How do I watch rugby in Asia?
If you live in Asia or are visiting the region, it’s always great to know how you can get your oval-ball fix. A growing number of better and affordable streaming options have enabled rugby lovers in Asia to watch more rugby legally, and from the comfort of their home, smartphone or in bars across the Asia-Pacific region.
RugbyPass is a popular subscription-based digital rugby platform and streaming website. The service is geo-locked to mostly Asian countries. The service offers live on-demand streaming to your TV, PC, laptop, phone or connected device. The RugbyPass app works on Android and iOS.
There is a large range of rugby content available including The Six Nations, The Rugby Championship, June & November Internationals, Super Rugby, Heineken Champions Cup, Premiership Rugby, Pro 14, Mitre10 Cup, and Currie Cup.
Users can also watch highlights of games or full recorded game in the RugbyPass catalog of past games.
Subscription fees are as follows: $7.99 (weekly), $19.99 (monthly) and $159.99 (yearly).
Setanta Sports Asia is a well-known TV channel which operates in the Asia-Pacific. It has rights to air rugby union and rugby league. The channel is available in the following countries: Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia-Brunei, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, the Philippines, and Taiwan. However, the channel is also sometimes available in other countries such as Cambodia via satellite and TV bundle packages.
Most of the premium professional and international rugby games are available such as Super Rugby, Internationals Tests, Gallagher Premiership, Top 14 etc.
Although this is a small independent company, they attempt to a great job and streaming rugby across Malaysia as well as tournament updates and results.
beIN Asia Pacific: beIN Sports Rugby
The company offers the Six Nations, Champions Cup, Guinness Pro14, International Rugby and Challenge Cup rugby in several Asian countries. In August 2019 it was confirmed they would be the broadcaster of the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Cambodia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Singapore
Facebook live streams
Increasingly Facebook live streams are being used by tournaments in the region and federations to allow rugby fans to view the rugby matches and tournaments live. This is also being used for Social rugby tournaments such as the Vientiane 10s, Bangkok Tens etc
The Hong Kong Rugby Union has done a great job over recent years and started streaming national games and selected men’s and women’s games via Facebook.
Asia Rugby TV is run the Asia Rugby and is meant to be the home of Asia Rugby Championship, Asia Rugby Sevens
Series, Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy, Asia Rugby Age Grade competitions etc. However, the coverage and schedule are not always clear or reliable. Most streams are offered vis YouTube or Facebook.
Rugby Asia Channel has a regular weekly slot on Setanta, please check the listings for the timeslot in your region. Its a rugby program focusing on rugby events in Asia as well as interviews with clubs and people in the region.
If you know of other legal ways to watch rugby in Asia online or on TV, please feel free to get hold of us.