St Helens will face Castleford Tigers in the Challenge Cup final Rugby 2021. Check all channels to watch Challenge Cup final Rugby 2021 live stream here. Around 45,000 fans will file into Wembley for the showcase event less than a week after the Euro 2020 final and will be desperate to see their side lift silverware in the capital.
St Helens are one of the major players in Challenge Cup history, having triumphed 12 times in the competition, but they are desperate to end a drought this weekend.
St Helens v Castleford Tigers will take place on Saturday 17th July 2021.. The Challenge Cup final was pushed back to October in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was played behind closed doors.
What TV channel is the Challenge Cup final on?
Fans can tune in to watch the game for free on BBC One from 2pm.
Mark Chapman will present the coverage live from Wembley Stadium, providing build-up right the way up to the main event itself.
How to watch Challenge Cup final Live Stream online 2021
The Challenge Cup final is also available to stream live via BBC iPlayer.
You can live stream on a range of devices including laptops, smartphones, and tablets.
Rugby fans in the UK can watch the 2021 Challenge Cup final on UK TV for free. The match will be broadcast on BBC One as well as online via BBC iPlayer. There’s no need to worry about missing the big game either, as it’ll almost certainly be available on-demand for a few weeks afterward. You’ll need to create a free BBC iPlayer account, providing an email address, date of birth, country, and UK postcode.
While you’re legally required to have a TV license (this can be bought or renewed via the TV licensing website) to watch any live or on-demand content on BBC iPlayer, this isn’t really enforced. As such, you should be able to watch the match without restriction (providing you’re using a VPN if you’re outside the UK).
Watch Challenge Cup final live streaming Rugby From USA
You can catch the Challenge Cup final on Fox Soccer Plus in the US. This means that if you have a cable TV subscription, you can watch the event at no added cost. To do so online, simply sign in via your TV provider — you’ll need to use the same login details you use with your cable TV (a username or email address and password).
However, you can also watch Fox Soccer Plus live without cable via select streaming services such as YouTube TV. This costs $64.99 USD/month although Fox Soccer Plus is a separate add-on which costs a further $15/month. Of course, Fox Soccer Plus is only available in the US and is subject to geographic restrictions. To watch abroad, you’ll need to connect to a server in the US and get a US IP address.
The only broadcaster in Australia showing the Challenge Cup final is Fox League. In order to watch, you’ll need a Fox Sports subscription which costs $4.99 AUD per month. Some Fox Sports video content (particularly live TV) is geo-blocked and only available in Australia. For this reason, you’ll need a VPN and Australian IP address in order to watch it abroad.
Challenge Cup final live in Canada
Rugby fans in Canada have two options when it comes to watching the Challenge Cup final 2021. The match will be available on both Game TV and CBC Sports. While Game TV is only available if you have a cable TV subscription, CBC Sports is available for free. However, if you’re outside Canada, you’ll still need to connect to a VPN for Canada to watch online.
beIN Sports will be broadcasting the Challenge Cup final in France. In order to watch, you’ll need a beIN Sports subscription for a monthly price of €21.99. beIN Sports France online content is region-locked and only available in France. You’ll, therefore, need to connect to a server in France via a quality VPN in order to live stream abroad.
A maximum permitted crowd of 45,000 will mean a half-full Wembley will actually be “sold out” for the first time in more than a decade as one of St Helens or Castleford will end their relatively long waits to lift the famous trophy. A week after the carnage of the Euro 2020 final, there should be a carnival atmosphere.
Having already benefited from vastly improved coverage in each round, the Challenge Cup on the Beeb this season has felt fresher, with rugby league being taken seriously as sporting entertainment. Last year the final – played in mid-October, remember – was watched by more than a million viewers throughout, peaking at 1.6 million. That may be just 5% of the England-Italy audience on Sunday but it was the most watched show on TV that afternoon.
In this last summer final before the event returns to May from next year, Saturday will provide the sport with over a million customers for a match between two clubs based in provincial towns that are, in these post-industrial times, best known for rugby league. Given Super League attendances and broadcast rights are similar to the EFL’s League One, with wage bills more akin to League Two, that should remind a sport which is currently indulging in Olympic-level self-flagellation, that perhaps rugby league’s profile is actually punching above its weight.
Words from St Helens captain Roby
“I remember that as a kid when I was so kind of giddy to be involved,” Roby said. “You remember it any time you play at what is the national stadium, if you like.
“I think seeing the Euro 2020 final with all the fans in there you can see how big the venue is and the atmosphere it can generate, and the patriotic essence it brings in being our national stadium.
“I don’t think you can ever get tired of playing at Wembley or in a Challenge Cup final. It’s a great occasion and I suppose as a rugby league player you’ve got to savour them.
“You’ve got to make the most of it because before you know it, you’re coming to the end of your career.”
“As a young player, I came into a team which was very successful and probably took success for granted,” Roby said.
“We were on the crest of a wave for a few years where we won the Challenge Cup three years in a row and I thought this was going to continue. But sport isn’t like that and I suppose I was a bit naive to think it was going to stay that way.
“There have been a lot of challenges along the way and various defeats which haven’t put us in that position, but we are in it again.
“We’ve got to look forward, we can’t dwell too much on the past, we’ve got to be excited by the opportunity in front of us.”