The 2020 Super Rugby regular season will be the 25th edition of the hugely popular southern hemisphere rugby union competition, and will see 15 teams from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Argentina battle it out for supremacy over the course of 18 weeks.
Teams will be split into three conferences consisting of five teams each, the third successive year that the event has been formatted in that way, and you won’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 TV Preview
The 2020 Super Rugby season is fully under way, with live matches weekly right up until the Finals. New Zealand’s Crusaders are the defending champions after they defeated Argentina’s Jaguares 19-3 to retain their title for the third consecutive year. The 2020 season will continue with the reduced 15-team format, split into three separate conferences; the New Zealand Conference, the Australian Conference (which includes Japan’s Sunwolves), and the South African Conference (which includes Argentina’s Jaguares).
After 18 rounds of regular season competition here in 2020, in which each team will play 16 games, the top teams from each of the three conferences will advance to the finals, as will five ‘wildcard’ teams made up of the five teams with the next best records overall. The first round sees the “Qualifiers”, which are followed by the Semi-Finals and then the Grand Final. Last season the Brumbies were the best placed Aussie side, advancing to the Sem-finals where they were defeated by the Jaguares.
When: February 1 – June 19 (AU time)
Where: Australia, Argentina, Japan, New Zealand, 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.
** 2020 Super Rugby Postponement Announced **
Super Rugby has announced that the 2020 season will be suspended from March 16 until further notice. The reason for this is due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, and concerns that the games and arenas may expose players and fans to this community health concern. Super Rugby will use this hiatus to determine the next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus. If any significant new details about Super Rugby’s plans for the remainder of the 2020 season are made available, this notice will include them and the TV fixtures will be updated.
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.
The four Australian teams are the Brumbies, Reds, Waratahs and Rebels, and you can see the next round of matches for every Super Rugby side in the TV Fixtures located below this guide.
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.
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Super Rugby 2020 LIVE TV (Sydney time)
|TBC||Highlanders v Chiefs||Postponed||Foxtel / Kayo|
|TBC||Blues v Hurricanes||Postponed||Foxtel / Kayo|
|TBC||Reds v Rebels||Postponed||Foxtel / Kayo|
|TBC||Sharks v Waratahs||Postponed||Foxtel / Kayo|
|TBC||Bulls v Lions||Postponed||Foxtel / Kayo|
|TBC||Brumbies v Jaguares||Postponed||Foxtel / Kayo|
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Super Rugby replays available at designated times following the live matches.
Super Rugby Finals 2020 Schedule
As per prior licensing agreement, Super Rugby Finals are not available on free to air in Australia, and will only be offered as delayed broadcasts once the match has been run and won.
|Sat/Sun 6-7 June||Qualifiers: TBC|
|Sat 13 June||Semi Finals: Winner QF 1 vs Winner QF 4 TBA|
|Sun 14 June||Semi Finals: Winner QF 2 vs Winner QF 3 TBA|
|Saturday 20 June||Grand Final: Winner SF 1 vs Winner SF 2 TBA|
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.
Bulls vs Sharks – This is a rivalry which transcends rugby. All sides in South Africa have a healthy combination of respect and hatred for one another, but the animosity between these two sides is on another level. Games between these two teams are games between Durban and Pretoria; between Rooinek and Boer, between the English and the Dutch. Neither of them had a great season in 2019 – the Sharks were knocked out in the quarter finals and the Bulls didn’t make it – but both have a proud history and will be keen for redemption.
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.