We're in the third week of one of (if not the) the biggest events on the rugby calendar, the Rugby World Cup, which is taking place in an unlikely place this year: Japan. Yes, since September 20 — and completing on November 2 — we've been watching the top teams (including past champs New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and England) collide for the right to take home the coveted Webb Ellis Cup. Here's how to live stream the Rugby World Cup online!
A trio of wins have propelled Japan's team, the Brave Blossoms, to respectable start. Their early victories in Pool A came over Russia (30-10), Ireland (19-12) and Samoa (38-19). Their next match is against Scotland in the coming weeks. Their next match is against Scotland on Sunday, Oct. 13.
Streaming options vary greatly, based on where you are, and cost a lot in the U.S.. Even Aussies, though, will need to pay extra for the Rugby World Cup Pass. Here's our guide to watching the 2019 Rugby World Cup online.
How to live stream the Rugby World Cup 2019 from anywhere in the world with a VPN
Anyone, anywhere, can watch the Rugby World Cup, on the service they're already using at home. A virtual private network (aka VPN) is the tool you'll use to dodge any geo restrictions that may try and block your way.
Once you've got a VPN, and we've got our picks on the best ones, you can make it seem as if your computer is back home, or anywhere else. This way you can use the legal service that you're used to, and stop cycling through illegal streams from Periscope, Reddit and wherever else you're pulling them from.
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What's the schedule for the Rugby World Cup?
Play in the next match of the Rugby World Cup takes place quite soon, as South Africa plays Canada on Tuesday (Oct. 8) @ 6:15 a.m. Eastern | 3:15 a.m. Pacific | 11:15 a.m. BST (ITV 4)
Quarter-finals take place on October 19 and 20, with semi-finals on October 26 and 27.
Third place is decided with the Bronze Final on November 1. The real Final is November 2
What's the format of the Rugby World Cup 2019?
20 teams began the tournament, broken up between 4 pools (of 5 teams each). Pool play consists of round-robin style matches, with each team playing one of the other teams in its pool once.
After those 10 games in each pool, the two teams with the top records from each pool will compete in quarter finals, where you've only got one shot to make it through.
How to live stream the Rugby World Cup 2019 in the U.S.
In America, you need some gold to consume the action taking in Japan: NBC Sports Gold that is. Pricing starts at $29.99 for live (and on-demand) streams for single matches. Most, though, will want to spend at least $199 for the Rugby World Cup Pass, as it includes all 48 matches (both live and on-demand).
A less comprehensive option will just be subscribing to a streaming service that offers NBC Sports. The top options include PlayStation Vue (our favorite overall), Hulu with Live TV (good for exclusive original shows) and fuboTV (all the sports you can get, minus ESPN).
True rugby obsessives probably already have the $229 All-Access Premium Rugby Pass. That extra $30 gets you season-long access to the 2019-20 Rugby Pass (with a metric ton of other matches, including the Six Nations Championship, EPCR, Premiership Rugby League).
How to live stream the Rugby World Cup 2019 in the U.K.
Get a load of this: folks in the U.K. get to live stream the Rugby World Cup for free. That's because it's an ITV exclusive over there, and that service has no price attached. The majority of matches taking place on ITV proper, and 10 of the 48 going to ITV 4. The breakdown of which games are on which channels can be found in our schedule.
How to live stream the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Australia
Aussies get a slightly less impressive package: Wallabies supporters will get to watch all of their team's games — plus a pair of quarter finals games, the semis and the final — for free, on Channel 10 (and via the 10 Play app).
The Fox Sports cable channel (which ain't free) will offer all the games. Alternatively, you can watch the Rugby World Cup from Kayo Sports, which also offers cricket, football and the NBA. It costs $25 per month for two simultaneous streams, and its Kayo Sports Premium Package is $35 per month for 3 streams.
How to live stream the Rugby World Cup 2019 in New Zealand
Coverage starts at TVNZ, which screens 1/4 of the matches free in New Zealand. Further, you'll see delayed coverage for All Blacks' pool matches and the quarter final. Live coverage of the semis and the final are included.
Spark Sport, however, is live streaming all of the matches as it owns the rights to the tournament. That means you need to buy their Rugby World Cup Pass — and that you'll need a 15MBps connection to view high-def content. That Pass isn't cheap, costing $89 for access between September 20 and November 2, with individual matches costing $24.99.
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What's the schedule for the Rugby World Cup fixtures?
Pool A: Ireland, Japan, Russia, Samoa and Scotland
Wednesday, Oct. 9: Scotland vs Russia @ 3:15 a.m. Eastern | 12:15 a.m. Pacific | 8:15 a.m. BST (ITV)
Saturday, Oct. 12: Ireland vs Samoa @ 6:45 a.m. Eastern | 3:45 a.m. Pacific | 11:45 a.m. BST (ITV)
Sunday, Oct. 13: Japan vs Scotland @ 6:45 a.m. Eastern | 3:45 a.m. Pacific | 11:45 a.m. BST (ITV)
Pool B: Canada, Italy, Namibia, New Zealand and South Africa
Tuesday, October 8: South Africa vs Canada @ 6:15 a.m. Eastern | 3:15 a.m. Pacific | 11:15 a.m. BST (ITV 4)
Saturday, October 12: New Zealand vs Italy @ 12:45 a.m. Eastern | 9:45 p.m. Pacific Friday | 5.45 a.m. BST (ITV)
Sunday, October 13: Namibia vs Canada @ 11:15 p.m. Eastern Saturday | 9:15 p.m. Pacific Saturday | 4:15 a.m. BST (ITV)
Pool C: Argentina, England, France, USA, Tonga
Wednesday, October 9: Argentina vs USA @ 12:45 a.m. Eastern | 9:45 p.m. Pacific Tuesday | 5:45 a.m. BST (ITV 4)
Saturday, October 12: England vs France @ 4:15 a.m. Eastern | 1:15 a.m. Pacific | 9.15 a.m. BST (ITV)
Sunday, October 13: USA vs Tonga @ 1:15 a.m. Eastern 6.45 a.m. BST (ITV)
Pool D Australia, Fiji, Georgia, Uruguay and Wales
Wednesday, October 9: Wales vs Fiji @ 5:45 a.m. Eastern | 2:45 a.m. Pacific | 10:45 a.m. BST (ITV)
Friday, October 11: Australia vs Georgia @ 5:15 a.m. Eastern | 2:15 a.m. Pacific | 11:15 a.m. BST (ITV 4)
Sunday, October 13: Wales vs Uruguay @ 4:15 a.m. Eastern | 1:15 a.m. Pacific | 9.15 a.m. BST (ITV)
Quarter-Finals: October 19-20
Semi-Finals: October 26-27
Bronze Final: November 1
The Final: November 2