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England vs Wales live stream — how to watch Six Nations 2022 clash online

Courtney Lawes of England and Dan Biggar of Wales could both feature in the England vs Wales live stream
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The England vs Wales live stream is always one of the most eagerly anticipated Six Nations games, but neither side goes into this one entirely sure of how good they actually are.

England vs Wales live stream, date, time, channels

The England vs Wales live stream takes place today (Saturday, February 26).
Time 4.45 p.m. GMT / 11.45 a.m. ET / 8.45 a.m. PT
• U.K. — Watch FOR FREE on ITV Hub (opens in new tab)
• U.S. — Watch on Peacock (opens in new tab) (requires Premium or Premium Plus subscription)
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab)

Wales were well beaten by Ireland in their first game, but bounced back to beat Scotland in week two. England of course lost to Scotland in their first game, but hammered Italy in their second.

You might assume from this that Wales would be favourites, but England have home advantage and Wales are still without many of their best players. The likes of Alun Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Justin Tipuric, Josh Navidi, Leigh Halfpenny and George North all absent through injury, and any side would struggle to compete without that many world class performers.

Still, they have Taulupe Faletau back for the England vs Wales clash, and he'll be a commanding presence at number eight. Josh Adams is also back on the wing having been injured against Scotland, and in the likes of captain Dan Biggar and the free-scoring Liam Williams they have the quality to trouble this inconsistent England side.

England had hoped to have Manu Tuilagi back at centre for this game, but he once again suffered an injury in training, meaning he'll now have missed 51 out of the 71 games played since Eddie Jones took charge. Instead, Elliot Daly is the rather surprising choice to start at no.13, with Henry Slade moving to inside centre.

Jack Nowell gets a chance on one wing, with Max Malins on the other and Freddie Steward at full-back. Harry Randall will start at scrum half, leaving Ben Youngs on the bench as he awaits his record-breaking 115th England cap. Marcus Smith will be alongside Randall, and Alex Dombrandt at eight in a youthful 8-9-10.

Courtney Lawes is a welcome returnee in the back row, and will captain in the continued absence of Owen Farrell, while Kyle Sinckler wins his 50th cap. 

Here's how they line up:   

Wales: L Williams; Cuthbert, Watkin, Tompkins, Adams; Biggar (capt), T Williams; W Jones, Elias, Francis, Rowlands, Beard, Moriarty, Basham, Faletau.

Replacements: Lake, Thomas, Brown, Seb Davies, Morgan, Hardy, Anscombe, Jonathan Davies.

England: Steward; Malins, Daly, Slade, Nowell; Smith, Randall; Genge, Cowan-Dickie, Sinckler, Ewels, Itoje, Lawes (Capt), Curry, Dombrandt.

This one could go either way, so you won't want to miss a minute. Read on and we'll tell you how to watch the England vs Wales live stream from anywhere.

And don't forget to also turn in to the Scotland vs France and Ireland vs Italy live streams for more Six Nations rugby this weekend. Or, if you prefer a different shaped ball, we can tell you how to watch the Premier League week 27 fixtures and guide you through the Chelsea vs Liverpool live stream in the Carabao Cup Final.

Six Nations live streams

How to watch the England vs Wales live stream for free in the UK

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The entire Six Nations rugby will be shown on free-to-air TV in the U.K. — and that's great news wherever you are.

The games are being split between BBC and ITV, but in the case of the England vs Wales live stream you'll find it on ITV or ITV Hub (opens in new tab), with kick off set for 4.45 p.m. GMT. The game will also be shown on S4C.

If, however, you're a Brit with a valid TV licence who isn't in the U.K. right now, you can still watch services from your home country. All you'll need is one of the best VPN services, like ExpressVPN (opens in new tab). Read on and we'll explain…

How to watch the England vs Wales live stream in the Six Nations wherever you are

The England vs Wales live stream will be shown on many different channels across the world, but what if you're not in your home country and want to watch it on your usual service?

The answer is to use a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN will let you tune into your home coverage from wherever you are — meaning that if you're abroad, you can use one of the best VPN services to watch the games live as if you were in your lounge.

Our favorite right now is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), thanks to its combination of superb speed, great customer service and excellent device support. It also offers a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee, so you could check it out without having to sign up long term.

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Speed, security and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) our favorite VPN service. In our testing, we were impressed by its fast connection times and by its ability to access more than 3,000 services in 160 locations across 94 countries. A 30-day money-back guarantee is another bonus.

Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to ITV Hub or another service and watch the game.

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How to watch the England vs Wales live stream in the US

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Rugby fans in the U.S. can watch the England vs Wales live stream on Peacock (opens in new tab), NBC's streaming service. To tune in, you'll need to be signed up for either a Premium subscription ($4.99/month) or Premium Plus ($9.99/month, which also gets rid of ads. 

The game starts at 11.45 a.m. ET / 8.45 a.m. PT.

If you're outside of the U.S. but still have the right Peacock subscription, you can watch the England vs Wales live stream by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

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In addition to showing the Six Nations rugby and selected Premier League 21/22 live streams, Peacock (opens in new tab) also has huge library of licensed content drawn from various brands. That includes shows like 30 Rock, The Voice, Battlestar Galactica, Law & Order: SVU and This Is Us.

How to watch the England vs Wales live stream in Canada

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Canadian rugby union fans can watch the England vs Wales live stream on DAZN (opens in new tab)

Sadly, DAZN no longer offers new customers a 30-day free-trial period, so you'll have to pay the $20 CAD per month fee, although you can save a little by buying annually ($150 CAD). DAZN, if you're unfamiliar, has apps on every single streaming platform there is.

Canadians stuck abroad that still want their low-price alternative can use a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) to trick their streaming device into thinking it's back in the great white north.

How to watch the England vs Wales live stream in Australia

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Those lucky Aussies can watch the England vs Wales live stream on Stan Sport (opens in new tab) and enjoy all the Six Nations action from the other side of the globe. 

Stan can be accessed via a wide variety of devices including many smart TVs, iOS and Android phones, Chromecast, Apple TV and more — plus it costs a very reasonable $20 AUD per month ($10 for a standard subscription and $10 for the Sport add-on). A 7-day FREE trial (opens in new tab) gives you a taste of the platform — and the good news is that the free trial also includes the Sport add-on.

As well as the Six Nations rugby, Stan also has Champions League 21/22 live streams and Europa League coverage plus tennis action from Wimbledon and Roland-Garros and lots more.

Not in Australia right now? You can simply use a VPN to watch all the action on your Stan account, as if you were back home.

How to watch the England vs Wales live stream in New Zealand

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New Zealanders can watch the England vs Wales live stream on Sky Sport (opens in new tab). This costs $57.98 NZD per month, or $31.99/month extra if you already have Sky but not Sport. Plus there's currently an offer which gives you your first month free when you sign up for a year.

Alternatively, you could go for the Sky Sport Now service (opens in new tab), which gives you just the Sport channels but for a reduced cost of $19.99/week / $39.99/month or $399/year. 

Not at home in New Zealand right now? You can still follow the game by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

Six Nations table

Position

Team

P

PD

Bonus

Pts

1

France

2

33

1

9

2

England

2

30

2

6

3

Ireland

2

16

2

6

4

Scotland

2

0

1

5

5

Wales

2

-19

0

4

6

Italy

2

-60

0

0

Six Nations fixtures

Saturday, February 26

  • Scotland vs France (2.15 p.m GMT)
  • England vs Wales (4.45 p.m. GMT)

Sunday, February 27

  • Ireland vs Italy (3 p.m. GMT)

Friday, March 11

  • Wales vs France (8 p.m. GMT)

Saturday, March 12

  • Italy vs Scotland (2.15 p.m. GMT)
  • England vs Ireland (4.45 p.m. GMT)

Saturday, March 19

  • Wales vs Italy (2.15 p.m. GMT)
  • Ireland vs Scotland (4.45 p.m. GMT)
  • France vs England (8 p.m GMT)

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