Rugby world cup refers to the biggest rugby union tournament of men, taking place in every 4 years interval. The competition is pretty much popular across the globe and it’s previous version which took place back in 2019, attracted as many as 857 million viewers. In fact, the stat broke all the previous records which is a great sign for the reputation of this game. The upcoming edition will take place during September-October in 2023 and France will host the competition. In this content, we will discuss about where to and how to watch and stream rugby world cup matches live in US and Canada.
Which Channels to Broadcast Rugby World Cup Matches Live on US TV?
NBC Sports owns the broadcasting right of all the World Rugby international events. The popular network will televise the fixtures from various men’s and women’s events through to 2023. While most of the actions are televised through NBCSN, some of the programming are also available via NBC and CNBC.
NBC broadcasting list includes the following international rugby events:
- Men’s Rugby World Cup 2019, 2023
- Women’s Rugby World Cup 2022
- Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022
- World Rugby Under 20 Championship
Well, let’s have a detailed discuss on the Men’s Rugby World Cup coverage. NBC Sports has the exclusive broadcasting right of all the World Cup fixtures. Generally, a world cup event features 48 matches. Among them, 26 matches will be televised live through NBCSN. The popular channel will air all the USA matches live. It will also air 2 of the 4 quarter finals as well as the final live. In addition to this, NBC will televise select matches including the two semifinals and the final, all delayed. CNBC will also televise some of the related programs as well. Nevertheless, the Spanish language users in United States can enjoy the matches live in Spanish through Univision.
Rugby World Cup 2023 Broadcasting TV Channels in America:
|Broadcasting TV Channels
|Available Matches and Contents
|26 Matches Live including All USA Games, 2 Quarterfinals, Final
|Select Matches including Both Semifinals and Final (All Delayed)
|Select Matches and Related Programs
|Entire Spanish Language Coverage
How Can I Catch the Entire Rugby World Cup Live Via Online Streaming in USA?
There are variety of options through which the US based fans can watch the Rugby WC live and on demand through online streaming.
Rugby World Cup Pass:
NBC Sports Gold presents the Rugby World Cup Pass which guarantees you all the 48 matches of the event. Viewers can enjoy the games live and on demand. Among them, 22 are exclusive to the pass holders as those fixtures won’t be televised live through NBCSN or any other NBC Sports channels. Most importantly, two out of the four quarterfinals and both the semifinals will be available exclusively through this pass. In addition to this, by subscribing the pass, users can enjoy exclusive programming, pre and post-day shows everyday along with extended highlights and plenty more. The pass is pretty much costly through as the owner company determined the subscription fee as much as 199.99 US Dollar. Thus, in an average each game cost a bit more than 4 USD to the subscribers.
All Access Premium Rugby Pass:
Actually, this one is the combo pack of “Rugby Pass” and “Rugby World Cup Pass”. The Rugby Pass features all the Premiership Rugby League matches, Six Nations Championship, Heineken Champions Cup as well as the knockout fixtures from the European Rugby Cup Challenge. Thus all these fixtures along with the WC games will be available live and on demand to the users. The pass costs 229.99 US Dollar which means by paying only 30 Dollar more, you are getting all those additional features.
Rugby World Cup Single Match Pass:
Do all these passes seem costly? Are you looking for a single chosen game? Well, NBC Sports Gold has the solution. It provides Rugby WC Single Match Pass which will provide you only one game which you have desired to watch. The service will make you pay 29.99 US Dollar. However, the option is applicable for a pool play game only.
Chart of Other Online Streaming Sources in USA to enjoy the Rugby WC Matches:
|Online Streaming Media
|fuboTV (Standard Plan)
|NBC, NBCSN, Univision
|Monthly Subscription Fee starts from 59.99 US Dollar
|AT&T TV Now (Live a Little)
|NBC, NBCSN, Univision
|Monthly Subscription Fee 59.99 US Dollar
|Hulu+ Live TV
|54.99 US Dollar per month
|64.99 US Dollar per month
|Sling TV (Blue)
|NBC (Select Markets Only), NBCSN
|Standalone Blue package costs 30 USD per month (20 USD for the first month)
Where to Find Rugby WC Matches Live on Canadian TV?
Canada’s most popular and the first choice sporting specialty service, TSN holds the English language broadcasting right of the Rugby World Cup matches live inside the country. It will provide all the matches live through it’s various feeds. The live broadcasting is available through TSN1, TSN3 and TSN4 while the viewers can enjoy “Match of the Day” program mainly through TSN2 and TSN5. However, all the 4 Quarterfinals, both the Semifinals, the Bronze Medal Game as well as the Final will be available through TSN1 and TSN4.
Apart from these, the French language broadcasting right is owned by TSN’s French language partner RDS. The network will televise coverage live through RDS and RDS2.
|Available Matches and Contents
|TSN1, TSN3, TSN4
|Match of the Day
|TSN2, TSN5 (Mainly); TSN3, TSN4 (Occasionally)
|Entire French Language Coverage
|RDS and RDS2
- All the TSN contents are available through TSN Direct or TSN App. The App requires TV subscription while TSN Direct service can be purchased on daily, monthly and 6 months lengthy plans. The plans cost 4.99 CAD, 19.99 CAD and 99.95 CAD respectively.
- RDS contents are available via RDS App or RDS Direct. Just like the TSN App, RDS App also demands TV subscription while RDS Direct’s diurnal and monthly plans cost as much as TSN’s streaming platform.