Make sure you know how to live stream Wales vs Ireland in the Six Nations 2021 as Wales kick off their 2021 Six Nations campaign on Saturday at home against Ireland.
Dragons coach Wayne Pivac is desperate for a winning start. Having finished fifth in last year's tournament, the Welsh followed that up with an equally disappointing display in the Autumn Nations, with Pivac now tasked with halting the decline of a side that were World Cup semi-finalists back in 2019.
Much of Ireland pre-tournament coverage has focussed on former Munster lock Paul O’Connell joining Andy Farrell’s coaching team, and the positive effect he could have on the Boys In Green's going forwards. Ireland come into the match as clear favorites, having beaten Wales 24-14 during last years Championship, and more recently with an even more convincing 32-9 victory during the Autumn Nations Cup.
Whichever nation you're rooting for, we've got all the info on how to live stream Wales vs Ireland in the Six Nations no matter where you are in the world with our guide below.
Where can I live stream Wales vs Ireland in the UK?
This crucial opening weekend clash will be available to watch free-to-air via BBC One, while Welsh language station S4C will also be showing the match live and in full.
What time can I live stream Wales vs Ireland in the Six Nations?
The Welsh begin their 2021 Six Nations campaign at home on Sunday, February 6 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Wales vs Ireland is all set to kick-off at 3pm GMT with coverage starting on BBC One at 2pm in the UK. Around the globe, it's a 10am ET / 7am PST / 2am AEDT start.
How to live stream Wales vs Ireland in the UK
In the UK, Six Nations fixtures will be split between the BBC and ITV. You can live stream Wales vs Ireland on BBC One, with rugby fans able to catch all the game coverage starting from 2pm GMT, with kick-off at 3pm GMT.
BBC One is free-to-air and you can watch online across a variety of devices, too, with on-demand platform, BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab). It's worth also noting that S4C's Welsh-language coverage will also be available via the streaming service. This means you can live stream Wales vs Ireland on a number of devices including:
- Smart TVs: JVC, Philips, LG, Polaroid, Panasonic, Samsung
- Desktop: Windows, Mac
- Mobile: iOS, Android
- Media streamers: Amazon Fire TV, Now TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku
- Consoles: Xbox One, PS4
How to live stream Wales vs Ireland if you're abroad
If you're out of the country for the opening weekend of the Six Nations 2021, you can still get access to a Wales vs Ireland 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 BBC, 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.
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How to live stream Wales vs Ireland Six Nations in the US
As with last year's tournament, NBC Sports once again has exclusive rights to show Six Nations rugby matches live in the the US, with kick-off in the US for this match at 10am ET / 7am PST.
While in previous years you would have needed to lay out around $80 for an NBC Sports Gold Rugby Pass, the arrival of NBC's new streaming platform Peacock (opens in new tab) has seen Gold Rugby Pass absorbed into the new service.
Peacock will set you back just $4.99 a month for its ad-supported service, with the a 7-day free trial 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 2021 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 Wales vs Ireland Six Nations anywhere else in the world
No matter which corner of the world you're tuning in from, there is a Wales vs Ireland Six Nations live stream for you.
It's good news for those looking to tune in from Ireland, as free-to-air terrestrial channel Virgin Media One will be broadcasting each match. You can watch online for free using Virgin Media Player (opens in new tab) - or via its TV Anywhere app (opens in new tab), with coverage starting at 2pm.
Sports streaming service DAZN (opens in new tab) has Canadian rugby fans covered. DAZN are currently offering a free 30 day trial. If you decide to keep DAZN thereafter, you'll 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.
Subscription service beIN Sports (opens in new tab) will be showing Wales vs Ireland in Australia , along with every other game of the 2021 Six Nations. If you're a Foxtel customer, you can add beIN to your package for an extra fee, or subscribe to beIN as a standalone subscription. There is also the option of trying Foxtel's streaming-only platform, Kayo Sports (opens in new tab), which also airs Six Nations matches. Kick-off is at 2am AEDT.
New Zealanders can live stream all of this year's Six Nation matches including today's match in Cardiff with the help of pay TV platform Sky Sport (opens in new tab). Kick-off for Kiwi's is at 4am NZST. 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.
French fans looking to get a sneak-peak at their future opponents can tune into free-to-air channel France 2 (opens in new tab), while in Italy DMAX (opens in new tab) are the Italian Six Nations broadcasters. Also free-to-air you can also live stream matches via its Dplay (opens in new tab) online portal. The game starts at 4pm CET for France and Italy respectively.
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 Wales vs Ireland 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, VPN for Android smartphones, an iPad VPN, 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 England vs Scotland, 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).