Rugby World Cup hosts France play Australia in the final Summer Nations Series game this afternoon


You’re going to want to watch France v Australia this afternoon, as the Rugby World Cup hosts head into their final warm-up match ahead of the hotly anticipated tournament. This article contains all the information you need to tune into the last of this year’s Summer Nations Series encounters, wherever you are in the world – including details of how to watch for free!

As with the previous 14 Summer Nations Series matches, Amazon Prime Video is broadcasting the match exclusively in the UK. Lucky viewers in France also have the chance to watch this exciting Paris clash FOR FREE on TF1 and MyTF1. You can use a VPN to watch France v Australia for free from abroad via ExpressVPN.

France started their summer with a defeat in Scotland but won the reverse match, and subsequently made light work of Fiji last time out. Eddie Jones is yet to taste victory in his second spell in charge of the Wallabies, and will be keen to spring a surprise in France before his team’s World Cup campaign begins against Georgia on 9 September.

However, Jones and his players can expect a challenging 80 minutes on a potentially damp afternoon, as France head coach Fabien Galthie has named an ominously strong starting line-up for the match. With Galthie’s usual first-choice number 10 Romain Ntamack out of the World Cup with injury, Matthieu Jalibert will partner France’s captain, Antoine Dupont, at half back.

Jones has named a relatively inexperienced matchday 23, with 12 of the players having 10 or fewer caps at test level. Will Skelton, who’ll be well aware of the dangers posed by France thanks to his time at La Rochelle, will captain Australia for the first time. Full team line-ups can be found at the end of the article.

The next match to take place at the Stade de France will be the host nation’s Rugby World Cup curtain raiser against the All Blacks on 8 September. In other words, with the tournament less than two weeks away you’ll want to watch a France v Australia live stream to get a final pre-tournament view of one of the top contenders for the title.

A packed Stade de France (Getty Images)

How to watch France v Australia: live stream from the UK and Ireland

France v Australia will be shown live on Amazon Prime Video. Kick off is at 4:45pm (BST) this afternoon, and build-up will start from 4:35pm on the streaming service.

Coverage can be accessed as part of Amazon’s Prime subscription. New customers can give the service a try with a 30-day free trial.

In Ireland, most Summer Nations Series games – including France v Australia – are available to watch on Premier Sports. Visit the Premier Sports website for details on how to sign up.

How to watch France v Australia: live stream from outside your country

If you are away from home and want to catch the games from another country then you can do so by using a VPN.

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How to watch France v Australia: live stream FOR FREE from France

French fans can watch their team’s final Summer Nations Series game for free, as TF1 and MyTF1 will air the match. Kick-off is set for 5:45pm CEST.

How to watch France v Australia: live stream from South Africa

For viewers in South Africa, Supersport is the place to go to watch a World Cup warm-up live stream. Visit for details on how to subscribe. Coverage starts at 5:35pm SA Standard Time.

How to watch France v Australia: live stream from Australia

Wallabies fans who want to watch their final World Cup warm-up match can tune into StanSport. Coverage starts at 1:15am, ahead of kick off at 1:45am.

How to watch France v Australia: live stream from the USA

FloRugby has the rights to stream Summer Nations Series matches live for fans in the USA, including France v Australia.

A FloRugby monthly subscription costs $29.99 or you can take out an annual one for $150.

How to watch France v Australia: live stream from New Zealand

If you’re in New Zealand, Sky Sports NZ is where you can watch selected Summer Nations Series matches, including France v Australia.

How to watch France v Australia: live stream from Asia

Premier Sports Asia has the rights to broadcast Summer Nations Series matches in Asia and will show matches in the following countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan (Republic of China), Thailand and Vietnam.

A monthly subscription to Premier Sports Asia is $25.99 or a rolling annual contract is $169.

For more information, visit Premier Sports Asia.

France v Australia teams

France: Thomas Ramos, Damian Penaud, Gael Fickou, Jonathan Danty, Gabin Villiere, Matthieu Jalibert, Antoine Dupont (captain); Jean-Baptiste Gros, Julien Marchand, Uini Atonio, Thibaud Flament, Paul Willemse, Francois Cros, Charles Ollivon, Gregory Alldritt

Replacements: Peato Mauvaka, Sebastien Taofifenua, Dorian Aldegheri, Romain Taofifenua, Cameron Woki, Paul Boudehent, Baptiste Couilloud, Melvyn Jaminet

Australia: Andrew Kellaway, Mark Nawaqanitawase, Jordan Petaia, Lalakai Foketi, Suliasi Vunivalu, Carter Gordon, Tate McDermott; Angus Bell, David Porecki, Taniela Tupou, Richie Arnold, Will Skelton (captain), Tom Hooper, Fraser McReight, Rob Valetini

Replacements: Matt Faessler, Blake Schoupp, Zane Nonggorr, Matt Philip, Rob Leota, Langi Gleeson, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, Ben Donaldson

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