Watching rugby on TV in the USA

SportChaser connects sports fans to bars showing their favorite sporting games
SportsChaser connects sports fans to bars showing their favorite sporting games

Here you will find information on TV channels, online options, and bars to watch rugby in the USA.

TV
There are few options available on both Cable & Satellite. Check providers' websites for schedule details:

NBC Sports / Universal Sports - NBC is already well known for its Olympic coverage so with the induction of the rugby, they have embraced it with a passion. Their International coverage includes the Six Nations Championship, Sevens World Series, Pacific Nations Cup, Men’s and Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens and Rugby World Cup. On the domestic side, you will find coverage of the Collegiate Rugby Championship 7s and coming in Spring 2014, the elite collegiate 15s competition, the Varsity Cup, will join the line up.

TV 5 Another option for home viewing is France's TV 5 who typically show all of Les Bleus games (in French) from the Six Nations and Rugby World Cup.

Premium Sports, who is run by the founder of defunct Setanta Sports North American, broadcast all the games Six Nation games live at venues across the states (you can find details of the nearest to you here) and online (see below).


Online
As I mentioned, Premium Sports is providing broadband coverage via uStream. A season package including games costs $99 or you can watch single games at $19.99 a shot.

I also recommend using a VPN solution to you can watch games that are streamed online from abroad. One of my favorites is OverPlay which is works with Windows, OSX, iPhone, iPad, AppleTV, Wii, PS3, XBOX360, and more!


Venues/Events
A note on watching at venues: One of the shockers most people experience going to watch the games at a local bar is getting asked for a cover charge. Typically this only applies to games broadcast by Premium Sports who charge $20 (cash only) on the door. Venues showing the NBC-Universal Sports broadcast are usually free, but it is advised to check ahead in case you need to hit up the ATM before hand. It's also recommended to check with the bars for times/availability of games as it varies place to place.

In addition to the venue pages of Premium SportsPubs of Rugby have a decent statewide list of rugby friendly pubs.

The local New York city area has a great selection of rugby drinking establishments I can recommend:

Manhattan

The Australian at 20 West 38th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues (Midtown) - Popular Aussie hangout will be one of the hot spots for Wallabies fans.

Baker Street at 1152 1st Avenue at the corner of 63rd Street (Upper East Side) - Neighborhood pub which the home to the first TGI Friday’s in 1965 and also the location where the flick Cocktail was filmed.

Brass Monkey at 55 Little West 12th Street near 12th Avenue (Meat Backing) Neighborhood bar with an extensive beer list and small, but nice, roof deck.

Dorian Gray at 205 E 4th Street between Avenue A and B (East Village) Irish bar and restaurant with great staff, food, and drink  Popular with rugby players who live and play in the area.

Kinsale Tavern at 1672 3rd Avenue between 93rd & 94th Street (Upper East Side) Popular Irish Pub / Sports Bar.

Mr. Dennehy's at 63 Carmine Street near 7th Avenue (Greenwich Village) Renown Greenwich Village Irish restaurant and pub. Popular with local rugby teams (union and league) that train and play at Pier 41.

Nelson Blue at 233 Front Street (Financial District) Gastropub from New Zealand and home to many of the local All Blacks fans.

The Parlour at 250 West 85th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue (Upper West Side) - Down to Earth Irish pub with friendly staff and lots of space for large groups.

The Red Lion at 151 Bleecker Street at the corner of Thompson Street (Greenwich Village) The founding home of local club the Village Lions, this Greenwich Village Pub is one of the popular spots on Bleecker.

Brooklyn

The Black Horse Pub at 568 5th Avenue (Park Slope) - English Pub popular with the locals. Great International Sports coverage.

Three Jolly Pigeons at 6802 3rd Avenue (Bay Ridge) - Friendly neighborhood bar with very affordable drinks.

Queens

Courtyard Ale House at 40-18 Queens Boulevard (Sunnyside) - Sport bar with extensive list of craft beers on tap, many from the local NY area.


If you have any additional suggestions of TV or venues (anywhere in the US), drop us a line!


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