TV/Internet Game Listings in Canada

How to watch Rugby this weekend

Sorry for the silence but with COVID-19 rugby has been on hold for the last few months and then some. The good news is that for us rugby starved fans there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Super Rugby has got underway in New Zealand with only the five New Zealand franchises involved. As for the South African and Australian conferences that remains still to be seen. Meanwhile with MLR on hold till next year, and probably nothing happening in Europe till August/September at the earliest, if you’re a fan of the oval ball then essentially a domestic New Zealand Super Rugby competition is what you will have to content yourselves with. However, it’s top quality rugby and best of all it’s rugby back on the TV at long last. For us here in Canada, fortunately TSN has us covered. We’ll be writing some of our thoughts on the huge question marks surrounding our game post the COVID-19 crisis in the next week or so.

European Champions Cup

The season never got to finish and whether or not the 2019/2020 season will actually be concluded this year or simply written off still remains to be seen. We’ll keep you posted but for now it looks like the earliest we’ll see Europe’s top clubs competing again is August/September. The good news for us here in Canada is that DAZN has you covered when conclusions are drawn. 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

Six Nations 

Good news – once again DAZN has you fully covered – live and on demand. See above link on how to subscribe. This year’s tournament has yet to be concluded. France were leading the race at its premature conclusion with four rounds left to go. Rumor has it that it will be concluded ahead of some sort of international window. As a result it looks like October could see the conclusion of this year’s tournament. Once again we’ll keep you posted.

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. The season got underway until the COVID-19 pandemic shut everything down across the globe. New Zealand teams are the only ones who have been able to resume hostilities. Australia will be doing the starting in July. South African teams and Argentina’s Jaguares may well not see any action for the remainder of this year. See the schedule link below:

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

 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

Major League Rugby

After an exceptionally promising start to the season, our local heroes the Toronto Arrows had to put everything on hold, as this year’s tournament is officially cancelled.

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 as well as news about next year’s season:

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

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!