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Watch live rugby online with a VPN

Updated: December 5, 2019
Watch live rugby online with a VPN

How to stream rugby on NBC Sports Gold

Price: 80 USD

NBC Sports Gold gives you exclusive rugby championships and tournaments throughout the year—live, commercial-free, and on demand! The subscription period lasts from August 14, 2019 to August 16, 2020. Subscriptions auto-renew prior to the start of next season.

To watch:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the U.S.
  3. Go to NBC Sports Gold and sign up.
  4. Enjoy rugby!

Watching on mobile? You can also use the NBC Sports Gold app (on Android and iOS).

Watch rugby live on ITV

Price: Free

Channels: ITV4

Select rugby tournaments and championships can be streamed on ITV4. Be sure to sync with the official schedule.

The best part? You can watch the broadcast for free!

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the UK.
  3. Sign up at ITV or TV Player. You may need to supply a valid UK postal code (e.g., WC1X 0AA).
  4. Start watching for free!

Watching on mobile? Fire up the ITV Hub app (on Android and iOS) or the TVPlayer app (on Android or iOS).

Learn more about streaming ITV with ExpressVPN.

Stream rugby live on TVNZ

Price: Free

Channels: TVNZ 1 and TVNZ 2

TVNZ offers live coverage of select rugby events. You can tune in to the games closer to the tournament dates and watch live rugby absolutely free!

To watch:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in New Zealand.
  3. Head down to TVNZ and sign up.
  4. Enjoy your stream!

Watching on mobile? Fire up the TVNZ app on your Android or iOS device.

How to stream rugby on ESPN

Price: 25 USD/month and up

Channels: ESPN

ESPN sometimes covers select rugby matches and tournaments. Check the schedule closer to the events to know when to tune in. You can watch the ESPN stream using a variety of free trials.

To watch:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the U.S.
  3. Head to YouTube TV (50 USD/month), Sling TV Orange (25 USD/month), Hulu (45 USD/month), AT&T TV Now (50 USD/month), or PlayStation Vue (50 USD/month) and sign up. You may need to enter a valid U.S. ZIP code (e.g., 10001, 48104).
  4. Enjoy watching!

Watching on mobile? Fire up the YouTube TV app (on Android and iOS), the Sling TV app (on Android and iOS), the AT&T TV Now app (on Android and iOS), the Hulu app (on Android or iOS), or the PlayStation Vue app (on Android or iOS).

Learn more about watching YouTube TV, Sling TV, Hulu, AT&T TV Now, and PlayStation Vue with ExpressVPN.

Watch live rugby on Sky Sports

Price: Sky subscription

Living in the UK? Sky Sports is your best bet for catching live streams of the games. However, specialized equipment is required. You will also need to provide a valid postal code and a UK/Ireland credit or debit card.

If you’re traveling abroad and you already have an existing Sky subscription, you can access Sky Go with a VPN and get set up in a minute!

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the UK.
  3. Head to Sky Go and log in.
  4. Enjoy the games!

Learn more about watching Sky with ExpressVPN.

When are the big dates for rugby in 2020?

Six Nations Championship (February 1 – March 14, 2020)

2020 Major League Rugby season (Starts February 8, 2020)

The 2019 rugby season summary

The 2019 Rugby World Cup was the ninth edition of the quadrennial world championship for men’s rugby union teams. It was hosted in Japan from September 20 to November 2 in 12 venues all across the country. South Africa won the 2019 tournament. Rassie Erasmus and Siya Kolisi guided the Springboks to an inspirational third world title.

Next up is the Six Nations Championship, a rugby union competition between the teams of England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales. Who will win? Share your predictions below!

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58 thoughts on “Rugby Union

  1. I paid for something that won’t work in the Philippines, how can I claim my payment back? Im so disappointed, I even click Philippines as my location, it should have prevented me if I had known nothing will work here. I just paid for it to watch thr rygby world cup semi finals…

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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: https://www.expressvpn.com/support/#open-chat

  6. 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

  7. Hi!
    Does ExpressVPN work with DSTVNow (https://now.dstv.com/) 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 https://now.dstv.com/ 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.



  8. 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.

  9. 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! (www.expressvpn.com/support/)

  10. 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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