The 2020 Super Rugby was halted early in the season due to coronavirus and has come up with an inventive way of giving rugby fans their much needed fix! Super Rugby Aotearoa (NZ) and Super Rugby AU recently finished in September, with Super Rugby South Africa set to kick off in October. Don’t miss a key moment when watching at home on TV or streaming the match Live to a mobile device using the options listed in this guide.
2020 Super Rugby Unlocked TV Preview
The 2020 Super Rugby season is set to get back underway, albeit in a slightly different format, featuring teams from South Africa in their own domestic style league. Seven provincial franchises including the Bulls, Sharks, Lions, Stormers, Cheetahs, Griquas and Pumas will take part in Super Rugby Unlocked, a round-robin tournament running from October 10 to November 21.
The competition will be the first time South Africa has seen elite level rugby since the coronavirus outbreak. It is viewed as an essential tournament that will give the best Springbok players a chance to get up to full match fitness before the upcoming Rugby Championship.
When: October 10th – November 21st
Where: South Africa
A variety of viewing options are available to ensure you don’t miss a minute of the excitement with much of the action to be televised in High Definition and ad-break free including Foxtel, Foxtel Now, Foxtel from Telstra and mobile streaming service Kayo Sports.
Super Rugby 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 four Aussie teams.
Watch Super Rugby Live Online
While you won’t find this year’s Super Rugby free to air shown live in Australia, Fox Sports (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, requires no set-up fees and allows fans to watch Super Rugby online and live with compatible internet connected devices. Eligible platforms include PC, Mac, iOS or Android mobile devices, as well as Telstra TV, Chromecast, Playstation 4 and more.
Stream Super Rugby LIVE and 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 an eligible mobile device. Devices available to Kayo users include select PC and Macs, iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple and Telstra TV, the Google Chromecast, as well as Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers.
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, NoSpoilers and Key Moments, which provide highlights throughout the matches in real-time.
Super Rugby Unlocked 2020 LIVE TV (Sydney time)
|Fri, Nov 20th||Bulls v Pumas||LIVE: 4.00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat, Nov 21st||Cheetahs v Griquas||LIVE: 1.30am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat, Nov 21st||Sharks v Stormers||LIVE: 4.00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Super Rugby replays available at designated times following the live matches.
How to Stream Super Rugby Live in Australia
Not everyone currently has, or wants to take on a Foxtel or Telstra subscription. So with this consideration in mind, what other choices do you have when it comes to streaming Super Rugby? Let’s look at some of the best streaming options available on the Aussie market.
Arguably the gold-standard of the lower-profile streaming device for years now, the Apple TV is popular because it delivers. This tiny box is now in its fifth generation, and has recently added 4K and HDR streaming. You can also download apps just like you would on your phone. And that means almost every major player is supported, including the Kayo Sports streaming service and Foxtel Now.
This amazing little device now comes in two options for streaming video, both with an HDMI connection linking them to your TV. You can choose from the standard or the Google Chromecast Ultra version – the difference is that the Ultra handles 4K video, which is becoming increasingly available in Australia thanks to HD. Once plugged in and connected to your home Wi-Fi network, the device can be reached by a vast range of apps to stream video or on demand replays including Kayo Sports. While it’s not as seamless as using a dedicated device – it’s still extremely versatile.
Foxtel Now Box
Another increasingly popular streaming device option would be the Foxtel Now Box. Launched over a year ago, it delivers the easiest way to stream Foxtel Now, as well as YouTube and Stan, directly to your TV. There’s no installation required so you can immediately start streaming Rugby and other sport on your TV. Simply plug it in and start watching. Of course, you’ll need to subscribe to the Foxtel Now Sports pack, which offers access to twelve channels including Fox Cricket, Fox Sports, Fox League, Fox Footy, ESPN, beIN Sports and all the live action available each and every week.
Super Rugby Rivalries
Crusaders vs Highlanders – This match-up is the battle for supremacy on the South Island of New Zealand. The Crusaders represent the north side of the island and the Highlanders the south, but further to this the two teams are a professional representation of the amateur rivalry between Otago University in Dunedin, and Canterbury University in Christchurch. Last season, they met three time, including the semi finals, all of which the Crusader won comfortably en route to the title.
Reds vs Waratahs – Of course, no rivalry list would be complete without a couple of proud Australian sides, and the Reds and the Waratahs are exactly that. The Queensland vs New South Wales rivalry has a long and tumultuous history, and this is the Super Rugby incarnation of that struggle. The Reds have had an unsuccessful past few years while the Waratahs only returned to the finals last season after a couple of years out, but when they both return to their full powers, there is no doubting the rivalry will return to its best.