With expectations high after their November win over the All Blacks, Andy Farrell's Irish side begin their pursuit of the 2022 Six Nations with a tough-looking home fixture against Wayne Pivac's defending champs Wales. Read on for your full guide to getting an online Ireland vs Wales live stream and watch Six Nations from anywhere.
Farrell has spent a fair amount of the build-up to this Round 1 clash playing down the relevance of his side's famous 29-20 win over New Zealand late last year, but the victory has unquestionably raised expectations for this campaign.
They face a Welsh side that has struggled since lifting the Six Nations trophy for a sixth time last March, with stinging defeats to Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa, raising doubts over the likelihood of a consecutive title win in 2022.
We've got all the info on how to live stream Ireland vs Wales no matter where you are in the world with our guide below. And if you happen to be outside of the country and can't access your preferred domestic broadcaster, you can always use a VPN to bypass those geo-restrictions (opens in new tab).
When can I live stream Ireland vs Wales in the UK?
Catch the opening match of the of the 2022 Six Nation fixtures on Saturday, February 5 and watch all the action from Dublin with kick-off at 2.15pm GMT. Around the globe, that's 9.15am ET / 6.15am PST / 1.15am AEDT.
How to live stream Ireland vs Wales online in the UK for FREE
In the UK, Six Nations 2022 fixtures have been split between the BBC and ITV, with Welsh-language station S4C offering coverage of every Wales match.
You can live stream Ireland vs Wales on ITV 1, with rugby fans able to catch all the game coverage starting from 1.30pm GMT and kick-off at 2.15pm.
ITV is free-to-air and you can watch online across a variety of devices, too, with its on-demand platform, ITVHub (opens in new tab). This means you can live stream Ireland vs Wales on a number of devices including:
- Desktop: Windows, Mac
- Mobiles: iOS, Android
- Streaming devices: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Now TV
- Consoles: Xbox One, Xbox One S, Nvidia Shield
- Smart TVs: Samsung TV (2012 and later), FreeSat, YouView (BT, Talk Talk, Sony), Freeview Play, Virgin V6 Box
How to live stream Ireland vs Wales if you're abroad
If you're out of the country for the this weekend's Six Nations action, you can still get access to a live stream - simply use the best VPN around to avoid geo-restrictions.
With most domestic broadcasters locking streaming services to their country, you may hit a wall when it comes to accessing the likes of ITV, NBC and DAZN when overseas. However, by getting yourself a handy streaming VPN, you can hop onto a server within the US or UK (or anywhere else for that matter depending on where your online content is geo-restricted to), and this will switch your IP address to make it appear as if you're browsing right from the comfort of your own home.
ExpressVPN is our pick of VPN providers (opens in new tab) - With its consistent high speeds, and wealth of security features, alongside its ability to unlock geo-restricted content, you can live stream this weekend's rugby with ExpressVPN.
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How to live stream Ireland vs Wales Six Nations in the US
Streaming service Peacock TV (opens in new tab) has exclusive rights to show every 2022 Six Nations rugby match live in the the US, with kick-off Stateside for this game at 9.15am ET / 6.15am PT.
Peacock will set you back just $4.99 a month for its ad-supported service, with the service offering a 7-day free trial (opens in new tab) to get you started.
As well as giving you access to live Six Nations coverage, it also offers Premiership Rugby and Heineken Champions Cup action, as well as a ton of premium sports coverage, TV shows, and movies. Alternatively, you can pay a $10 a month for commercial-free coverage.
If you're already a Peacock subscriber, but are abroad during the 2022 Six Nations, don't forget that you can still tune in like you're at home with the help of a good VPN (opens in new tab).
How to live stream Ireland vs Wales Six Nations anywhere else in the world
No matter which corner of the world you're tuning in from, there is an Ireland vs Wales Six Nations live stream for you.
It's good news for those looking to tune in from Ireland, as terrestrial networks RTE and Virgin Media will be splitting broadcasting duties and showing all of the Six Nations live for free, including this match, the Boys In Green's first game of the campaign. This match will be broadcast live on RTE 2 with coverage starting at 1pm GMT, meaning you can watch online for free using RTÉ Player (opens in new tab).
French fans looking to watch this big game can tune into free-to-air channel FR2 (opens in new tab). The game starts at 3.15pm CET.
For egg chasing fans in Canada, sports streaming service DAZN (opens in new tab) has you covered. Pay $20 per month or an annual subscription of $150, which gets you loads more sporting action, including every NFL game, Premier League and Champions League soccer, and much more.
For those willing to wake up at an unsociable hour Down Under, subscription service Stan Sport (opens in new tab) will be showing all Six Nations matches live in Australia, including Ireland vs Wales. A subscription currently costs $10 per month (on top of a $10 Stan sub), but you can take advantage of a 7-day FREE trial (opens in new tab). Kick-off is at 1.15am AEDT.
New Zealanders can live stream all of this year's Six Nation matches , including this match with the help of pay TV platform Sky Sport (opens in new tab). If you're a subscriber you can watch online using the country's Sky Go service (opens in new tab), while cord-cutters and anyone else can try the Sky Sport Now (opens in new tab) streaming-only platform - where a weekly pass costs just $19.99. Kick-off for Kiwis for this match is at 3.15am NZST.
How to use a VPN to unblock any restrictions
If you're outside of your preferred broadcaster's boundaries, you can use a VPN to unblock any geo-restrictions and live stream Ireland vs Wales at the Six Nations as if you were right at home. Here's our step-by-step guide on how to do just that.
- VPN - standing for virtual private network - offers security and anomality as you browse online, using set protocols to encrypt your data and make it unreadable to outsiders.
- As a part of that, you can also switch your IP address, which identifies your location.
- Most VPNs offer a list of locations where its servers are based to join. Connecting to them switches your IP to appear as if you're browsing from that country/city. In turn, you can then access content locked to that country.
- When it comes to finding a VPN, you should make sure you find the best one that's suitable for your chosen device, with VPN providers offering compatibility for a ton of devices, including VPN for Mac, and even a range of fairly nifty free VPNs.
- Once you've made the decision for the most suitable VPN for your device and your means for using a VPN, sign-up and install it.
- To live stream Ireland vs Wales, all you need to do is select a UK server from its list of available servers and connect. You'll then be able to hop over those geo-restrictions with the likes of BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub opening its online gates to you.
- We also want to ensure your money is well spent, so we would recommend going for a VPN that offers a risk free trial. ExpressVPN is one of many providers that has a 30-day money back guarantee (opens in new tab).