TV/Internet Game Listings in Canada

How to watch Rugby this weekend

Six Nations, Super Rugby and MLR – in short it’s all going on this weekend and in Canada you can catch it all.

European Champions Cup

With the World Cup dominating proceedings in October, the regular opening two fixtures of the European Champions Cup which normally take place in October, were condensed into November/December. The good news for us here in Canada is that DAZN has you covered. DAZN is an internet subscription based service costing $20 CDN a month. They have PRO 14, Six Nations and European Champions Cup action. DAZN has the majority of matches in the European Champions Cup and the Irish matches in the PRO14 as well as all of the Six Nations games and they are available live and on demand and the streaming quality is top rate HD. To subscribe to their service use the link below:

https://www.dazn.com/en-CA/welcome

With the Six Nations now in full swing, the tournament takes a break till the quarter-finals which will take place in April and will be fully covered on DAZN.

Six Nations 

Good news – once again DAZN has you fully covered – live and on demand. See above link on how to subscribe. This weekend’s fixture between Ireland and Italy has been postponed due to the Corona virus outbreak, as has England’s match with Italy next Saturday. So all eyes are on France to see whether or not they can pull off the Grand Slam as they are the only team in with a chance of completing all five of their matches having already played Italy.

England vs Wales – Saturday, March 7th – 1145 AM (Eastern) – DAZN (live and on demand after initial live airing)

Scotland vs France – Sunday, March 9th – 11 AM (Eastern) – DAZN (live and on demand after initial live airing)

Super Rugby

It’s back and TSN has the rights again this year. For the moment the regular season games all look to be only the TSN App/TSN GO live and on demand. It all kicks off this Friday, January 31st. See the schedule link below:

https://www.tsn.ca/2020-rugby-on-tsn-broadcast-schedule-1.1433570

If you don’t have a team you support then we have two picks for you. First up on Friday it’s New Zealand’s Crusaders taking on Australia’s Reds. If the Reds get annihilated in Christchurch by the current Champions, then the argument that apart from the Brumbies, Australian teams are unlikely to pose much of a threat this year is a foregone conclusion. If on the other hand the Rebels put up a decent fight and even manage an upset on the road then you could argue the turmoil that has plagued Australian rugby for the last four years could be on the mend. Next up on Saturday we have Argentina’s Jaguares taking on South Africa’s Sharks in Durban. Despite the Stormers sitting atop the points table for the competition as a whole the Sharks are hot on their heels by a mere one point difference. In our opinion one of these two teams are likely to emerge the winner of the South African conference and Saturday’s contest will be a fascinating insight into how the table and the playoffs might unfold. The Jaguares have shown that the loss of a core of their seasoned Internationals was not great cause for alarm as they currently sit in third on the South African conference and on the points table for the competition as a whole,  and are only one point behind the second placed Sharks. As mentioned above it’s all available to be streamed off the TSN app see link attached provided you have a cable subscription through one of the major providers that gives you TSN. See bottom of the page for the games on demand on the following link:

https://www.tsn.ca/rugby

Crusaders vs Reds – Friday, March 6th – 105 AM (Eastern) – TSN (live and on demand several hours after the live broadcast)

Sharks vs Jaguares – Saturday, March 7th – 805 AM (Eastern) – TSN (live and on demand several hours after the live broadcast)

Major League Rugby

It’s back and the Toronto Arrows season has kicked off in spectacular fashion. The good news is TSN has the rights and are showing the games on their app live (sadly not yet on demand). Toronto currently sit four from four and second on the table just behind San Diego Legion. They are clearly on a roll and Friday’s encounter with the Glendale Raptors should help them cement their second place spot on the table, possibly even first if San Diego Legion come unstuck against third placed Rugby United New York.

Raptors vs Toronto Arrows – Friday, March 6th – 8 PM (Eastern) – TSN App/GO. The full schedule for the Arrows games on TSN is below:

https://www.tsn.ca/2020-toronto-arrows-rugby-on-tsn-1.1439407

At the moment TSN is only showing the games live, so if you miss it on the App, visit the Arrows Facebook page which has highlights and most of their games available:

https://www.facebook.com/TorontoArrows/

Let the games begin for what promises to be another exciting season for our home town heroes!

Also if you are in Toronto this weekend then Hemingway’s bar in Yorkville and the Balmy Beach Club in the Beaches will have all Six Nations games live, with Hemingway’s also having the Arrows games.

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 the World Cup final and which we thought hit the mark rather well in breaking down how the game unfolded. Get behind his work and help this excellent content to continue.

Here’s the link to his channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu2oaGQ6Dds6g9lqfexUFbQ

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

http://www.planetrugby.com/

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 die hard 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.

http://www.ultimaterugby.com/

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 Tackle podcasts.

http://blogs.theprovince.com/category/sports/rugby-sports/

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.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2t_kXFUxzS6s1L8vCUF6lw

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.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2qxMYu8Afo2vIs6XBNDx_Q/featured

As for us here at The Lineout after a quiet spell since the World Cup we’ll be back with our end of year reviews and report cards over the holiday season. We’ll start off with our usual Tier 2 favourites Canada, Fiji, Georgia, Japan, and the USA and then into the Six Nations competitors including an update to our report card on Italy and lastly the big 4 from the Southern Hemisphere. All of which will lead us nicely into the New Year and preparations for the first big International Rugby event post the World Cup, the 2020 Six Nations!

Enjoy!