Watch Rugby Union in Australia

Find out how to watch Rugby Union from around the world on your home TV, or live streaming online with a mobile device.

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Rugby Union Season 2021 Preview

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. Find out how to watch Rugby Union live here. 

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.

Super Rugby

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.

Rugby Championship

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. 

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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)

Date Event Time Channel
Apr, 16Highlanders vs BluesLIVE: 5.05pmStan Sport
Apr 17Chiefs vs CrusadersLIVE: 5.05pmStan Sport
Apr 17Force vs WaratahsLIVE: 7.45pmNine / Stan Sport
Apr 18Rebels vs BrumbiesLIVE: 2.00pmStan Sport
Apr 23Chiefs vs HurricanesLIVE: 5.05pmStan Sport
Apr 23Force vs RedsLIVE: 7.45pmNine / Stan Sport
Apr 24Waratahs vs RebelsLIVE: 7.45pmStan Sport
Apr 25Crusaders vs BluesLIVE: 1.35pmStan Sport


  • How can I watch Rugby Union on my phone?

Starting with the 2021 season, you can watch Rugby on your phone using either the Stan app (with a Stan Sport subscription, a $10/month add-on for the streaming service) or the free, ad-supported 9Now app. International Six Nations rugby can still be streamed via the Foxtel Go and Kayo Sports apps.

  • How can I watch Rugby Union live?

You can watch Rugby Live via Foxtel, Kayo Sports and Channel Nine.

  • How do I watch a live Rugby Union match?

All of Australia’s international games are live on Nine and Stan. Live Six Nations rugby games are available on Foxtel and Kayo.

  • How can I watch Rugby Union live for free?

You can watch rugby be for free via Channel Nine, or with Kayo’s 14 Day Free Trial.

  • How can I watch the Wallabies live and free?

All of Australia’s test matches are available on free to air with Channel Nine, and ad-free via a subscription to Stan Sport ($10/month on top of your chosen Stan plan).

  • Can you stream Super Rugby?

From 2021 Super Rugby Is exclusive to Nine and Stan Sport in Australia.

  • Is Rugby Union on free to air?

Rugby Union can be watched on Free To Air in Australia via Channel Nine.

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