Watch Rugby Union in Australia
A major shake-up in Australian broadcasting rights means that both domestic and international Rugby Union games will be available to watch live across several platforms from 2021.
From Super Rugby and the Rugby Championship in the Southern Hemisphere, to the Six Nations and European Champions Cup further North, you won’t want to miss a minute. Find out how to watch Rugby Union live here.
Rugby Union Season 2021 Preview
Super Rugby will look very different in 2021. First of all, there will be three separate competitions featuring sides from both Australia and New Zealand. Both Super Rugby AU and Super Rugby Aotearoa will return between February and May. This is all before a combined Trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition between all 10 sides from Australia and New Zealand from May to June.
Six Nations and Champions Cup
During spring there will also be plenty of rugby in the Northern Hemisphere. The 2021 Six Nations gets underway in February, with defending champions England expecting a close battle with a rapidly improving French side. The European Champions Cup, featuring the best domestic teams from Ireland, England, France and Wales will also enter the knockout stages from April.
The 2021 Rugby Championship always brings the rugby season to a thrilling climax. There are high hopes that World Champions South Africa will be back for this year’s edition, alongside the Wallabies, the All Blacks and the Pumas. Southern Hemisphere rugby may just be about to go through another golden period in terms of just how closely matched each team is, making things all the more mouthwatering.
World Sevens Series
Although there is no set date as of yet, the 2021 World Series is expected to arrive soon. Once these dates are confirmed, this guide will be updated, so that you can watch the best men’s and women’s Sevens teams play at venues around the globe.
How to Watch Rugby Union in Australia
There are several ways to watch rugby in Australia this year, whether you prefer free to air TV or live streaming.
Watch Rugby on Nine and Stan
Channel Nine and it’s subscription sister service, Stan, will be the home of Southern Hemisphere rugby in 2021. They have signed a three-year broadcast deal with Rugby AU that gives them exclusive rights to every game from The Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship to Super Rugby and the Mitre Cup.
This means that all of the above competitions will be aired on both free to air (Wallabies games and one Super Rugby game per week) or behind a paywall with the all new Stan Sport. No details on the cost of Stan Sport have been released yet, but we will provide that information here as soon as it’s available.
Watch Rugby with Foxtel
Foxtel will now become the home of the Six Nations and the European Champions Cup thanks to their three BeIN Channels. Foxtel also retains rights for major tournaments like the Rugby World Cup and Autumn Internationals.
You can also watch live rugby from major domestic leagues in Europe like The Premiership in England. Fox Sports also broadcasts other major rugby codes such as World Rugby Sevens and Rugby League (NRL, Super League).
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Stream Rugby on Kayo Sports
If you like the idea of accessing all of Foxtel’s sports channels, including BeIN Sports, without the need for a long term contract, then Kayo Sports is made for you. The sports streaming service will also give you access to World Rugby Sevens, the Six Nations as well the European Champions Cup.
Kayo currently offers a free 14 day trial so that you can sample a whole two weeks of cricket on a wide range of devices including PCs, Smart TVs, Games Consoles, Tablets and Mobile Phones. Basic $25/month (watch on two devices) or Standard $35/month packages are optional thereafter, which you are free to cancel at any time.
There’s also a number of great features on Kayo, such as No Spoilers, which hides results of a game you plan to watch later on demand. Split View will also be handy for cricket fans this summer who want to watch multiple games (or sports) at the same time.
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Upcoming Rugby Union Fixtures (All Times AEST)
|Event||Teams||Date / Time||Provider|
|Champions Cup||Northampton v Leinster||Jan 16, 4.30am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Champions Cup||Toulon v Scarlets||Jan 16, 7.00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Champions Cup||Exeter v Toulouse||Jan 17, 2.10am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Champions Cup||Racing 92 v Harlequins||Jan 18, 2.10am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Six Nations||Italy v France||Feb 7, 1.15am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Six Nations||England v Scotland||Feb 7, 3.45am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Six Nations||Wales v Ireland||Feb 8, 2.00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Six Nations||England v Italy||Feb 14, 1.15am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Six Nations||Scotland v Wales||Feb 14, 3.45am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Six Nations||Ireland v France||Feb 15, 2.00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Super Rugby AU||Reds v Waratahs||Feb 19, TBC||Nine / Stan Sport|
|Super Rugby AU||Force v Brumbies||Feb 19, TBC||Stan Sport|
|Super Rugby AU||Reds v Rebels||Feb 26, TBC||Stan Sport|
|Super Rugby Aotearoa||H’landers v Crusaders||Feb 26, 5.05pm||Stan Sport|
|Super Rugby AU||Brumbies v Waratahs||Feb 27, TBC||Nine / Stan Sport|
|Super Rugby Aotearoa||Hurricanes vs Blues||Feb 27, 5.05pm||Stan Sport|
Devices supported on Kayo
– PC/Mac: Yes – MacOS 10.12+ (Chrome, Safari, Firefox) & Windows 10 (Chrome, Firefox, Edge); web browser only
– iOS/Android Phones/Tablets: Yes – Via native apps (iOS 11+ and Android 6+)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Chromecast Ultra, 3rd Generation and Chromecast with Google TV for optimal streaming
– Telstra TV: Yes – Split View not available; Telstra TV1 limited to 720p
– Android TV: Yes – Via
– Samsung Smart TVs: Yes – 2017 and later models
– PS4 and Xbox One: Soon – App in development
– Apple TV: Yes – 4th Generation or higher
All of Australia’s test matches are available on free to air with Channel Nine.
From 2021 Super Rugby Is exclusive to Nine and Stan Sport in Australia.
Rugby Union can be watched on Free To Air in Australia via Channel Nine.
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