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How to watch Rugby this weekend

The European Champion Cup takes a break till December as the November Internationals continue to take centre stage for the next two weeks.

This weekend sees the second weekend of the November Test window, and the good news is that DAZN has all the matches covered in November for Canadian viewers. There is also the small matter for us here in Canada of the repechage tournament being held in France over the two middle weekends of the month, with Canada playing for a last gasp shot at qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Japan.

The November Internationals

For us here in Canada, there is lots of good news. DAZN has the full broadcast rights for all of the Tests for Canada. See the link below on how to subscribe to their excellent service.

This weekend sees 3 key matches. Scotland take on South Africa, Ireland play New Zealand which is being billed as THE Test of the year as the world’s number 1 and 2 sides go head to head and France play Argentina. For those of you who are Welsh fans, Wales plays Tonga and for England supporters Japan visits Twickenham. Both matches are also on DAZN. Italy also play a faltering Australia, but sadly that match is not being broadcast in Canada. Our Canadian boys also take on Germany in the World Cup repechage tournament in France for the final World Cup spot.

Wales vs Tonga – Saturday, November 17th – 9:30 AM (Eastern) – DAZN

England vs Japan – Saturday, November 17th – 10 AM (Eastern)  – DAZN

Scotland vs South Africa – Saturday, November 17th – 12:20 PM (Eastern) – DAZN

Ireland vs New Zealand – Saturday, November 17th – 2 PM (Eastern) – DAZN

France vs Argentina – Saturday, November 17th – 3:05 PM (Eastern) – DAZN

The November Test window is 100% covered here in Canada by our good friends at DAZN for the very reasonable monthly subscription of $20 CDN, with all games live and on demand – all in full HD. To add to the good news they also have the full 2019 Six Nations so from now to the end of March DAZN should really be your one-stop shop here in Canada for Test Rugby!

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

Canada also have their last chance at World Cup Qualification in a two weekend round robin competition being played in France with Kenya, Germany and Hong Kong. TSN has the broadcast rights for Canada’s games.

Canada vs Germany – Saturday, November 17th – 9:50 AM (Eastern) TSN 1 and 3

For those of you in the USA, the November internationals are being covered by FloRugby for the cost of $29.99 USD a month see link below:

https://www.florugby.com/live/6531-the-rugby-weekend/signup

Also if you’re in downtown Toronto this Saturday, then Hemingways in Yorkville will be showing the four big matches and is likely to be standing room only by the time Ireland and New Zealand get down to business but packs a great atmosphere. The action kicks off at 1000 AM for the England/Japan game see below and a $20 cover charge which includes all four games:

https://www.facebook.com/events/232264437424537/?event_time_id=232264447424536

If you missed last weekend’s action here are highlights of the four main matches as well as Canada’s efforts against Kenya:

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

This competition takes a break till December as everyone gears up for the November Internationals.

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. There is also a second tier to the competition the Challenge Cup which runs in a similar format. The action kicks off this weekend with the first of six pool rounds between now and January, and the good news is that in Canada you will be able to watch it on DAZN.

It has taken us quite a bit of effort to figure out who will be showing the tournament in Canada. Up to now Sportsnet World has always had broadcast rights to the competition, but this has all changed. DAZN which is showing the Irish Pro14 games in Canada has got the rights for this year’s entire Heineken Champions Cup see attached link.

https://media.dazn.com/en/press-releases/2018/10/dazn-lands-exclusive-rights-to-heineken-champions-cup-and-european-rugby-challenge-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!

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