We love a bit of rugby union here in Australia. Whether it’s catching the fourth grade down at your local, or watching the Wallabies on the world stage, there isn’t much like a good game of rugby. And while being a Wallabies fan comes with plenty of heartbreak (looking at you, Jonny Wilkinson!), there’s always something to look forward to, with the 2019 Rugby World Cup the perfect stage for a bit of redemption.
With the competition kicking off on September 20 in Japan, where can you catch all the action back here in Australia? Read on to find out what time you’ll have to tune in to see the Wallabies hit the field – and how to watch.
How can I watch the Rugby World Cup in Australia?
Both Foxtel and Kayo offer full coverage of every match from the 2019 Rugby World Cup, while Channel 10 and Tenplay will showcase all Wallabies group stage matches, along with select matches of the later rounds.
Rugby World Cup on Kayo
Arguably the new home of sports streaming, Kayo offers a number of rugby broadcasts, including the Super Rugby, Rugby Championship, Bledisloe Cup, Rugby Sevens and a host of other competitions and grades. For the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Kayo offers both live and on-demand coverage of every match, meaning you won’t miss a second of the action, making it ideal for those who are big on their rugby.
- Kayo subscriptions start from $25 per month, with a 14-day free trial.
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Rugby World Cup on Foxtel
With a dedicated Rugby World Cup channel, along with every game available in 4K viewing on the Foxtel 4K Channel, Foxtel has you covered whether you’re looking to watch every tackle and kick on the big screen, or your mobile. Additionally offering coverage and highlights via Foxtel Go, you can also expect ad-free coverage, meaning you’ll see every play as it unfolds.
Rugby World Cup on Channel 10 & Tenplay
Offering a free-to-air option, Channel 10 is broadcasting all Wallabies matches, as well as two quarter final matches, the semi-finals and third-place playoff, plus the grand final of course. You can also stream the Wallabies games via Tenplay – both live and on-demand – perfect for Aussie fans on a budget.
Rugby World Cup App
If you’re away from the TV, or you’ve forgotten when your team is playing next, the official Rugby World Cup app may be worth downloading. Available on both Android and iOS operating systems, the app includes news coverage, archived footage of the greatest moments in World Cup history, as well as schedules and ticket information if you happen to be in Japan when the tournament kicks off.
- The official Rugby World Cup website also offers a number of videos and updates if you’re looking for match news and analysis.
When does the Rugby World Cup start?
The first game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off on September 20, with the Grand Final to be played on November 2. The Wallabies will feature in Pool D, where they’ll face off against Fiji, Wales, Uruguay and Georgia, with broadcast dates and times listed below:
- Australia Vs. Fiji – September 21, 2:45pm (AEST)
- Australia Vs. Wales – September 29, 5:45pm (AEST)
- Australia Vs. Uruguay – October 5, 3:15pm (AEST)
- Australia Vs. Georgia – October 11, 9:15pm (AEST)
With Australia last lifting the World Cup back in 1999, it’s been a long time between drinks. But with the magic of tournament rugby, anything can happen.
Photo credit: Rugby World Cup Official Website