Don’t miss the action as Chiefs take on Sharks in this year’s play-offs – wherever you are in the world

Exeter v Sale live stream: How to watch the Premiership semi-final

The Gallagher Premiership play-offs are familiar territory for Exeter Chiefs, the defending champions. This is their sixth successive appearance in the semi-finals and they have won the previous five.

In contrast, Sale Sharks haven’t made this stage of the competition since 2006, when they went on to lift the trophy.

While the semi-final between Bristol and Harlequins is expected to centre on running rugby, this one is likely to be all about physicality as both Exeter and Sale are known for the power of their packs.

Chiefs have converted that power into points, scoring more tries than any other team in the league (93) and conceding the fewest (40).

Yet Sale did out-score them three tries to two when they met in the final regular round last Saturday, although Exeter recovered from being 19-3 down and reduced to 14 men to win 20-19. Will that give them a mental edge at Sandy Park this weekend?


Both teams are without key players. Exeter forwards Dave Ewers and Sam Skinner are banned following dangerous tackles in last weekend’s fixture while Sale fly-half AJ MacGinty picked up a serious injury towards the end of that game.

Here are the teams for this semi-final – and below we explain how to watch the match wherever you are in the world.

Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks, Saturday 19 June, kick-off 4.30pm

EXETER: Jack Nowel; Alex Cuthbert, Henry Slade, Ollie Devoto, Tom O’Flaherty; Joe Simmonds (captain), Jack Maunder; Alec Hepburn, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Harry Williams, Jonny Gray, Jonny Hill, Jannes Kirsten, Richard Capstick, Sam Simmonds.

Replacements: Jack Yeandle, Ben Moon, Marcus Street, Sean Lonsdale, Don Armand, Stu Townsend, Harvey Skinner, Stuart Hogg.

SALE: Simon Hammersley; Byron McGuigan, Sam James, Manu Tuilagi, Marland Yarde; Robert du Preez, Faf de Klerk; Ross Harrison, Curtis Langdon, Coenie Oosthuizen, Cobus Wiese, Jean-Luc du Preez, Tom Curry (captain), Ben Curry, Daniel du Preez.

Replacements: Ewan Ashman, Valery Morozov, James Harper, James Phillips, Jono Ross, Raffi Quirke, Kieran Wilkinson, Rohan Janse van Rensburg.

How to watch Exeter v Sale from outside your country

If you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Premiership coverage, like Exeter v Sale, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.

VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Premiership live stream you would at home.

Our friends 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.

Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.

Exeter v Sale live stream: How to watch from the UK

The second Premiership semi-final kicks off at 4.30pm on BT Sport 1, with coverage starting at 3.45pm.

If you don’t have a BT contract, don’t worry because you can still easily watch Premiership matches online. That’s because BT Sport has a contract-free monthly pass that allows you to get instant access to all four of their sport channels for just £25.

If you’re from the UK but are overseas when Exeter v Sale takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.

Exeter v Sale live stream: How to watch from Europe

If you’re in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, you can watch Premiership matches through the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN.

Exeter v Sale live stream: How to watch from the USA

If you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Premiership matches is NBC, with matches streamed on Peacock Premium, which is available for $4.99 a month.

Exeter v Sale will kick off at 11.30am EST and 8.30am on the West Coast.

Exeter v Sale live stream: How to watch from Australia

For those in Australia, Fox Sports has the rights to show Premiership matches and Sale v Exeter kicks off at 1.30am on Sunday morning AET.

If you don’t want a long-term contract, you can also stream games live and on-demand through Kayo Sports. A basic package is $25 a month and premium is $35 a month – and they are offering a FREE 14-day trial to new customers.

Exeter v Sale live stream: How to watch from New Zealand

Chiefs v Sharks (kick-off 3.30am in the early hours of Sunday morning NZ time) will be SKY Sport NZ 1.

It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99) but if you sign up for 12 months before 30 June 2021 you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.

Exeter v Sale live stream: How to watch from South Africa

This match kicks off at 5.30pm South African time and will be shown live on SuperSport’s Variety 3 channel.

There are various DStv packages available that give access to SuperSport, ranging from Access, which has the Blitz and Variety 4 channels, to Premium, which includes all 18 sports channels.

Exeter v Sale live stream: How to watch from Japan

DAZN, which allows you to live stream sport or watch it on demand, is the place to go to watch Premiership matches in Japan. The service is compatible with smart TVs and phones, tablets, PCs, streaming sticks, set-top boxes, gaming consoles and more.

We recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:

  1. Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service)
  2. Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroad

We do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing. 

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