There's no shortage of Rugby Union to maul each and every week and you can watch it all online. Australia has a couple of 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 from around the world with the right product.
So, what are your options for finding a Rugby live stream in Australia?
Where to watch a Rugby Live stream in Australia
The rights to broadcast most of the major Rugby competitions from around the world, and indeed to provide s Rugby live stream, are exclusively held by Foxtel in Australia. On its Fox Sports channels, fox example, Foxtel will broadcast every single Super Rugby game live. Those channels are available through the traditional Foxtel IQ service you're no doubt familiar with, as well as two new live streaming services in Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports.
If Super Rugby is your main focus, you will find a detailed Super Rugby calendar here. Here are the other competitions from around the world - and here in Australia - for which Fox Sports provides a Rugby live stream.
|Event||Broadcast Type||Games Shown||Where to Watch|
|Bledisloe Cup||LIVE + Replay||All||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Currie Cup||LIVE + Replay||Selected||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Gallagher Premiership Rugby||LIVE + Replay||Selected||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Mitre 10 Cup||LIVE + Replay||Selected||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|National Rugby Championship||LIVE + Replay||Selected||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Six Nations||LIVE + Replay||All||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Super Rugby||LIVE + Replay||All||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|The Rugby Championship||LIVE + Replay||All||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Women's Rugby Sevens||LIVE + Replay||Finals||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|World Rugby Sevens - Men||LIVE + Replay||All||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
There are now three ways of watching Foxtel in Australia; here are your options.
Rugby live stream on Kayo Sports:
Our pick is Kayo Sports. This new live sports streaming service takes all the content from the main sports channels (Fox Sports 1-8, ESPN 1-2, beIN Sports 1-3) out of the grander Foxtel package. This allows them to price it at only $25 a month. Kayo Sports then adds in a host of fantastic sports-specific viewing features such as splitscreen, picture-in-picture, HD resolution, jump-to-highlight moment and more. It streams via an app or browser (no set-top box) to most devices, but if you want to watch it on your TV you will need to use ChromeCast. It offers a 14-day free trial and no lock-in contract.
Rugby live stream on Foxtel IQ:
The traditional cable TV experience, this includes the full set-top box (with its invasive installation process). The benefits are that the set-top box can handle 4K resolution (should any matches be broadcast in 4K and you have a 4K TV) and you can record games (which isn't so useful now that they're available on-demand anyway). Depending on how you look at it, the fact you have to get the Entertainment channels as well could be a positive or a negative. You do get the Foxtel Go app with Foxtel IQ, however, giving you the freedom to stream or watch via your TV. The big cons are that it all comes at a significantly larger cost of $68 per month, and you don't get any of the sports-specific viewing features.
Rugby live stream on Foxtel Now:
Foxtel Now has found itself lost between the two other services. It's streaming focused like Kayo Sports (although you can get a set-top box for an extra fee if you like), but like Foxtel IQ it forces you to get the Entertainment Pack in order to access any Sport - without the benefits of 4K or recording. It doesn't come with the sports-specific viewing features, either. At a cost of $54 per month, it's out-competed at every post by Kayo Sports.