It is time for the Six Nations Championship, and rugby fans all around the globe are looking forward to feasting their eyes on one of Rugby’s most exciting competitions.
Sadly, many rugby fans living around the world cannot easily watch the Six Nations Championship. Rugby is not particularly popular in many countries, which means that TV stations don’t purchase the rights to the tournament. The good news is that with a Virtual Private Network for Sports (VPN for Sports), anybody can stream Six Nations online from anywhere! A VPN lets you do this by allowing you to pretend to be in a different country.
How to Live Stream Six Nations Rugby on iPlayer or ITV Hub with a VPN
Unblocking the Six Nations is extremely easy. Just follow these simple steps to pretend to be in the UK:
- Choose a VPN service. To stream Six Nations rugby, we recommend NordVPN, because it has fast servers in the UK that will let you watch the Rugby in HD.
- If you prefer having a few more options check out our 5 Best VPNs for Sports list.
- Click through to your chosen VPN’s website and subscribe.
- Install the VPN software on your PC, laptop, Mac, Android or iOS device. ExpressVPN allows you to install the VPN software on three devices to watch Six nations on any of them.
- Connect to a server in the UK.
- Head over to either the BBC or ITV online player and watch the rugby live for free!
How to watch the Six Nations in USA
Watching the Six Nations in the USA is as simple as watching it anywhere else! By simply follow the steps in guide above and connecting the a UK server, you are able to hide your true location and pretend to be in the UK. This means that you will have a valid UK IP in order to access both ITV Hub and BBC iPlayer – both of which show Rugby Six Nations matches – from across the pond!
Where Can I Watch 6 Nations Rugby Online?
The good news for Rugby fans is that you will be able to watch all of the Rugby for free: no matter where you are. This is because all the matches are available on Freeview terrestrial British TV channels.
However, as you probably know, both those British online streaming players are geo-restricted for UK residents only. This means you will need a VPN to tune in and watch the Six Nations live.
Other Places to Watch The Six Nations
Just in case you prefer to watch a Six Nations Rugby with a different nation’s commentary here are some other TV stations that will be showing Six Nations live. You can use a VPN to watch any of these options. Simply connect to a VPN server in the country of your choice.
- S4C (Wales)
- FR2 (France)
- TV3 (Ireland)
- DMAX (Italy)
- NBC (USA)
- BBC (UK)
- ITV (UK)
If you want to watch the rugby on NBC from outside of the US, we strongly recommend watching it on the online streaming service Sling TV. Sling TV can be purchased on a month by month basis without a contract. It also provides a 7-day free trial: so you can watch the first weekend of rugby for free.
Sling TV is only available in the US, you will need to connect to a VPN server inside the US to watch this pay-per-view option. Overall, we recommend the UK options as they are free.
Who Competes in the Six Nations Championship?
The Five Nations Championship was actually the successor to the Home Nations Championship, which ran from 1883 to 1939. At that time the name was changed to the Five Nations because of the introduction of France into the competition. Since then, Italy has also been added to the competition (in the year 2000) bringing the teams in the competition to a total of six:
England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales.
For Sponsorship reasons, the tournament is actually currently called the NatWest 6 Nations.
When is the NatWest 6 Nations?
The 2018 Six Nations Championship takes place from Saturday, February 3rd until Saturday, March 17th. Fans of Rugby Union are treated to 5 action-packed weekends of international Rugby!
The final Saturday of the competition is known as ‘Super Saturday’: so known because all three of the final matches happen on the same day!
Six Nations Rugby Fixtures
All times are shown in GMT. Please adjust accordingly to watch the matches overseas.
- Wales v Scotland: February 3, 2.15pm, Cardiff, BBC
- France v Ireland: February 3, 4.45pm, Paris, BBC
- Italy v England: February 4, 3pm, Rome, ITV.
- Ireland v Italy: February 10, 2.15pm, Dublin, ITV
- England v Wales: February 10, 4:45pm, London, ITV
- Scotland v France: February 11, 3pm, Edinburgh, BBC
- Frances v Italy: February 23, 8pm, Marseille, ITV
- Ireland v Wales: February 24, 2.15pm, Dublin, BBC
- Scotland v England: February 24, 4.45pm, Edinburgh, BBC
- Ireland v Scotland: March 10, 2.15pm, Dublin, ITV
- France v England: March 10, 4:45pm, Paris, BBC
- Wales v Italy: March 11, 3pm, Cardiff, BBC
ROUND FIVE (Super Saturday)
- Italy v Scotland: March 17, 12:30pm, Rome, ITV
- England v Ireland: March 17, 2:45pm, London, ITV
- Wales v France: March 17, 5pm, Cardiff, BBC
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