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How to watch the Rugby Championship in Canada in 2024

You'll need a Sportsnet NOW Premium subscription to watch the Rugby Championship in Canada.

The United Rugby Championship (URC) kicked off back in 1999 as the Welsh–Scottish League. It has since grown over the last few decades into a lively competition featuring top-notch clubs and edge-of-your-seat action.

The tournament features 16 teams from Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa, and Wales split into 4 pools: The Irish Shield pool, the Welsh Shield pool, the South African Shield pool and the Scottish and Italian Shield pool.

The 2022-2023 season runs from September to May and consists of 18 regular-season matches followed by the playoffs, a single-elimination tournament consisting of the top 8 teams.

Want to catch all the action live? Here’s how to watch the Rugby Championship in Canada.

Where to watch the Rugby Championship in Canada

In Canada, Sportsnet NOW is the official broadcasting partner of the United Rugby Championship. Sportsnet NOW is free if you already have a TV subscription. If not, you can watch Rugby Championship games with a Sportsnet NOW Premium subscription, which costs $34.99 per month or $249.99 annually. (URL isn’t available with a Sportsnet NOW Standard subscription). You can cancel at any time.

Sportsnet NOW comes with a range of features including Split-screen View, Replays and Video on-Demand. On top of the Rugby Championships, you get Premiership Rugby, National Rugby League and Super League Rugby.

A Premium subscription also offers access to national NHL games, the Stanley Cup Playoffs, out-of-market hockey, national NBA games, MLB, the WWE Network, Bundesliga and the FA Cup. It also lifts tons of regional blackouts for NHL games that are exclusive to Sportsnet in Canada.

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What devices support Sportsnet NOW?

If you have a Sportsnet NOW subscription, you can stream on the following devices:

  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Xbox
  • PlayStation
  • Samsung TV
  • Ignite TV (X1)
  • Android TV
  • Tablets
  • Mobile
  • Web

Is the United Rugby Championship the same as the PRO14?

Yes, the United Rugby Championship used to be called the PRO14, or the Guinness PRO14. In September 2021, the PRO14 was renamed to the United Rugby Championship shortly after the URC announced a partnership with entertainment company, Roc Nation. The rebranding also followed the addition of 2 more teams to the 14-team league.

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