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How to watch Rugby this weekend

The Six Nations is over for another year but there is plenty going on at club level as Super Rugby continues and the European Champions Cup gets into the knockout stages at the end of the month.

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.

Six Nations

Like we say it’s done and dusted for another year, but what a tournament it was, with twists and turns at every curve. We’ll be doing our own review of the tournament as a whole later next week.

DAZN is a subscription based internet service which offers high quality live and on demand streaming and is compatible with Chromecast from your cellphone or laptop to your TV. All matches are shown live and then on demand in either a highlights or full match format. It costs $20 a month and is good value as they will also have rights to, in addition to this year’s Six Nations, the European Champions Cup making it a one stop shop for rugby in Canada with the exception of Super Rugby, and this year’s Rugby Championship. They have also been covering the Women’s Six Nations which has provided some action well worth catching. Here is the sign up link for DAZN:

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

For those of you watching in the US, NBC in association with Rugby Pass will have you covered as well. They are charging $69.99 for a year’s membership which gets you all the Premiership games, Six Nations games and the European Champions Cup see below:

https://www.nbcsports.com/gold/rugby?utm_post=ond&utm_network=site&utm_sport=rugby&utm_source=page&utm_event=permanent&utm_tags=ond:site:rugby:page:permanent

Also if you’re in Toronto this weekend there are two great places to watch the action live with a good crowd. The first is Toronto’s leading rugby pub Hemingway’s in Yorkville.

They are showing all three matches every weekend. First up is Saturday, March 16th at 8:30 AM for the Italy vs France game followed by Wales vs Ireland and ending with the England vs Scotland game. It’s a $20 cover charge for all matches being shown that day. See schedule below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/316256879136055/

Also, one of Toronto’s oldest rugby clubs, Balmy Beach is also showing the Saturday games live in its bar, and is opening it to non-members also for a $20 cover charge for the day or an $80 all in cover charge for the whole tournament. The added advantage of watching it here is that all proceeds go to support Beach Junior Rugby which should add to your enjoyment knowing your money is going to a very worthy cause. See schedule below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2048781068539835/

The European Champions Cup (or Heineken Cup as it is once more)

This annual competition between the best club teams from the Six Nations countries in Europe has provided plenty of entertainment over the years from its inception as the Heineken Cup, a name it once again assumes for this year’s edition. The top club teams from England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will battle it out between now and May for the title of Europe’s best team. The tournament will resume with the quarter finals which take place at the end of March.

PRO 14

The league of Celtic Unions, plus two South African provincial sides and two Italian sides, continues this weekend. DAZN has most of the action. See link below:

https://watch.dazn.com/en-CA/schedule/

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, March 22nd between New Zealand teams the Blues and the Highlanders. 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 taking place on Saturday. First up we have Japan’s Sunwolves against South Africa’s Lions. The Lions have recovered from their shaky start to the season, but facing a revved up Sunwolves side in Singapore will be a definite challenge.  Also on Saturday, our second pick is the match up between South Africa’s Bulls and New Zealand’s Chiefs. The Bulls are dominating the South African conference so far this year, while the Chiefs occupy the lowest rung of the New Zealand table. However, the New Zealand side which traditionally has been one of the best in the competition showed some real fight against New Zealand powerhouse the Hurricanes last weekend, holding them to a 23 all draw, and it remains to be seen if this will mark the start of a return to form for a team boasting some serious talent. They could ask for no better test, than the long flight to South Africa and a match in the thinner air of Pretoria.

Stormers vs Jaguares – Saturday, March 23rd – 6:55 AM (Eastern) – TSN GO.

Bulls vs Chiefs – Saturday, March 23rd – 9:05 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 no actual broadcasting agreement for Canada, but it would appear that the Arrows matches will be uploaded onto YouTube a day or so later. Toronto are doing surprisingly well in their first foray into the tournament and currently sit in sixth place on the table after three wins and four losses. Here are highlights of their latest game against Rugby United New York which they lost by a narrow margin. They take a break this weekend, but as there is no real direct live service for the matches you will most likely have to catch it on YouTube a few days later.

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.

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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