Stan will be the home of Rugby in Australia from 2021

Stan will be the home of Rugby in Australia from 2021
Bledisloe Cup Test Match; New Zealand v Qantas Wallabies at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Allan Alaalatoa of the Wallabies packs down. Photo: Rugby AU Media/Stuart Walmsley

Nine and Stan today announced that Stan will launch its live streaming capability in 2021 through a brand new partnership with Rugby Australia that will see rights for all games come to Stan, making it the home of Rugby in Australia.

This landmark partnership will combine the power of Stan, Australia’s leading local streaming service, and its parent company Nine, Australia’s largest locally owned media company, to bring live sport to Australians everywhere across multiple platforms seamlessly, in a move that will engage and enthral Rugby fans.

The partnership which kicks off in 2021 with Super Rugby, Super W, The Rugby Championship, including the Bledisloe CupWallaroos gamesShute Shield, Hospital Cup, Mitre 10 & Currie Cupplus SANZAAR Union home games live and ad-free on Stan. Rugby fans will also be able to relive the greatest moments of Australian Rugby with access to an extensive library of games available on Stan.

As part of the partnership, Nine has committed to broadcast Wallabies Test Matches played in Australia and New Zealand, plus a selection of live Super Rugby matches across the season. Nine will also bring the live sport expertise of the Wide World of Sports team to the partnership.

Stan CEO Mike Sneesby said: “Rugby Australia is making bold moves in the development of the sport – something that fits perfectly with what we do at Stan. This partnership with Rugby Australia will see Stan launch its live streaming capability in 2021, as we take Australian sports television into a new era. Through the combined audience reach and engagement across Nine’s television platforms, we are well positioned to bring Rugby Union to more Australians than ever before.”

Rugby Australia interim Chief Executive Rob Clarke said: “Rugby Australia is very excited about our new partnership with Nine Entertainment Co. and what’s in store for our great game over the next three years and beyond. Rugby has found its new home on Stan and the Nine Network, with broad reach on free-to-air as well as ad-free, extensive access on the Stan platform.

“The fantasy has become a reality for the Australian Rugby community. This is a landmark deal that includes everything in the showbag, and it gives more Australians more access to more Rugby than ever before. Australian Rugby is transforming with an exciting future ahead, and this innovative deal enables us to fast-track that growth from the bottom-up.

“We’re thrilled to partner with streaming service Stan, who now boast more than two million Australian subscribers and are growing at a rapid rate. We’ve recognised that the broadcast landscape has changed, and we’re changing with it.”

“Nine and Stan have also made a commitment to our women’s game, both at a domestic and international level. Rugby Australia is passionate about the growth of the women’s game in Australia and we look forward to working closely with them to showcase our competitions and talented players as well as encouraging more women and girls to pick up a Rugby ball,” Clarke said.