RUGBY TODAY: Guide to Olympic Rugby Watching


By Pat Clifton | 07.21.16



The full listing of Olympic coverage has been revealed, so we know now which rugby matches will be show when and on which channels. All of Team USA’s men’s and women’s pool games will be shown live on television, and every single match in both competitions will be streamed live online.

It’s important to remember these listings are all subject to change. If Team USA finds itself in the semifinals or medal matches, those games could be bumped to higher profile channels.

Television coverage of the women’s tournament begins Saturday Aug. 6 at 12 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, when USA takes on Fiji. The American women are in Pool A, and all of their group’s matches will be aired live on television via NBCSN, CNBC and USA, but no other women’s pool matches will be.

Only two of the women’s quarterfinals will be aired live on TV. Should Team USA win its group, its quarterfinal will be on NBCSN at 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday Aug. 7. If the Eagles finish as the second-best third-place team after the group stage, they’ll play in that same game. If they finish second in their pool, their quarterfinal isn’t currently planned to be aired live on television. Both of the women’s semifinals and medal matches will air live.

The men’s competition will see the first two rounds of pool matches show live on television via the same channels as the women’s tournament, and both of the final matches from Team USA’s pool. All four men’s quarterfinals will be on TV, as well. Team USA’s first match against Argentina at noon ET on Tuesday Aug. 9 will be on NBCSN. The Eagles’ second pool game against Brazil at 5:00 p.m. ET that day will be on CNBC. Their final pool match Wednesday Aug. 10 at 12:30 p.m. ET against Fiji will be on USA.

Should either the men or the women be relegated to any of the consolation playoffs instead of the quarterfinals, semifinals or medal rounds, their matches are not currently scheduled to be televised.

M/W Date ET Match Channel
Women Sat. 8/6 12:00 p.m. USA vs. Fiji NBCSN
Women Sat. 8/6 12:30 p.m. Australia vs. Colombia NBCSN
Women Sat. 8/6 5:00 p.m. USA vs. Colombia CNBC
Women Sat. 8/6 5:30 p.m. Australia vs. Fiji CNBC
Women Sun. 8/7 12:00 p.m. Fiji vs. Colombia USA
Women Sun. 8/7 12:30 p.m. USA vs. Australia USA
Women Sun. 8/7 4:00 p.m. 1st Pool A vs. 2nd Best 3rd NBCSN
Women Sun. 8/7 4:30 p.m. 2nd Pool C vs. 2nd Pool B NBCSN
Women Mon. 8/8 1:30 p.m. Semifinals NBCSN
Women Mon. 8/8 2:00 p.m. Semifinals NBCSN
Women Mon. 8/8 5:30 p.m. Bronze Medal Match CNBC
Women Mon. 8/8 6:00 p.m. Gold Medal Match CNBC
Men Tues. 8/9 10:00 a.m. Australia vs. France NBCSN
Men Tues. 8/9 10:30 a.m. South Africa vs. Spain NBCSN
Men Tues. 8/9 11:00 a.m. Great Britain vs. Kenya NBCSN
Men Tues. 8/9 11:30 a.m. New Zealand vs. Japan NBCSN
Men Tues. 8/9 12:00 p.m. USA vs. Argentina NBCSN
Men Tues. 8/9 12:30 p.m. Fiji vs. Brazil NBCSN
Men Tues. 8/9 3:00 p.m. Australia vs. Spain USA
Men Tues. 8/9 3:30 p.m. South Africa vs. France USA
Men Tues. 8/9 4:00 p.m. Great Britain vs. Japan USA
Men Tues. 8/9 4:30 p.m. New Zealand vs. Kenya USA
Men Tues. 8/9 5:00 p.m. USA vs. Brazil CNBC
Men Tues. 8/9 5:30 p.m. Fiji vs. Argentina CNBC
Men Wed. 8/10 12:00 p.m. Argentina vs. Brazil USA
Men Wed. 8/10 12:30 p.m. Fiji vs. USA USA
Men Wed. 8/10 4:00 p.m. 1st Pool A vs. 2nd Best 3rd USA
Men Wed. 8/10 4:30 p.m. 2nd Pool C vs. 2nd Pool B USA
Men Wed. 8/10 5:00 p.m. 1st Pool C vs. 2nd Pool A CNBC
Men Wed. 8/10 5:30 p.m. 1st Pool B vs. Best 3rd CNBC
Men Thur. 8/11 1:30 p.m. Semifinals NBCSN
Men Thur. 8/11 2:00 p.m. Semifinals NBCSN
Men Thur. 8/11 5:30 p.m. Bronze Medal Match NBCSN
Men Thur. 8/11 6:00 p.m. Gold Medal Match NBCSN