How to watch the Rugby League Challenge Cup final online free

The Rugby League Coral Challenge Cup final 2019 will take place at Wembley Stadium, London on 24 August at 3 PM GMT. One of rugby league’s most prestigious matches, this year’s Challenge Cup final will take place between the Warrington Wolves and St Helens. Read on to find out how to live stream the Rugby League Challenge Cup final online, for free, from anywhere.

We’ll only be recommending official sources for watching the Rugby League Challenge Cup final online. While there’ll likely be many unauthorized streams of this famous sporting event, these typically provide poor image quality and choppy video. What’s more, unofficial streams are often taken down in the middle of the match. Fortunately, you don’t need to waste time looking for unlicensed streams as you can watch the Rugby League Coral Challenge Cup final online for free anyway.

If you want to watch the match for free, you’re going to need a VPN unless you’re in the UK (and even then we still recommend you use a VPN to protect your privacy online).

How to live stream the Rugby League Challenge Cup final free online

Want to watch the Rugby League Coral Challenge Cup final live online from abroad? All you need to do is follow these simple steps:

Here’s how to watch the Rugby League Challenge Cup abroad

  1. First, you should sign up for a BBC iPlayer account. This is free but you’ll need to enter the following details: date of birth, email address, password, and a UK postcode (any UK postcode will do).
  2. Sign up for a VPN service capable of unblocking the iPlayer. We recommend ExpressVPN. However, both NordVPN and CyberGhost are great value options worth considering.
  3. Download and install one of the VPN apps. All of the VPNs recommended above offer apps for desktop and mobile as well as browser extensions.
  4. Open the VPN app (or browser extension) and connect to a British VPN server. This allows you to watch the match on BBC iPlayer even if you’re outside the UK.
  5. Clear your browser’s cookies to ensure BBC iPlayer forgets your actual IP address and accepts your new UK IP address.
  6. Test the VPN on BBC iPlayer in advance of the match. By ensuring it works, you can avoid any last-minute surprises that could lead you to miss out on the action.
  7. Still having trouble? It may also be a good idea to try another UK server. Otherwise, contact your VPN’s customer support for further assistance.

How to watch the Rugby League Challenge Cup final for free on UK TV

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Rugby fans in the UK can watch the 2019 Challenge Cup final on UK TV for free. The match will be broadcast on BBC One as well as online via BBC iPlayer. There’s no need to worry about missing the big game either, as it’ll almost certainly be available on-demand for a few weeks afterward.

While you’re legally required to have a TV license (this can be bought or renewed via the TV licensing website) to watch any live or on-demand content on BBC iPlayer, this isn’t really enforced. As such, you should be able to watch the match without restriction (providing you’re using a VPN if you’re outside the UK).

Although BBC iPlayer is only available in the UK, sports fans outside the UK can live stream the Challenge Cup final for free online with a VPN. ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, which means you can try it risk-free and get a full refund after the match if you’re not satisfied.

Where else can I watch the Rugby League Challenge Cup final?

Aside from on BBC iPlayer, the Rugby League Challenge Cup final is to be broadcast internationally. Here’s a list of some of the countries in which you can watch the event:

United States

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You can catch the Challenge Cup final on Fox Soccer Plus in the US. This means that if you have a cable TV subscription, you can watch the event at no added cost. However, you can also watch Fox Soccer Plus live without cable via the following streaming services: FuboTV ($54.99 USD/month), Playstation Vue (available as a standalone channel for $14.99/month or $12.99 with PS Plus), and YouTube TV ($49.99/month).


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The only broadcaster in Australia showing the Challenge Cup final is Fox League. In order to watch, you’ll need a Fox Sports subscription which costs $4.99 AUD per month. Some Fox Sports video content (particularly live TV) is geo-blocked and only available in Australia. For this reason, you’ll need a VPN and Australian IP address in order to watch it abroad.


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Rugby fans in Canada have two options when it comes to watching the Challenge Cup final 2019. The match will be available on both Game TV and CBC Sports. While Game TV is only available if you have a cable TV subscription, CBC Sports is available for free. However, if you’re outside Canada, you’ll still need to connect to a VPN for Canada to watch online.



beIN Sports will be broadcasting the Challenge Cup final in France. In order to watch, you’ll need a beIN Sports subscription for a monthly price of €15. beIN Sports France online content is region-locked and only available in France. You’ll, therefore, need to connect to a server in France via a quality VPN in order to live stream abroad.

Can I use a free VPN to watch the Rugby League Challenge Cup final?

While a free VPN may be tempting, experience tells us that free VPNs are the last thing you should use when live streaming a match as important as the 2019 Challenge Cup final. The reason for this is that free VPNs tend to have only a small network of servers. With so many users trying to use the service, free VPN providers often resort to throttling your bandwidth. This makes streaming difficult and may cause you to miss out on key moments of the match.

There’s another major issue aside from slow streaming speeds and performance issues. Free VPNs often struggle to unblock BBC iPlayer. Further, many free VPNs don’t actually protect your privacy in any meaningful way. There have even been cases where free VPNs have logged the browsing activity of users and sold it to third parties. The best VPNs are fast, reliable, and secure your data with encryption and a strict no-logs policy.

What should I know about the Rugby League Challenge Cup final?

The Challenge Cup has been held annually since 1896 and involves clubs of all levels from amateur to professional. The 2019 Challenge Cup final features Warrington Wolves and St Helens. The current holders are Catalans Dragons, who beat Warrington Wolves 20-14 at Wembley Stadium in 2018, becoming the first non-British team to win the tournament.

Wigan Warriors are the most successful team in the competition’s history, having won the Challenge Cup 19 times. St Helens have 12 wins from a total of 21 Challenge Cup finals with the last victory coming in 2008. Warrington Wolves lost in the final in 2018 but have won the competition eight times from a total of 17 attempts with their last win coming in 2012.

Who are the favorites to win the Rugby League Challenge Cup final?

St Helens are the favorites to win the 2019 Challenge Cup final. At the time of writing, St Helens are leading the Betfred Super League table, having won 20 games and losing only three. Warrington Wolves sit 10 points behind them in second place, with a record of 15-8 so far this season.

St Helens have won seven of the last 10 meetings between the two sides, the most recent being a 10-21 away win in June, 2019. However, Warrington Wolves also made the 2018 Challenge Cup final, losing 20-14 to Catalans Dragons, and will surely look to correct that in this year’s final.