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How to watch Rugby this week

Yes it’s FINALLY HERE!!! Four years in the making the Rugby World Cup kicks off on Friday, in what promises to be one of the most open tournaments in years.

TSN who had the rights to the last two tournaments, will get it again. Our American cousins have been all set up for months now with NBC, however after watching the Canada/USA game tonight TSN have announced they will be covering all 48 matches. In true Canadian fashion, we were kept in the dark till a week before kick off in terms of a broadcast schedule, but we now have it and it is posted below.

Rugby World Cup


The action kicks off this Friday, September 20th with the opening match between Japan and Russia as well as the opening ceremonies just prior at 530 AM Eastern on TSN 1 and 4 as well as TSN GO. Also assuming all games will be available on demand on TSN GO. Most of the matches are in the wee hours of the morning for us here in Canada so get those PVRs fired up.

See full schedule attached:

We’ll be doing our own previews of what we consider to be the most important round 1 Pool games starting with Australia versus Fiji.

General Internet Listings for following International Rugby

Our new YouTube favorite is Squidge Rugby. His highly entertaining and insightful videos on our glorious sport have become the The Lineout’s number one weekly YouTube go to location at the moment. The videos are well put together, have some fascinating insights into the topic being discussed and have a production value that is both highly amusing and ingenious. Well worth ten minutes of your time and more than likely to put a smile on your face over a cup of coffee and provide some talking points with your rugby mates. Here is a piece he did on Canada and which we thought hit the mark rather well in addressing where we’ve gone wrong in the last few years. Get behind his work and help this excellent content to continue.

Here’s the link to his channel:

One of the best bits of news we’ve had all year is they’re back!!! Who you might ask? Gareth and Steve from the 1014 in New Zealand. The YouTube sensation that took the rugby world by storm last year have returned, after establishing themselves professionally with SkySports New Zealand. Their in depth analysis videos are without doubt the best out there on the International game. So give them a huge thumbs up, subscribe and help them keep their outstanding content coming both on YouTube and their website. Once again they seemed wrapped up in their work with Sky Sports New Zealand and Super Rugby, but with the Rugby World Cup just around the corner expect more output from them any day now.

One of the most comprehensive site for International Rugby news is without doubt Planet Rugby see link below:

For following the games if you can’t watch them either on the Internet or Television then they always have a very useful live tracking feature for all the big games, both for the Six Nations and Super Rugby as well as the World Cup. This allows you to get minute by minute updates on the games as they progress on either your computer or smart phone. If you’re on the road, this is a fabulous tool and best of all it’s free, along with their excellent coverage of the world game, and discussion forums (but be prepared to be shot down in flames by some of the more diehard fans if they feel your opinions aren’t well founded). If you’re a rugby fanatic then it’s pretty easy to lose time on this website and well worth a weekly or daily visit.

Another source of excellent international rugby coverage especially for video is Ultimate Rugby. Its video coverage features highlights, interviews and other interesting tidbits of rugby trivia. Nicely produced and well worth spending some time at. It also has a live match tracker like Planet Rugby and one which you can actually post comments on as the action unfolds which is a nice feature.

Also for those of you interested in a Canadian rugby digest, the rugby blog in BC’s Province newspaper is a good source for news on all things Canadian rugby wise along with Patrick Johnston’s Try and Tacklepodcasts.

Lastly, if you want to pick up on some genuine enthusiasm for our great game, we’re a fan of Gareth Mason on YouTube. A South African passionate about the game, his prodigious output on YouTube is always good fun and raises some good points. So check out the G-Man and give him your support.

For a contrasting opinion from New Zealand we also really like Two Cents Rugby on YouTube. An enthusiastic Kiwi fan who knows his players and probably has the most extensive rugby jersey collection on the net.