Rugby World Cup 2019: Where to Watch or Stream Live in Australia


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Eagerly awaited by rugby fans around the globe, the 2019 Rugby World Cup gets under way in Japan on September 20th, with Australia taking on the world’s best for the change to avenge their 2015 defeat at the hands of New Zealand’s All Blacks. Here’s your options for watching it live in Australia.

This time the Rugby World Cup moves to stadiums across Japan for the 2019 competition, which places it in almost the same time zone as Australia – perfect for catching the many evening games including the finals. The Cup runs right through to November 2nd, with all the action being broadcast live on a new dedicated Rugby World Cup channel by Foxtel. But don’t worry – you don’t need to have Foxtel to catch the World Cup action! Each and every game will also be streamed live by the Australian sports streaming phenomenon, Kayo Sports. And those relying on free-to-air TV will still be able to see Australia’s Wallabies in action on Channel Ten.

Watching the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Australia

The World Cup is the pinnacle of rugby competition, with the top twenty nations divided into four groups competing for the Webb Ellis Cup over six intense weeks. While New Zealand is the favourite to defend their title, history shows it will be no easy task, and this year may represent the hardest challenge yet.

Fortunately for Australian Rugby fans, every match of the 2019 World Cup will be available live, including five pool games of the Rugby World Cup on Free to Air (on Channel 10) along with six matches in the finals, with all remaining games broadcast by Foxtel on a dedicated Rugby World Cup channel that will also be available on Kayo Sports.

Streaming the 2019 Rugby World Cup on Kayo Sports

Thanks to the arrival of Kayo Sports since the last Rugby World Cup, viewers now have a choice of ways to stream all the action. Those who subscribe to Foxtel Now will be able to tune into the World Cup channel and stream all the action live (and for those new to Foxtel Now, a 2 weeks Free Live TV Trial is available). But the best way to stream the World Cup is undoubtedly with Kayo Sports.

Rather than presenting the matches on a linear channel, Kayo Sports lets you go straight to matches as they’re being played live, with the ability to follow your favourite teams and be alerted when they’re about to play. All games will be streamed in full high definition, and you don’t have to be there at the start of the match to start watching. Thanks to Kayo Sports’ innovative live streaming technology, you can stream matches from the start even if they’re still in progress – and with Kayo’s “No Spoilers” feature, you can watch every game as though it was live, no matter what time suits you best.

Kayo Sports also offers unique and innovative features you can’t get anywhere else, including Split View (the ability to stream multiple games in multiple windows at the same time), Key Moments, live statistics and more. And for those who don’t have time to watch every game in full, Kayo Minis let you take in the complete story of a match in under 30 minutes.

Viewing the Rugby World Online with Foxtel

Each and every match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, including the semis and finals, will be shown live and ad-break free during play, through Fox Sports and Fox Sports HD. This means you can either stream the World Cup live to eligible mobile devices with the Foxtel Go app, or watch these exciting Rugby matches online using Smart TVs, Telstra TV, Playstation 4 and the Foxtel Now box. Foxtel, via a set-top box, is the only place where you also can also enjoy every World Cup game in 4K Ultra HD, exclusively on the dedicated Foxtel 4K channel.

Watching the World Cup on Channel 10

Free-to-air viewers will be able to catch all four of the Wallabies’ pool games live when they’re broadcast on Network Ten, starting on Saturday September 21st when they take on Fiji in Sapporo. The following weekend on Sunday 29th September, the Wallabies face Wales in Tokyo, with contests against Uruguay and Georgia rounding out the first set of matches in early October.

From there, two of the quarter-finals will be broadcast by Ten, followed by both semi-finals, the third place play-off and the all-important grand final on November 2nd.

It’s going to be possible to stream the games broadcast by Channel Ten on their free TenPlay app, though it’s looking likely that you’ll only be able to stream the matches live, not on replay. You’ll also need to sign up for a free TenPlay account to be able to watch the Wallabies online.

Kayo Sports vs Free to Air vs Foxtel

Thanks to the ease and flexibility of streaming, the 2019 Rugby World Cup is perhaps the most accessible to date, with fans able to watch high quality broadcasts of every match streamed live or at any time that suits best. Options that include Channel Ten, Kayo Sports and Foxtel.

Kayo Sports is the go-to choice for making the most of the World Cup, with its high-quality high definition streaming enhanced by features you can’t find anywhere else – extensive replays and Kayo Minis, Key Moments, Split View and more. Kayo Sports works in web browsers, iOS and Android mobile devices, on Chromecast and on select streaming devices including Apple TV and Telstra TV. You can try Kayo Sports completely free of charge for two weeks by taking advantage of their free trial offering, so you can see for yourself what a great match it is for the Rugby World Cup without spending a cent!

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Rugby World Cup 2019 Dates

Here’s the complete Rugby World Cup 2019 broadcast schedule so you know what to watch where and when.

DateEventTime
Date: Fri, Sep 20Event: Japan vs RussiaTime: 8:45 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: yes
Date: Sat, Sep 21Event: Australia vs FijiTime: 2:45 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: yes
Date: Sat, Sep 21Event: France vs ArgentinaTime: 5:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Sat, Sep 21Event: New Zealand vs South AfricaTime: 7:45 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Sun, Sep 22Event: Italy vs NamibiaTime: 3:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Sun, Sep 22Event: Ireland vs ScotlandTime: 5:45 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Sun, Sep 22Event: England vs TongaTime: 8:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Mon, Sep 23Event: Wales vs GeorgiaTime: 8:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Tue, Sep 24Event: Russia vs SamoaTime: 8:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Wed, Sep 25Event: Fiji vs UruguayTime: 3:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Thu, Sep 26Event: Italy vs CanadaTime: 5:45 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Thu, Sep 26Event: England vs USATime: 8:45 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Sat, Sep 28Event: Argentina vs TongaTime: 2:45 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Sat, Sep 28Event: Japan vs IrelandTime: 5:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Sat, Sep 28Event: South Africa vs NamibiaTime: 7:45 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Sun, Sep 29Event: Georgia vs UruguayTime: 3:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Sun, Sep 29Event: Australia vs WalesTime: 5:45 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: yes
Date: Mon, Sep 30Event: Scotland vs SamoaTime: 8:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Wed, Oct 2Event: France vs USATime: 5:45 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Wed, Oct 2Event: New Zealand vs CanadaTime: 8:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Thu, Oct 3Event: Georgia vs FijiTime: 3:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Thu, Oct 3Event: Ireland vs RussiaTime: 8:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Fri, Oct 4Event: South Africa vs ItalyTime: 7:45 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Sat, Oct 5Event: Australia vs UruguayTime: 3:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: yes
Date: Sat, Oct 5Event: England vs ArgentinaTime: 6:00 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Sat, Oct 5Event: Japan vs SamoaTime: 8:30 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Sun, Oct 6Event: New Zealand vs NamibiaTime: 3:45 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Sun, Oct 6Event: France vs TongaTime: 6:45 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Tue, Oct 8Event: South Africa vs CanadaTime: 9:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Wed, Oct 9Event: Argentina vs USATime: 3:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Wed, Oct 9Event: Scotland vs RussiaTime: 6:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Wed, Oct 9Event: Wales vs FijiTime: 8:45 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Fri, Oct 11Event: Australia vs GeorgiaTime: 9:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: yes
Date: Sat, Oct 12Event: New Zealand vs Italy - Cancelled due to TyphoonTime: 3:45 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Sat, Oct 12Event: England vs France - Cancelled due to TyphoonTime: 7:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Sat, Oct 12Event: Ireland vs SamoaTime: 9:45 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Sun, Oct 13Event: Namibia vs CanadaTime: 2:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Sun, Oct 13Event: USA vs TongaTime: 4:45 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Sun, Oct 13Event: Wales vs UruguayTime: 7:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Sun, Oct 13Event: Japan vs ScotlandTime: 9:45 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Sat, Oct 19Event: Quarter-finals: Australia v EnglandTime: 6:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: yes
Date: Sat, Oct 19Event: Quarter-finals: New Zealand v IrelandTime: 9:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Sun, Oct 20 Event: Quarter-finals: Wales v FranceTime: 6:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: yes
Date: Sun, Oct 20 Event: Quarter-finals: Japan v South AfricaTime: 9:15 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Sat, Oct 26 Event: Semi-finals: England v New ZealandTime: 7:00 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: yes
Date: Sun, Oct 27 Event: Semi-finals: Wales v South AfricaTime: 8:00 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: no
Date: Fri, Nov 1 Event: Bronze match: New Zealand v WalesTime: 8:00 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: yes
Date: Sat, Nov 2Event: Final: England v South AfricaTime: 8:00 PMFoxtel: yesKayo: yesChannel 10: yes

* Above times listed in AEST through September and AEDT in October/November. Full match replays are available throughout the week on Kayo Sports and Foxtel – check your local guide for updates or changes.

Quarter-finals

Date Time Event Channel
Saturday, Oct 19 6:15 PM Winner Pool C vs Runner up Pool D Foxtel / Kayo*
Saturday, Oct 19 9:15 PM Winner Pool B vs Runner up Pool A Foxtel / Kayo*
Sunday, Oct 20 6:15 PM Winner Pool D vs Runner up Pool C Foxtel / Kayo*
Sunday, Oct 20 9:15 PM Winner Pool A vs Runner up Pool B Foxtel / Kayo*

*Channel 10, 10 Play and 10 Bold have the rights to stream two of the four quarter-finals. These have not yet been confirmed.

Semi-finals

Date Time Event Channel
Saturday, Oct 26 7:00 PM Winner QF 1 vs Winner QF 2 Foxtel / Kayo / Ten
Sunday, Oct 27 8:00 PM Winner QF 3 vs Winner QF 4 Foxtel / Kayo / Ten

Third-placed playoff

Date Time Event Channel
Friday, Nov 1 8:00 PM Loser SF 1 vs Loser SF 2 Foxtel / Kayo / Ten

Final

Date Time Event Channel
Saturday, Nov 2 8:00 PM Winner SF 1 vs Winner SF 2 Foxtel / Kayo / Ten