The New South Wales Waratahs, who play their home games at the SCG and ANZ Stadium, represent the state of NSW in the fifteen team international Super Rugby competition here in the 2019 season.
The Tahs claimed their debut title just five years ago, but the following seasons didn’t see the same level of success. Last year however, they finished atop the Australian conference and ultimately made it through to a semi-final, and you can catch all the Waratahs’ action as they attempt to go even further when streaming matches live to a mobile device.
2019 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 have a good chance of repeating their efforts from last season, when they were the only Australian side to make the Super Rugby finals after finishing on top of the conference. The signings of Adam Ashley-Cooper and Karmichael Hunt were done with little risk and will add to an already dangerous squad, though the loss of Taqele Naiyaravoro shouldn’t be understated. With the likes of Israel Folau and Bernard Foley down back, however, the Waratahs should have no problems putting up big scores, and will likely find themselves in a two-horse race for first place in the Australian conference with the much improved Melbourne Rebels.
NSW Waratahs Live TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
Sat 20 April LIVE: Waratahs v Rebels at 7.45pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Sat 27 April LIVE: Waratahs v Sharks at 7.45pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Sat 4 May LIVE: Bulls v Waratahs at 11.05pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Sat 11 May LIVE: Lions v Waratahs at 11.05pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Sat 18 May LIVE: Reds v Waratahs at 7.45pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Sat 25 May LIVE: Waratahs v Jaguares at 7.45pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Fri 31 May LIVE: Rebels v Waratahs at 7.45pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Sat 8 June LIVE: Waratahs v Brumbies at 7.45pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Fri 14 June LIVE: Highlanders v Waratahs at 5.35pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Due to broadcasting agreement there is no Super Rugby free to air provider in Australia. Shortened NSW Waratahs match replays are available on both Foxtel and Kayo Sports.
Stream the NSW Waratahs Live and Free
If you’re a fan of NSW and Super Rugby, then the Fox Sports channel (Foxtel/Kayo) is the place for you, broadcasting every game of the 2019 season exclusively, including the option to watch the Waratahs live online with compatible internet connected devices.
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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 finals in 2018 they appear to have improved slightly this year, though it is debatable whether that will be enough to make it 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 last year when they finished ninth. Heading into 2019, however, they are a huge chance to break their duck. With a stacked backline, an elite coach, and a potentially major addition in the form of the enigmatic Quade Cooper, it would 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 won just six games, and though there is some reason for optimism, they will likely find themselves towards the bottom of the Australian conference again in 2019.