The International Rugby Season has arrived with the Rugby Championship fully underway, and you can be assured the Wallabies are focused on finishing strong ahead of the upcoming World Cup. The quest for redemption begins with contests against South Africa, Argentina and New Zealand, and you won’t miss a minute of the action when watching at home on TV or streaming the matches live to your mobile device.
2019 Wallabies Rugby Preview
We are just weeks away until the 2019 Rugby World Cup and that will be a point of focus for Wallabies coach Michael Cheika. He has said himself that if he doesn’t have success at the World Cup, he will walk away, and the preparation begins now. There’s a lot he can take out of the upcoming Rugby Championship, a series of contests that are world class with exciting scoring chances combined with gritty and tough defence when needed. That sort of game style will be the formula in order to help the Wallabies have success against South Africa, Argentina, and two matches against the New Zealand All Blacks including their traditional Bledisloe Cup games. This year’s Championship includes matches at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Optus Stadium in Perth and the iconic Eden Park in Auckland. New Zealand is currently the number one ranked side in Rugby Union, South Africa is at number five, while Argentina sits in the tenth position. Australia is ranked sixth, but there is no doubting that if the Wallabies can play at their best, they are in with a big chance.
When: July 21 – August 17
Where: Australia, NZ and South Africa
It’ll be interesting to see what Cheika does when naming his squad for this Championship. There is no Israel Folau and that saga will no doubt be a talking point for the Wallabies leading into the World Cup given he was clearly their best player, but due to social media controversy, his contract has been torn up and the Wallabies look to the future as to who will be their star player. Look for the veterans such as Adam Ashley-Cooper, Sekope Kepu and Will Genia to mentor the younger generation who will take this side into the Rugby World Cup. The three matches will all be intriguing battles. New Zealand will benefit from playing at the Eden Park ‘fortress’, Australia will find comfort in their two matches on home soil, while South Africa will surely get a lift from a strong crowd at Ellis Park.
Wallabies Live TV Times (AEDT)
|Saturday 10 August||LIVE: New Zealand v Wallabies||7.45pm||Ten / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sunday 11 August||LIVE: Argentina v South Africa||5.40am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sunday 11 August||Replay: New Zealand v Wallabies||10.00am – 11.00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 17 August||LIVE: AU vs NZ Bledisloe Cup||5.45pm||Ten / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 17 August||Replay: AU v NZ Bledisloe Cup||11.00pm – 12.00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
Shown as Sydney time on Fox Sports (Foxtel/Kayo), adjust for regional differences. Full Wallabies TV replays will be available on both Foxtel and Kayo Sports following the matches. See upcoming Wallabies fixtures below.
Watch or Stream the Wallabies Live
You won’t find every match of the 2019 Bledisloe Cup on Free to Air TV in Australia (Ten), but Fox Sports (Foxtel/Kayo) will be broadcasting every contest LIVE, in HD, with no ad-breaks during play and the option to watch the Wallabies online.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to review the Kayo Sports 14 day free trial which has no lock-in contract and will televise this very same Rugby action LIVE via the Fox Sports channel. Kayo offers live Wallabies streaming options 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.
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2019 Bledisloe Cup TV Fixtures
|Saturday 10 August||LIVE: Wallabies v All Blacks||7.45pm||Foxtel / Kayo / Ten|
|Saturday 17 August||LIVE: All Blacks v Wallabies||5.45pm||Foxtel / Kayo / Ten|
While the Rugby Championship is an important fixture, no doubt Michael Cheika will have eyes towards not just the World Cup but indeed the 2019 Bledisloe Cup, with the Wallabies nearing 20 years since they last won that iconic piece of silverware. There is no Israel Folau and the side is missing that X factor, so it’ll be interesting to see what Cheika does, whether he takes the punt on Quade Cooper, who has been pretty good in the Super Rugby this season. The other wildcard for the coach is bringing in James O’Conner, who returns to Australian Rugby after a stint overseas and from all reports, he has grown up and matured given a few years ago he made the headlines not for his footy but for what he did off the field. The Wallabies have every chance of winning the Championship again, but don’t look for every exciting match involving Wallabies Free to Air in Australia.
New Zealand All Blacks
The All Blacks probably aren’t as invincible as they were a few years ago, but they are still clearly the best side in world Rugby and go into this, the Bledisloe Cup and indeed the World Cup as overwhelming favourites. Steve Hansen has picked a strong 39 man squad for the Rugby Championship and it’ll be interesting to see how he manages the team given several players will have played in the Super Rugby Final and will more than likely be bruised and battered, so team management will be critical, especially when they take on South Africa and Australia later on in the Championship.
South Africa Springboks
The former World Cup winners aren’t the force they once were but their best is good enough to challenge any team, and it’ll be interesting to see what they do with their Squad for the Rugby Championship. In recent years, the Springboks haven’t been the dominant team in this tournament, and it’s generally been a battle for second between Australia and South Africa, but the South African teams played pretty well throughout the Super Rugby season, so that will give Springbroks fans hope leading in. After the conclusion of the Championship, all eyes will be on the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
Argentina lacks the class of brilliance of the three other teams but one thing can be assured is that they will cause problems for each side and will make sure it’s a proper 80 minute contest, as we saw last year in the Rugby Championship, with the Pumas being really effective at home and at times looked on the verge of some major upsets. The Super Rugby team played well this season and with experience and time, they are getting better and better. In terms of winning the Championship, it would be highly unlikely, but they play tough, so you surely want to watch this year’s Rugby Championship live.
How to Stream the Wallabies in Australia
Not everyone currently has, or wants to take on a Foxtel or Telstra subscription. So with this consideration in mind, what other choices do you have when it comes to streaming the Wallabies and Rugby? Let’s look at some of the best streaming options available on the Aussie market.
Arguably the gold-standard of the lower-profile streaming device for years now, the Apple TV is popular because it delivers. This tiny box is now in its fifth generation, and has recently added 4K and HDR streaming. You can also download apps just like you would on your phone. And that means almost every major player is supported, including the Kayo Sports streaming service and Foxtel Now.
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 Google Chromecast Ultra version – the difference is that the Ultra handles 4K video, which is becoming increasingly available in Australia thanks to HD. 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 or on demand replays including Kayo Sports. 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 Wallabies and other sport on your TV. Simply plug it in and start watching. 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.