The best domestic teams in the southern hemisphere are once again set to clash in this latest edition of Super Rugby. With plenty of retirements and overseas transfers, many teams have a fresh look about them, and with these new faces out to make an impact, you won’t want to miss a minute of the action.
Super Rugby 2020 TV Preview
Super Rugby is a competition that splits 15 southern hemisphere club teams from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina and Japan into three conferences. This year the tournament celebrates its 25th edition, with defending champions Crusaders out to defend their title. The tournament was originally set up in 1995 for teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, but more recently there has been an additional two sides added, the Jaguares from Argentina and the Sunwolves from Japan, making the competition a truly international affair.
But this did come at a price for one Australian team, the Western Force, who had to fold in 2017 to make way for the Sunwolves. Australian representation stays strong in the tournament, however, with the NSW Waratas, The Brumbies, Queensland Reds and Melbourne Rebels all leading the way. The much anticipated Super Rugby season is set to arrive on Australian TV, and using the options provided in this guide you won’t have to miss a key moment.
Where to Watch or Stream Super Rugby in Australia
The broadcast rights to Super Rugby in Australia during the 2020 season belong to Fox Sports, which will have every game LIVE and ad-break free during play. Fortunately, here in Australia there are several options for accessing Fox Sports including Foxtel, Foxtel Now or Kayo Sports.
Watch Super Rugby on TV or Online
To watch on Foxtel with a set-top box using a Standard or HD TV, the best option is the Sports HD pack, which offers more than fifty channels of entertainment, drama, lifestyle, reality and more, as well as over 50 sports on twelve live HD channels. Additionally, every Foxtel channel pack includes the option to stream the content free using the Foxtel Go app.
You also have the option to watch Super Rugby online using Foxtel Now. For good measure Foxtel Now currently offers a 10 day FREE trial so that you can check out all of its content before choosing your preferred pack, and should you decide to subscribe you can cancel anytime if you’re no longer using it. Super Rugby is available as part of the Foxtel Now Sport pack, which gives you instant access to over 50 Sports shown Live and on demand. Foxtel Now can be accessed using your favourite browser, or via the Foxtel Now app and a variety of internet connected devices as seen in the table below. To watch on Foxtel Now with a Standard or HD TV, you can access the platform with a Foxtel Now Box.
Stream Super Rugby Live
Alternatively, you can access Fox Sports with the Kayo Sports streaming service. Kayo offers the exact same live sports as Foxtel, but with a reduced price plan (Basic or Premium) and no lock-in contract.
With Kayo you can also stream Super Rugby live to a compatible mobile device with a 14 day free trial. Current eligible devices 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, with new apps and platforms arriving soon. Other Rugby action on Kayo includes the Six Nations Rugby tournament, NRL 2020 season and the World Rugby Sevens series.
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Super Rugby 2020 Live Fixtures (Sydney time)
Every game of the 2020 Super Rugby season is airing on Fox Sports of Australia (Foxtel/Kayo). There is also one full match replay available per round on free to air with Channel 9. Use this live TV schedule to see this week’s dates and times:
|Friday 28 February||Highlanders v Rebels||LIVE: 5.00pm – 7.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 28 February||Waratahs v Lions||LIVE: 7.00pm – 9.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 29 February||Hurricanes v Sunwolves||LIVE: 2.45pm – 4.45pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 29 February||Reds v Sharks||LIVE: 7.15pm – 9.15pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sunday 1 March||Stormers v Blues||LIVE: 12.00am – 2.00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sunday 1 March||Bulls v Jaguares||LIVE: 2.15am – 4.15am||Foxtel / Kayo|
Mobile Device List and User Guide
The following are the list of compatible mobile and internet connected devices for which you can stream Super Rugby whether at home or on the go, with new apps and devices being added as they become available.
|PC/Mac||Yes||Web browser only (Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge)|
|iOS/Android Phones/Tablets||Yes||Via native apps (iOS 11 and Android 6 minimum)|
|Google Chromecast||Yes||Chromecast Ultra or 3rd Generation required for 1080p HD, otherwise 720p|
|Telstra TV||Yes||Split View not available; TTV1 limited to 720p|
|Android TV||Yes||Via app for version 7.0 and up|
|Samsung Smart TVs||Yes||2017 and later models|
|PS4 and Xbox One||Soon||App in development|
|Apple TV||Yes||4th Generation or higher|
Must See TV for Super Rugby fans
The Super Rugby season runs from January to June 2020. Once you’ve watched all the weekend games you may need some other events to get your sporting fix, so here’s a few options that may be of interest.
Six Nations (Foxtel & Kayo)
The northern hemisphere’s premier international rugby tournament gets underway in February, as England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, France and Italy battle it out to become the 2020 European Champions. With four of the six teams changing coach since last year’s tournament each side will fancy their chances come the end of March. World Cup finalist’s England enter the tournament as slight favourites, but expect a strong challenge from France, Wales and Ireland, and another wooden spoon for Italy.
Sevens Rugby (Foxtel & Kayo)
The Rugby Sevens format is fast becoming one of the most popular sporting codes in the world, and the twenty-first edition of the World Series is now underway. Both male and female international teams will battle it out over 10 tournaments in locations around the world, from Dubai and London to Hong Kong and Paris. This is a great introduction to rugby for those who are unfamiliar with the 15 man game, and produces end to end action over short 14 minute games.
World Club Cup (Foxtel & Kayo)
Once a year the NRL champions go head to head with the winners of the Super League for the World Club Challenge. The gulf in quality between the leagues has seen Aussie teams get the better of their English counterparts on most occasions, but this year could see a lot closer game. St Helens take on the Sydney Roosters with home advantage in the middle of the English winter at Langlee Park for the Saints sure to be a factor. Out of the previous seven editions of this competition, teams from the UK have only won once, so Sydney goes into the game as favourites to retain the title they also won last year.