TSN and RDS have furthered their partnership with Rugby Canada, signing a multi-year rights agreement which will see the two networks broadcast several international matches/events each year. TSN and RDS are also the exclusive Canadian broadcasters of the 2015 Rugby World Cup from England, as well as the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament from June 28–30 from Moscow, Russia.
The first match as part of the new deal is an international friendly against Ireland this Saturday at 8pm ET (TSN) from BMO Field in Toronto. Luke Wileman will provide play-by-play, with former Canadian national team player Brian Spanton providing analysis.
Canada’s two upcoming World Cup qualifying matches against the USA follow shortly after. The first qualifier takes place on August 17 at 6:30pm ET (TSN2) as the US hosts Canada, and the return leg at BMO Field one week later, August 24 at 4pm ET (TSN2). Canada will host also the New Zealand Maori All Blacks in an international friendly on November 3 at 1pm ET (TSN).
If Canada wins the home and away series in August against the US, they will automatically qualify from the 2015 World Cup. Should they lose, they will place another home and away series against Uruguay, which will also hopefully be broadcast.
If you’re looking for more rugby union action, Sportsnet World has you covered as they regularly show the Super 15 competition (Australia/New Zealand/South African domestic competition, currently on a mid-season break), IRB Pacific Nations Cup (finishes June 23, Canada currently 3-0), as well as an assortment of international friendly matches and international test matches.