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12 action-packed weekends.
And every bone-crunching tackle at the touch of a button.
What's there to complain about?
The rebirth of Australian rugby is well and truly underway with popular streaming service Stan acquiring the exclusive rights to show the 2021 Super Rugby AU season kicking off on February 19.
And Stan's arrival on the scene could revolutionise the way in which sport is watched.
BIG NEWS TODAY:
In 2021, Stan will be live streaming sport, and will be the new home of Rugby.@RugbyAU @RugbyComau pic.twitter.com/3o3Rzk7MOc
- Stan. (@StanAustralia) November 9, 2020
While heading to a jam-packed pub with your mates to see your favourite team play is one of Australia's favourite past times, it's no secret that watching live sport while on the move is the future - particularly during these times of uncertainty.
Rugby Australia has reportedly signed a three-year deal worth approximately $100million with Nine to show every single game through its rapidly-growing online streaming service, Stan.
So from Round One's age-old rivalry between the Reds and Waratahs to the highly-anticipated Final in May - fans can catch some of rugby's biggest stars in action through Stan's app or across Nine's television platforms.
"What a way to start 2021 and our new partnership with Stan and Nine," Rugby Australia interim Chief Executive Rob Clarke said.
"Our players are raring to go and are really keen to put on a show for fans, with Super Rugby AU to light up living rooms right around the country.
"Super Rugby AU was terrific in 2020 and will get better next year as this next crop of Australian Rugby stars continue to develop, and they are complimented by some genuinely talented international players who have since arrived on our shores.
"The 2021 season promises to be a great one for Australians fans with every game in primetime and with the added support of our new partners, Stan and Nine."
Stan CEO Mike Sneesby is equally as excited at the prospect of being the official home of Australian rugby.
"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," he said.
"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."
Live, on demand and ad-free. Fear not people, Australian rugby is in safe hands.
2021 SUPER RUGBY DRAW
Queensland Reds v NSW Waratahs, Friday 19 February, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Western Force v Brumbies, Friday 19 February, HBF Park, Perth
Queensland Reds v Melbourne Rebels, Friday 26 February, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Brumbies v NSW Waratahs, Saturday 27 February, GIO Stadium, Canberra
NSW Waratahs v Western Force, Friday 5 March, Venue TBC Melbourne
Rebels v Brumbies, Saturday 6 March, AAMI Park, Melbourne
Western Force v Melbourne Rebels, Friday 12 March, HBF Park, Perth
Brumbies v Queensland Reds, Saturday 13 March, GIO Stadium, Canberra
Melbourne Rebels v NSW Waratahs, Friday 19 March, AAMI Park, Melbourne
Queensland Reds v Western Force, Saturday 20 March, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Brumbies v Western Force, Friday 26 March, GIO Stadium, Canberra
NSW Waratahs v Queensland Reds, Saturday 27 March, Venue TBC
NSW Waratahs v Brumbies, Friday 2 April, Venue TBC
Melbourne Rebels v Queensland Reds, Saturday 3 April, AAMI Park, Melbourne
Melbourne Rebels v Western Force, Friday 9 April, AAMI Park, Melbourne
Queensland Reds v Brumbies, Saturday 10 April, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Brumbies v Melbourne Rebels, Friday 16 April, GIO Stadium, Canberra
Western Force v NSW Waratahs, Saturday 17 April, HBF Park, Perth
Western Force v Queensland Reds, Friday 23 April, HBF Park, Perth
NSW Waratahs v Melbourne Rebels, Saturday 24 April, Venue TBC
Saturday 1 May
Saturday 8 May
*All kick off times to be confirmed.
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