Six Nations 2019 live stream: how to watch rugby union online from anywhere

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If the first weekend of the 2019 Six Nations threw up surprises and the second saw some heavy score lines then round 3 might end up deciding the whole thing. This year's competition feels as important as ever, with the 6 teams making final preparations for the Rugby World Cup later in the year. This guide will let you watch all the round 3 action (and beyond) from the comfort of your home, or anywhere else you can get an internet connection for that matter - live stream Six Nations 2019 rugby from anywhere.

Six Nations: fact file

Current champions: Ireland

Wooden spoon holders: Italy

Most titles: 6 - England

When? From Friday, February 1 to Saturday, March 16

After beating Ireland and thumping France, England are looking like a force to be reckoned with again. While Wales have equalled the record for their most consecutive Test match wins. The two meet in a round 3 grudge match to decide who will go on to fight for a Grand Slam title.

The Irish were odds-on favourites to take the 2019 Six Nations title before the opening weekend, but can no longer make it two Grand Slams in a row. The famous victory that captain Rory Best's men recorded over the All Blacks in November now looks like a long time ago, although they got things back on track with a hard fought victory in Edinburgh last time out.

Scotland are still looking good though and can still challenge to win the tournament. They'll be looking to improve on a 2018 campaign that included Calcutta Cup success over England. France and Italy had years to forget and have a lot of improvements to make should they wish to challenge either here or in Japan.

For all the info about how to watch a Six Nations live stream, read on. And you can scroll down to see a list of next weekend's fixtures, too.

How to live stream Six Nations 2019 in the UK for free

Six Nations: this weekend's kick-off times and channels

Saturday, February 23

France vs Scotland - Stade de France, Paris, 2.15pm GMT - BBC

Wales vs England - Principality Stadium, Cardiff, 4.45pm GMT - BBC

Saturday, February 24

Italy vs Ireland - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, 3pm GMT - ITV

Great news! Every single Six Nations match will be shown live in the UK on free-to-air television. The coverage is spread across the BBC and ITV, so take a look at our info box to see what channel is showing which individual games.

If you're trying to watch online (either live or on catch-up) then you can get access via the BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub websites or mobile apps. Alternatively, just head to an online streaming TV service such TVPlayer.com, which has all of the UK's freeview channels (including the BBC and ITV) in one place. This means you can catch the match on TV, computer, tablet and smartphone for free if you're in the UK - or subscribe to TVPlayer Plus if you want to record it and watch later.

Not in the UK this weekend? No worries - just download and install a VPN and use a UK location to watch live as if you were back home. Full instructions below.

How to live stream the Six Nations when you're not in your country

If you're outside your country of residence - whether that be the UK or anywhere else - and try to start streaming the rugby via your native broadcaster, you'll soon discover that you can't as it is location restricted. But there's a way you can watch anyway. By downloading and installing a VPN, you can effectively trick your computer into thinking that it's back at home. That way you can enjoy your home coverage without having to find an illegal stream - assuming you comply with the broadcaster's Ts&Cs, of course.

It's really easy to get started with a VPN - simply download, install, open the app and select the appropriate location.

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Live stream the Six Nations in Australia

If you don't mind the late nights/early mornings and want to scout the best of Northern Hemisphere rugby before the World Cup, then subscription service beIN Sport is showing every game of the 2019 Six Nations.

If you're a Foxtel customer, you can add beIN to your package for an extra fee. No worries if you aren't though as you can also subscribe to beIN as a standalone subscription that can be watched on your laptop, desktop computer or mobile device. That costs $19.99 per month after you've taken advantage of a FREE two week trial.

Live stream the Six Nations in New Zealand

Whether you're an All Black scoping out the competition for Japan at the World Cup, or an expat wanting to watch your countrymen from the other side of the world beIN Sport is the place to be.

Sky subscribers can add beIN to their package at an additional cost or, like in Australia, you can subscribe to a standalone package that can be watched on laptop, desktop or mobile app. It costs $19.78 per month after you've taken advantage of the FREE two week trial.

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How to live stream Six Nations rugby in the US

The NBC Sports Network has bagged the rights to the rugby in the US, and in particular you'll need its Rugby Pass. Costing $69.99, you'll get every Six Nations match commercial-free, live or on-demand, as well as Premiership Rugby and the Heineken Champions Cup.

Live stream the 2019 Six Nations in Canada and more - for FREE

DAZN is a streaming service available in a select few countries including Canada, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Luckily, it has secured streaming rights for the Six Nations Rugby.

You can even watch for free as DAZN offers a 30-day money back option. You'll have to sign up for the service but if you don't like it you can get your money back within a month of you signing up.

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