Super Rugby looks very different in 2021. Teams from South Africa, Argentina and Japan are no longer taking part, leaving the best of the best from Australia and New Zealand to battle it out. As well as a new format there is also a new broadcaster on board that is bringing Super Rugby back to free to air. Find out everything you need to know about watching Super Rugby Live or On Demand right here.
2021 Super Rugby TV Preview
The logistical headache that impacted Super Rugby due to the coronavirus outbreak has seemingly changed the competition for good. 2021 again saw two domestic competitions in Australia and New Zealand from February through to May.
Super Rugby AU featured the Brumbies, NSW Waratahs, QLD Reds, the Rebels and Western Force in a round-robin tournament format. Super Rugby Aotearoa took place at the same time in New Zealand, with games being played between the Crusaders, Hurricanes, Chiefs, Highlanders and Blues.
But this year will see another addition in the shape of Super Rugby Trans Tasman. This unique event will feature all ten AU and NZ teams. It will take place between May and June, with games being played across 5 rounds, and the two most successful teams battling it out in the final.
Super Rugby on Free to Air
One game from each round of Super Rugby Trans Tasman will be broadcast live on free to air with 9Gem. Nine has signed a new deal with Rugby Australia until 2023. This deal also includes Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup games, meaning all Wallabies games will also go out on free to air.
Watch Super Rugby Live Online
Every game from the Super Rugby AU, Super Rugby Aotearoa and Super Rugby Trans-Tasman tournaments are broadcast live and exclusive on Nine and Stan Sport. Stan sport costs as little as $10/month and is only available as an add-on alongside a standard Stan Subscription.
Stan’s new venture into International and Domestic Rugby is also backed up by a stellar commentary team that will appease both new and seasoned fans of the game. Roz Kelly and Nick McArdle will share presenting duties, with Sean Maloney and Andrew Swain calling the games. They will be assisted every week by former players including Tim Horan, Morgan Turinui, Drew Mitchell and All-Black legend Andrew Mehrtens.
Stream Super Rugby LIVE and Free
Even though you need a Stan subscription to be able to access Stan Sport, the latter does come with a 30 day free trial which is ideal for watching Super Rugby. If you’re not an existing customer, you can get both Stan and Stan Sport free for 30 days to see if it’s worth it in the long run.
Super Rugby Fixtures 2021 (Sydney time)
|May 14||Highlanders v Reds||LIVE: 5.05pm||Stan Sport|
|May 14||Waratahs v Hurricanes||LIVE: 7.45pm||Stan Sport|
|May 15||Crusaders v Brumbies||LIVE: 5.05pm||Stan Sport|
|May 15||Rebels v Blues||LIVE: 7.45pm||9Gem / Stan Sport|
|May 15||Force v Chiefs||LIVE: 9.55pm||Stan Sport|
*Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences.
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.