of better money with tier one nations. This is sure to be a testing opening game for the Aussie’s.
Australia vs Uruguay: The Wallabies will then face two of World Rugby’s emerging nations in Uruguay on 5th October. Uruguay have taken some of biggest defeats in previous world cups. Expect Australia store score well over 50 points.
Australia vs Georgia: Georgia always seem to rustle a few feathers when involved in big games, so this should be a competitive match in parts. They are easily the strongest second-tier nation in Europe, they punch well above their weight.
Australia vs Wales: The biggest Pool game by far will be the game against Warren Gatland’s Wales, who have taken themselves to the top of the World Rankings this August. Gatland masterminded a Lions victory over the Green and Golds back in 2013. Wales have built their recent success around a brick-wall defence, which the Wallabies will have to punch holes through to win the game.
Australia’s previous World Cup results
Australia has a great record in the rugby world cup that is second only to the All Blacks. World Cup victories in 1991 against England and 1999 against France may seem like ancient history, but second place in 2003 and 2015 shows they’re consistently banging on the door.
Their two worst finishes came in 1995 (South Africa) and 2007 (France) when they didn’t manage to make it past the quarter-final stages. Australia’s three major foes throughout the years have been the All Blacks, England and France, all of whom they can potentially face after the group stages.
|1987||Semi Final (vs France)|
|1991||Champions (vs England)|
|1995||Quarter Final (vs England)|
|1999||Champions (vs France)|
|2003||Runners up (vs England)|
|2007||Quarter Final (vs England)|
|2011||Semi Final (vs New Zealand)|
|2015||Final (vs New Zealand)|
Australia’s World Cup Stats
|Total Record||39 win / 9 def (81% win)|
|Biggest Win||142 – 0 (vs Namibia 2003)|
|Biggest Defeat||34 – 17 (vs New Zealand 2015)|
|All time leading points scorer||Michael Lynagh (195)|
|Most points in a match||Mat Rogers (42)|
|Most caps||George Gregan (20)|