Check out the pre-World Cup form of the northern hemisphere sides, wherever you are in the world


This month’s Summer Nations Series fixtures have been a key-part of the northern hemisphere giants’ pre-Rugby World Cup preparations. The final weekend of action is upon us, marking our last chance to see the teams in action before the RWC action kicks off in Paris on Friday 8 September.

A World Cup warm-up match live stream is the best way to follow the action as it happens, and this article is here to help you watch the Summer Nations Series, wherever you are in the world. It also includes details of how to watch some games for FREE.

Amazon Prime Video has had the rights to screen 15 games exclusively in the UK, but lucky fans in Ireland and France have also been able to watch their teams’ matches for free, on RTÉ Player and MyTF1, respectively. Ireland and France supporters away from home can use a VPN to watch World Cup warm-up matches free from abroad.

The Summer Nations Series have already raised plenty of talking points, including injuries to key players such as Jack van Poortvliet and Romain Ntamack, and the controversy over Owen Farrell’s off-again, on-again red card in the second England v Wales encounter. The action continues this weekend, with England v Fiji, Scotland v Georgia, Italy v Japan, Ireland v Samoa and France v Australia forming a packed fixture list. You can check out a full list of Rugby World Cup warm-ups here.

All of the Rugby World Cup warm-up matches have been a hot ticket through July and August. Here’s how you can watch a World Cup warm-up match live stream, to make sure you enjoy the remaining matches of this year’s Summer Nations Series.

Jesse Kriel of South Africa

How to watch World Cup warm-up matches: live stream from the UK

Amazon Prime Video has had the rights to 15 Summer Nations series matches, including every one of the England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales’ World Cup warm-up matches in July and August.

Coverage can be accessed as part of an Amazon’s Prime subscription. New customers check out the service by signing up for a 30-day free trial.

Live stream the Summer Nations Series from outside your country

If you are away from home and want to catch the games from another country then you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network. A VPN is a piece of software which offers both online privacy and ability to change your IP address, meaning that you can access on-demand content or live TV like you would back at home while in another country.

Our colleagues over at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.

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How to watch the Summer Nations series: live stream for free from Ireland

Irish fans have had the opportunity to watch all their team’s three World Cup warm-up matches free to air on RTÉ 2 and RTÉ Player. This is also the case for Saturday’s match against Samoa.

Summer Nations Series games involving other teams are available to watch on Premier Sports. Visit the Premier Sports website for details on how to sign up.

How to watch World Cup warm-up matches: live stream for free from France

French fans can also watch their team’s Summer Nations Series games for free on TF1 and MyTF1, including Sunday’s match against Eddie Jones’s Australia.

How to watch World Cup warm-up matches: live stream from Australia

StanSport has rights to screen the Summer Nations Series matches in Australia, meaning fans Down Under can catch northern hemisphere World Cup warm-up matches in the early hours.

A 7-day free trial to Stan Sport is available. Click here for more information.

How to watch World Cup warm-up matches: live stream from the USA

FloRugby has the rights to stream Summer Nations Series live for viewers in the USA.

A FloRugby monthly subscription costs $29.99 or you can take out an annual one for $150.

How to watch World Cup warm-up matches: live stream from South Africa

For viewers in South Africa, Supersport is the place to go to watch a Summer Nations Series live stream. Visit for details on how to subscribe.

How to watch World Cup warm-up matches: live stream from New Zealand

If you’re in New Zealand, Sky Sports NZ is where you can watch the Summer Nations Series.

How to watch World Cup warm-up matches: live stream from Asia

Premier Sports Asia has the rights to broadcast Summer Nations Series matches in Asia and will show matches in the following countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan (Republic of China), Thailand and Vietnam.

A monthly subscription to Premier Sports Asia is $25.99 or a rolling annual contract is $169.

For more information, visit Premier Sports Asia.

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