Ireland take on France in the final of the tournament in South Africa

This year’s U20 Rugby World Cup  takes place on Friday 14 July and you can watch an Ireland v France live stream FREE on World Rugby’s YouTube channel. You can also watch all the games on the World Rugby website via its match centre.

Ireland beat hosts South Africa 31-12 in the semis, while France triumphed 52-31 over England. That sets up a final between Ireland v France at 6.00pm (BST) on Friday. South Africa and England battle it out for third place earlier in the day at 3.30pm (BST).

The tournament, officially known as the World Rugby U20 Championship, which is returning for the first time since before the pandemic, has France seeking to defend the title they won back in 2019. If you’d like to watch a U20 World Championship final live stream, all the details are below.

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How to watch World Rugby U20 Championship in the UK

As well as World Rugby’s YouTube channel and the match centre on World Rugby’s website, Virgin Media has had broadcasting rights for all of Ireland’s matches in the tournament.

In the UK, ITVX is showing highlights from each match day.

How to watch World Rugby U20 Championship outside the UK

Included in the official broadcasting partners with World Rugby for the U20 Championship are ESPN, Fancode, Georgia Public Broadcaster, L’equipe, NBC, S4C, Sky NZ, Stan/Nine and Supersport.

U20 Rugby World Cup live stream: How to watch from outside your country

If you are outside of the UK or another country and want to catch the match then you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.

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 U20 Rugby World Cup in Australia

Viewers Down Under can watch the championship through Fox Sports, which holds the broadcasting rights.

U20 Rugby World Cup fixtures


Italy v Fiji, 9–12th place play-offs, (1pm, Stellenbosch)

Argentina v Japan, 9–12th place play-offs, (1pm, Cape Town)

New Zealand v Australia, 5–8th place play-offs, (1pm, Cape Town)

Ireland v South Africa, semi-final, (3.30pm, Cape Town)

Georgia v Wales, 5–8th place play-offs, (6pm, Stellenbosch)

France v England, semi-final, (6pm, Cape Town)


Final (6pm, Cape Town)

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