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. Australia has several rugby live stream options for you to consider.
The 15-man game is truly a world sport. Just look at the globalisation of local leagues into products such as Super Rugby, the near endless run of internationals that unfold over the course of any given year and the huge Rugby World Cups. In Australia, you can tune into a rugby live stream of almost any game of consequence around the world with the right product.
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
The rights to broadcast most of the major rugby competitions from around the world belong to Foxtel. On its Fox Sports channels, for example, Foxtel will broadcast every single Super Rugby game live. Those channels are available through Foxtel iQ, as well as live streaming services Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports.
Of those three they 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. Then there's the fact Kayo is the only dedicated sports streaming service out of the lot with over 50 sports.
When it comes to what else is on offer, Kayo blows everything out of the park in terms of viewing features. You can jump straight in with a 14-day free trial or see our Kayo review for more information. But if you're after something other than just sport either of the Foxtel options can be justified. Foxtel Now has a 10-day free trial.
Then there's beIN SPORTS, which is a channel available on all three of the services already mentioned. In addition to this 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.
As with Kayo Sports there's also a 14-day trial available. In addition to rugby, beIN SPORTS also has several football leagues plus ATP and WTA tennis.
When it comes to free-to-air, your options are extremely limited. Channel 7 and Channel 10 carry some rugby union, but it pales in comparison to those already listed. Neither has Super Rugby matches live. The Seven Network carries just the Shute Shield while Channel 10 had a share of the Rugby World Cup and mostly shares Wallabies internationals with Foxtel.
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 in Australia is live and exclusive to Fox Sports. So in short your only options are Kayo Sports, Foxtel and Foxtel Now. There's no live Super Rugby on free-to-air, just a single game on replay once a week. You can see our full how to watch Super Rugby guide for an extensive breakdown. But spoiler alert, Kayo is your best option again.
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Otherwise we've got a detailed Super Rugby schedule available, so you don't need to miss a game.
Stream Six Nations rugby
Europe's premier international rugby competition is the Six Nations. In 2020 the Six Nations was being streamed in Australia via beIN SPORTS prior to the coronavirus pandemic. That meant Kayo Sports, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, Foxtel Now, Foxtel iQ or Fetch TV (you have to subscribe to beIN SPORTS) were your viewing options. We've also put together a Six Nations viewing guide, where you'll find more information on how to watch as well as the schedule.
Watch World Rugby Sevens Series
The World Rugby Sevens calendar takes teams all over the world. In Australia the broadcast rights remain in just the one place, Fox Sports. We've put together an entire guide for how to watch the World Rugby Sevens.
Watch Rugby World Cup
The 2019 Rugby World Cup saw all matches streamed live by Fox Sports. Channel 10 was the only free-to-air option, but it had quite a limited offering. Looking ahead to the 2023 Rugby World Cup which will be held in France, we're expecting the same broadcast agreement.
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. The Bledisloe Cup between the Wallabies and All Blacks was found on Kayo, Channel 10 and Foxtel in 2019.
So too was the Rugby Championship, where Australia take on the All Blacks, South Africa and Argentina. Channel 10 picked up the Wallabies games for the Rugby Championship last year.
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 a match or two. Channel 7 still doesn't broadcast all Shute Shield games live, just a selection.
Usually they're broadcast on 7TWO or 7mate. You'll also find them on 7plus. In addition to Channel 7 some of the Shute Shield will turn up yet again on Fox Sports, but it's only a select few matches and limited to replay only.
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