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The 15-man game is truly a global sport. Products like the Super Rugby competitions, Europe's Six Nations, a lengthy list of international fixtures and of course the Rugby World Cup underline the sport's appeal.
So, what are your options for finding a rugby live stream in Australia? First we'll run you through the broadcasters and then take you through the competitions.
Rugby union broadcasts have undergone a major shake-up heading into 2021. New streaming platform Stan Sport is now the home of the vast majority of rugby competitions involving the Wallabies and Australian franchises. beIN SPORTS CONNECT also has a range of top-class European and international rugby you can also access via Kayo Sports, Foxtel and Fetch TV.
In a three-year deal, competitions like Super Rugby AU and Super Rugby Aotearoa, the Bledisloe Cup series, The Rugby Championship, the Shute Shield and Super W will all be found on subscription service Stan Sport.
While you need to pay to access Stan Sport, all Wallabies Test matches plus one Super Rugby AU match per week will be shown on free-to-air on Channel 9, which owns Stan and Stan Sport.
The Six Nations competition, Autumn Nations Cup internationals and Spring Tours, plus the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup European club tournaments are all housed on beIN SPORTS. We break it all down for you below.
We get it, you love your rugby and just want to watch it, so here's your cheat sheet.
Super Rugby in Australia is now broadcast by Stan Sport. As mentioned, one game per week will also be available on Channel 9. You can see our full how to watch Super Rugby guide for an extensive breakdown. Otherwise we've got a detailed Super Rugby schedule available, so you don't need to miss a game.
The Brumbies are the defending champions, after they won a revamped Super Rugby AU competition last year. The original Super Rugby tournament featuring Australian, New Zealand and South African sides was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. So once again the Waratahs, Reds, Rebels and Force will be eyeing off the Canberrans.
Stan Sport is also the home of New Zealand's Super Rugby Aotearoa competition, which features the five Kiwi provincial sides, led by perennial contenders the Crusaders. Stan Sport costs $10 per month, but you also need a regular Stan subscription, which ranges from $10 to $19 per month. So the minimum actual cost of Stan Sport is $20 per month or $24 if you want access to HD.
Europe's premier international rugby competition is the Six Nations. In Australia, beIN SPORTS is the host broadcaster, which means you have a number of options for tuning in.
beIN has its own streaming service, beIN SPORTS CONNECT. You can subscribe to beIN SPORTS CONNECT for $19.99/month or go straight for an annual fee costing $199.99. It also comes with a 14-day free trial for new users so you can give it all a test run. On top of rugby, beIN SPORTS also has several football leagues plus ATP and WTA tennis.
Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports all carry identical content, but have significant differences in price. Kayo can be snapped up for $25/month which is more than half the price of all Foxtel options. Kayo is also the only dedicated sports streaming service out of the lot with over 50 sports in total.
Kayo also has a range of unique special features and is our choice for streaming sport. We've put together a complete Six Nations viewing guide, where you'll find more information on how to watch as well as this year's schedule.
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The World Rugby Sevens calendar typically takes teams all over the world. The 2021 competition, however, will not go ahead after complications from the pandemic. Rugby Sevens is being part of this year's Tokyo Olympic Games.
The 2019 Rugby World Cup was broadcast live by Fox Sports. Channel 10 was the only free-to-air option, with a limited offering. Looking ahead to the 2023 Rugby World Cup which will be held in France, Stan Sport will be the host broadcaster.
Australia's national team, the Wallabies, aren't quite of the same calibre of yesteryear, but they still have a solid following. The Bledisloe Cup between the Wallabies and All Blacks plus the Rugby Championship was found on Kayo, Channel 10 and Foxtel, but again will now be on Stan Sport.
The Shute Shield is Sydney's premier domestic rugby competition. The NSW rugby tournament isn't made up of international superstars, though each year some current and former Wallabies turn out for a match or two. The Shield competition will also be shown on Stan Sport starting in 2021.
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