Ireland vs France live stream: how to watch the 2021 Six Nations rugby for free in HD

The France team finds itself in Ireland this afternoon for round two of the Six Nations 2021. Ireland opened up their Guinness Six Nations campaign with a 21-16 loss in Cardiff, so this one’s a must-win for The Men in Green. The action kicks off shortly at 3pm on ITV (free in the UK and Ireland). Follow our guide to watch an Ireland vs France live stream from anywhere in the world.

Ireland vs France live stream

Date: 3pm GMT

Free UK stream: ITV Hub

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US stream: Peacock (7-day free trial)

AUS stream: Kayo Sports (14-day free trial)

Canada stream: DAZN (30-day free trial)

The big news for the Ireland vs France clash is that Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray are out through injury. Billy Burns and Jamison Gibson-Park replace the experienced half-backs.

Andy Farrell’s side will need to win if they’re to keep their Six Nations 2021 title hopes alive. Last week Ireland were reduced to 14 men in the 14th minute when Peter O’Mahony was sent off. Ireland put up a valiant fight but Wales, with the extra man, scored tries in the 48th and 58th minutes to secure victory.

“It’s frustrating because we played so well with 14 men and showed a lot of character,” Murray told reporters after the game. “Our shape, our attack was really good even with 14 men – that’s when it gets most difficult.”

Six Nations table 2021
TEAM PL W D L PD BP PTS
Wales 2 2 0 0 6 1 9
England 2 1 0 1 18 2 6
France 1 1 0 0 40 1 5
Scotland 2 1 0 1 -4 1 5
Ireland 1 0 0 1 -5 1 1
Italy 2 0 0 2 -63 0 0

France have made two changes for today’s clash with Ireland. Damien Penaud starts on the wing while Anthony Jelonch comes into the back row. Teddy Thomas, who scored two tries against Italy last week, heads to the bench – a move that has raised eyebrows. If Fabien Galthie’s side don’t perform, that decision will no doubt come under greater scrutiny.

Ireland vs France kicks off at 3pm (ITV) today. Here’s how to watch the Six Nations for free wherever you are.

Six Nations 2021: Ireland vs France free live stream

Ireland vs France live stream: how to watch the 2021 Six Nations rugby for free in HD

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Good news: every single Six Nations game in 2021 will be on shown on free-to-air TV in the UK (coverage will be divided between BBC, ITV and welsh language channel S4C).

ITV has the rights to Sunday’s clash between Ireland and France, and will stream Ireland vs France online via the ITV Hub, so you can watch on your computer, phone or smart TV.

Of course, the free streams are only accessible to viewers in the UK. So if you’re a UK citizen stuck outside of the country this weekend, simply use a VPN to unblock the free Six Nations live streams. We recommend ExpressVPN which you can try 100 per cent risk-free thanks to the 30-day money-back guarantee.  Why not give it a whirl and see how it performs? If it doesn’t work for you, then you’ll have lost nothing.

Sadly, there’s no 4K coverage of the Six Nations this year. Instead, the games will be available at a very reasonable HD resolution on your television and on BBC iPlayer.

Watch Ireland vs France from abroad using a VPN

Even if you have subscribed to the relevant Six Nations rights holders, you won’t be able to access them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. VPNs are a doddle to use and create a private connection between your device and the internet. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.

There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN which offers a 100 per cent risk-free money back guarantee. If you’re not happy with the service any time within the first 30-days, then you can cancel with no penalties at all.

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Watch Ireland vs France in the USA

Ireland vs France live stream: how to watch the 2021 Six Nations rugby for free in HD

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NBC Sports has the exclusive rights to show the Six Nations 2021 in the USA, including Ireland vs France on Sunday. The network will stream all the action live on its Peacock TV streaming platform. Subscription costs just $4.99 a month (with commercials) or $9.99 a month (commercial-free).

Peacock TV gets you full coverage of the 2021 Six Nations as well as selected Premier League soccer games, Premiership Rugby, Heineken Champions Cup coverage, blockbuster movies and TV boxsets such as The Office.

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Tempted? We don’t blame you. Peacock offers a free 7-day trial. After that, you’ll be billed $4.99 a month but there’s no lock-in contract so you can cancel at any time.

How to watch Ireland vs France in Australia

Ireland vs France live stream: how to watch the 2021 Six Nations rugby for free in HD

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If you’re prepared for some pretty early starts you can watch Six Nations 2021 in Australia on beIN Sport. The subscription service has the rights to show every match including Ireland vs France on Sunday.

If you’re a Foxtel customer, you can add beIN to your TV package for a small fee. If not, you can subscribe to beIN Sports using this free two week trial after which you’ll pay $19.99 a month.

The other option is to use Foxtel’s streaming-only platform, Kayo Sports. The respected streaming service offers over 50 sports live and on-demand including Six Nations 2021 live streams. The Basic package costs $25 a month while Premium, which works across multiple screens, costs $35 a month. Both include a free 14-day trial to get you started. There’s no lock-in contract and you can cancel at any time.

How to watch the Ireland vs France in New Zealand

Sky Sport is the official broadcaster of the Six Nations 2021 in New Zealand. You can access Sky Sport via most pay TV packages and subscribers can watch online using company’s Sky Go service. Non-subscribers can catch an England vs Italy live stream on Sky Sport Now, the broadcaster’s streaming-only platform. Anyone can join and it costs just $19.99 a month.

Watch Ireland vs France in Ireland

Rugby fans in the Emerald Isle will enjoy free-to-air coverage of the Six Nations 2021 courtesy of the Virgin Media. All matches, including Ireland vs France on Sunday, will be broadcast live on Virgin Media One and streamed live on Virgin Media Player.

Virgin Media’s Big Bundle costs €69 per month, which gets you 50+ TV channels and a set-top box complete with voice control.

Watch Ireland vs France in Canada, Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Ireland vs France live stream: how to watch the 2021 Six Nations rugby for free in HD

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Streaming service DAZN is the best place to catch Six Nations 2021 coverage in Canada, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 

Those in Canada can subscribe for just $20 a month – but the first month costs nothing thanks to the 30-day free trial. That’s enough for a chunk of Six Nations games, as well as Premier League, Champions League and NFL action.

DAZN membership costs €11.99 in Europe, and new users get the same (extremely generous) 30-day free trial.

How to watch Ireland vs France in South Africa

SuperSport is the place to watch the Six Nations 2021 action in South Africa, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The African online sports channel will broadcast the games via its DStv satellite platform in South Africa. You can sign up to DStv here. Failing that, head to any bar in the Cape Town area.

One of the biggest African online sports channels, DStv also shows live FA Cup, Champions League, La Liga as well as rugby, tennis, golf, motorsport and cricket.

Six Nations 2021 schedule 

Ireland vs France live stream: how to watch the 2021 Six Nations rugby for free in HD

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Round 2
Saturday 13th February – England vs Italy 2.15pm ITV
Saturday 13th February – Scotland vs Wales 4.45pm BBC and S4C
Sunday 14th February – Ireland vs France 3pm ITV

Round 3
Saturday 27th February 2021 – Italy vs Ireland, 2.15pm ITV
Saturday 27th February 2021 – Wales vs England 4.45pm BBC and S4C
Sunday 28th February 2021 – France vs Scotland 3pm ITV

Round 4
Saturday 13th March 2021 – Italy vs Wales, 2.15pm ITV and S4C
Saturday 13th March 2021 – England vs France 4.45pm ITV
Sunday 14th March 2021 – Scotland vs Ireland 3pm BBC

Round 5
Saturday 20th March 2021 – Scotland v Italy 2.15pm BBC
Saturday 20th March 2021 – Ireland v England 4.45pm ITV
Saturday 20th March 2021 – France v Wales, 8pm BBC and S4C

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