The much-awaited Rugby World Cup is almost upon us, with the opening showdown between host nation France and rugby powerhouse New Zealand set for kickoff in Paris within a week. This guide offers you a global rundown on how to catch every thrilling moment live, including free options for streaming.
Free Live Streaming in the UK
In the United Kingdom, the exclusive streaming rights belong to ITV, and their digital platform ITVX offers free streaming for all matches. If you’re a UK resident abroad, you can still access this free streaming service using a VPN.
Your Ultimate Schedule Planner
48 matches featuring 20 teams are scheduled through October 28, when the champion will lift the coveted Webb Ellis Cup. To help you plan, we’ve also compiled the full list of RWC 2023 fixtures.
Global Streaming Guide
For International Viewers
If you’re overseas but still want to tune into your country’s official broadcast, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) can be your best friend. TechRadar recommends ExpressVPN, known for its user-friendly interface and robust security measures. The VPN service offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, allowing you to test it before committing to an annual plan that includes three free months.
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For South African Fans
SuperSport is the go-to platform for Rugby World Cup coverage in South Africa.
For the American Audience
NBC is the official broadcaster in the United States, streaming matches on its Peacock Premium service at $4.99 per month. Alternatively, the cable-free TV service Sling offers CNBC with its Blue package and News Extra add-on at $41 a month, with a seven-day free trial available.
Stan Sport holds the exclusive streaming rights in Australia, offering ad-free, live and on-demand coverage of all 48 matches. Adding Stan Sport to your existing Stan package costs $10 per month, with a seven-day free trial also available.
For New Zealand Viewers
Sky Sport NZ retains broadcasting rights in New Zealand and has also partnered with Prime NZ to offer 12 matches, including a semi-final and the final, free-to-air.
For European Viewers
France’s TF1 holds the rights but has sub-licensed 28 matches to commercial broadcaster M6 and public-service broadcaster France Télévisions. In Italy, Rai is the broadcaster you’ll want to tune into.
For Asian Fans
For audiences in countries like Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and others in the Southeast Asia region, beIN Sports offers live streaming of all 48 matches on their beIN Sports Connect app.