The 2021 Rugby Championship starts up again this weekend with South Africa vs Argentina due to kick off on Saturday at 3pm BST. The Springboks have rung the changes, with hooker Joseph Dweba set to make his Boks debut. Aussie fans can watch a free live stream on 9Now but make sure you know how to watch a South Africa vs Argentina live stream from anywhere in the world.
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship is the Southern hemisphere's answer to the Six Nations. Arguably the toughest international rugby tournament in the world, the competition features Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa (returning after a year's absence).
The action starts with the first of two Rugby Championship clashes against Argentina (14th and 21st August). Normally, one of the matches would be played in the South American country, but the Pumas have conceded home advantage due to the coronavirus pandemic.
South Africa have made 10 changes to their side ahead of the opener at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday. Hooker Joseph Dweba, who impressed against the British & Irish Lions, gets his first start while Elton Jantjies takes over at fly-half. Harlequins tighthead prop Wilco Louw also gets the nod from Boks coach Jacques Nienaber, as does Ox Nché.
Nienaber said there were no serious injuries after the thrilling series victory over the Lions last week, but he won't be resting on his laurels:
"It is important that we manage the players well to maintain the standards we have set for ourselves, and that includes game time for some players and resting others. Everything we do now has to be geared toward delivering a quality performance when we kick off our Rugby Championship campaign against Argentina."
Rugby fans in Australia can get a free live stream of the 2021 Ruby Championship on 9Now. The event is exclusive to Sky Sports in the UK. Make sure you know how to watch a South Africa vs Argentina free live stream, from anywhere in the world.
Watch a South Africa vs Argentina live stream for free
Good news: for the first time ever, the Rugby Championship series will be shown on free-to-air TV across Australia's Nine Network and streamed on 9Now. Yep, it's completely free.
Of course, if you're away from Oz you'll need to use a VPN to access your local streaming service without being geo-blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.
Prefer to watch ad-free? Stan has the rights to stream the Rugby Championship in Australia. Subscription costs AU$10 a month, with the necessary Sport add-on a further $10. New users get a 7-day free trial of the Sport add-on.
Coverage of South Africa vs Argentina starts at 12am AEST / 3pm BST / 4pm SAST.
Watch South Africa vs Argentina from anywhere using a VPN
Even if you have subscribed to the relevant 2021 Rugby Championship rights holders, you won't be able to access them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. VPNs are a doddle to use and create a private connection between your device and the internet. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN which offers a 100 per cent risk-free money back guarantee. If you're not happy with the service any time within the first 30 days, then you can cancel with no penalties at all.
Watch a South Africa vs Argentina live stream in the USA
FloRugby has the rights to show the 2021 Rugby Championship in the States. Subscription costs $30 a month or $150 a year.
So, not cheap. But you do get access to live streams of every match, replays, results, team and athlete rankings and breaking news. You also won't have to suffer (m)any ads.
Watch a South Africa vs Argentina live stream in the UK
Sky Sports has the exclusive rights to the 2021 Rugby Championship, including this Saturday's clash between the Springboks and Pumas. Here are the best Sky TV deals.
Even without a full Sky subscription, though, fans can enjoy a South Africa vs Argentina live stream with a Now day pass (£9.99) or monthly pass (£33.99). Make sure you've got your VPN handy if you're stuck abroad.
Watch a South Africa vs Argentina live stream in South Africa
As ever, SuperSport is the place to watch the 2021 Rugby Championship in South Africa, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The African online sports channel will broadcast the games via its DStv satellite platform in South Africa. You can sign up to DStv here. Failing that, head to any local sports bar to watch a South Africa vs Argentina live stream.
One of the biggest African online sports channels, DStv also shows live FA Cup, Champions League, La Liga as well as rugby, tennis, golf, motorsport and cricket.
2021 Rugby Championship fixtures
Saturday 14th August
New Zealand vs Australia (8.05am kick-off)
South Africa vs Argentina, (4.05pm kick-off)
Saturday 21st August
Argentina vs South Africa, (4.05pm kick-off)
Saturday 28th August
Australia vs New Zealand (11am kick-off)
Saturday 11th September
New Zealand vs Argentina (TBC kick-off)
South Africa vs Australia (TBC kick-off)
Saturday 18th September
Australia vs South Africa (TBC kick-off)
Argentina vs New Zealand (TBC kick-off)
Saturday 25th September
New Zealand vs South Africa (8.05am kick-off)
Australia vs Argentina (10.45am kick-off)
Saturday 2nd October
Argentina vs Australia (TBC kick-off)
South Africa vs New Zealand (TBC kick-off)
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