With the inaugural competition fully underway fans will get to watch the Western Force strut their stuff against a host of quality opponents in the fifteen-man game via World Series Rugby.
The brainchild of Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest features the Australian team removed from the Super Rugby, alongside several other quality outfits, and you won’t have to miss a key moment when watching live on your big screen or streaming matches to a compatible mobile device with a Free trial.
2018 World Series Indo Pacific Rugby
In 2017, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) announced that the Western Force would be the Australian team cut from the 2018 Super Rugby season, as specified by Sanzar, given the need for improvement in the field of play. That left Western Force owner Andrew Forrest absolutely seething and as such, he created the Indo Pacific Rugby Championship, which will begin in 2019, but for 2018, he rolled out World Series Rugby. The 2018 competition is regarded as a “warm up tournament” leading into the Indo Pacific Rugby Championship for next year, and the games are by invitation-only. The competition for this year sees the Western Force playing seven matches, once each against international sides from Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Hong Kong and Japan, as well as the Melbourne Rebels and Canterbury Crusaders.
When: May 4-August 17
Where: NIB Stadium, Perth
Western Force Preview
There is great intrigue about the Western Force and what they can do in this tournament leading into next year. Forrest has opened up the cheque book and brought in some world class players, namely Jaque Fourie, a former star Springbok for South Africa who has come out of retirement to play for the Western Force for this season at least, and maybe next year depending on form and how the body holds up. Joining him in regards to new faces are Rod Davies, who previously played for the Queensland Reds. On paper, it looks a very good squad but you’ll get a good guide on the team when they take on the Super Rugby teams, the Crusaders and Rebels.
World Series Rugby LIVE TV Times (AEST)
|Saturday 9 June||LIVE: Force vs Melbourne Rebels||9.00pm|
|Friday 22 June||LIVE: Force vs Canterbury Crusaders||6.30pm|
|Saturday 14 July||LIVE: Western Force vs Samoa||7.00pm|
|Friday 10 Aug||LIVE: Western Force vs Hong Kong||6.30pm|
|Friday 17 Aug||LIVE: Western Force vs Japan||6.30pm|
*Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Per broadcasting agreement you won’t find the Western Force on free to air TV in Australia.
World Series Rugby Streaming and a Free Trial
While there is no World Series Rugby free to air TV provider in Australia, Fox Sports will broadcast every match of this year’s tournament Live, including the option to watch the Indo Pacific Rugby Championship online and replays of the games you may have missed.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to review the Foxtel Now 2 weeks Free streaming TV trial, which has No-lock in contract so you can cancel anytime. Foxtel Now will televise the Indo Pacific Rugby tournament online, and if you have to be out and about, you can stream the Western Force and other teams live to eligible mobile devices through Foxtel Go.
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