Where to watch Rugby World Cup 2023 – best TV and live streaming options

The 2023 Rugby World Cup will take place in France for the next six weeks, with the final scheduled for the 28th of October at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

Every week until then there will be weekends brimming with rugby, with World Cup matches scheduled from Wednesday to Sunday on most weeks through the group-stage and three games every Saturday and three games every Sunday.

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After an exhilarating opening weekend and exciting World Cup results which saw France sweep aside the All Blacks, 27-13 and Wales edge Fiji, 32-26, this weekend promises to be just as exciting. 

Rugby World Cup on TV coverage and live streaming options

Here are the best live streaming options so you can watch the rugby from wherever you are in the world.

Where to watch the Rugby World Cup in the UK


Rugby World Cup’s are protected events in the UK, so similarly to the Olympics and the Football World Cup, every match is free-to-air and available to watch live on ITV X, as well as available to watch on demand on catch up.

The app is free to download on your phone or computer device, or it can be reached via search engines.

Where to watch the Rugby World Cup in Ireland

RTÉ and Virgin Media

Irish fans will have a keen eye on this World Cup and luckily for them, they can watch every match of the World Cup on RTÉ and on Virgin Media.

Both streaming platforms are free-to-use and can be used to watch games live, however, RTÉ is restricted is Irish residents only.

Where to watch the Rugby World Cup in the USA

Peacock TV

Peacock is a relatively new streaming platform, home to NBC exclusives, which was established as a budget streaming platform.

For American residents the basic plan starts at just $6 a month for an ad-supported plan, while ad-free premium plans can also be purchased, if you are not yet a Peacock member then a free trial can also be purchased.

Peacock are the official US broadcast partner of the 2023 Rugby World Cup and are showing every match live.

Where to watch the Rugby World Cup in Australia

Stan Sport and 9Now

Stan Sport members will get the luxury of seeing every match of the Rugby World Cup, live and ad-free.

Stan Sport costs $15 a month but a 30-day free trial is available to those who have never used it before.

For completely free options, every of the Rugby World Cup will be shown live on Channel 9, however, for live streams Australians can sign up to 9NOW for free.

Although 9Now are not streaming every match live, Australia’s matches and the World Cup Final will be shown and can be watched on demand.

The 9Now app can be downloaded to your phone or computer device for free and is easy to use.

Where to watch the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand

Sky Sport NZ and Sky Open

Kiwi viewers can buy a Rugby World Cup 2023 pass on Sky Sport NZ for $89.99, giving them access to every match of the tournament live and on demand.

Furthermore, Sky NZ are offering 12 matches, free-to-air, six of them live and six of them delayed, shown on Sky Open. The live matches include two quarter-finals, a semi-final, the bronze-final and the final, while the delayed matches include two of New Zealand’s pool matches, a quarter-final and a semi-final.

Where to watch the Rugby World Cup in South Africa

SuperSport and SABC

Saffas can watch their team defend their world title on SuperSport. There a range of SuperSport packages, which involve subscribing to DStv and can be tailored to your viewing preferences, the premium plan costs around £40 a month.

In addition, all of South Africa’s games and all of the knockout fixtures can be viewed via SABC, a completely free streaming platform which can be downloaded to your phone or computer device, or viewed via search engine.

Where to watch the Rugby World Cup in Canada


TSN’s new streaming platform, TSN +, is available to Canadians for just $8 a month or $80 a year.

Once subscribed, members can watch all Rugby World Cup 2023 games for free and on demand and can download the free and easy-to-use TSN app to watch on-the-go.

Where to watch the Rugby World Cup in the rest of the world


Swooping in at the last moment to save the day, RugbyPass’ new streaming platform, RugbyPassTV, allows viewers located in: Albania, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, Slovakia, South Korea, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Vietnam to watch every World Cup match completely for free.

Available on any device, as well as a free and easy-to-use downloadable app, RugbyPass offer live and on demand matches, exclusive content and highlights packages.

Only viewers with IP Addresses located in these nations can use RugbyPassTV, as it cannot be used in countries with exclusive rights deals.

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