Rugby Live Streaming
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.
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Streaming Rugby in Australia
Rugby Union is a game adored by millions around the world. It competes with the biggest sports thanks to tournaments like The Rugby World Cup and the Rugby Championship. There’s also the Six Nations and Sevens rugby, meaning that we can watch the best players around the globe right across the calendar year.
At domestic level, Rugby Union is also hot property, with Super Rugby and the European Champions Cup becoming the playground for players who have dreams of making into the international set-up. These tournaments are played across several months for those die-hard Union fans that want to watch the 15 man game week in, week out.
Every scrum, tackle and try from all these competitions will be available to watch via several sports streaming providers in Australia. Become a little more acquainted them all below.
How to watch Rugby in Australia
A recent broadcast bidding war means that Rugby Union is now split across three different providers. Stan Sport and Channel Nine now has the rights to Super Rugby, the Rugby Championship and international fixtures featuring the Wallabies.
These rights were previously held by Fox Sports (Foxtel/Kayo). But those who think that this means the end for Rugby Union on Australia’s biggest sports network should think again. Thanks to channels like BeIN, Foxtel and Kayo customers can access major tournaments like the Six Nations, European Champions Cup, World Sevens, Top 14, the Gallagher Premiership and more.
Wondering what you need to do to access all this great rugby? We have detailed it all right here.
Stream Rugby live on Kayo
Major international rugby and European domestic competitions can be watched on Kayo. Kayo Sports offers access to all Fox Sports channels as well as ESPN and beIN so that you can watch some of the best of world rugby as well as tons of other sports under one subscription. Rugby is included with the Kayo free trial offer.
Stream Rugby with Foxtel Now
If you like the idea of getting access to the entire Foxtel TV service without cable or satellite installation, then Foxtel Now is the option for you. Foxtel Now offers a range of streaming services for watching over 50 live sports including Six Nations matches, Sevens Rugby and the Champions Cup. Rugby is included with the Foxtel Now free trial offer.
Rugby on Kayo from Telstra
Telstra customers can profit from watching some of the biggest rugby games on the cheap with a Kayo from Telstra offer. This service offers all the same sports content available with a standard Kayo subscription. The key difference is you only pay $15 per month for a Basic Plan, and $25 per month for the Premium Plan. Both of these offers include logins for the Kayo app, ideal for watching rugby on the move.
Live Rugby on Foxtel Now from Telstra
To watch rugby with the Telstra Foxtel Now option all you need is a Telstra account. The service includes all the same advantages and content as Foxtel Now, the only difference being that the first month is offered for free, and you must commit to a 12-month contract. That means access to live rugby including the Six Nations, French Top 14 and International Sevens from January to December.
Watch Rugby live with Foxtel
If you are a Foxtel cable or satellite user and already own the Sports HD subscription, there is a useful way to stream rugby from the best grounds around the world. Foxtel Sports allows customers to access the Foxtel Go app meaning you can watch some of the best of rugby union in 2021 on the move. You can download Foxtel Go from Google Play or the Apple Store. Simply use your Foxtel logins and stream rugby wherever you are in Australia.
Stream Rugby on Stan Sport
All of Australia men’s home tests and Rugby Championship matches, as well as Super Rugby games, can be watched and streamed via Stan Sport. You can check out Stan Sport with their 30 day free trial offer. The total for a combined Stan and Stan Sport subscription after your free trial is over comes to $24 per month.
Stream Rugby on Nine
Wallabies matches from the Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship will air live on free to air network, Nine. You can also watch one game per round of Super Rugby AU when the season gets underway. Nine, and its sister sports streaming service, Stan Sport, now own the rights to everything rugby in the Southern Hemisphere.
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Stream Rugby replays on demand
When rugby is played overseas in countries like England, South Africa and Ireland, game times can often run well into the early hours of the morning. But this is no longer a major issue thanks to On Demand replays, helping you watch every moment of the action, as if it were live, the day after.
Apps like Kayo also allow you to watch specific rugby games with the ‘No Spoilers’ feature, which ensures you don’t see any results before you’ve watched the action at a better time. On top of that, you can stream practical Kayo Minis. These are condensed replays of all the action in one small highlights reel, ideal for competitions like the Six Nations and World Sevens.
How to stream Rugby for free
A great way to watch major domestic and international rugby games, including pre and post-match analysis, without paying a cent, is with a free trial. In Australia, you can get free trials for watching rugby with Stan Sport, Kayo and Foxtelthe Rugby Championship, the Six Nations and Super Rugby Trans Tasman.
Free trials are available to new and returning customers. Even though there is no trial available with Telstra, they do offer alternative discounts and reduced monthly costs to watch rugby on Kayo and Foxtel Now services.
Rugby Times in Australia
Here are the dates you need to put in your diary if you don’t want to miss the best rugby matches in 2021.
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Must Watch Rugby in 2021
Here are some of the stand out games and competitions set to take place in 2021.
The 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.
The Bledisloe Cup takes place every year between Australia and New Zealand. The three-match series includes two games during the Rugby Championship and a third outside of the competition. Australia hasn’t managed to win this trio of matches since 2002, so we’re all hoping for something special in 2021.
Six Nations and Champions Cup
The Nothern Hemisphere’s answer to the Rugby Championship is the Six Nations. It features France, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Italy. The level of rugby on offer during this five round tournament showcases the best of European Rugby during February and March. Wales are the defending champions, but very few would right off France when the next installment gets underway.
There will be three separate competitions featuring sides from both Australia and New Zealand in 2022. Both Super Rugby AU and Super Rugby Aotearoa will return between February and May. This is all before another combined Trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition between all 10 sides from Australia and New Zealand from May to June.
Best NBN plans for streaming Rugby
Telstra’s latest NBN plans are a great way to stream Rugby without worrying about how much data you use. A 500GB Data ($75/mth) plan will give you speeds of up to 25Mbps, whilst the more complete Premium Internet + Unlimited Data (from $90/mth) plan provides speeds up to 100Mbps.
New and switching customers signing up for Telstra Broadband service today can also make big savings when signing up online, as the standard $99 connection fee is waived. Once you’ve signed up you can tailor your plan by choosing the option that works for the picture quality you desire.
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