Stream Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby live
Winning on home soil is a special feeling. But when it comes to rivalries, the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup prove that there’s nothing sweeter than beating your neighbors. Think of the historic rivalry between English and French sides and the euphoria in Wales when a Welsh team beats an English team. What happens when an Irish star playing for a French side has an away game in Dublin, Limerick, or Belfast? Rivalries usually reserved for the Six Nations tournament retake center stage with rival European clubs battling it out.
But who will challenge Toulouse for the Champions Cup title? Will Parisian club Racing 92 be able to contend for glory? Will Leicester be able to bring into Europe the form shown in the English Premiership? Can Leinster and Munster return to the glory days when they ruled this cup and fielded most of the Irish national team between them? Or are we about to witness a Welsh surprise in the hands of Cardiff Blues?
And how about Montpellier? How will they fare in a Challenge Cup that features past Champions Cup winners Saracens and Toulon? Will Italian underdogs Benetton repeat the performance that saw them win last year’s Rainbow Cup? Will we see fireworks from an Edinburgh Rugby side that fields the bulk of the Scottish national team every weekend?
No matter who you’re cheering for, read on to find out how you can stream every minute of the action securely and in blazing-fast HD.
Where to watch the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup
Stream in the UK and Ireland
Price: BT Sport subscription
BT Sport has exclusive rights to the European Cups in the UK and Ireland. You will need to have a working TV box from BT TV, Sky, or Virgin Media. To watch:
- Get ExpressVPN.
- Connect to a server location in the UK or Ireland.
- Head to BT Sport and sign in with your credentials.
- Enjoy the stream!
Want to watch rugby on the big screen? Check out this handy guide.
Stream in France
France TV broadcasts are free, however note that the stream is in French and only select matches will be streamed live. Check the official schedule for more information.
Stream in the U.S.
Price: 5 USD/month and up
NBC holds broadcasting rights for the European Cups in the U.S. and will show the games live on their streaming service Peacock. A seven-day free trial is available. Here’s how to watch:
- Get ExpressVPN.
- Connect to a server location in the U.S.
- Head to Peacock Premium and sign up.
- Enjoy the stream!
Note: You may need a valid U.S. credit/debit card to subscribe to Peacock TV.
Watch rugby highlights on YouTube
Check out the latest highlights, news, interviews, practices, and previews on the Heineken Champions Cup YouTube channel.
- Get ExpressVPN.
- Connect to a server location where YouTube is available.
- Go to the official Heineken Champions Cup YouTube channel.
When and where are the 2022–23 European Challenge and the European Champions Cups?
The 2022–23 European Rugby Challenge Cup is scheduled for December 9, 2022–May 19, 2023, and the 2022–23 European Rugby Champions Cup is scheduled for December 9, 2022–May 20, 2023, at various venues across Europe. Find more tournament information and the schedule on the official EPC Rugby website.
Who are the favorites for the 2022–23 European Cups?
Stade Rochelais won its first Champions Cup in May, though Ireland’s Leinster and French side Toulouse are many of the bookies’ favorites. Saracens are favored for the Challenge Cup title, but French sides Lyon and Toulon could trouble them and both look strong.
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