How to Stream the Rugby World Cup in the US

Discover the best platforms to stream the competition and root for your favorite team.

After four long years, the Rugby World Cup is finally here. Not only is this the biggest event for rugby players from around the world, it’s also one of the largest sporting events by views (following the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup). Coinciding with the UEFA Champions League, the 7-week tournament begins on Friday, September 20th, 2019 and lasts through Saturday, November 2nd, 2019.

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This year marks the first time that Japan has hosted the Rugby World Cup and the competition will be played at 12 different venues all over the beautiful island. The tournament consists of 20 of the best international teams roughing it out in a total of 48 matches to claim the ultimate rugby prize, the William Webb Ellis Cup. This breaks down to a game every day, which is perfect if you need that daily fix of the toughest team sport on the planet.

The Rugby World cup is broadcasted by NBC Sports in the United States, so you can tune in on match days to watch your favorite teams. But if you identify as a cord-cutter now, you may be wondering how you can catch up on all the action.

To help you solve this conundrum, we’ve put together some of the best ways you can stream the Rugby tournament in the U.S. (and the impact on your wallet).

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Ways to Watch the Rugby World Cup Competition Online (USA)

1. Sling TV

Monthly Price: $25 | 40% Off Your First Month | 7-Day Free Trial

Sling TV is one of the most affordable cord-cutting solutions. It offers three packages: Sling Orange, Sling Blue and Sling Orange+Blue. The channels on Orange and Blue vary and the premium package combines the two so you get the best of both worlds.

NBC Sports is available in the Blue and Combo package so you will be able to catch every game of the Rugby World Cup tournament. Because of its relatively low price, cloud DVR service is not included in the packages. So if you want to record the game, you’ll have to pay an extra $5 a month for 50 hours of storage.

Try Sling TV

2. Hulu + Live TV

Monthly Price: $44.99 | 7-Day Free Trial

Hulu + Live TV offers 60+ channels — including NBC Sports — so you can live-stream all the Rugby tournament games you want. Unlike most other live TV services, Hulu also grants you unlimited access to one of the biggest streaming libraries on the web.

The package includes 50 hours of cloud DVR service, so you can enjoy peace of mind if you can’t watch a game live. Plus, new subscribers get a one-week free trial, so you can enjoy the first group of matches at no cost.

Try Hulu + Live TV

3. YouTube TV

Monthly Price: $49.99 | 5-Day Free Trial 

Unlike the other services, YouTube TV only offers a single package that comes with 70+ channels. But since it is backed by one of the biggest companies in the world, you have unlimited cloud storage to record what you want. However, the recordings will only be kept for 9 months.

The platform also allows you to stream on up to three devices, whereas the other services listed here only allow two. You need a Google account to set up the service, and you can get started with a 5-day free trial.

Try YouTube TV

4. fuboTV

Monthly Price: $54.99 | 7-Day Free Trial 

This platform is popular with sports enthusiasts thanks to the high number of dedicated sports channels.

The fubo Standard package comes with 100 channels and offers 130+ events in 4K. NBC Sports is included in the base package, so you can watch all the Rugby World Cup games.

If you happen to be away, this bundle also includes 30 hours of recordings on its Cloud DVR. Try the service free for seven days and at least get through the first week of matches without paying a dime. Cancel anytime.

Try fuboTV

5. NBC Sports Gold

Rugby World Cup Pass: $199.99 | All-Access Premium Rugby Pass: $229.99 | Match Only: $29.99

NBC Sports Gold is a streaming service dedicated to sporting events exclusive with the network. With the Rugby World Cup Pass, you can live-stream or watch on-demand every match of the tournament. But if you want a year’s worth of Rugby, the All-Access Premium Rugby Pass is the best option for viewing and for the budget. This package includes the Rugby World Cup and all the games of the 2019-2020 Rugby Pass which is valued at $80. The cost of individual matches are a hefty $29.99, so the passes are a better option.

Try NBC Sports Gold

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