Watch Live Rugby online with a VPN

Published: Dec 22, 2016

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2017 @ 11:16 am

Who doesn’t love rugby union? With its perfect blend of physicality and strategy, it’s little surprise that millions of fans worldwide are enthralled by the sport.

Rugby union also offers plenty of international competitions at the professional level, from the Rugby World Cup and Rugby Championship to the European Rugby Champions Cup and Super Rugby.

Wondering how you can catch all of the exciting action? Everything you need is a VPN and this trusty guide.

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How a VPN helps you watch live rugby streams 

A VPN works by changing your IP address to an IP from another country. When you connect to a VPN server, you automatically take the IP address of a server in that area.

You’ll also get an added layer of security with minimal speed loss, allowing you to stream sports online with added peace of mind.

You can just sign up, then use the app to connect and start watching.

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Watch international rugby union games with a VPN

With a huge variety of tournaments and games, you can bet there’s always some exciting rugby union action going on.

Want more rugby? Check out the BBC’s rugby union fixtures table for a schedule of all games!

So now that you know what matches are on, how do you tune into the games? Here are ExpressVPN’s picks for fans from different countries.

Watch live rugby on Sky Sports (UK)

Sky Sports is your best bet for watching rugby union competitions in the UK. You can watch live online with a Sky subscription. If you aren’t in the UK, you’ll also need a VPN.

Here’s how to watch live rugby union games on Sky Sports with a VPN:

  1. Get ExpressVPN and install the app on your preferred device.
  2. Connect to any of 6 different UK ExpressVPN servers.
  3. Sign in at and start watching.

Stream rugby online with Fox Sports (Australia)

Fox Sports has broadcasting rights for rugby union down under. A Fox Sports subscription is required in order to stream, and you have the option of choosing either monthly or yearly subscriptions.  Here’s how you can stream:

  1. Connect to an ExpressVPN server location in Australia.
  2. Go to and sign in.
  3. Start streaming!

Watch rugby union live on NBC (USA)

Prefer an American take on rugby? Why not? NBC is the premier choice for streaming games in America, with lots of live games and highlights.

Here’s how to watch NBC Sports with a VPN.

  1. Connect to a U.S. ExpressVPN server. There are 20 to pick from!
  2. Go to and sign in. (You’ll need a U.S. cable account.)
  3. Sit back and enjoy!

Live stream rugby union with Sky Sports (New Zealand)

If you live in New Zealand, chances are you cannot go without a regular dose of rugby union action. Not to worry though, Sky Sports has you covered.

Here’s how you can stream:

  1. Connect to an ExpressVPN server location in New Zealand.
  2. Head to and sign in. (You’ll need a subscription.)
  3. Start streaming!

Watch live rugby games on SuperSport (South Africa)

For those of you in South Africa, SuperSport is the place to go to for streaming live rugby union matches.

Here’s how to catch the games live:

  1. Connect to an ExpressVPN server location in South Africa.
  2. Go to and sign in. (You’ll need an account.)
  3. Kick back and enjoy!

Are the All Blacks the best rugby team?

As the only international side with a winning record against every opponent, it’s clear that the New Zealand national rugby union team is pretty darn good. The All Blacks are almost always the top-ranked national team and have won three Rugby World Cup titles.

But right behind them are Australia’s Wallabies and South Africa’s Springboks, each with two Rugby World Cup titles to their names. After South Africa’s historic upset of New Zealand in 1995 and Australia’s heartbreaking loss to the All Blacks in 2015, which team will win the next Rugby World Cup? Will the All Blacks continue their dominance? Or will another team close the gap to become the best rugby team in the world?

Score a try with a VPN!

Now that you know how to watch rugby online, there’s no reason not to dive into the year-long action.

Which rugby union tournament is your favorite? Who’s your pick to win the next Rugby World Cup? Will we see a new top dog in the Rugby Championship?

Share your thoughts in the comments below. And don’t forget to sign up with ExpressVPN so you can watch rugby union games anywhere.

If you have any questions, ExpressVPN’s live chat is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week!

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8 thoughts on “Rugby Union

  1. I’m in India and want to watch the rugby. Do i also need subscription to SKY TV? Whats best way for me to get the rugby without having to pay for VPN and subscription to a broadcaster?

    1. Hi there,

      If you’re looking for a British broadcast, Sky TV is the way to go. We don’t advise watching free streams since they are almost always low quality and can present a range of internet risks. Besides, a VPN is perfect for watching any online TV show 🙂

        1. To watch everything yes. But sometimes broadcasters show matches for free (e.g. For showed the Super Bowl for American Football free of charge), so it would be a good idea to check the site of the broadcaster and see if they’re airing your favorite matches for free 🙂

    1. Hi John,

      Sounds like a case where ExpressVPN can help! Just use ExpressVPN and connect to an Irish server, and you’ll be all set 🙂

    1. Hi Richard,

      No problem! ExpressVPN does not prevent you from connecting to any web service. In fact, ExpressVPN can help you access your favorite web services from anywhere in the world at high speeds and with added security.

      Just connect to an ExpressVPN server in a country where the service is available, and you’re all set!

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