The Rugby World Cup 2019 will take place in Japan from September 20 until November 2. There’ll be 48 games in total, with 20 countries taking part, so there’s certainly a lot to look forward to. The good news is that you can easily live stream the Rugby World Cup abroad since there are official broadcasters in dozens of countries (although depending on where you live, matches might air late at night or early in the morning).
You should note that we’ll only be recommending official sources. While there are often third-party streams for major sporting events like the Rugby World Cup, we advise against using them. To begin with, the video tends to be laggy and low-resolution. To make matters worse, unlicensed streams can be taken offline at any moment for copyright violation. On the other hand, since you can watch the Rugby World Cup 2019 for free, there’s no need to use unauthorized, unreliable streams in the first place.
This event will only be broadcast on region-locked services. As such, you’ll need a VPN to stream the Rugby World Cup abroad.
How to watch the Rugby World Cup 2019 from abroad with a VPN
New to VPNs and not sure how to get started? Don’t worry; it’s easy to access geo-restricted services abroad. Follow the steps below to stream the Rugby World Cup from anywhere.
Here’s how to watch the Rugby World Cup 2019 online from anywhere with a VPN:
- First, sign up for a suitable VPN. We recommend ExpressVPN but NordVPN and CyberGhost are both excellent low-cost alternatives.
- Download and install the VPN app, taking care to get the right version for your device.
- Decide which service you’d like to unblock from the list below and create an account (if required). Usually, you’ll need a payment method that’s linked to an address in the relevant country.
- Connect to a VPN server in the appropriate location. For example, you’d use a British server to unblock ITV Hub or a Canadian one to access TSN abroad.
- Try playing a video on your chosen service. In most cases, it should load without any issues. If you’re having difficulty, clear your browser’s cache and cookies, then reload the page.
Rugby World Cup games will be broadcast live. For this reason, we recommend making sure your VPN works (using the steps above) well before matches are due to begin. This approach ensures you’ll have time to get help from your VPN’s customer support team in the event of unexpected technical problems, and makes it less likely you’ll miss part of the game.
Rugby World Cup 2019 TV coverage UK – how to stream for free
ITV is the main broadcaster of the Rugby World Cup in the UK. This network will show every game of the tournament on either ITV or ITV4, channels that can be watched live and for free online via ITV Hub (or STV Player, if you’re in Scotland). Games featuring the Welsh squad will also be shown on S4C. This Welsh-language channel can be watched free of charge on BBC iPlayer.
Due to the time difference, most matches will be broadcast early in the morning, although once they’re finished, they’ll be added to ITV Hub’s on-demand library. You’ll have 30 days to watch before each is taken down, so there’s no need to worry if you miss a game or two.
Signing up for ITV Hub is free and only takes a minute. All you have to do is enter some basic information (name, email address, and so on). Note that while this service asks for your postal code, it doesn’t actually verify whether or not you live there, so any valid British postal code will work.
ITV Hub and BBC iPlayer are both geo-restricted and only available in the UK. However, if you connect to a British VPN server, you can use either service from abroad. Don’t have a VPN yet? ExpressVPN comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee, allowing you to stream the Rugby World Cup from abroad and claim a refund if you’re unsatisfied.
Where else can I watch the Rugby World Cup online?
You don’t have to go all the way to Japan to watch the Rugby World Cup as it will be shown online in more than 30 countries. Take a look below to find out which networks are broadcasting the Rugby World Cup 2019 where you are:
NBC has exclusive broadcasting rights for this event in the US. If your cable TV package already includes NBC (or if you subscribe to a supported over-the-top service like Sling TV or PlayStation Vue), you can log in and watch a handful of matches for free.
However, if you’d like to stream every match, you’ll have to purchase the Rugby World Cup pass on NBC Sports Gold. This costs $199.99 USD and allows you to stream every game live or later, on-demand. This is a fairly expensive way to watch, though, especially given that the same content is being broadcast for free in other countries.
NBC, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue are geo-restricted, so you’ll need a VPN to access them from outside the US.
Canadian fans can stream every game of the tournament live on TSN. If you already have TSN channels as part of your cable package, you can just sign in and start streaming right away. If not, there is a way to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup without cable.
Just sign up for TSN Direct instead. This costs $4.99 CAD per day or $19.99 per month (unfortunately, there’s no trial period). You will need a payment method linked to a Canadian address, so it’s near-impossible for foreign users to register.
TSN is region-locked, meaning you’ll have to either be in Canada or connected to a Canadian VPN server to access it.
Wallabies fans can follow the Australian national team for free as every one of the squad’s matches will air live on 10Play. The remaining matches will be on Fox Sports, so if you already have an Optus or Foxtel TV subscription, you can log in and watch these matches at no added cost using the Optus website or Foxtel Go app, respectively.
Don’t have cable? In that case, you can watch on Foxtel Now instead. This is more expensive (the required channel packs cost $40 AUD per month) but there is a 10-day free trial, during which you’ll be able to watch any channel you like.
Foxtel and Optus services are only available in Australia. Additionally, Foxtel requires a local phone number when signing up, making it difficult to register unless you usually live in Australia. Current subscribers can use these services as normal from abroad by connecting to a VPN.
Japanese coverage will be split between three broadcasters: NHK, Nippon TV, and J Sports. However, Nippon TV has no online live stream and NHK only offers an internationally-available stream, which won’t show live sports.
This just leaves J Sports. For ¥1,800 (around $17 USD), you can purchase a one-month rugby pass which allows you to watch each match of the Rugby World Cup live (or on-demand if you’d prefer). However, this service only offers Japanese commentary, and you’ll need a payment method linked to a Japanese address to register, so it’s not an ideal way to watch unless you usually live in Japan.
J Sports is only available in Japan, although subscribers can watch from abroad by connecting to a Japanese VPN server.
Even if we haven’t mentioned your country above, there’s still a good chance you’ll be able to watch. Just check out the list of international Rugby World Cup broadcasters to find out which networks are showing the tournament in your country. Even if your country doesn’t have full coverage (or if you’re not subscribed to the required service), you can often watch your national team play on free-to-air networks.
Which countries are taking part in the 2019 Rugby World Cup?
Every year, 20 countries go head-to-head in the Rugby World Cup. The participating nations this time around are:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan: full schedule
|September 20||Japan vs. Russia||7:45 PM|
|September 21||Australia vs. Fiji||1:45 PM|
|France vs. Argentina||4:15 PM|
|New Zealand vs. South Africa||6:45 PM|
|September 22||Italy vs. Namibia||2:15 PM|
|Ireland vs. Scotland||4:45 PM|
|England vs. Tonga||7:15 PM|
|September 23||Wales vs. Georgia||7:15 PM|
|September 24||Russia vs. Samoa||7:15 PM|
|September 25||Fiji vs. Uruguay||2:15 PM|
|September 26||Italy vs. Canada||4:45 PM|
|England vs. USA||7:45 PM|
|September 28||Argentina vs. Tonga||1:45 PM|
|Japan vs. Ireland||4:15 PM|
|South Africa vs. Namibia||6:45 PM|
|September 29||Georgia vs. Uruguay||2:15 PM|
|Australia vs. Wales||4:45 PM|
|September 30||Scotland vs. Samoa||7:15 PM|
|October 2||France vs. USA||4:45 PM|
|New Zealand vs. Canada||7:15 PM|
|October 3||Georgia vs. Fiji||2:15 PM|
|Ireland vs. Russia||7:15 PM|
|October 4||South Africa vs. Italy||6:45 PM|
|October 5||Australia vs. Uruguay||2:15 PM|
|England vs. Argentina||5PM|
|Japan vs. Samoa||7:30 PM|
|October 6||New Zealand vs. Namibia||1:45 PM|
|France vs. Tonga||4:45 PM|
|October 8||South Africa vs. Canada||7:15 PM|
|October 9||Argentina vs. USA||1:45 PM|
|Scotland vs. Russia||4:15 PM|
|Wales vs. Fiji||6:45 PM|
|October 11||Australia vs. Georgia||7:15 PM|
|October 12||New Zealand vs. Italy||1:45 PM|
|England vs. France||5:15 PM|
|Ireland vs. Samoa||7:45 PM|
|October 13||Namibia vs. Canada||12:15 PM|
|USA vs. Tonga||2:45 PM|
|Wales vs. Uruguay||5:15 PM|
|Japan vs. Scotland||7:45 PM|
|October 19||Winner of Pool C vs. Runner-up of Pool D||4:15 PM|
|Winner of Pool B vs. Runner-up of Pool A||7:15 PM|
|October 20||Winner of Pool D vs. Runner-up of Pool C||4:15 PM|
|Winner of Pool A vs. Runner-up of Pool B||7:15 PM|
|October 26||Winner of Quarter-final 1 vs. Winner of Quarter-final 2||5PM|
|October 27||Winner of Quarter-final 3 vs. Winner of Quarter-final 4||6PM|
|November 1||Loser of Semi-final 1 vs. Loser of Semi-final 2||6PM|
|November 2||2019 Rugby World Cup Final||6PM|