How to watch the Rugby Championship & Bledisloe Cup

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With the Super Rugby season coming to a close, and the Rugby World Cup still a few months away, Aussie rugby fans may be searching for the next tournament or league to tune into. Thankfully, you won’t have to search for long, with both the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup kicking off soon. Find out where to catch all the action below.

When is the Rugby Championship?

The Rugby World Cup

Formally known as the Tri-Nations, the Rugby Championship gets underway on Sunday, July 21, with the final game on Sunday, August 11. Games are played between southern hemisphere countries, including Argentina, Australia, South Africa and defending champions New Zealand, with the 2019 Championship shortened due to the upcoming World Cup. Each country will play three games instead of the usual six, with the team with the most points at the end of the three rounds crowned the winner.

How can I watch the Rugby Championship in Australia?

If you’re looking to catch the Rugby Championship on free-to-air television, Channel 10 will be the only broadcaster showcasing live games, although it will only show Australia’s games, so those keen for the other match-ups will have to look elsewhere.

Here are Australia’s matches and start times:

  • South Africa Vs Australia – Sunday, July 21 at 1:05am (AEST)
  • Argentina Vs Australia – Saturday, July 27 at 8:00pm (AEST)
  • New Zealand Vs Australia – Friday, August 10 at 8:00pm (AEST)

Aside from Channel 10, both Foxtel and Kayo offer every game live and on demand, meaning you won’t miss a second of the action, regardless of which match you’re tuning into. Additionally, Foxtel and Kayo viewers will also gain access to highlight reels, behind the scenes analysis, as well as commentary during the tournament, giving you the full experience.

How can I stream the Rugby Championship?

If you can’t make it to the TV, you can stream the action, both live as well as on-demand, through 10 Play. Sign-up is free, with 10 Play also giving you access to a number of shows, including Bondi Rescue, Neighbours and The Project. You can also download the 10 Play app for when you need to catch the game while out and about.

  • You can also get the live score via the Rugby Xplorer App, which is free to download.

When is the Bledisloe Cup?

Watch Bledisloe Cup

A game steeped in tradition, the Bledisloe Cup sees the Wallabies take on the All Blacks in a match-up that dates back to the 1930s. Due to the World Cup, the 2019 Bledisloe Cup will be shortened to just two games, with the first game played at the Optus Stadium in Perth, before crossing the ditch to Eden Park for game two.

Here are the matches and start times for the 2019 Bledisloe Cup:

  • Game 1 – Saturday, August 10 at 7:45pm (AEST)
  • Game 2 – Saturday, August 17 at 5:45pm (AEST)

How can I watch the Bledisloe Cup in Australia?

Similarly to the Rugby Championship, Channel 10 will be the only free-to-air option rugby fans will have to tune into, with Channel 10 again securing the broadcasting rights. If you can’t settle down in front of the TV, you can also stream the Bledisloe Cup through 10 Play, ideal for when you’re on the go.

Again similar to the Rugby Championship, Kayo and Foxtel are also offering both live and on-demand coverage of the Bledisloe Cup, along with additional analysis and commentary throughout the matches to give you your full fix of rugby.

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