TV/Internet Game Listings in Canada

How to watch Rugby this weekend

With the November Test window now closed, that’s it for International Rugby till the Six Nations which kicks off the first weekend of February this year. In the meantime there is the ongoing PRO14 action which is covered on DAZN, as well as the last pool round of the European Champions Cup which is also on DAZN, in January.

To keep you going till the start of the Six Nations here’s a SUPERB try summary of 2018 from Extra Offload on YouTube.

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 action resumes in January with the final two of six pool rounds, and the good news is that in Canada you will be able to watch it all on DAZN.

If you don’t have a team you support then here are our three picks of this final weekend of the pool stages. First up is Friday’s encounter between Scotland’s Edinburgh and France’s Montpellier. The Scottish team have been on song in the tournament and Friday’s fixture will see which of the two sides will top their pool. Saturday’s action sees two key fixtures, one of which features the other Scottish side in the tournament Glasgow. They take on English Premiership giants Saracens in a similar race to see which side will top their pool. Finally, there is the visit of English side Exeter to Ireland’s Munster. The Irish heavyweights have already secured their place in the knockout stages, but a win here is critical for the English team if they are to keep their hopes alive of making it to the knockout stages.  This final weekend will also give us a fascinating glimpse into what we can expect in the Six Nations in a fortnight’s time from England, Scotland and Ireland. In short, in all three matches everything to play for between six very good sides.

Edinburgh vs Montpellier – Friday, January 18th – 2:45 PM (Eastern) – DAZN

Saracens vs Glasgow – Saturday, January 19th – 08:00 AM (Eastern) – DAZN

Munster vs Exeter – Saturday, January 19th – 12:30 PM (Eastern) – DAZN

DAZN which is showing the Irish Pro14 games in Canada has got the rights for this year’s entire Heineken Champions Cup.

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 30 minute highlights or full match format. It costs $20 a month and is good value as they will also have rights to this year’s November Internationals and next year’s Six Nations, making it a one stop shop for rugby in Canada with the exception of the Rugby Championship which has just finished, Super Rugby and the June Internationals. Here is the sign up link:

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

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?

    Liked by 1 person

    • 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!

      Like

  2. David S. Rogers says:

    Good job

    Like

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