TV/Internet Game Listings in Canada

How to watch Rugby this week

After a VERY quiet weekend for rugby fans last weekend, the road to the World Cup for all intents and purposes starts this Saturday. Fiji take on the Maori All Blacks for a return match in New Zealand after an epic win over the Kiwis last weekend, but the main talking point of the weekend is the start of this year’s abbreviated Rugby Championship. International Rugby is now 100% focused on the buildup to the World Cup in Japan in two months time and the annual competition between the Southern Hemisphere’s big four Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa will be no different. With each of the teams only playing each other once instead of the normal home and away format, it won’t quite have the same weight it usually does and is more about fine tuning World Cup squads than the actual silverware on offer. TSN will have all the action for you over the three weekends the tournament runs.

In the Northern Hemisphere, nothing happens till August, when the Six Nations competitors, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales start their warm-up series, with Georgia having a look in for a few matches. DAZN may be covering these but as yet we are not sure but will keep you updated.

August will also see Canada play in a one off Pacific Nations Cup series which sees us travel to the South Pacific and the USA to take on the Americans, Fiji and Tonga. We are assuming that TSN may have some of these but once more will keep you updated.

As for the main event itself in two months time, the Rugby World Cup, we are assuming 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. Canada being one of the very few countries that as yet still does not have a broadcast agreement with the tournament organisers World Rugby. We’ll keep you posted.

Rugby Championship

Like we say it is an abbreviated tournament this year, but TSN has the rights and this year will be showing the games live on TSN 2 and 5 as well as on demand on TSN GO/TSN App.  Of the two fixtures this weekend, our pick is the second of the two games between Argentina and New Zealand. The opening match which sees South Africa host Australia in Johannesburg will be an intriguing contest with plenty of experimentation in the Coaches selections. Next up, New Zealand travel to Argentina to take on the Pumas (or as some say the Jaguares in national colors), in what should be a high octane encounter. The Jaguares impressed in Super Rugby and it will be fascinating to see if this same group of players can translate that success to the Test Level. New Zealand may be fielding what they class as a second string side, but an All Black second string side is often the envy of the rest of the world’s starting sides.

South Africa vs Australia – Saturday, July 20th – 11 AM (Eastern) – TSN 5 and TSN GO

Argentina vs New Zealand – Saturday, July 20th – 2 PM (Eastern) TSN 5 and TSN GO

For those of you wanting the full Championship schedule on TSN here it is:

https://www.tsn.ca/international-rugby-on-tsn-tsn-ca-and-the-tsn-app-1.433673

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.

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 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:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu2oaGQ6Dds6g9lqfexUFbQ

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.

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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  6. chris hampton says:

    Live in British Colombia an enjoy the first 40 mins of Super Rugby replays on demand, after half time get a regional block out message. Whats the fix there. LG smart TV.

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    • Neil Olsen says:

      Hi Chris if you are physically in Canada when watching it, then make sure your VPN is off when you are watching, sometimes this can mess things up. I use a VPN when in the States and log into a Canadian server to watch TSN GO content relating to Super Rugby games I miss, as without a TV service I cannot PVR them when I am on the road. However, when I am back in Canada and watching TSN GO/TSN App Super Rugby I leave my VPN off and have never had a problem. Hope this helps.

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  7. GregKriel says:

    Hey chaps – any idea f the currie cup will be broadcasted anywhere in Canada? I take TSN wont do the currie cup, i know they doing the rugby Championship and World Cup but i doubt the currie cup too. Cheers

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  8. GregKriel says:

    Have we got confirmation yet that TSN will broadcast the world cup yet? Other than that GO BOKKE MOERE EM AUSSIES haha 🙂

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    • Neil Olsen says:

      Hi Greg, no nothing as yet. Not quite sure what the problem is in Canada. I can tell you who is doing darts here for the next ten years but rugby….hohum. Canada is the only country who has yet to finalise a broadcasting agreement with the RWC organisers. Rest assured the minute we know we’ll make sure it’s out there! Enjoy the games tomorrow, think the Boks should be in good stead apart from our concerns re the Jantjies combo!

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