TV/Internet Game Listings in Canada

How to watch Rugby this weekend

The highlight of the weekend is the PRO14 semi-finals and which are covered on DAZN.

The Southern Hemisphere’s premier club competition Super Rugby continues this Friday, and is fully covered in Canada on TSN and ESPN+ in the USA.

PRO 14

The league of Celtic Unions, plus two South African provincial sides and two Italian sides, reaches the semi-final stage this weekend and it is all covered on DAZN. The action kicks off on Friday with Scotland’s Glasgow Warriors taking on Ireland’s Ulster and then an all Irish derby between Leinster and Munster.

Glasgow Warriors vs Ulster – Friday, May 17th – 2:35 PM (Eastern) – DAZN

Leinster vs Munster – Saturday, May 18th – 9:30 AM (Eastern) – DAZN

DAZN is a web based streaming service which shows games live and on demand. It has all the November International Tests, Six Nations, PRO 14 and European Champions and Challenge Cup action. It cost $20 CDN a month which can be turned on and off as you need it, for those months where there is no rugby action and is an excellent service with high quality feeds, which also support Chromecast. See signup link below:

https://www.dazn.com/en-CA/account/payment-plan

Super Rugby

The annual club competition between the best provincial sides in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, with the inclusion of a Japanese and Argentinian franchise continues this weekend. The first match is on Friday, May 17th between New Zealand’s Hurricanes and Argentina’s Jaguares. TSN has the broadcast rights for the 2019 season, and will be showing all games live on their TSN GO streaming service. The games will be available on demand to be watched later, should you not be able to stay up to catch a game being played live in New Zealand at 01:35 AM Eastern.

If you don’t have a team you support our picks of the weekend’s action are two matches, both on Friday. First up on Friday we have New Zealand’s Hurricanes against Argentina’s Jaguares. The Hurricanes sit in second place in the New Zealand conference but will be without star playmaker fly half Beauden Barrett. The Jaguares are in third place in the South African conference but gave the Highlanders a serious fright last weekend. Our second pick is Friday’s match up between Australia’s Rebels and South Africa’s Bulls. The Rebels have arguably been the form team in Australia this season while the Bulls will want to recover from the thumping at the hands of the Crusaders last weekend. Both teams sit in second in their respective conferences, and for the Bulls the first game on a challenging tour of Australia and New Zealand. Both teams with everything to play for and a win on Saturday will do much to strengthen their playoff chances.

Hurricanes vs Jaguares – Friday, May 17th – 3:35 AM (Eastern) – TSN GO.

Rebels vs Bulls – Friday, May 17th – 5:45 AM (Eastern) – TSN GO.

Here is the schedule on TSN for the 2019 season:

https://www.tsn.ca/super-rugby-on-tsn-tsn-ca-and-the-tsn-app-1.1257067

In the USA the games will be aired on ESPN+, see link below for the opening weekend’s schedule.

http://www.espn.com/watch/schedule?startDate=20190215&type=upcoming

Major League Rugby

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, but it is hoped that the league will be expanded to Vancouver next season. There is now a broadcasting agreement for Canada with GAME TV for the Toronto Arrows games. They take a break this weekend but resume action next Sunday against the Glendale Raptors, where they will be looking to build on a five game winning streak which has put them in third place on the league table.

This is big news for those of you living in Toronto as you finally have a professional rugby union team to get behind. The Arrows now remain at home for the remainder of their season and there should be some great games at the two venues York University’s York Lions Stadium and Lamport Stadium. Get your tickets here and get behind this long awaited initiative with General admission tickets costing $29.

https://torontoarrows.showare.com/ordertickets.asp?p=6&src=default

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.

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

For Game TV details below:

https://www.igametv.com/gametv-schedule/

Also here is the list of channel providers in Canada:

https://www.igametv.com/gametv-where-to-watch/

If you missed the thriller between Toronto and Utah Warriors in their fifth home game of the season last weekend, here is the full match.

General Internet Listings for following International Rugby

The best 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.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvv-9nUY-6zssj0uw4PrFKg

http://the1014.com/

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 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.

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

Enjoy!

 

Comments
  1. andrew mills says:

    Hi good to see someone has in one place a large amount of rugby info.
    Any idea as to who will broadcast the Super Rugby Competition?

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    • Neil Olsen says:

      Thanks so much that’s what we’re trying to do is make it a one stop shop for International rugby in Canada. TSN should have Super Rugby again in Canada once it gets underway again in February unless broadcast rights for 2019 change. We’ll keep you posted!

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  2. David S. Rogers says:

    Good job

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  3. Gregory Kriel says:

    any update on whether Super Rugby will be available on TSN or DAZN this year? Starts sooon and want to make sure i don’t miss any action. cheers

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    • Neil Olsen says:

      Hi Gregory we are trying to figure that out, Our hunch is yes TSN will have rights as our understanding is that their broadcast deal with SANZAAR is till 2020. As soon as we know hopefully in the next week we will post it.

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      • GregKriel says:

        Hey lads – so loving the Super Rugby on TSNGO. Awesome to watch in HD and hear SA commentary 🙂

        Just looking ahead, do we know who will be broadcasting in Canada The Rugby Championship starting in July?

        I know DAZN shows the 6 nations but dont think they show the Southern Hem comp, any ideas?

        TIA

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      • Neil Olsen says:

        Hi Greg. TSN will have it along with the Rugby World Cup. With the World Cup this year the Rugby Championship plays an abbreviated format with teams only playing each other once as opposed to the normal home and away format. Rugby Championship starts also in July this year as opposed to August. Enjoy

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      • GregKriel says:

        Awesome thanks for the info Neil , you rock man!

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  4. GregKriel says:

    Any Idea on whether TSN is in fact going to stream the SUPER RUGBY games this year? OR DAZN? Starts soon and dont want to miss any action. I subscribe to both DAZN and TSN direct… any update on this would be much appreciated.. or another suggestion to watch legally in Canada?

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    • Neil Olsen says:

      Hi Gregory. Further to our last a few minutes. Have just had it confirmed that TSN will be showing all Super Rugby games for 2019 on the TSN GO app live. Whether or not they will be available on demand we still don’t know. Will put out the link to the 2019 and broadcast times once TSN issues it in the next week or two. Cheers

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      • GregKriel says:

        ok great.. when you TSN go app. is that the same as TSN direct? TSN direct shows all TSN 1-5 channels.. its what i use for my apple TV etc. I think TSN GO is just the same thing but for Bell TV subscribers so they dont pay extra for TSN and can be use on the go on a phone tablet, computer etc?

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      • Neil Olsen says:

        That is correct though we have heard some people having to use the GO app and then Chromecast to their TVs but yes either way should work

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      • GregKriel says:

        Ok great, im hoping tsn direct works just fine. ill be one super happy Saffa. Thanks for the help bud

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      • Neil Olsen says:

        Hi Greg. Quick update. It’s definite TSN GO has Super Rugby this season starting tomorrow with the first game of the season Chiefs/Highlanders. We’ve got the full schedule, just still not sure if the first few weekends will be on demand as well as live. Last year the on demand function only became available halfway through the tourney hoping for better this year. Enjoy. Cheers
        therugbylineout.com/tvinternet-game-listings/

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      • GregKriel says:

        Hi Neil. I tried to watch the Sharks game and the Stormers gane today and its no where to he seen. Did anyone else manage to watch these games. Try now for Storners and it’s not on all the TSN channels.. Really frustrating was so looking forward to it. Time to cancel my TSN direct memberahip 😦 only reason i have it was to watch super rugby

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      • GregKriel says:

        Oops it just Came on. Super weird. Hope they air all games

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      • Neil Olsen says:

        Hi Greg yes they are and also you can watch them on demand a few hours later after the game has aired if you miss it live

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      • GregKriel says:

        Thanks mate

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  5. GregKriel says:

    Neil any chance you can send me that tsn schedule pls? gregkriel@gmail.com Tsn website schedule doesnt show the super rugby. Where did you get this shedule?

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