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Watch live rugby streams online with a VPN

Updated: July 6, 2020
Watch live rugby streams online with a VPN

Watch NRL live streams on 9 Now

Price: Free

Channels: Channel 9

Channel 9 in Australia offers a free stream of three NRL matches per round plus exclusive of the grand final on October 25 and select Rugby Union tournaments. All you need to do is connect to a VPN server location in Australia and sign up. Be sure to check the schedule to know when to tune in.

To watch rugby on 9 Now:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in Australia.
  3. Head to 9Now and sign up.
  4. Enjoy watching for free!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome or Firefox.

Watching on mobile? Fire up the 9Now app on your Android or iOS device.

Watch Six Nations rugby and the Rugby World Cup on ITV

Price: Free

Channels: ITV4

ITV and BBC in the UK picked up broadcasting rights for the Six Nations Championship and Rugby world cup. 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 a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome or Firefox.

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.

How to stream American Rugby and Collegiate Rugby championships on ESPN

Price: 20 USD/month and up

Channels: ESPN

ESPN provides live coverage of the American Rugby Championship and the Collegiate Rugby Championship. 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 (55 USD/month),or AT&T TV Now (55 USD/month) and sign up. You may need to enter a valid U.S. postal code (e.g., 10001, 48104).
  4. Enjoy watching!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome or Firefox.

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), or the Hulu app (on Android or iOS).

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

Stream NRL and Rugby Union games on ESPN+

Price: 5 USD/month or 50 USD/year

You can tune in to the NRL and Rugby Union games live on ESPN+, which costs 5 USD/month. ESPN+ is also available in a bundle with Disney+ and Hulus on-demand service for 13 USD/month. If you don’t feel like committing to ESPN+, use the seven-day free trial.

To watch rugby live on ESPN+:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the U.S.
  3. Head to ESPN+ and sign up. You may need to enter a valid U.S. postal code (e.g., 10001, 48104).
  4. Enjoy watching!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome or Firefox.

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

Learn more about watching ESPN with ExpressVPN.

Watch Rugby Union and Rugby League games on Premier Sports

Price: 12 GBP/month and up

Premier Sports provides live coverage of Rugby Union and Rugby League games. Select games will be shown for free on its sister channel, Free Sports.

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the UK.
  3. Register on Premier Sports and Free Sports.
  4. Enjoy the games!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome or Firefox.

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

Watch Super Rugby, Rugby Championship, and Pacific Rugby Championship on TSN

Price: 5 CAD/day or 20 CAD/month

TSN offers live Rugby Championship, Pacific Rugby Championship, and Super Rugby broadcasts throughout the year. You will also get a full range of TSN sports channels for streaming your favorite sports online. Check the official schedule for dates and times.

To watch rugby live on TSN:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in Canada.
  3. Go to TSN TV. You may need to enter a valid Canadian postal code (e.g., R3T 4A7, V1M 1Y8.)
  4. Tune in to the games!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome or Firefox.

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

Stream Premiership Rugby League, Rugby’s Greatest Championship, and Heineken Championships Cup on NBC Sports Gold

Price: 80 USD

NBC Sports Gold provides live coverage of the Premiership Rugby League, Heineken Championships Cup, and Rugby’s Greatest Championship throughout the year. You can enjoy the events 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 a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome or Firefox.

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

Stream Wales and Ireland autumn internationals and European Rugby Champions cup on Channel 4

Price: Free

Channel 4 provides live coverage of Wales and Ireland autumn internationals, as well as the European Rugby Champions Cup. The best thing is, it’s completely free!

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the UK.
  3. Go to Channel 4 and sign up.
  4. Enjoy the games!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome or Firefox.

Stream World Rugby Sevens Series and Super League on Sky Sports

Price: 22 GBP/month and up

Living in the UK? Sky Sports is your best bet for catching live streams of the World Rugby Sevens Series and Super League 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!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome or Firefox.

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

Learn more about watching Sky with ExpressVPN.

Watch U20 World Rugby and Women’s Rugby World Cup on YouTube

The World Rugby YouTube channel provides coverage of the World Rugby Under 20 Championship, World Rugby Under 20 Trophy, and Women’s Rugby World Cup. The stream will be free

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location where YouTube is available.
  3. Go to the World Rugby YouTube channel.
  4. You’re all set!

Follow rugby on BBC Radio 5

BBC Radio 5 provides live audio commentary of the Six Nations Championship, Autumn Internationals, Premiership Rugby, and European Rugby Champions Cup matches. To listen with added security and privacy:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location that’s nearest to you.
  3. Go to BBC Radio 5 Live.
  4. Enjoy the live commentary!

Listening on mobile? Fire up the BBC Radio 5 Live on your Android or iOS device.

2020 rugby event calendar

Here’s the 2020 rugby event calendar. Dates listed here may be subject to change.

DateEventLocation
August 9 2019 – December 31, 2020Rugby World Cup 2021 QualifiersVarious
June 28 – July 18, 2020Rugby U20 ChampionshipVarious
August 8 – September 5, 20202020 Rugby ChampionshipVarious
August 15 – September 12, 2020Americas Rugby ChampionshipU.S.
August 22 – 30, 2020Americas Rugby ChallengeVarious
September 14 – 27, 2020World Rugby U20 TrophySpain
TBDHSBC World Rugby Sevens SeriesVarious
September 18 – October 16, 2021Women’s Rugby World CupNew Zealand

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61 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
    ZEALAND.

  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.

    Thanks!

    Regards
    Shafique

  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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