France vs Wales live stream: how to watch the Six Nations online from anywhere

Rampant France still have an outside shot at the championship

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France vs Wales live stream

You can watch France vs Wales for free on ITV1 and ITVX in the UK, and on Virgin Media One and Virgin Media Player in Ireland. Fans can pay to watch the rugby on Peacock in the US, and on Stan Sport in Australia. Full information on the TV viewing options below. We'll also explain how to watch a FREE France vs Wales live stream from anywhere in the world.

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Kick-off: Saturday, March 18, 2.45pm GMT / 10.45am ET / 7.45am PT
TV channel: ITV1 (UK) | VM One (IRE) | CNBC / Peacock (US) | Stan (AUS)
Free live stream: ITVX (UK) | Virgin Media Player (IRE)
Use ExpressVPN to watch any stream

France vs Wales match preview

France's chances of retaining the Six Nations trophy are extremely slim, but all they can do is take care of business and hope against hope for a gift from the rugby gods. Les Bleus host Wales in the second game of Super Saturday and, regardless of the big picture, Fabien Galthie's men will be keen to put on a show in their final competitive game at the Stade de France ahead of their home World Cup.

The second coming of Warren Gatland has yielded points at last, though his team selection shows exactly where Wales' place in the pecking order is right now. Despite having a one-man advantage for three quarters of the game against Italy, last weekend, they rode their luck, and, in what looks like an attempt to shield the team's youngsters from a potential hiding for the ages, Gatland has gone heavy on experience.

If this is to be a swansong for the likes of Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Biggar and George North, it's likely to be much more bitter than sweet. Taulupe Faletau will join those three in the centurion club, though Liam Williams misses out through injury, with Louis Rees-Zammit replacing him at full-back.

Galthie, meanwhile, has kept team changes to a minimum, which is hardly a surprise, considering their record 53-10 destruction of England was by far their best showing of the competition so far. Uini Atonio slots straight back into the France XV upon his return from suspension, coming in for Dorian Aldegheri, while Romain Taofifenua has been brought in to deputise for the injured Paul Willemse. 

There are three very specific scenarios in which France could leapfrog Ireland, who play against England in the grand finale. In the simplest terms, all three of them require France to beat Wales, and Ireland to lose.

Follow our guide as we explain all the ways to get a France vs Wales live stream wherever you are – starting with how to watch the Six Nations for FREE in the UK and Ireland.

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How to watch France vs Wales: live stream Six Nations for FREE in the UK

ITVX (opens in new tab)

France vs Wales is being shown for free in the UK on ITV1, with kick-off set for 2.45pm GMT on Saturday afternoon.

That means the game is also being live streamed FREE on ITVX (opens in new tab). For added on-the-go viewing convenience, ITVX has an excellent app that's available on nearly everything that plugs in these days - just give it a search on your device, phone or console of choice.

Welsh-language coverage of the game is available from S4C (opens in new tab), which is available to stream for free in Wales via BBC iPlayer.

If you're outside the UK but want your usual coverage, you can check out this ExpressVPN trial (opens in new tab) and follow the instructions below.

How to watch France vs Wales from outside your country

If you're abroad right now and struggling to tap into your usual coverage of the Six Nations, you'll want a VPN. This'll help you circumvent the geo-blocking that will try to stop you watching a France vs Wales live stream in particular parts of the world.

They're a useful means of getting around this issue, are cheap, and easy to set-up as well. Here's how it's done.

Use a VPN to watch France vs Wales from anywhere

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Once you've downloaded the software, just follow the prompts to install it then select the location you want to relocate your IP address to - it really is that easy.

How to use a VPN for France vs Wales

Using a VPN is as easy as one-two-three...

1. Download and install a VPN - as we say, our top choice is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

2. Connect to the appropriate server location - open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location, eg: 'UK' for ITVX.

3. Go to the broadcaster's stream - head to your home broadcaster's site or app and watch as if you were at home - ITVX (opens in new tab) for UK citizens abroad.

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How to watch France vs Wales: live stream Six Nations FREE in Ireland

Virgin Media Player (opens in new tab)

France vs Wales is being shown for FREE on Virgin Media One in Ireland, with kick-off set for 2.45pm GMT on Saturday afternoon.

This means you can also live stream France vs Wales using Virgin Media Player (opens in new tab) - or check out its TV Anywhere app, which is available for nearly all modern devices including smartphones, tablets, computers and more. Away from home?

Use a VPN to watch the free live stream from abroad. (opens in new tab)

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How to watch France vs Wales: live stream Six Nations rugby in the US without cable

Peacock TV (opens in new tab)

The France vs Wales Six Nations rugby game is being shown on both CNBC and Peacock TV in the US, with kick-off set for 10.45am ET / 7.45am PT bright and early on Saturday morning.

Peacock costs just $4.99 a month (opens in new tab) for an ad-supported version of the service that also offers live coverage of EPL soccer, every big WWE event, Premiership Rugby, plus plenty more live sports. You also have the option of paying $10 a month for commercial-free coverage.

OTT streaming service FuboTV (opens in new tab) carries CNBC and more than 100 additional channels including Fox, CBS and ESPN. Prices start at $74.99 a month after a FREE FuboTV trial (opens in new tab).

If you subscribe to Peacock, FuboTV or any other US streaming service and find yourself unable to access coverage because you're out of the country, consider using a VPN as outlined below - of the many options, we rate ExpressVPN as the best of the best (opens in new tab).

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How to watch a France vs Wales Six Nations live stream in Australia

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In Australia you can watch France vs Wales on Stan Sport, but be warned that kick-off is set for 1.45am AEDT on Saturday night/Sunday morning.

If you don't mind the late night, a subscription costs $10 per month (on top of a $10 Stan sub), but you can take advantage of a 7-day FREE trial.

Stan Sport is also the place to watch Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League football, and Formula E.

If you're currently out of Australia but want to watch a France vs Wales live stream, you'll need to get yourself a VPN (opens in new tab) as per the instructions above. 

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How to watch France vs Wales: live stream Six Nations in New Zealand

Sky Sport (opens in new tab)

Sky Sport (opens in new tab) is showing the France vs Wales game in New Zealand. Unfortunately, kick-off is set for the rather inconvenient time of 3.45am NZDT in the small hours of Sunday morning.

If that doesn't put you off, know that subscribers can watch France vs Wales online using the country's Sky Go service, while cord-cutters and anyone else can try the Sky Sport Now (opens in new tab) streaming-only platform - where a pass costs $19.99 per week or $39.99 per month. 

The monthly package comes with a 7-day free trial (opens in new tab).

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How to watch France vs Wales: live stream Six Nations rugby in Canada

DAZN (opens in new tab)

Italy vs Wales kicks off at 10.45am ET / 7.45am PT on Saturday morning, and is being shown on streaming service DAZN in Canada.

And it's a real bargain too - DAZN costs CA$24.99 a month or $199.99 a year. Away from home this weekend? No problem.

Use a VPN to watch France vs Wales on DAZN while abroad. (opens in new tab)

Not only do you get every Six Nations 2023 match, but DAZN is also the exclusive Canadian streaming home of Champions League, Europa League and EFL Championship soccer!

It also comes with support for iOS, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, PS4, and laptop/PC streaming (including Mac devices). 

Aatif Sulleyman

Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews and Newsweek, but focuses on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: sport and penny-pinching.