How to watch the 2020 Tri Nations Rugby Series live online
The late withdrawal of world champions South Africa leaves the Wallabies, All Blacks and Argentina to fight for this year's trophy. This is how to watch.
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What was intended as the 2020 Rugby Championship between Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina was briefly thrown into chaos when the world champion Springboks were forced to withdraw due to issues surrounding the coronavirus.
It was ultimately decided to push ahead with a Tri Nations tournament involving the remaining countries. The name will be familiar to rugby fans as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa contested a Tri Nations competition annually from 1996 through to 2011. Fun fact: Rugby Australia possesses the original Tri Nations trophy after the Wallabies won it in 2011.
South Africa claimed last year's Rugby Championship, ending the All Blacks' three-year winning run. So a new champion will be crowned in 2020 in a tournament being held entirely in Australia due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. All the details, including viewing options, are below.
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When does the 2020 Tri Nations start?
The Wallabies and All Blacks have already met twice in Bledisloe encounters this year, but they don't count towards the Tri Nations. This is a standalone tournament, with each team facing each other twice, a total of six games. The opening match is between the Wallabies and All Blacks at ANZ Stadium on Saturday, 31 October, kicking off at 7:45pm AEDT.
2020 Tri Nations Schedule
|Date||Time (AEDT)||Match||Venue||Where to watch|
|Oct 31||7:45 PM||Australia vs New Zealand||ANZ Stadium, Sydney||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 10|
|Nov 7||7:45 PM||Australia vs New Zealand||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 10|
|Nov 14||5:10 PM||New Zealand vs Argentina||Bankwest Stadium, Sydney||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Nov 21||7:45 PM||Australia vs Argentina||McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 10|
|Nov 28||7:45 PM||Argentina vs New Zealand||McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Dec 5||7:45 PM||Australia vs Argentina||Bankwest Stadium, Sydney||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 10|
How to watch the 2020 Tri Nations
You can watch matches involving the Wallabies on Channel 10, Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports. If you want to watch every match in this year's Tri Nations, however, you will need a subscription service.
Watch the Tri Nations on Network Ten
If you are happy to watch the Wallabies only, you can catch them on Channel 10 or 10 play. But if you want to have access to every match, including both clashes between the All Blacks and Argentina, you will need a sports streaming subscription.
Stream the Tri Nations on Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports offers access to over 50 sports from all over the world and will stream all fixtures of the 2020 Tri Nations. A Basic subscription for the streaming service will cost you $25 a month and let you watch on two streams at the same time. Or, you can get a Premium subscription for $35 a month. This one supports three simultaneous streams.
If you are a new customer, Kayo offers a 14-day free trial, so you can check it all out. That gets you access to Kayo's entire library of content, no strings attached. There are no contracts involved, so you can cancel anytime.
Kayo Sports also boasts some exciting special features. SplitView lets you watch up to four channels on the same screen at once, while Key Moments allows you to jump straight to exciting moments from any game. There are also Kayo Minis, No Spoilers, Interactive Stats and more.
Check out our full review for details. The service is compatible with Android, iOS, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later), Sony Bravia TVs, Mac and PC as well as Chromecast or AirPlay.
Catch the Tri Nations on Foxtel Now
Foxtel Now is the pay TV giant's digital streaming service and it will also have every match of this year's Tri Nations live. For access, you have to subscribe to the Essentials pack in addition to the Sports pack, a total of $54/month.
Foxtel Now is compatible with PCs/Macs, smartphones and tablets, Chromecast/Airplay, PS4, Sony Android TVs, Telstra TV and the Foxtel Now box.
Who will win the 2020 Tri Nations?
The Wallabies have shown some progress in their brief time under new coach Dave Rennie. They also received a significant boost when it was announced the entire tournament would be held in Australia. Argentina are also a tough competitor and will be intent on showing they are a genuine threat. Yet in the absence of the world champion South Africans, we find it hard to go past a victory here for the All Blacks.
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