TV/Internet Game Listings in Canada

How to watch Rugby this weekend

After the excitement of what was a truly remarkable World Cup, anything else may seem mundane. However, whichever way you cut it, it’s business as usual for the next four years, but there is plenty of change and excitement in store for us. We have to apologize to not being able to provide as much coverage as we would have liked of late, but what with work and trying to fit all the World Cup action in we all got a little bit overwhelmed. Now it’s back to business as usual we’ll keep this page up to date with our weekly pick of what to watch and in the main body of the blog we’ll get back to mulling over the season ahead.

European Champions Cup

With the World Cup dominating proceedings in October, the regular opening four fixtures of the European Champions Cup which normally take place in October, have now been condensed into November/December, meaning that if this is one of your favorite tournaments you’re in for a treat over the next seven weeks. With the clubs international stars back from World Cup duty, expect sparks to fly in Europe’s premier Club tournament. 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

The full schedule of European Champions Cup matches this weekend on the same page as the above link if you scroll down to the bottom and fill in Rugby Union in the search box:

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

This weekend’s fourth round has a raft of mouthwatering fixtures for us to look forward to. If you don’t have a team you support then here’s our three picks of the weekend’s action. The action all gets started this Friday, with England’s Harlequins taking on Irish side Ulster, and is our pick of Friday’s entertainment. Ulster sit pretty at the top of the table, but for Harlequins this is very much a do or die match to keep their Championship hopes alive. Our pick of Saturday’s action starts off with English and current European title holders Saracens, taking on Irish giants Munster. Saracens may be current champions but due to various scandals surrounding salary caps at the club this is clearly a troubled year for the club. Munster eked out a narrow home victory, but know that Saracens at home will be a vastly different and more dangerous prospect. Lastly also on Saturday is the return clash between English Premiership leaders Northampton and Irish and European legends Leinster.  Leinster leapfrogged Northampton for first place in the pool in a masterful display last weekend, and this should be one intense contest with plenty of skill on display as the English side make the difficult trip to Dublin.  In short everything to play for as four teams who are always competitive domestically duke it out on the European stage.

Harlequins vs Ulster – Friday, December 13th – 245 PM (Eastern) – DAZN (live and on demand after initial airing)

Saracens vs Munster – Saturday, December 14th – 10 AM (Eastern) – DAZN (live and on demand after initial live airing)

Leinster vs Northampton – Saturday, December 14th – 1215 PM (Eastern) – DAZN (live and on demand after initial live airing)

ENJOY!!!

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!