Looking to watch an England v Wales live stream this afternoon? Here's everything you need to know to tune into the big match.


An England v Wales live stream is always one of the hottest tickets in sport, so read on to find out how to find out how to watch today’s second Six Nations match, taking place on a mild but potentially damp early evening at Twickenham.

If you’re in the UK you can watch an England v Wales live stream for free on ITVX and ITV1. Travelling abroad for the big game? That doesn’t mean you need to miss the action, because you can use a VPN to watch the match for free from overseas.

England head coach Steve Borthwick has kept faith with the starting line-up that beat Italy in Rome last weekend. Welsh counterpart Warren Gatland, meanwhile, has made plenty of changes, bringing in many of the players who excelled in Wales’s second half comeback against Scotland. The experienced George North has also returned to the side in the centres. 

Below we’ll tell you how to watch an England v Wales live stream on ITVX and how to use a VPN to tune in from abroad. If you want to know more about other viewing options around the world, check out our guide to watching the Six Nations Championship from anywhere.

Can I watch an England v Wales live stream for free?

If you’re a UK resident, then yes! An England v Wales live stream is available on the ITVX streaming service. The match will also be broadcast live on ITV1, and (with Welsh language commentary) on S4C and S4C Clic.

Can I watch an England v Wales live stream if I’m outside the UK?

If you’re a UK resident travelling overseas, you can still watch the big match this afternoon.

Geo-blocking restrictions mean you won’t be able to access your usual ITVX service from abroad, but you can get around this problem by using a VPN, or Virtual Private Network. A VPN is a smart, legal piece of software that allows you to change your IP address, meaning you can watch your usual TV services as if you were in your own country.  

The experts at TechRadar recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, provides excellent online privacy, and allows you to watch on several devices at once. On top of all that, it currently offers three months extra for free when you sign up, as well as a 30-day money back guarantee. Don’t forget, though, that you’ll still need a valid UK TV Licence to watch an England v Wales live stream from abroad.

It’s not only UK-based rugby fans who get to enjoy today’s big match. Irish viewers can watch an England v Wales live stream for free on RTÉ Player, and it’s graduit for French fans to view en direct via France TV.

Subscription services in South Africa (SuperSport), the USA (Peacock Premium), New Zealand (Sky Sport NZ), Australia (Stan Sport) and Asia (Premier Sports) will also be showing an England v Wales live stream.

What time does the England v Wales live stream start?

The big Twickenham encounter kicks off at 4:45pm GMT this afternoon, with ITVX’s coverage starting at 4:00pm.

Wondering about kick-off times elsewhere in the world? That’ll be 4:45pm in Ireland, 5:45pm in France, 6:45pm in South Africa, and (in the US) 11:45am ET and 8:45am PT. Aussies and Kiwis have to wake up in the very early hours of Sunday morning: 3:45am AEDT and 5:45am NZDT, respectively.

What are the teams for England v Wales?

Here’s the two sides for this afternoon:

Freddie Steward, Tommy Freeman, Henry Slade, Fraser Dingwall, Elliot Daly, George Ford, Alex Mitchell; Joe Marler, Jamie George (captain), Will Stuart, Maro Itoje, Ollie Chessum, Ethan Roots, Sam Underhill, Ben Earl

Replacements: Theo Dan, Ellis Genge, Dan Cole, Alex Coles, Chandler Cunningham-South, Danny Care, Fin Smith, Immanuel Feyi-Waboso

Cameron Winnett, Josh Adams, George North, Nick Tompkins, Rio Dyer, Ioan Lloyd, Tomos Williams; Gareth Thomas, Elliot Dee, Keiron Assiratti, Dafydd Jenkins (captain), Adam Beard, Alex Mann, Tommy Reffell, Aaron Wainwright

Replacements: Ryan Elias, Corey Domachowski, Archie Griffin, Will Rowlands, Taine Basham, Kieran Hardy, Cai Evans, Mason Grady

Want to know more about the team selections? Check out our guides to the England and Wales Six Nations squads.

Who’s the referee for England v Wales?

New Zealander James Doleman is the referee for this afternoon’s match. He’ll be assisted by fellow Kiwi Ben O’Keeffe and Scotland’s Hollie Davidson, the first woman ever to be an assistant referee in a men’s Six Nations match. Another New Zealander, Brendon Pickerill, is in the TMO booth.

Who’s likely to win?

England go into the match at Twickenham as narrow favourites against Warren Gatland’s young side, who narrowly lost to Scotland last weekend after an amazing second-half fight back. “Do the basics well and put Wales under pressure early, and England should emerge victorious with some breathing space,” says Rugby World deputy editor Josh Graham in our England v Wales predictions feature.

These matches tend to be tight, hard-fought affairs, however, so it could go either way.

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