How to watch Super Rugby live in Australia

Want to see every bone-crunching tackle, real scrums and all the matches from the revamped Super Rugby competitions? Here's how to watch Super Rugby live in Australia.

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Update: Here's how to watch the Super Rugby AU final online

Following the coronavirus pandemic that rocked sport globally, rugby union and the usual Super Rugby season has undergone a total change in 2020.

In short, there will be no traditional Super Rugby competition in 2020. Instead, some local breakaway tournaments have been organised. New Zealand's Super Rugby Aotearoa has been underway since 13 June, only involving the 5 Kiwi teams.

Next up will be Super Rugby AU, a domestic competition for Australia's four franchises plus the Western Force that starts on Friday 3 July. Each team will play the others twice, with a finals series and then a grand final scheduled for 19 September. Below is your guide on how to tune in as rugby returns to the sporting landscape.

Where to watch Super Rugby live in Australia

Alrighty, so you're keen to kick back in your lounge room, stream onto your device or head to your local pub – now that they're re-opening – to catch some of the world's best rugby union content. What are your options? The good news is Fox Sports is committed to showing both Super Rugby AU and Super Rugby Aotearoa in full.

Live stream Super Rugby on Kayo: Start your 14-day FREE trial now

Fox Sports is the official broadcaster of Super Rugby in Australia. That means Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Now are your options.

Stream Super Rugby on Kayo Sports

If you are yet to trial Kayo Sports and you are a rugby fan, this is the perfect time as Kayo offers a 14-day free trial.

Kayo Sports has access to more than 50 sports and we have put together a full review of the service for you. Its content includes the Six Nations and World Rugby Sevens Series when they are running, so rugby fans are well covered with Kayo.

Subscriptions for Kayo Sports are $25/month for a Basic subscription, where you can watch games on 2 screens or devices. The Premium option is $35/month and gives you 3 screens.

Kayo also has a number of special features, such as Kayo Minis, a condensed version of matches ready shortly after they have completed. Other features include SplitView, where you can watch four sports at once, plus Interactive Stats, No Spoilers and a Key Moments Timeline.

The platform is compatible with Android and iOS devices, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV and Samsung TV (2017 models or later), Sony Bravia TVs, Mac and PC as well as Chromecast or AirPlay.

Watch Super Rugby on Foxtel iQ

Foxtel has access to every game of the Super Rugby AU and Aotearoa seasons live. If you already have a Foxtel iQ subscription including the Sports HD pack, you are all set.

You can also watch the rugby action using the Foxtel GO app. The app is free with your Sports HD pack, which is $25/month through Foxtel. But you also need to sign up for the Foxtel Plus package at $49/month. This blows the total monthly bill out to $74 per month, making it far more expensive than Kayo.

Foxtel is the only broadcaster in Australia that currently offers users access to 4K sports content which is a bonus. You may also find that you're up for some potential installation costs, though Foxtel iQ deals are also regularly available.

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Live stream Super Rugby on Foxtel Now

Foxtel Now is Foxtel's digital streaming service. To get it you have to subscribe to the Essentials pack in addition to the Sport pack, which costs $54/month in total. That makes it cheaper than iQ, but still double the price of Kayo Sports to watch Super Rugby. Your bill is split among the Sport at $29/month and Essentials pack for $25/month.

If you haven't tried it previously, Foxtel Now offers a 10-day free trial. It doesn't record TV or offer 4K, but you can access other apps like YouTube and cast from mobile/tablet devices through your TV.

The Foxtel Now app is available on a host of devices, such as iOS, Android, Android TV, some smart TVs (Samsung, LG), Telstra TV, PC, Mac, Chromecast, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Is Super Rugby AU on free-to-air?

There is no free-to-air coverage for the Super Rugby AU tournament. Channel 10 has previously shown one game per week or highlight packages, but won't be for either of the rescheduled competitions.

When does the Super Rugby season restart?

Points from the original Super Rugby season don't count for the new Super Rugby AU. The new competition starts on Friday 3 July with the Reds vs Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium. The Brumbies host the Rebels the following day.

Super Rugby AU fixtures

The new Super Rugby AU regular season runs from early July through to late September. There will be a finals series and then a grand final on 19 September. You can find the entire Super Rugby schedule here to see who's playing, venues, rounds and kick-off times.

Super Rugby AU teams

List of Super Rugby AU teams

  • Brumbies (Canberra)
  • Melbourne Rebels
  • Queensland Reds
  • NSW Waratahs
  • Western Force (Perth)

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