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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.
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.
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 October 2023, the World Rugby Sevens will be leaving beIN SPORTS and move over to Stan Sport in a new multi-year agreement.
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.
Stan Sport costs $15 a month, but you also need a regular Stan subscription, which ranges from $10 to $21 a month. So the minimum actual cost of Stan Sport is $25 a month.
Watch Top 14 and European rugby
If you're after European domestic rugby, beIN SPORTS is your go to broadcaster. They feature Top 14 Rugby, the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup.
beIN has its own streaming service, beIN SPORTS CONNECT. You can subscribe to beIN SPORTS CONNECT for $14.99 a month or go straight for an annual fee costing $149.99. It also comes with a 7-day free trial for new users so you can give it all a test run. On top of the European domestic rugby, beIN SPORTS has several European football leagues plus ATP and WTA tennis.
beIN SPORTS can also be accessed on Fetch TV for an additional $14.99 a month.
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 fixtures against the All Blacks 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.
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.
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