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How to watch Rugby this weekend

Super Rugby continues to get closer to the business end of the tournament, and gives us a look at who might be donning national colors for upcoming June Tests against the visiting Northern Hemisphere sides.

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 is three matches this weekend, that should give some valuable insights into who is likely to make the cut for the Incoming tours from the Northern Hemisphere starting next month. If you don’t have a team you support then are picks are the fixture in Buenos Aires between Argentina’s reborn Jaguares returning from a highly productive trip to Australia and New Zealand and their rivals for second place in the African conference, South Africa’s Sharks. Next up are Australian conference leaders the Waratahs in Hamilton’s up against New Zealand’s third placed but always dangerous Chiefs, and a look at what Ireland might be up against in Australia next month. Finally, it’s a clash between the two teams battling it out for the top of the New Zealand conference the Crusaders and Hurricanes that should provide some real champagne rugby and a fascinating insight into what we can expect from the All Blacks against France next month.

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

https://www.tsn.ca/super-rugby-on-tsn-and-tsn-go-1.433673

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

http://www.espn.com/watch/schedule?channel=espnplus&startDate=20180525&type=upcoming

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:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvv-9nUY-6zssj0uw4PrFKg

http://the1014.com/

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/

Enjoy!

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