How to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals in Australia
The 2019 Rugby World Cup starts in September and ends in November, and you can live stream every match online in Australia and on your TV. Here's how:
Can anyone stop the mighty All Blacks? Will Australia, England or South Africa add to their World Cup tallies with another trophy? Or is it time for a new nation to stake its claim as the best team on the planet. Maybe the world's number one ranked side, Ireland? The 2019 Rugby World Cup is here and you can enjoy every moment. You can live stream the Rugby World Cup to nearly every device. Or watch the Wallabies, Pumas, Springboks, Lions and more on your TV.
When are the 2019 Rugby World Cup games on?
The Rugby World Cup starts on Friday, 20 September and concludes on Saturday, 2 November. So, you have a pretty stacked six weeks of rugby union to dive into.
Thankfully for Australians, the 2019 Rugby World Cup is taking place in Japan, which is in a very similar time zone to most of the country. This means that the vast majority of games take place in the early afternoon or evenings. It's a nice respite for those who stayed up all night to watch the recent Cricket World Cup in London!
In fact, if you take a look at the schedule for Australia's opening pool games below, you can see just how favourable the schedule is for local rugby union fans. Even the World Cup Final is on at the very friendly time of 8:00pm (AEST) on a Saturday evening. You can see the full 2019 Rugby World Cup finals schedule for every game's start time.
|Pool||Date||Teams||Venue||Kick-off (AEST)||Where to watch|
|Pool D||Saturday 21 September||Australia vs Fiji||Sapporo Dome||2:45 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 10|
|Pool D||Sunday 29 September||Australia vs Wales||Tokyo Stadium||5:45 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 10|
|Pool D||Saturday 5 October||Australia vs Uruguay||Oita Stadium||3:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 10|
|Pool D||Friday 11 October||Australia vs Georgia||Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa||9:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 10|
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How to watch the Rugby World Cup in Australia
The broadcast rights for the 2019 Rugby World Cup have been won by Fox Sports. A dedicated Fox Sports Rugby World Cup channel has been set-up just for the event. The content on this channel can be accessed through Kayo Sports or Foxtel, two services we will compare in more detail below.
You can watch some games on free-to-air TV through Channel 10 or live stream it through 10Play. However, this is only a selection of matches. You will be able to catch the Wallabies matches, but most of the other World Cup games will not be available on Channel 10. Plus, you won't get any of the viewing features of Kayo Sports, nor any of the additional programming coming through Fox Sports.
Below you will find a detailed comparison of your options, and below that is a table that makes it even easier to see which Rugby TV options is best for you.
Live stream the 2019 Rugby World Cup via Kayo Sports
Launching in November 2018, Kayo Sports has quickly taken the sports world by storm in Australia. Kayo Sports has access to all the content from the 14 best channels in Foxtel's premium Sports Pack. That's eight Fox Sports channels, three beIN Sports channels, two ESPN channels and a Racing.com channel. All in HD! Overall you can access over 50 sports, including most of the important global rugby union competitions and tournaments live.
However, Kayo Sports isn't locked to channels. Instead it presents a Netflix-like user interface where subscribers browse sports like one might look at categories such as Sci-Fi or Action. In each sport, a smorgasbord of live and on-demand content is on offer. Plus, there's all the additional sports programming, including magazine shows, entertainment shows, press conferences, interviews, documentaries and more. Plus, Kayo can show everything that is happening in live sports. By comparison, sometimes there's so much sport on Foxtel runs out of channels to show it.
In addition to the sporting content, Kayo innovates with its feature-set, providing a host of neat viewing experiences you can't get anywhere else. This includes SplitView, where you can watch up to four sports at once on one screen. There's Interactive Stats, a picture-in-picture mode, a No Spoilers (which hides scores) option, choose your own camera opportunities, Key Moments (jump to important parts of a live match) and more. Our full review has all the details.
How to access Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports comes with a 14-day free trial, which means you can enjoy a chunk of the Rugby World Cup without paying a cent, too. If you do stick with the service, at $25/month for two simultaneous streams, it remains a heck of a lot cheaper than Foxtel.
You can access Kayo Sports through a website on PC and Mac, or via an app on iOS or Android smart devices. You can also watch Kayo on TV using Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV or ChromeCast. There are more devices coming in the future, too.
Watch the Rugby World Cup with Foxtel IQ
Given that the Foxtel IQ4 set-top box needs to be professionally installed under your TV, signing-up to Foxtel IQ for this Rugby World Cup could take too long to be of much use. However, if you already own a subscription, you can add the Sports and HD Packs to your account. This costs $39/month and gives you access to all the same sport content as Kayo.
It's more expensive and doesn't have any of the amazing features of Kayo either, but it's not without some positives. This is the only place you can watch the Rugby World Cup in 4K resolution, which looks astonishing. Plus, you can record live TV to watch at a later date. And the Foxtel Go app that comes with your subscription allows you to live stream the Rugby World Cup to your phone or tablet at no extra cost.
So, if you have a 4K TV and an existing Foxtel IQ subscription, add the Sports pack and get watching. If not, go with Kayo.
Rugby World Cup live stream through Foxtel Now
The Foxtel Now service is a middle ground between Foxtel IQ and Kayo Sports. It's a HD streaming only platform, but you are forced to get the non-sport Essentials base pack before you can access the Sports bundle. This pushes the price up to $54/month, and you don't get any of Kayo's great viewing features despite the extra cost.
Interestingly, in mid-September 2019, Foxtel also ditched the Foxtel Now app. Now Foxtel Now subscribers will access their content through the same Foxtel Go app as Foxtel IQ consumers. This strange decision was said to be about shifting subscribers across to a more up-to-date and better provisioned app. However, it seems like it will only act to confuse consumers.
Still, if you would like to give Foxtel Now a go, then there is a 10-day free trial on offer.
Watch the Rugby World Cup for free on Channel 10
As mentioned earlier, Channel 10 will be showing a selection of games on both the TV, and through the 10Play app and website. This includes the Wallabies games and a choice selection of finals matches. While free is good, you do miss out on a lot by taking this route. You'll miss all the other games, you won't get any of the supplementary programming and on-demand replays, and you'll have to suffer through ads.
2019 Rugby World Cup team guides
For information specifically about your favourite team, dive into our team guides:
- Australian Wallabies
- New Zealand All Blacks
- England Rugby
- South Africa Springboks
- Ireland Rugby
- Wales Rugby
- France Les Bleus
- Argentina Los Pumas
- Scotland Rugby
- Japan Brave Blossoms
- Flying Fijians
- Italy Azzuri
- Tonga Rugby
- USA Eagles
- Manu Samoa
- Canada Rugby
Which Rugby TV option is best?
|Features||Kayo Sports||Foxtel IQ||Channel 10||Foxtel Now|
|Monthly cost with RWC content||$25||$68||N/A||$54|
|Free trial length (days)||14-day free trial||N/A||N/A||10-day free trial|
|All World Cup matches live||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|All World Cup matches on demand||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|All Rugby World Cup finals matches live||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Vodafone Super Rugby||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|All Rugby Championship games||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Rugby Sevens Men's||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Rugby Sevens Women's||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Buildcorp Super W||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|World Rugby U20 Championships||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|National Rugby Championship||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Mitre 10 Cup||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Gallagher Premiership Rugby||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Global Rapid Rugby||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Bonus on-demand content||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Condensed games on demand||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Live interactive stats||Yes||No||No||No|
|No spoilers for playback||Yes||No||No||No|
|Skip to key moments in playback||Yes||No||No||No|
|Multiple camera options||Yes||No||No||No|
|Available in 4k||No||Yes||No||No|
|Access to other sports||Yes||Yes||N/A||Yes|
|Stream other sports simultaneously||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Stream four sports at once||Yes||No||No||No|
|Accessible to phones and tablets||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Accessible to laptops||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Compatible with Airplay/Chromecast||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Can you watch replays of old Rugby World Cup games?
You can on Kayo Sports. The Rugby World Cup hub page offers a substantial catalogue of classic games from previous tournaments. You will also find some great documentaries and matches from other rugby union competitions.
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