Peru vs Scotland Live

Scotland in Peru Peru vs Scotland: What TV channel, live stream, team news, and kick-off time for international friendly match

The Incas start their preparations for next month’s World Cup by hosting Alex McLeish’s side in Lima. But the Scot will be looking to get an early look on his players before the UEFA Nations League begins later this year

PERU face Scotland in the first of three friendlies before they head to Russia for the World Cup, where they will kick off their tournament against Denmark.

It will be an early chance for the Incas to see how fit and ready their players are as they prepare to participate in the showpiece for the first time since 1982.

Peru coach Ricardo Gareca will lead the Incas into their first World Cup in 36 years

For Alex McLeish’s men, they will be looking further ahead to the inaugural UEFA Nations League, which begins in September, and will want to put in a strong performance after missing out on a World Cup berth.
What time is kick-off?

THIS international fixture will be held on Wednesday, May 30.
The game will be hosted at Estadio Nacional de Lima.

Kick-off is at 2am.

Which TV channel is it on and can I live stream it?

THIS match will be live on BBC One Scotland with coverage starting at 1.45am.

For viewers outside of Scotland, you can catch the game on BBC iPlayer.

Alternatively, you can keep up to date with all of the action on the SunSport LIVE BLOG.

What is the team news?

PERU coach Ricardo Gareca has 24 players to choose from on Wednesday, with just a week to decide who to drop ahead of the World Cup squad deadline on June, 4.

McLeish has selected a relatively inexperienced side for Scotland’s friendlies against Peru and Mexico, with only Charlie Mulgrew and Matt Phillips having over 10 caps for the Tartan Army.

Eight players are uncapped, including all three goalkeepers and Celtic’s young forward Lewis Morgan.

Panama vs N.Ireland

BBC Sport NI website to stream Costa Rica v N Ireland live

How to follow:
Live video coverage of Costa Rica v NI from 18:50 BST on Sunday on the BBC Sport website, BBC Sport App and Connected TVs; Highlights of Panama v NI on the website on Wednesday morning

The BBC Sport NI website is to provide live video coverage of Northern Ireland against Costa Rica in a friendly in San Jose on Sunday 3 June (19:00 BST).

The game will be the second of the squad’s fixtures in their Central America tour, with Panama first up for Michael O’Neill’s men on Wednesday (02:00 BST).

Highlights of that game can be seen on the BBC website on Wednesday morning.

Extended highlights will be shown at half-time in the Costa Rica game.

Coverage of Sunday’s game with Costa Rica will begin approximately 10 minutes before kick-off.

Michael McNamee will provide commentary, with John O’Neill on expert analysis.

The matches are being used as preparation for Northern Ireland’s Uefa Nations League games against Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina in the autumn and also next year’s Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Both Panama and Costa Rica will compete in the World Cup in Russia in June and July.

O’Neill could hand out five debuts against Panama as Irish League striker Gavin Whyte is in line for a first senior game along with Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Shayne Lavery, Jordan Thompson and Conor Hazard.

Argentina vs Haiti

Argentina vs. Haiti: Time, Live Stream and TV Schedule

Argentina continue their FIFA 2018 World Cup preparations with a friendly against Haiti at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires.

Manager Jorge Sampaoli’s side had been scheduled to face Nicaragua but the game was called off because of safety concerns and the team will face Haiti instead.

Here is how you can watch the game.

Date: Tuesday, May 29

Time: 7 p.m. ET (Tuesday, May 29)/midnight BST (Wednesday, May 30)

TV Info: beIN Sports (U.S.)

Live Stream: beIN Sports Connect (U.S.)

Sampaoli must decide on a new goalkeeper

Injury to goalkeeper Sergio Romero has disrupted Argentina’s World Cup preparations, as he has been ruled out of the tournament with a knee problem:

Romero may only be Manchester United’s backup goalkeeper, but he’s first-choice for Argentina, and his absence will be a big blow.

Sampaoli has options and must decide between River Plate’s Franco Armani and Chelsea’s Willy Caballero for the role.

Football writer Tim Vickery expects Armani to get the nod:

Whoever comes in could be set for a busy tournament. Argentina have been drawn in one of the toughest groups and will play Nigeria, Iceland and Croatia in Russia.

All eyes on Messi ahead of World Cup

Lionel Messi has enjoyed another superb season, as he won La Liga and the Copa del Rey with Barcelona. He also finished the campaign with more goals than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues:

The Argentinian is widely considered to be the greatest player in the world, and he will face huge pressure to help inspire Argentina to World Cup victory in Russia.

There’s no doubting Messi’s quality or the strength of Argentina’s squad, but the team struggled through qualifying and Sampaoli must find a way to get the balance of the team right.

Messi is likely to be used sparingly in the friendlies, but if he is unleashed against Haiti, it would be a massive surprise if he did not find the back of the net.

Kosovo vs Albania Live

Kosovo vs Albania live streaming: Time, match details & prediction

Kosovo vs Albania live streaming, match information & kick-off time

Match: Kosovo vs Albania

Competition: International friendly

Date: 29-05-2018

Kick-off time: 19:00

Location: Stadion Letzigrund

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Kosovo vs Albania match preview

Switzerland, well-known for being a neutral country, will stage a potentially electric match on Tuesday.

Local rivals Kosovo and Albania will face off in today’s friendly.

The sides have met once before, back in 2015. That match finished 2-2, although it’s worth noting that at that time Kosovo were not yet a recognised FIFA nation.
101 Great Goals predicts: Kosovo 2 – Albania 2

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Memorial Tournament 2018

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Full coverage of The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. Here is what the leaderboard looks like heading into Sunday’s final round. At the beginning of this calendar year, I made 10 predictions. None of them have actually come true yet, but one of them was that Tiger Woods would win in 2018. I know it’s difficult to remember the way we perceived things a week ago, much less five months ago, but it felt as if I was stepping out on a limb skinnier than Chesson Hadley with that prognostication.

He is No. 10 on the PGA Tour in strokes gained overall, and seven of the nine golfers ahead of him in that category have won golf tournaments in 2018. There is a lot of evidence stacking up that Woods not only can win in 2018 but that he will. Tiger Woods and No. 1 Justin Thomas have committed to Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament May 31-June 3. THANK YOU! On behalf of all involved with the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, I would like to personally thank you for taking time to volunteer for this year’s event.

Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Memorial Tournament. 2018 Memorial Tournament will be held May 28 – June 3 at Muirfield Village Golf Club featuring the world’s best golfers. Memorial Tournament: Featured groups pair Justin Thomas with Patrick Reed, Lefty with Bubba. Eight of the top nine players in the world are set to play the Memorial Tournament.

Argentina vs Wales Live

The day Wales v Argentina erupted into one of the most violent mass brawls rugby has ever seen

In many ways, it was an historic game for all the right reasons. Neil Jenkins passed the 800-point mark in international rugby and Wales secured a first ever series success in the southern hemisphere.

But Argentina 16 Wales 23, in balmy Buenos Aires that year, will forever be remembered for the mother of all punch-ups that started out on the pitch and ended up in the dug-out.

Wales had won the first Test 36-26 against the Pumas at the same Ferro Carril Oeste Stadium just seven days earlier.

But even Henry’s battle-hardened side featuring the likes of Craig and Scott Quinnell, Garin Jenkins, Peter Rogers, Chris Wyatt, Allan Bateman, Rob Howley and Gareth Thomas were about to face something they had rarely encountered before.

So what was the spark to ignite the Argentine flame that resulted in Argentina prop Mauricio Reggiardo punching Wales left-wing James to set in motion a dust-up that sent advertising hoardings crashing to ground?

A slight against Argentina’s biggest weapon

Newport prop Rogers, who was yellow carded by English referee Chris White for his part in the melee alongside front-row enforcer Reggiardo and lock Pedro Sporleder, was in no doubt blunting the renowned Pumas scrummage was at the centre of it all.

In the 28th minute the Pumas are not only shoved backwards by the Welsh eight, they are pushed over the touchline and halfway into their own dugout.

Stunned by the caning they have received from Henry’s pack, the hosts triggered a mass brawl.

“I ended up with an umbrella on top of me, one of their guys had me by the neck and another one was punching me,” recalled Rogers.

“They were supposed to be the best in the world and the bottom line was that they didn’t like what we were doing to them.

“I remember in the first five minutes of the first Test we had a scrum five metres from our own line – I was apprehensive but we got the shove on them.

“That set the tone. From then on they became obsessed with trying to prove they were more powerful than us.

“Maybe they were bigger, maybe they were heavier, but we had strength and technique on our side.

“By the time that first Test was over, they were accusing us of cheating. Saying that it was the same as ever – off the pitch when we mingled together they were the nicest bunch of blokes you could wish to meet!”

Wales were leading 8-6 at the time as a Neil Jenkins penalty was added to by Garin Jenkins second Test try in 44 caps as the hooker latched onto a Bateman pass to cross the whitewash.

But the punch-up fired up the home side to hit back despite Wales have the numerical advantage as Felipe Contepomi put them into a 9-8 lead with a brace of penalties.

They failed to hold on until half-time, with Jenkins regaining the lead for Wales during injury-time.

The boot of Jenkins stretched the Welsh lead to 14 points in the second period before desperate Argentine running brought Jose Orengo a late try, converted by Jose Cilley.

Intimidation is not an option

For Pontypridd’s Geraint Lewis, who played blindside flanker that day in place of Colin Charvis, it was game that will live long in the memory in more ways than one.

“It was a really important game because we had the chance to become the first northern hemisphere team to win a Test series in Argentina ,” he said.

We were very aware that the Pumas were going to be extremely physical after losing the first Test.

“They are a proud nation and proud about their rugby.

“That defeat would have hurt them, especially as they had dominated the first half and been so far in front.

“So we were expecting them to come out really fired up and looking to batter us.

“But we were determined not to be intimidated. We all stuck together and refused to take a backward step.

“Argentina had the reputation as a formidable forward unit, but our front five were outstanding on the day.

“They dominated the Puma pack which was a rare thing to happen to the Argentinians, especially in their own country.

“It wound them up and they got really frustrated that they weren’t having things their own way as they were used to.

“Those frustrations boiled over and you ended up with all hell breaking out on the touchline.

“These things happen in rugby from time to time, but I guess this one was a bit out of the ordinary.

“You don’t often see players slugging it out in the dug-out!

“A lot of people remember that incident and I suppose it did look spectacular at the time.

“We worked really hard to nullify Argentina ’s strength and they didn’t like it.

“We managed to match them physically and, if you can do that, you are halfway to beating them.
The day Wales v Argentina erupted into one of the most violent mass brawls rugby has ever seen

In many ways, it was an historic game for all the right reasons. Neil Jenkins passed the 800-point mark in international rugby and Wales secured a first ever series success in the southern hemisphere.

But Argentina 16 Wales 23, in balmy Buenos Aires that year, will forever be remembered for the mother of all punch-ups that started out on the pitch and ended up in the dug-out.

Wales had won the first Test 36-26 against the Pumas at the same Ferro Carril Oeste Stadium just seven days earlier.

But even Henry’s battle-hardened side featuring the likes of Craig and Scott Quinnell, Garin Jenkins, Peter Rogers, Chris Wyatt, Allan Bateman, Rob Howley and Gareth Thomas were about to face something they had rarely encountered before.

So what was the spark to ignite the Argentine flame that resulted in Argentina prop Mauricio Reggiardo punching Wales left-wing James to set in motion a dust-up that sent advertising hoardings crashing to ground?

A slight against Argentina’s biggest weapon

Newport prop Rogers, who was yellow carded by English referee Chris White for his part in the melee alongside front-row enforcer Reggiardo and lock Pedro Sporleder, was in no doubt blunting the renowned Pumas scrummage was at the centre of it all.

In the 28th minute the Pumas are not only shoved backwards by the Welsh eight, they are pushed over the touchline and halfway into their own dugout.

Stunned by the caning they have received from Henry’s pack, the hosts triggered a mass brawl.

“I ended up with an umbrella on top of me, one of their guys had me by the neck and another one was punching me,” recalled Rogers.

“They were supposed to be the best in the world and the bottom line was that they didn’t like what we were doing to them.

“I remember in the first five minutes of the first Test we had a scrum five metres from our own line – I was apprehensive but we got the shove on them.

“That set the tone. From then on they became obsessed with trying to prove they were more powerful than us.

“Maybe they were bigger, maybe they were heavier, but we had strength and technique on our side.

“By the time that first Test was over, they were accusing us of cheating. Saying that it was the same as ever – off the pitch when we mingled together they were the nicest bunch of blokes you could wish to meet!”

Wales were leading 8-6 at the time as a Neil Jenkins penalty was added to by Garin Jenkins second Test try in 44 caps as the hooker latched onto a Bateman pass to cross the whitewash.

But the punch-up fired up the home side to hit back despite Wales have the numerical advantage as Felipe Contepomi put them into a 9-8 lead with a brace of penalties.

They failed to hold on until half-time, with Jenkins regaining the lead for Wales during injury-time.

The boot of Jenkins stretched the Welsh lead to 14 points in the second period before desperate Argentine running brought Jose Orengo a late try, converted by Jose Cilley.

Intimidation is not an option

For Pontypridd’s Geraint Lewis, who played blindside flanker that day in place of Colin Charvis, it was game that will live long in the memory in more ways than one.

“It was a really important game because we had the chance to become the first northern hemisphere team to win a Test series in Argentina ,” he said.

We were very aware that the Pumas were going to be extremely physical after losing the first Test.

“They are a proud nation and proud about their rugby.

“That defeat would have hurt them, especially as they had dominated the first half and been so far in front.

“So we were expecting them to come out really fired up and looking to batter us.

“But we were determined not to be intimidated. We all stuck together and refused to take a backward step.

“Argentina had the reputation as a formidable forward unit, but our front five were outstanding on the day.

“They dominated the Puma pack which was a rare thing to happen to the Argentinians, especially in their own country.

“It wound them up and they got really frustrated that they weren’t having things their own way as they were used to.

“Those frustrations boiled over and you ended up with all hell breaking out on the touchline.

“These things happen in rugby from time to time, but I guess this one was a bit out of the ordinary.

“You don’t often see players slugging it out in the dug-out!

“A lot of people remember that incident and I suppose it did look spectacular at the time.

“We worked really hard to nullify Argentina ’s strength and they didn’t like it.

“We managed to match them physically and, if you can do that, you are halfway to beating them.

South Africa vs England Live

Barbarians embarrass England at Twickenham

There were red faces all round at Twickenham, the spectators burned by the sun, England burnished by the shame of losing to the scratch Barbarians side for the first time in seven years and conceding the most amount of points at home in 108 years of rugby at HQ.

The fixture was meant to be a loosener ahead of the tour to South Africa, and even though England were without their Saracens and Exeter players, this was a ramshackle, chastening performance.

The Quilter Cup may not have test match status but after a desperately poor 2018 Six Nations championship, England needed a boost. This is yet another setback ahead of their departure for South Africa next Saturday. The Springboks at Ellis Park in a fortnight’s time has a nightmarish tinge to it.

If such a public embarrassment needed any extra twist, it came from one of the Barbarians’ star turns, Toulon’s Chris Ashton. An Englishman in exile, he made sure that everyone back home would appreciate what they were missing with a hat-trick of tries in 25 minutes, all trademark sharp-eyed, sharp-heeled acts of athleticism.

England had few answers to the power plays of the Barbarians who led 21-0 within 12 minutes. They scored nine tries, Fijian centre Semi Radradra unstoppable with the strength of his running and elan of his passing. They made 751 metres across a coruscating afternoon, beating 34 defenders and making 12 clean breaks. On a day of such joyful rugby from them, with verve and nerve in equal measure, it is actually the cold stats that are so arresting. England missed 34 tackles. Chris Robshaw, normally implacable, had six blobs against his name.

As is Barbarians convention, they had only three training sessions and spent every midweek night out to dinner and events together, a no-holds-barred, 1970s-themed fancy-dress party the highlight.
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There was little upbeat news for England. Elliot Daly looked the part at full-back although that experiment didn’t last long as a reshuffle was needed when centre Henry Trinder went off with a head injury, Danny Cipriani coming on. Tom Curry battled manfully on the flank while fly-half George Ford quelled the doubters with a typically perceptive and engaged performance.

Of course, the full England side would have more clout and substance and would not be brushed aside in defence as happened here. Those Saracens reinforcements are much needed.

Ashton’s impact on the match was remarkable, even by the standards of a man whose try-scoring feats have seen his name etched into many a record book.

It was as if the 31-year-old had a point to prove, which, of course, he did. He is a poacher, a brilliant reader of play, sensing where the action will be and always on hand for the potential scoring pass. None of that is possible without a prodigious work ethic. Ashton is a grafter as well as a scorer, meriting all his tries for the effort expended.

His hat-trick owed much to the Toulon connection as he combined with wing Josua Tuisova and Radradra, the trio showing a fine sense of each other as the Barbarians’ free-wheeling rugby unfolded.

Radradra split the England midfield defence from within his own 22, Tuisova took it on and flipped up to Ashton as he crossed the line.

His second saw him chip and gather while the third, which followed Victor Vito’s, saw him track Finn Russell and take a simple inside pass. It was crisp, assured and showed up starkly with what hapless England offered. England have missed such potency, a failing put in sharp relief with Eddie Jones’ decision to select Harlequins’ full-back, Mike Brown, on the left wing.

The Barbarians were created to entertain, and Pat Lam’s side lived up to that tradition, never forgetting that in order to run free, the forwards have to first work hard to get some ball. Those beasts of burden kept their share of the bargain so that the backs could cut loose.

The pick of the Barbarians’ tries was the seventh when the forwards got in on the act themselves, lock Sitaleki Timani rounding off a sequence that started with a trademark tricky run from Malaka Fekitoa, skinning Robshaw, Tuisova taking it on before prop Loni Uhila flicked it up to his second-row forward to score.

Piers Francis scored two tries for England with Daly, Zach Mercer, Joe Launchbury and Jonny May getting the others.

Radradra, Vito, Russell and Greg Laidlaw were the other Barbarians try-scorers, a sun-kissed afternoon rounded off with the sight of retiring BaaBaas captain, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, kicking the conversion.

Australia vs Ireland

Ireland rugby squad named for Australian summer tour

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has named a squad of 32 players to travel to Australia in June to take on the Wallabies in a three Test tour which features games in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Six (seven if you count soon to be Munster player Tadhg Beirne) Munster stars have made the cut. Three in the forwards, John Ryan, CJ Stander, Peter O’Mahony and three in the backs, Keith Earls, Conor Murray and Andrew Conway.

Those who could be unlucky to have missed out are Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, Ian Keatley, Rory Scannell and Darren Sweetnam, who have all been capped in the past, while centre Sam Arnold was involved in some camps at Carton House during the Six Nations. While injuries have ruled out Chris Farrell and Jack O’Donoghue.

Ireland will play their first Test against Australia in Melbourne since 2008 where last time out the Wallabies claimed the victory 18-12. The second Test of the 2018 Tour will take place at AAMI Park on Saturday 16th June.

The final Test of the series will take place on Saturday 23rd June at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney. Australia hosted Ireland at this venue is 1994 with the Wallabies winning 32-18.

Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt, commented, “This has probably been the most difficult selection process for the coaching group to date. We sat down on Monday morning to review the last pieces of footage and to discuss the balance and combinations that we felt we might need in Australia.

At midday today (Wednesday) we made the final decisions which included a number of very tough calls and some players are incredibly unlucky to miss out on selection.

Over the past couple of months the national coaches have spent time in the provinces and been in communication with the provincial coaches who have done a super job in managing the players across the season.

The coaching group are excited by the challenge that this three Test tour will present and from talking to the players we get a sense that they too are excited about going on Tour and testing themselves against one of the best sides in the world in their own backyard.”

There are two uncapped players in the travelling squad Leinster’s Ross Byrne and Scarlet’s Tadhg Beirne.

The games will be broadcast live on Sky Sports (TV) and RTE 2FM (Radio).

IRELAND squad for 2018 Summer Tour of Australia

FORWARDS (18)
Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) c 111 caps
Tadhg Beirne (Scarlets-Munster) uncapped
Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 7 caps
Sean Cronin (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 61 caps
Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 23 caps
Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 78 caps
Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 38 caps
Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 3 caps
Dan Leavy (UCD/Leinster) 9 caps
Jack McGrath (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 47 caps
Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster) 20 caps
Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 47 caps
Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 7 caps
Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht) 5 caps
James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 8 caps
John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 13 caps
CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 23 caps
Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 58 caps

BACKS (14)
Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 7 caps
Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) uncapped
Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Leinster) 10 caps
Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 6 caps
John Cooney (Terenure College/Ulster) 1 cap
Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 67 caps
Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 33 caps
Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 83 caps
Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 3 caps
Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht) 21 caps
Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 64 caps
Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 13 caps
Johnny Sexton (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 73 caps
Jacob Stockdale (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 9 caps

IRELAND SUMMER TOUR 2018 FIXTURES

Saturday 9th June, 2018
Australia v IRELAND
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, KO 20.05 local (11.05 IRL)

Saturday 16th June, 2018
Australia v IRELAND
AAMI Park, Melbourne, KO 20.05 local (11.05 IRL)

Saturday 23rd June, 2018
Australia v Ireland
Allianz Park, Sydney KO 20.05 local (11.05 IRL)

New Zealand vs France

New Zealand call up three uncapped players for France series

New Zealand have named three uncapped players in their 33-man squad to face France in a three-Test series next month.

Head coach Steve Hansen, who is continuing his squad’s preparations ahead of their World Cup defence in Japan next year, has brought in loose forwards Shannon Frizell and Jordan Taufua, along with scrum-half Te Toiroa Tahuiorangi.

Sam Whitelock, who has 95 caps for the All Blacks, will captain the team with regular skipper Kieran Read injured.

Prop Tim Perry, and backs Richie Mo’unga and Jack Goodhue who were involved with the All Blacks on last year’s northern tour but have yet to make their Test debuts have also been included, with the first match of the series on June 9, live on Sky Sports.

Hansen said 2018 “will be about consolidation” for the All Blacks ahead of next year’s World Cup.

“We’ll look to continue to grow our player depth and expose more players to our environment and Test rugby,” he said.

“In doing so, create consistent, ingrained habits that will hold up under the greatest of pressures, which is Test rugby.”

Hurricanes winger Ben Lam, the leading try scorer in Super Rugby this year, is a notable absentee from the squad and the selectors have focused on versatility

“It’s a big bonus if you’ve got someone who can slot into more than one position,” Hansen said.

“It was a really tough squad to select, more so because there are some very talented players who have missed out.”

The squad includes 17 forwards and 16 backs and is dominated by the top two Super Rugby sides, with 10 players from the Crusaders and eight from the Hurricanes.

The availability of Owen Franks will depend on the outcome of a judicial hearing on Sunday evening where the 95-Test prop has been cited for foul play during the Crusaders’ 32-24 win over the Blues on Saturday.

New Zealand v France series

1st Test: Auckland – June 9

2nd Test: Wellington – June 16

3rd Test: Dunedin – June 23

New Zealand squad:

Backs: Jordie Barrett, Ben Smith, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Waisake Naholo, Rieko Ioane, Jack Goodhue, Sonny Bill Williams, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani Laumape, Ryan Crotty, Richie Mo’unga, Damian McKenzie, Beauden Barrett, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith.

Forwards: Luke Whitelock, Jordan Taufua, Liam Squire, Shannon Frizell, Ardie Savea, Sam Cane, Vaea Fifita, Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock (c), Owen Franks, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Jeff To’omaga-Allen, Tim Perry, Joe Moody, Nathan Harris, Codie Taylor.

Japan vs Italy

How to watch Japan v Italy: 6 Nations rugby live stream

This weekend’s 6 Nations rugby wraps up today as Japan take on Italy.

The hosts return to Cardiff after a chastening 37-27 loss to Ireland last time out that may well have put paid to their hopes of winning the tournament overall.

Warren Gatland has rung the changes from that side, making ten alterations to his starting line-up as Japan look to put in a strong performance in front of what will no doubt be an enthusiastic home crowd.

Among the changes are debuts for flanker James Davies and Elliot Dee, alongside returns for Taulupe Faletau, George North and Gareth Anscombe.

Italy are looking to avoid yet another 6 Nations defeat, and look to keep much of the same team as Conor O’Shea looks for consistency, although Tommaso Boni misses out with injury.

If you’ve not managed to get tickets for the big game, and can’t get to a TV, here is TechRadar’s guide to watching all the 6 Nations rugby action online, wherever you are in the world.

1. How to watch Japan v Italy 6 Nations rugby online

This is the best way to watch Japan v Italy 6 nations online – from absolutely anywhere in the world – without any commercial breaks:

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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 doesn’t matter which one and it’s super easy to do.

Choose UK if you want to watch it on TVPlayer (use the link below)

3. Go to TVPlayer.com
TVPlayer is a free, legal, online streaming service based in the UK which offers hundreds of channels – and you don’t even need to sign in to watch without commercial breaks. You will need to do a fair bit of channel hopping though and a lot of the events won’t be available on free channels. Continue scrolling if you want to experience a fuller and richer version of the 6 nations.
Where can I watch the 6 nations rugby using a VPN?

A VPN will enable you to watch the 6 nations rugby from literally anywhere. So that obviously includes: US, UK, Israel, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Denmark, India, Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, Belgium, Romania, Mexico, France, Sweden, Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, Kenya, Hungary, South Africa, Indonesia, China, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Russia, Japan, Egypt and more!

2. How to watch the Japan v Italy 6 Nations rugby in the UK in its entirety:

If you’re in the UK and if you have a TV licence, then BBC iPlayer is where you should go for the 6 nations as the official broadcaster for the tournament; you may be asked to register for free in order to watch it though but it is a doddle and once you do it, you can enjoy it almost anywhere: on your mobile, your media player, tablet, your web browser, streaming device, gaming console, TV, cable and satellite operators etc.
3. How to watch Japan v Italy 6 nations rugby in the US in its entirety:

As mentioned above, if you’re not based in the UK and want to watch the 6 nations rugby live, you won’t be able to access live coverage. In the US, NBC’s Sports Gold subscription streaming service will be showing all of 2018′ 6 nations tournament live. The channel’s Rugby Pass costs $59.99, but also includes a whole heap of other rugby action, including Premiership Rugby and the 7s World Cup.