Leinster v Racing 92 – when and where
Saturday’s European Rugby Champions Cup final match will be aired live on BT Sport, Sky Sports, beIN SPORTS and FR2 from the local time at the San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao, Spain of 17:45pm (CET), which is 4:45pm BST, 8:45am PT, 11:45pm ET and 1.45am in Australia early Sunday morning.
It’s all come down to this – the European Rugby Champions Cup final will see Ireland’s Leinster Rugby take on the French Racing 92 this Saturday May 12 in a final that could make the Irish club champions for a record-equalling fourth time. And you can live stream all the action…for FREE!
After being defeated in the final in 2016 by Saracens, Racing 92 will be keen to take the trophy home this year. This would make them the fourth French club to win the European club game’s blue riband tournament, and the first in the club’s history.
And this season’s European Cup final has a bit of an Iberian twist – this is the first time it has been held outside of the usual European territories, heading to Bilbao in Northern Spain.
It hasn’t been since the 2010-11 European Cup pool stages when the teams last faced off – Leinster Rugby beat Racing 92 in two successive games. Key players to looks out for include Leinster Rugby forward, Scott Fardy who is having an impressive debut campaign, and forward Leone Nakarawa for Racing 92 with an awesome set of stats this season. Johnny Sexton, Leinster and Ireland fly-half, with his creative play and indomitable kicking game.
To watch all the action read on to find out how you can enjoy the final where you are, wherever that may be. Live stream the European Cup final with our guide.
How to watch the European Rugby Champions Cup final for free: UK stream
Watch the European Rugby Champions Cup final from the comfort of your home this year with either Sky Sports Action or BT Sport 2 – yup, they’re both airing the game, with coverage starting at 4pm BST on each. That means you can also enjoy it wherever you are using their apps Sky Go and BT Sport for smartphone, tablet and laptop viewing.
Alternatively, NOW TV is a great way to try Sky Sports without paying for a huge contract commitment. It costs as little as £7.99 for a one day pass.
But there is a way you can watch for free, too – as long as you don’t mind a bit of French commentary…
Free live stream of the European Rugby Champions Cup final
If you don’t happen to live in a country where the rugby is being broadcast – or just want to stream the game for free – we’ve found a very clever way you can do so.
Head over to france.tv., where the cup final is being shown absolutely free of charge. The only hitch (other than the French tongue) is that the stream can only be watched in France. But if you download and install a VPN to change your IP address to one in France, there’s nothing to stop you. Follow these three easy steps to stream the European Rugby Champions Cup final with a VPN:
1. Download and install a VPN
If you don’t have easy access to watch the European Rugby Champions Cup final online in your country or want to catch that French feed, then download and install a VPN. We’ve tested all of the major VPN services and we rate ExpressVPN as the absolute best. It’s compatible with all of your devices, supports most streaming services and ranks amongst the fastest. You can even install it on devices like an Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PlayStation. So for a one-stop shop, you can’t go wrong with Express – but there are more fantastic VPN options out there as well:
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2. Connect to the appropriate server location
Simply open the VPN app, hit ‘choose location’ and select the appropriate location – it’s super easy to do. Choose a France locale to stream that free video.
How to watch the European Rugby Champions Cup final: US stream
The European Rugby Champions Cup final will be streamed online via beIN Sports which you can watch online at the beIN Sports Connect page here. NBC Sports will also be broadcasting the game, for those that have access to that via either NBC, NBCSN or NBC Sports Gold. Either way, you’ll need your cable details handy.
Not got cable? Then there’s always that free French feed as described above. Grab a VPN, follow the instructions and you’ll be watching the rugby stateside in no time.
How to watch the European Rugby Champions Cup final: Canada stream
The European Rugby Champions Cup final will be streamed online via beIN Sports which you can watch online at the beIN Sports Connect page here. Alternatively you can get access via the VPN options outlined above.
How to watch the European Rugby Champions Cup final: Australia stream
As for Canada goes for Australia. The European Rugby Champions Cup final will be streamed online via beIN Sports which you can watch online at the beIN Sports Connect page here. Once again however, combine a VPN and france.tv for free action with a Gallic twist.
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