TV/Internet Game Listings in Canada

How to watch Rugby this weekend

The Six Nations wraps up this weekend and a more streamlined Super Rugby tournament continues this Friday.

Six Nations

Ireland may have won the tournament with a game in hand, but this final Saturday promises to be an epic finish. It’s been one of the most open and exciting tournaments in years, so be sure to catch the action this Saturday. Ireland head to Twickenham to try and secure only their third Grand Slam in the tournament’s history. Scotland look to secure maximum points to claw their way back into the top three of the table, on a road trip to Rome, and Wales play host to a French side buoyed by their recent dismantling of England in a head to head race for second spot on the table.

In Canada you can get all the action on the web based service DAZN. It is $20 a month, and is available on your computer or mobile phone. One nice feature is if you have Google Chromecast on your TV it is easy to cast from your phone or laptop. The streaming quality is excellent and it’s a great service at the price. You can watch the games live or on demand. See link below:

Italy vs Scotland – Saturday, March 17th – 830 AM (Eastern) – DAZN

England vs Ireland – Saturday, March 17th – 1045 AM (Eastern) – DAZN

Wales vs France – Sunday, March 17th – 1300 AM (Eastern) – DAZN

Also if you’re in Yorkville in Toronto this Saturday the entire upper floor of Toronto’s number one rugby centric pub, Hemingway’s will be showing all the matches live starting at 830 AM. The first 150 people through the door will not have to pay the usual $20 cover fee.

If you’re in the USA all the action this year will be live and on demand on NBC Sports Gold, see link below:

Super Rugby

The annual competition between the best club teams in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, with the recent addition since the last World Cup of a team each from Argentina and Japan continues this weekend. The good news for Canadian fans is that it is fully covered on TSN GO. It is a slightly slimmer competition this year with 15 teams instead of the unwieldy 18 teams that participated last year.

Our pick of the weekend’s action if you don’t have a team you support is the fixture between South Africa’s Sharks and Australia’s Brumbies in Canberra. You may be forgiven for thinking that we have a certain bias for South African teams. In actual fact far from it, however, South African teams traditionally struggle on the road in this competition, and Saturday’s match between these two teams will tell us much as to how the South African squads are likely to fare this year after, with the exception of the Lions, a rather disappointing run of form for a few years now.

See schedule below on TSN GO. Matches start on Saturday and run through to Sunday.

If you are watching in the US the tournament is covered on ESPN3 see link below:

General Internet Listings for following International Rugby

Our new favorite on the Internet is The 1014 on YouTube and also available as an app on your phone. Run by two guys in New Zealand, an Irishman and a Kiwi, their weekly video analysis is absolutely outstanding and full of insight. Here’s the link and we strongly recommend you give up 40 minutes of your time every week for these guys if you’re as mad about rugby as we are:

The most comprehensive site for International Rugby news is without doubt Planet Rugby see link below:

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.

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.



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