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Australia vs South Africa live stream and how to watch the 2021 Rugby Championship for free online and on TV

Australia's Quade Cooper kicks a rugby conversion
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Australia take on South Africa today in the fourth round of the 2021 Rugby Championship with third-place playing second. Aussie fans can watch an Australia vs South Africa free live stream on 9Now but can also tune into the game using a VPN if travelling abroad. . Make sure you know how to watch an Australia vs South Africa live stream from anywhere in the world.

For the uninitiated, the Rugby Championship is the Southern hemisphere's take on the Six Nations. It sees the four best teams in the region (New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Argentina) compete for supremacy. Australia and South Africa clashed last weekend, with Australia squeaking the win by just two points. Today's game looks set to be just as close.

Australia vs South Africa live stream

Date: Saturday 18th September 2021

Start time: 8.05am BST /9.05am SAST / 5.05pm AEST (Sun) / 3.05am ET

Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Free stream: 9Now (free-to-air) | Stan (7-day trial) 

Watch anywhere: Try ExpressVPN risk-free today

US stream: FloRugby ($30/month) 

UK stream: Now (£10/day)

Last weekend's clash between the two sides was a nail biter. The Wallabies' Quade Cooper converted a penalty after the final whistle to secure the 28-26 victory over the Springboks in Gold Coast, Queensland.

In the end, the goal kicking made all the difference. The Boks actually outscored the Wallabies three tries to one, but with Cooper a perfect eight from eight from the field, and South Africa's Pollard and Damian Willemse missing two penalties and two conversions between them, they as good as handed victory to the home side.

With South Africa only one place ahead of Australia in the standings, and the last game Australia's only win in the tournament so far, the hosts will be hoping to secure another victory in round four.

In the nine meetings between the two sides since 2015, games have been decided by an average margin of just six points. So this one promises to go down to the wire.

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 but Australian citizens abroad can use a VPN to access the free live stream on 9Now. Make sure you know how to watch an Australia vs South Africa free live stream, from anywhere in the world.

Watch an Australia vs South Africa live stream for free

Australia vs South Africa live stream free live stream: how to watch the 2021 Rugby Championship online

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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!

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 an Australia vs South Africa live stream in Australia. A 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.

Watch an Australia vs South Africa live stream 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.


Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN is the one we recommend.

2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For the 2021 Rugby Championship, you may wish to choose 'Australia' for 9Now.

3. Then head over to 9Now on your browser or device and enjoy the 2021 Rugby Championship free live stream.

Watch an Australia vs South Africa live stream in the USA

Australia vs South Africa free live stream: how to watch the 2021 Rugby Championship online

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FloRugby has the rights to the 2021 Rugby Championship in the States. Subscription costs $30 a month or $150 a year. 

Not cheap, but you do get access to live streams of every RC match including Australia vs South Africa, replays, results, team and athlete rankings and breaking news. You also won't have to suffer (m)any ads.

Watch an Australia vs South Africa 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 Wallabies. Here are the best Sky TV deals.

Even without a full Sky subscription, though, fans can enjoy an Australia vs South Africa 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 an Australia vs South Africa live stream in South Africa

Australia vs South Africa free live stream: how to watch the 2021 Rugby Championship online

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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 Australia 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

Round 4 - Saturday 18th September
Australia vs South Africa (8.05am kick-off)
Argentina vs New Zealand (11.05am kick-off)

Round 5 - Saturday 25th September
New Zealand vs South Africa (8.05am kick-off)
Australia vs Argentina (10.45am kick-off)

Round 6 - Saturday 2nd October
Argentina vs Australia (8.05am kick-off)
South Africa vs New Zealand (11.05am kick-off)

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