TV/Internet Game Listings in Canada

How to watch Rugby this week

International Rugby is now 100% focused on the buildup to the World Cup in Japan in six weeks time and with the Southern Hemisphere’s competitors now finished with their warmup preparations till September, the focus for the rest of the month is on the Northern Hemisphere.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the Six Nations competitors, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales are now well into their warm-up series, with Georgia having a look in for a few matches. For those of us here in Canada DAZN  or TSN are so far not covering these so your only bet is through a VPN service and Hong Kong based Rugby Pass. It costs approximately $40 Canadian a month and will get you access to almost all the European based warmups prior to the World Cup.

As for the main event itself in two months time, the Rugby World Cup we have just been able to confirm that TSN who had the rights to the last two tournaments, will get it again. In true Canadian fashion, we are likely to be kept in the dark till a few weeks before kick off in terms of a broadcast schedule, but we’ll keep you posted. Despite their agreement to cover the tournament, they are not showing Canada’s warmup game against a representative side from Ireland’s provincial powerhouse Leinster which takes place this weekend in Hamilton, Ontario. Although missing most of Leinster’s big names who are taking place in World Cup preparations this weekend against England, it should be an entertaining match.

European World Cup Warmups

August sees the Six Nations competitors having a busy schedule of warmup matches against each other, with England and Ireland going head to head again this weekend, while France and Scotland do battle in Murrayfield after a fairly embarrassing encounter for the Scots in Nice last weekend. In Canada it will be a challenge to catch these matches but there is a way. Rugby Pass is a streaming service that has access to all the games as well as the Rugby Championship matches. The quality is good and is both live and on demand. It costs approximately $40 for a month’s subscription which gets you all access. However, you need a VPN service with it in order to watch, as you will have to log into a Hong Kong server to watch the games. Slightly convoluted we know but if you want your European World Cup matches in Canada that will be the only way. On Saturday Wales is hosting England in Cardiff and you will be able to catch in on Rugby Pass.

Scotland vs France – Saturday, August 24th – 810 AM (Eastern) – Rugby Pass

England vs Ireland – Saturday, August 24th – 10 AM (Eastern) – Rugby Pass

Major League Rugby

Well sadly for Toronto it is now over but of great interest to Canadian rugby fans is Canada’s first foray into a professional league, Major League Rugby, which consists of 8 teams from the United States and one from Canada. At the moment there is only one Canadian franchise, the Toronto Arrows. There is now a broadcasting agreement for Canada with GAME TV for the Toronto Arrows games. The Arrows made it to the playoff stages which is very impressive for a team in their first season in the league. Unfortunately it was a bridge too far for them last weekend in Seattle, but what a ride it has been and what a season we have to look forward to next year based on their impressive run of form this year.

Game TV is showing the Arrows games in Canada, and is available through your TV service provider, see the site page here to identify which channel it is on your network. Also the game is streamed live on the Toronto Arrows Facebook page.

For Game TV details below:

Also here is the list of channel providers in Canada:

If you missed Toronto’s historic semi-final against Seattle here is the full game.

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.