Content you can trust

How to watch 6 Nations abroad

If you’re overseas during the 6 Nations, but still want to watch the rugby matches live, you have a couple of options. Here we show you how to watch the 6 Nations abroad.

How to watch 6 Nations abroad

  • Download and install PureVPN
  • Pick a server in the UK
  • Open BBC iPlayer or ITV Player
  • Watch live 6 Nations Rugby


See also: How to watch BBC iPlayer in America, New Zealand, Australia, Canada (or ANYWHERE abroad)

How to watch 6 Nations abroad: 3 BEST VPNs

How to watch 6 Nations abroad - PureVPN

  1. PureVPN – £3.24/Month*
  2. NordVPN – £4.34/Month
  3. ExpressVPN – £5.85/Month

*Buy with “Dedicated UK IP” for guaranteed access.

(See our Best VPNs of 2017 guide for more info)

All three VPNs featured above provide unlimited, fast, secure and encrypted access to UK servers. We recommend users buy PureVPN with the Dedicated IP add-on for the best results.

Until the latter months of 2017, you could buy practically any VPN and stream content from BBC iPlayer and ITV Player. However, broadcasters have now tightened up their geo-restrictions. BBC iPlayer and ITV Player now actively block IP Addresses it suspects are from VPN providers.

The way a Broadcasters identify and police VPN’s IP Addresses is actually pretty basic. VPNs often share a single IP address with thousands of customers. Broadcasters only need identify IP addresses that download abnormally large amounts of data from its servers to know which IP addresses are from VPNs.

Luckily, there is a solution already in place. The three VPNs featured above all frequently refresh their IP addresses, usually before they’re blocked by broadcasters.

We recommend buying a dedicated IP from PureVPN. This way, you will be the only customer accessing a single IP address so you won’t download an abnormal amount of data (as a VPN isn’t sharing it with all of its customers). Meaning your VPN will never be blacklisted.

See also: [Fixed] This Content is not currently available | BBC iPlayer only works in the UK. Sorry, it’s due to rights issues.

How to watch 6 Nation abroad: Fixtures

Round 3

23-24 February 2018

  • France v Italy, Friday 8.00pm
  • Ireland v Wales, Saturday 2.15pm
  • Scotland v England, Saturday 4.45pm

Round 4

10-11 March 2018

  • Ireland v Scotland, Saturday 2.15pm
  • France v England, Saturday 4.45pm
  • Wales v Italy, Sunday 3.00pm

Round 4

17 March 2018

  • Italy v Scotland, Saturday 12.30pm
  • England v Ireland, Saturday 2.45pm
  • Wales v France, Saturday 5.00pm

Why do I need a VPN watch the 6 Nations?

BBC iPlayer and ITV player only have licenses to broadcast (most of their) content in the UK. For this reason, it geo-restricts its online content, only making it available to UK IP addresses.This is a good and a bad thing. It means citizens of other countries can’t access BBC content for free. But it also means licence-paying UK citizens are also covered by the same block.

The easiest way around this block is by spoofing your IP address’s location by using a VPN.

See also: How to listen to TMS abroad: Follow The Ashes while overseas

Can I use a free VPN?

Until late-2017, free VPNs used to work. However, as we mentioned above, the BBC and ITV have started blocking IP addresses that have abnormal downloading activities. Free VPNs are very popular (because they’re free), which means they are invariably the first to get blocked.

Read next: How to watch BT Sport abroad (2018)