How to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup for free using a VPN

The 2019 Rugby world cup is being held in Japan. It will run from September 20th until November 2nd with 20 teams competing. In this guide we show you how to stream the rugby world cup from anywhere in the world.

In many countries around the world, the Rugby World Cup is not broadcasted on TV. This can be an enormous source of frustration. In some countries, the entire tournament is broadcasting exclusively on pay-per-view channels. The good news is that there is a workaround.

A VPN lets you spoof your IP address so that you appear to be in a different country. And, as a result, you can stream Rugby World Cup matches free of charge.

How to watch the Rugby World Cup for free - from anywhere!

Depending on where you live, it will be impossible to watch the Rugby World Cup for free without a VPN. 

In some nations, the Rugby World Cup is only available on pay-per-view channels. This means you will need to connect to a VPN server in a country where the Rugby World Cup is showing for free. 

The good news is that the UK is showing the Rugby World Cup for free on ITV. And, in any country where a TV deal has not been established - the World Rugby website will be broadcasting the games for free.

Best VPN to stream the Rugby World Cup

In some places you will need a VPN to stream Rugby World Cup matches for free. Here are our top recommended VPNs for streaming the Rugby World Cup:

 

  1. NordVPN
  2. CyberGhost
  3. PrivateVPN
  4. ExpressVPN
  5. IPVanish

All the VPNs above have their merits, and it is worth checking the individual reviews for each service if you prefer to shop around. However, when it comes to unblocking the Rugby World Cup without issues - and at an exceptionally cheap rate - there is really no better option than NordVPN.

How to set up a VPN - Rugby World Cup guide

If you live somewhere that is showing the World Cup on a pay-per-view channel you can follow these simple steps to access the World Cup for free: 

  1. Click through to the NordVPN website and subscribe. NordVPN has servers in over 60 countries, and it will allow you to stream the Rugby World Cup in HD without concerns about buffering. 
  2. Download the VPN software from the NordVPN website (or whichever VPN from this guide that you prefer).
  3. Install the VPN software on your devices. NordVPN allows you to install and use the software on 6 simultaneous devices!
  4. Connect to a VPN server in the UK, or any other country that is showing the Rugby World Cup for free. If you want to watch the Rugby World Cup in 8K resolution - you may want to connect to a server in Japan to try out the super-high definition feeds on NHK. 
  5. Once the VPN is connected, you can navigate to the World Rugby website to enjoy the matches!

Who has broadcast rights for the Rugby World Cup?

Below you can see a list of all the broadcasters that have rights to the 2019 Rugby World Cup. If you want to watch the Rugby World cup for free, simply check the list below. 

If your country does not have an official broadcaster - you are in luck! Because you can watch the world cup for free without a VPN by heading over to the World Rugby website. 

However, if you live in Brazil, Hong Kong, the Middle East, North Africa, South-East Asia - or anywhere else that is broadcasting the Rugby World Cup on a pay-per-view channel - you can use a VPN to pretend to be outside of your own country. This will allow you to watch the Rugby World Cup on the World Rugby Website. 

If you are a British expat or a UK resident who is on holiday, you can use a VPN to connect to a server in England to watch the world cup on ITV player with full British commentary. 

Territory

Rugby World Cup Broadcasters

Albania

DigitAlb

Australia

Fox Sports

Network Ten

Belgium

Telenet

Brazil

ESPN

Canada

TSN

Czech Republic

Pragosport

Fiji

Fiji TV

France

TF1 Group

Georgia

GPB

Germany

ProSiebenSat.1 Media

Hong Kong

beIN Sports

Ireland

Eir Sport

RTÉ

Japan

J Sports

NHK

Nippon TV

Kosovo

DigitAlb

Latin America

ESPN

Malaysia

RTM

MENA

beIN Sports

Netherlands

Ziggo Sport

New Zealand

TVNZ

Spark

Nordic

NENT

Pacific Islands

Fiji TV

Poland

Polsat

Portugal

Sport TV

Russia

Match TV

Romania

TVR

Slovakia

Pragosport

Southeast Asia

beIN Sports

Sub-Saharan Africa

SuperSport

United Kingdom

ITV

S4C

United States

NBCUniversal

Who is playing at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan?

Following a gruelling qualifying competition in which 90 countries battled it out for a place in the ninth Rugby World Cup finals - just 20 teams are left! 

Below you can see exactly who will be playing in the Rugby World Cup:

Region

Team

Africa

South Africa

Africa

Namibia

North America

USA

North America

Canada

Asia

Japan

Europe

England

Europe

France

Europe

Georgia

Europe

Ireland

Europe

Italy

Europe

Russia

Europe

Scotland

Europe

Wales

Oceania

Australia

Oceania

Fiji

Oceania

New Zealand

Oceania

Samoa

Oceania

Tonga

Latin America

Argentina

Latin America

Uruguay

Who is the favorite to win the Japan Rugby World Cup?

New Zealand are the favorites to win this year’s World Cup, with Australia and England trailing in second and third. However, as is always the case, the Rugby World Cup is a hard to predict tournament which is bound to cause at least a few upsets and surprises.

Rugby World Cup fixtures

Below you can see the entire schedule for the group stage matches - so that you can keep track of all your favorite teams:

POOL A

Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, Samoa

  • Fri 20 Sep Japan v Russia (Tokyo)
  • Sun 22 Sep Ireland v Scotland (Yokohama)
  • Tue 24 Sep Russia v Samoa (Kumagaya)
  • Sat 28 Sep Japan v Ireland (Shizuoka)
  • Mon 30 Sep Scotland v Samoa (Kobe)
  • Thu 3 Oct Ireland v Russia (Kobe)
  • Sat 5 Oct Japan v Samoa (Toyota)
  • Wed 9 Oct Scotland v Russia (Shizuoka)
  • Sat 12 Oct Ireland v Samoa (Fukuoka)
  • Sun 13 Oct Japan v Scotland (Yokohama)

POOL B

New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Namibia, Canada

  • Sat 21 Sep New Zealand v South Africa (Yokohama)
  • Sun 22 Sep Italy v Namibia (Osaka)
  • Thu 26 Sept Italy v Canada (Fukuoka)
  • Sat 28 Sep South Africa v Namibia (Toyota)
  • Wed 2 Oct New Zealand v Canada (Oita)
  • Fri 4 Oct South Africa v Italy (Shizuoka)
  • Sun 6 Oct New Zealand v Namibia (Tokyo)
  • Tue 8 Oct South Africa v Canada (Kobe)
  • Sat 12 Oct New Zealand v Italy (Toyota)
  • Sun 13 Oct Namibia v Canada (Kamaishi)

 

Written by: Ray Walsh

Digital privacy expert with 4+ years experience testing and reviewing VPNs. He's been quoted in The Express, Barrons, the Scottish Herald, ThreatPost, CNET & many more. Ray is currently rated number 1 VPN authority by Agilience.com.

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