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How to watch rugby union live stream in Australia

There's no shortage of rugby union to maul each and every week and you can watch it all online.

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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.

How to watch rugby in Australia

Sports streaming platform Stan Sport is now the home of the vast majority of rugby competitions involving the Wallabies and Australian franchises. beIN SPORTS CONNECT has a range of top-class international rugby you can also access via Kayo Sports, Foxtel and Fetch TV.

In a 3-year deal, competitions like Super Rugby and 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 1 Super Rugby match per week will be shown on free-to-air on the Nine Network, which owns Stan and Stan Sport.

In a deal announced in April 2022, the World Rugby Sevens has its home on beIN SPORTS until the end of 2023. We break it all down for you below.

Rugby tournament/competition breakdown

We get it, you love your rugby and just want to watch it, so here's your cheat sheet.

How to watch Super Rugby

Super Rugby is broadcast by Stan Sport. As mentioned, 1 game a week will also be available on the Nine Network. You can register for a free Nine account in order to stream the selected weekly Super Rugby game live on 9Now at no cost.

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.

Stan Sport costs $10 a month, but you also need a regular Stan subscription, which ranges from $10 to $19 a month. So the minimum actual cost of Stan Sport is $20 a month.


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Watch World Rugby Sevens Series

The World Rugby Sevens Series consists of tournaments held around the world in which men's and women's national sevens teams compete for series points. An overall champion for both men and women is crowned at the end of the season based on points accumulated throughout all of the events.

In Australia, beIN SPORTS is the 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 a month or go straight for an annual fee costing $179.99. It also comes with a 14-day free trial for new users so you can give it all a test run. On top of the World Rugby Sevens Series, beIN SPORTS has several football leagues plus ATP and WTA tennis.

beIN SPORTS can be accessed on Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports, plus Fetch TV offers the beIN SPORTS pack for an additional $19.99 a month.

Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports all carry identical content, but have significant differences in price. Kayo can be snapped up from $25 a month which is more than half the price of all Foxtel options. Kayo comes with a 14-day free trial.

Kayo is also the only dedicated sports streaming service out of the 3 with over 50 sports in total. Kayo has a range of unique special features and is our choice for streaming sport.


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Stream Wallabies games

Australia's national team, the Wallabies, aren't quite of the same calibre of yesteryear, but they still have a solid following. Every match of the Bledisloe Cup between the Wallabies and All Blacks plus the Rugby Championship is available on Stan Sport, live and ad-free.

All Wallabies home games and against New Zealand will be shown live on free-to-air television on the Nine Network. If you want to stream these matches at no cost, you can sign up for a free account on 9Now if you don't already have one.

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Watch Rugby World Cup

The 2019 Rugby World Cup was broadcast live by Fox Sports. Channel 10 was the only free-to-air option, with a limited offering. The Australian broadcaster for the 2023 Rugby World Cup is yet to be announced.

Watch Shute Shield rugby

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 the occasional match. The Shield competition will also be shown on Stan Sport. The Nine Network will also screen 4 select matches of Shute Shield plus 1 match a week during the finals.

Watch Hospital Cup rugby

The Hospital Cup is the top tier of the Queensland Premier Rugby competition. Like most rugby competitions in Australia, this is available to watch on Stan Sport. The Nine Network will screen 1 match a week during the finals for the Hospital Cup.

Stream Six Nations rugby

Europe's foremost international rugby competition is the Six Nations. We've put together a complete Six Nations viewing guide, where you'll find more information on how to watch as well as the playing schedule.

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