Watch Rugby World Cup live streams with a VPN

Published: Oct 14, 2019

How to stream the Rugby World Cup 2019?

The ninth edition of the Rugby World Cup is here. Hosts Japan will be looking to make it into the quarterfinals for the first time in team history, while the all-conquering All Blacks of New Zealand will be aiming to win a third consecutive world title.

The tournament begins on September 20 and ends on November 2. Tune in to the action with ExpressVPN!

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Stream the Rugby World Cup with a VPN.

How to watch the Rugby World Cup

Tune in to the tournament via…

ITV Rugby World Cup streams (free)

The official NBC Sports rugby stream (free trial)

Other ways to watch the Rugby World Cup

See all stream options below!

Watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup live on ITV

ITV is the official tournament broadcaster for the UK. You can watch all 48 games for free on TVPlayer.

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the UK.
  3. Head to TVPlayer and sign up.
  4. Enjoy the matches!

Learn more about watching ITV with ExpressVPN.

Stream the Rugby World Cup on NBC

NBC has the U.S. broadcasting rights. If you don’t have an NBC subscription, you can watch the games with a variety of free trials.

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the U.S.
  3. Use the free trials on fuboTV, Sling TV, YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, or DirecTV.
  4. Enjoy the matches!

Learn more about watching Sling TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue with ExpressVPN.

Other ways to watch Rugby World Cup streams

No other free broadcasts have been announced. Be on the lookout on sites like Reddit for other streaming options.

Is there a BBC Rugby World Cup stream?

The BBC does not have broadcasting rights to this year’s Rugby World Cup. That said, head to the BBC rugby page for the latest news and expert analysis.

2019 Rugby World Cup results and schedule

All times in Japan Standard Time:

Date Pool Match Kick-off Venue
Fri, Sept 20 Opening ceremony 18:30 Tokyo Stadium
Fri, Sept 20 A Japan 30-10 Russia 19:45 Tokyo Stadium
Sat, Sep 21 D Australia 39-21 Fiji 13:45 Sapporo Dome
Sat, Sep 21 C France 23-21 Argentina 16:15 Tokyo Stadium
Sat, Sep 21 B New Zealand 23-13 South Africa 18:45 International Stadium Yokohama
Sun, Sep 22 B Italy 47-22 Namibia 14:15 Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Sun, Sep 22 A Ireland 27-3 Scotland 16:15 International Stadium Yokohama
Sun, Sep 22 C England 35-3 Toga 19:15 Sapporo Dome
Mon, Sep 23 D Wales 43-13 Georgia 19:15 City of Toyota Stadium
Tues, Sep 24 A Russia 9-34 Samoa 19:15 Kumagaya Rugby Stadium
Wed, Sep 25 D Fiji 27-30 Uruguay 14:15 Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium
Thurs, Sep 26 B Italy 48-7 Canada 16:45 Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
Thurs, Sep 26 C England 45-7 United States 19:45 Kobe Misaki Stadium
Sat, Sep 28 C Argentina 28-12 Tonga 13:45 Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Sat, Sep 28 A Japan 19-12 Ireland 16:15 Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
Sat, Sep 28 B South Africa 57-3 Namibia 18:45 City of Toyota Stadium
Sun, Sep 29 D Georgia 33-7 Uruguay 14:15 Kumagaya Rugby Stadium
Sun, Sep 29 D Australia 25-29 Wales 16:45 Tokyo Stadium
Mon, Sep 30 A Scotland 34-0 Samoa 19:15 Kobe Misaki Stadium
Wed, Oct 2 C France 33-9 United States 16:45 Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
Wed, Oct 2 B New Zealand 63-0 Canada 19:15 Oita Stadium
Thurs, Oct 3 D Georgia 10-45 Fiji 14:15 Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Thurs, Oct 3 A Ireland 35-0 Russia 19:15 Kobe Misaki Stadium
Fri, Oct 4 B South Africa 49-3 Italy 18:45 Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
Sat, Oct 5 D Australia 45-10 Uruguay 14:15 Oita Stadium
Sat, Oct 5 C England 39-10 Argentina 17:00 Tokyo Stadium
Sat, Oct 5 A Japan 38-19 Samoa 19:30 City of Toyota Stadium
Sun, Oct 6 B New Zealand 71-9 Namibia 13:45 Tokyo Stadium
Sun, Oct 6 C France 23-21 Tonga 16:45 Kumamoto Stadium
Tues, Oct 8 B South Africa 66-7 Canada 19:15 Kobe Misaki Stadium
Wed, Oct 9 C Argentina 47-17 United States 13:45 Kumagaya Rugby Stadium
Wed, Oct 9 A Scotland 61-0 Russia 16:15 Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
Wed, Oct 9 D Wales 29-17 Fiji 18:45 Oita Stadium
Fri, Oct 11 D Australia 27-8 Georgia 19:15 Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
Sat, Oct 12 B New Zealand 0-0 Italy 13:45 City of Toyota Stadium
Sat, Oct 12 C England 0-0 France 17:15 International Stadium Yokohama
Sat, Oct 12 A Ireland 47-5 Samoa 19:45 Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
Sun, Oct 13 B Namibia 0-0 Canada 12:15 Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
Sun, Oct 13 C United States 19-31 Tonga 14:45 Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Sun, Oct 13 D Wales 35-13 Uruguay 17:15 Kumamoto Stadium
Sun, Oct 13 A Japan 28-21 Scotland 19:45 International Stadium Yokohama
Sat, Oct 19 England vs. Australia 16:15 Oita Stadium
Sat, Oct 19 New Zealand vs. Ireland 19:15 Tokyo Stadium
Sun, Oct 20 Wales vs. France 16:15 Oita Stadium
Sun, Oct 20 Japan vs. South Africa 19:15 Tokyo Stadium
Sat, Oct 26 Semifinal 1 17:00 International Stadium Yokohama
Sun, Oct 27 Semifinal 2 18:00 International Stadium Yokohama
Fri, Nov 1 Bronze Final 18:00 Tokyo Stadium
Sat, Nov 2 Final 18:00 International Stadium Yokohama

Infographic: Best ways to stream the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Infographic: Best ways to stream the 2019 Rugby World Cup

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List of Rugby World Cup winners

1987: New Zealand

1991: Australia

1995: South Africa

1999: Australia

2003: England

2007: South Africa

2011: New Zealand

2015: New Zealand

Rugby World Cup 2019 winner predictions

If current history is anything to go by, you’d be foolish to bet against New Zealand this year. The All Blacks have a 77% winning record in test match rugby and have held the top spot in the World Rugby Rankings longer than all other teams combined. Plus, there’s the small matter of them being two-time defending champions in the biggest tournament in international rugby.

ExpressVPN expects the All Blacks to beat South Africa in the opening match and claim a third consecutive world title.

Leave your predictions for the Rugby World Cup below, and don’t forget to tune in with your VPN!

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46 thoughts on “Rugby Union

  1. I’m living in Auckland,
    New Zealand. By now,
    I have written the results
    of the Pool play of the
    past few weeks. Of
    course, I am following
    The defending
    Champions, NEW

  2. Unfortunately ExpressVPN do not have enough bandwidth for big occasions like this.
    I am subscribed for over a year, with good results, but you need more servers

    1. Hi Justin,

      Rai Sport is the broadcaster for Italy. You can use a VPN to access the Italian stream, or you can connect to the UK and watch the ITV stream for every game.

  3. Hi I live in the Philippines and would like to watch the Super Rugby matches played between the teams in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. I would also like to watch the world cup and other games. How would I be able to use the VPN service to watch these matches live? Will I be able to watch on the TV with YouTube app? Your advice would be appreciated.
    Many thanks

      1. Which ITV (UK) channel is streaming the RWC? There are 3 sports channels on ITV & I couldn’t see the RWC in the tv guide section. Thanks

  4. I’m vacationing in Costa Rica and would like to watch the six nations rugby. If I sign up for VPN will I be able to stream all the games starting with then Ireland Scotland etc?

    1. Hi Patrick,

      To watch the games, you simply need to know which country is the “home” team for the match. To watch the home games for France, Scotland, and Wales, head to TVPlayer or TVCatchup and select BBC. For the other nations, select ITV.

      If you any issues watching the streams, please contact Support here:

  5. Hi I live in BC Canada and would like to watch the Super Rugby matches played between the teams in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Hwo would I be able to use the VPN service to watch these matches either live or delayed. Your advice would be appreciated.
    Many thanks

  6. Hi!
    Does ExpressVPN work with DSTVNow ( on my Windows 10 Notebook? I am from South Africa and reside in the California but would like to watch my Supersport Channels, etc on DSTVNow. I have a DSTV Account (ie: login).

    I also need to know if I can use the Chrome or Firefox ExpressVPN Extension to watch on instead of the your main APP because I dont want it to interfere with my Amazon Prime Account in the US. In other words, I will be using Firefox with your VPM extension for DSTV and Chrome without your extension for US based accounts like Amazon Prime.



  7. Hi I want to watch live rugby games on SuperSport (South Africa), i currently live in SA.

    Do i have to need a DSTV account to watch local Super sport games?

    Why do i need an account to stream when i can watch it on the decoder, please advise. I need clarity regarding the account?

    Awaiting your prompt respond.

  8. Hi,

    I am planning to watch the Rugby League World Cup beginning in the next 2 to 3 days co hosted by Australia/NZ and PNG.

    I am in Micronesia (South West Pacific)

    I have downloaded the VPN express.

    What is the best sit to stream and watch? Can you attach their URL here. Thanks

    1. Hi Joe,

      With a VPN, you can view Rugby League World Cup streams from a variety of countries.

      We’ve listed 5 sites in the “How to watch the Rugby League World Cup with a VPN” section above. Check them out and let Support know if you have issues! (

  9. 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. ExpressVPN does not work with RTE, and has not been working for a while. I have been trying for weeks and missed a number of occasions. The website detects the proxy address, as I believe the IP is recognised. Will it work for the Japan Ireland game today?

    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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