Super Rugby has gone through some major changes both in terms of how the competition looks and where games can be watched live. With three different versions of the tournament set to take place in 2021, it promises to make for compelling viewing.
Super Rugby 2021 TV Preview
Super Rugby 2020 was abandoned quickly due to the coronavirus outbreak, which led to teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa playing their own domestic versions of the competition. Since then South African sides have walked away from Super Rugby, leaving only teams from Australia and New Zealand.
The 10 sides from these two nations will play in individual, domestic competitions again in 2021, starting in February and ending in May. But there is a twist. Once all of the fixtures have been played in Super Rugby AU and Super Rugby Aotearoa (NZ) respectively, the first ever Trans-Tasman tournement will get underway involving all the squads from both nations.
Super Rugby Trans-Tasman will run throughout May and June, and will be seen as the perfect showcase for players pushing for a place in their respective Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup squads. Games will be played in both New Zealand and Australia, with the final set for June 19th.
Where to Watch or Stream Super Rugby Finals in Australia
The broadcast rights to Super Rugby in Australia during the 2021 season belong to Nine and Stan Sport. One game from every round of Super Rugby AU will be available via Nine, with all other games on Stan Sport. Every game from the Super Rugby Aotearoa and Super Rugby Trans-Tasman tournaments will be broadcast live and exclusive on Stan Sport.
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
You can watch Super Rugby games online with 9Now and the Stan Sport app. 9Now is free to all residents in Australia. Stan Sport can only be accessed if you have an existing Stan subscription, which starts from $10/month.
A further payment of $10 will be applied to watch Stan Sport, which means that the cheapest way to watch all Super Rugby games is $20/month. If you’re not sure whether or not you would like to commit to Stan Sport, you can try it all out, along with a standard Stan plan, with a free 30 Day Trial.
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Super Rugby 2021 Live Fixtures (Sydney time)
Every game of the 2021 Super Rugby season is airing on Nine and Stan Sport. There is only one full Super Rugby AU match available per round on free to air with Channel Nine. Use this live TV schedule to catch upcoming games Live:
|May 8||NZ Final – Crusaders vs Chiefs||LIVE: 5.05pm||Stan Sport|
|May 8||AU Final – Reds vs Brumbies||LIVE: 7.45pm||Nine / Stan Sport|
Must See TV for Super Rugby fans
The Super Rugby season has seen some big fixtures int for 2021. Once you’ve watched all the weekend’s games you may need some other events to get your sporting fix, so here are a few options that may be of interest.
The Rugby Championship (Nine / Stan Sport)
The 2021 Rugby Championship will involve four teams from the southern hemisphere again after South Africa missed last year’s tournament. Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina will take part in this year’s round robin competition.
Six Nations (Foxtel / Kayo)
The 2021 Six Nations Championship will be the 127th edition of the event, featuring the top six sides from the Northern Hemisphere in England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. With Lions places up for grabs, there will be a bit more of an edge to this year’s competition, which will make for some compelling Rugby. Read more.
NRL (Foxtel / Kayo)
NRL is the most popular rugby league competition in the world and the 24th edition promises to be one of the most exciting yet. It’s all set to run for eight months, from the opening game in March to the Grand final in October. Read more.