The Rugby Sevens format is fast becoming one of the most popular sporting codes in the world, and is now ready to host the twenty-first edition of their World Series.
The 2019/20 Rugby 7’s continue with a visit to Cape Town, South Africa, from 13-15 December. This weekend will see both the Men’s and Women’s sides compete, and using the options listed in this guide you won’t miss the available action when watching at home or streaming matches live to a mobile device.
2019 Rugby World Sevens Preview
This will be the twenty-first edition of the HSBC Rugby World Sevens, and Fiji will enter as the reigning champions after besting the United States for total points on the season by the slimmest of margins, 186-177, thanks largely to their victory in the finale at Paris and the USA side finishing fourth on that same weekend. It was Fiji’s fourth Rugby Sevens championship, and their third title in the past five years, with their run including taking the Gold in five of the ten stops. As for team USA, this was their best-ever showing in the tournament’s history, and included a hot start to the series when they finished second in each of the first four events. New Zealand and South Africa, who entered as favourites, took the third and fourth positions on the final Rugby 7’s ladder.
When: December 5, 2019 – May 31, 2020
Where: Asia, Africa, Australasia, N. America, Europe
For the men, the number one seed in 2019/20 is New Zealand, who started strong last season by winning two of the first four events, only to see their form slip dramatically as the season progressed. Fiji will also head in as one of the favourites having won Gold at half of the stops last time around on their way to the championship. They will look to get off to a faster start this year after failing to finish higher than fourth in three of the first five stops last year – Dubai, Sydney and Las Vegas. As for the Australian men, they finished seventh last time out, with their best efforts being a fourth in Dubai and a second place finish in London. This year’s season will follow largely the same format as the last, with the only change to the Rugby Seven’s fixtures being a change in the USA venue from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Los Angeles, California.
In the Women’s Rugby 7’s, Australia will look to return to the form that saw them take the Gold in 2018, with reigning champs New Zealand currently the biggest obstacle in their path. New Zealand won four of the six events last season, besting the United States who took the Silver. The 2019/20 Women’s Sevens will see two additional stops on the schedule, for a total of eight legs in all. Hong Kong has been added to replace Japan – which will be hosting the 2020 Olympic Sevens – along with stops in New Zealand and South Africa. The women will play on the same weekends as the men’s teams in Dubai (Dec 5-7), South Africa (Dec 13-15), New Zealand (Jan 25-26), Australia (Feb 1-2), Hong Kong (April 3-5) and the Finale in France (May 30-31), which will make for several exciting weekends, but don‘t look for the Rugby Sevens on Free to air in Australia.
2019 HSBC Dubai Sevens Live TV Schedule (Sydney time)
|Thursday 5 December||LIVE: Women’s and Men’s Day 1||9.40pm – 3.30am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 6 December||Replay: Men’s and Women’s Day 1||10.00am – 2.00pm||Foxtel|
|Friday 6 December||LIVE: Women’s and Men’s Day 2||3.40pm – 11.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 7 December||Replay: Men’s and Women’s Day 2||9.00am – 11.00am & 1.30pm – 3.30pm||Foxtel|
|Saturday 7 December||LIVE: Women’s and Men’s Day 3||3.30pm – 3.30am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sunday 8 December||Replay: Men’s and Women’s Day 3||10.30am – 12.30pm||Foxtel|
All events shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Rugby Sevens Replays on Foxtel include highlights of the day’s matches.
Watch or Stream Rugby 7’s Live
You won’t find the World Rugby Sevens on Free to Air TV, but Fox Sports of Australia (Foxtel and Kayo) will provide exclusive live coverage as the top men’s and women’s teams square off in South Africa (Dec 13-15). So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to review Foxtel Now, which currently has a 10 day free trial and offers Rugby fans an opportunity to watch the World Sevens live online with compatible internet connected devices.
Alternatively, Kayo Sports has a 14 day trial offering and will have every Men’s and Women’s game Live and On Demand. Kayo offers live HSBC Rugby Sevens streaming with eligible mobile devices and browsers, including select PC and Macs, iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple and Telstra TV, Google Chromecast, as well as Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge, with new apps and platforms arriving soon. Kayo will also provide on demand replays of the Dubai Sevens tournament so you can conveniently catch-up on those matches you may have missed.
Dubai Men’s Rugby 7’s Cup Finals (Sydney time)
After the pool matches are completed, the top-placed teams in each tournament compete in the Cup Finals, with gold, silver and bronze points awarded to the winners.
|Saturday 7 December||LIVE: Cup quarters – France v England||6.14pm|
|Saturday 7 December||LIVE: Cup quarters – New Zealand v USA||6.36pm|
|Saturday 7 December||LIVE: Cup quarters – S. Africa v Argentina||6.58pm|
|Saturday 7 December||LIVE: Cup quarters – Australia v Samoa||7.20pm|
|Saturday 7 December||LIVE: Cup Semi Finals||10.00pm|
|Saturday 7 December||LIVE: Cup Semi Finals||10.22pm|
|Sunday 8 December||LIVE: Cup Bronze Final||1.00am|
|Sunday 8 December||LIVE: Cup Gold Final||2.02am|
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Dubai Rugby Sevens Australian Men’s Fixtures (Sydney time)
|Friday 6 December||LIVE: Australia vs Scotland||12.50am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 6 December||LIVE: Australia vs Ireland||6.58pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 7 December||LIVE: Australia vs USA||1.12am||Foxtel / Kayo|
Dubai Sevens 2019 Groupings
Pool A: Fiji, France, Argentina, Japan
Pool B: USA, Australia, Scotland, Ireland
Pool C: New Zealand, Samoa, Canada, Wales
Pool D: South Africa, England, Spain, Kenya
2019 World Rugby 7’s Fixtures List
Kayo Sports have announced that they will have Live coverage of every remaining stop of the Men’s and Women’s HSBC World Rugby Series 2019/20. Foxtel (Foxtel and Foxtel from Telstra) have also indicated they will provide television coverage, but it is uncertain at this time which events will be shown live and which will be available only on replay. Details about the live programming for each event can be found in the TV Schedule located above.
|Dubai, UAE World 7’s (Men & Women)||5-7 Dec 2019|
|Cape Town, South Africa 7’s (Men & Women)||13-15 Dec 2018|
|Hamilton, New Zealand 7’s (Men & Women)||25-26 January, 2020|
|Sydney, Australia 7’s (Men & Women)||1-2 February, 2020|
|Las Vegas, USA 7’s||29 Feb – 1 March, 2020|
|Vancouver, Canada 7’s||7-8 March, 2020|
|Hong Kong 7s (Men & Women)||3-5 April, 2020|
|Singapore 7’s||11-12 April, 2020|
|London, England 7s||23-24 May, 2020|
|Paris, France 7s (Men & Women)||30-31 May, 2020|
Here in 2019 We Speak Rugby
Best of all, no matter where or what time it’s being played Kayo Sports and Foxtel Now offer the option to stream key matches from a variety of Rugby action, including the 2020 Super Rugby season, Charity Shield, Telstra NRL Premiership (grand final excluded), Rugby Championship, the Bledisloe Cup, English Super League and more.
There’s also the 2020 Olympics, which will be hosting the Rugby 7’s as a medal event for just the second time in history, with the Australian broadcast rights still to be decided, so be sure to circle your calendar in advance of the July 27th start date.
Rugby Sevens Streaming Devices
Not everyone currently has, or wants to take on the cost of a Foxtel or Telstra pay TV subscription. So with this consideration in mind, what other choices do you have when it comes to streaming the World Rugby Sevens Series, and how can you maximise their use? Let’s look at some of the most reliable streaming options available on the Aussie market.
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 Ultra Chromecast version – the difference is that the Ultra handles 4K video, which is becoming increasingly available in Australia thanks to Foxtel. 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, including Kayo Sports and Foxtel Now. 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 the Rugby Sevens and other sport on your TV. Simply plug it in and start watching, fuss-free. Of course, you’ll need to subscribe to the Foxtel Now Sports pack, which offers access to twelve channels including Fox Sports, Fox League, Fox Footy, ESPN, beIN Sports and all the live action available each and every week.
One of the most popular devices in Australia and perhaps the easiest to use, the Telstra TV (made by global streaming leader Roku) is now in its third generation, and features support for live TV channels that are integrated seamlessly with all the key services. The Telstra TV supports every streaming app you could ever need, from Netflix and Stan to Kayo Sports and Foxtel Now, and it’s fully ready for 4K televisions, making it ideal for the stunning on screen action found in the Rugby Sevens. You can obtain the Telstra TV outright, or add it to your existing Telstra account for a small monthly payment.
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