The New South Wales Waratahs, who play their home games at the SCG and ANZ Stadiums, represents the state of NSW in a new look Super Rugby tournament set to take place from July.
The Tahs will be part of a five team competition featuring teams exclusively from Australia. As well as the usual Aussie Super Rugby sides like the Brumbies, Reds and Rebels, the Waratahs will face a returning Western Force in what will be the ultimate domestic Super Rugby competition.
2020 NSW Waratahs Preview
The Waratahs were founded way back in 1882 as the representative rugby union side for NSW, but it wasn’t until 1996 that they entered the then Super 12 competition. A difficult first six years ensued, and it took them until 2002 to first make it to the finals. That one ended in a semi-final loss to the Brumbies, and it would take another five finals appearances until they broke through for their maiden Super Rugby Championship in 2014 with a thrilling 33-32 win over the league’s most successful team, the Crusaders.
In 2019, the Tahs had yet another difficult season and didn’t make it to the finals. They have lost many of their most important players such as Bernard Foley, Sekope Kepu and of course, Isreal Folau. They do however have the talents of Kurtley Beale to turn to, alongside new signing Jack Maddocks who has moved state from Melbourne Rebels. This year’s Super Ruby tournament is wide open, so don’t be surprised to see the Warratahs pushing for a finals spot come June.
Super Rugby Fixtures
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Super Rugby replays available at designated times following the live matches.
|Sat, Sep 19||Brumbies vs Reds (Grand Final)||Super Rugby AU||LIVE: 7.15pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
NSW Warratahs on Free to Air
Currently, there is no live Super Rugby free to air broadcaster in Australia. Network Ten does, however, have the rights to show one delayed broadcast every Sunday morning, as well as delayed coverage of the Finals matches that involve the Aussie teams.
Watch the Tahs Live Online
You won’t find this year’s Super Rugby free to air shown live in Australia, but Fox Sports 501 (Foxtel/Kayo) will Exclusively broadcast each and every match LIVE, in HD, and ad-break free during play.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to review the Foxtel now free trial which is good for 10 days and has no lock-in. Foxtel Now can be renewed month-to-month, and allows fans to watch the Warratahs online and live with compatible internet connected devices.
Stream The Warratahs in 2020 Free
Alternatively, Kayo Sports have a 14 day trial offering with no lock-in contract. With the Kayo trial you can stream Super Rugby free using eligible mobile devices, and for fans who want to catch up on the action, Kayo Minis provide a 10-20-minute recap after play has concluded. Other game changing features include Interactive Graphics, SplitView and Key Moments, which provide highlights throughout the matches in real-time.
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NSW Waratahs Rivals
The Brumbies are the Tahs closest rival in terms of geography, occupying the ACT as well as the southern parts of NSW. Formed in 1996 as the third Australian side in the Super 12, they were made up predominantly of players not wanted by the other two sides. Despite that, they have enjoyed the most success of any Australian franchise – they made the final in just their second season, and since then have enjoyed another ten trips to the postseason, including five appearances in the final and two Super Rugby Championships. After missing the final in 2019 they appear to have improved even more this year and will be one of the favourites to get out of the Australian Conference.
The Rebels are the southern rivals of the Waratahs, representing Melbourne and the state of Victoria. The youngest of all the Australian teams, they entered the Super Rugby tournament less than a decade ago, in 2011. In the short period of time since then they have struggled, failing to make the finals and with their best appearance coming in 2018 when they finished ninth. Heading into 2020, however, they are a huge chance to break their duck. With a stacked backline, an elite coach, and a squad packed with Australian Internationals, it wouldn’t be a surprise few to see them make a maiden finals appearance this season, but don’t look for these matches on free to air TV in Australia.
The Reds round out the list of Australian teams in the Super Rugby tournament. Like the Waratahs, they were formed back in 1882, acting as the representative side for Queensland until they joined the Super 12 in 1996. Despite making the semi-finals three times in the first six years of the tournament, they have perennially found themselves in the lower reaches of the ladder, the exception being a period between 2011 and 2013 when they won their first and so far only title before making a couple more finals appearances. Last year they was a tough year, and though there is some reason for optimism, they will likely find themselves towards the bottom of the Australian conference again in 2020.