The first of the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals is a tantalising one. The old enemies from opposite sides of the world going head-to-head. A place in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals is at stake – which team will hold their nerve? Watch the action as it happens with our England vs Australia live stream guide.
England have had an unexpected extended break thanks to Typhoon Hagibis, which begs the question – will they come into the match rested and prepared? Or will they be off the pace?
Meanwhile, their opponents Australia have been somewhat underwhelming throughout the pool stage, with head coach Michael Cheika still seemingly unsure of his best team.
Live stream England vs Australia – where and when
This quarter-final clash takes place at the 30,132 capacity Showa Denko Dome Oita in the city of Ōita on Saturday, October 19.
The game kicks off at 4.15pm JST local time – that’s an 8.15am start for England fans and folks tuning in from the UK, and a 5.15pm AEST kick-off for Aussie supporters looking to cheer on their side from Down Under.
With their final pool game against France called off, England’s fringe players lost an opportunity to perhaps stake a claim for a starting role. But coach Eddie Jones hasn’t been afraid to shift around his side for this showdown, springing a huge surprise by dropping in-form George Ford and restoring his captain Owen Farrell at fly-half.
Henry Slade comes in at outside centre with Manu Tuilagi moving to number 12, while Mako Vunipola has been declared fit and comes in for England at loosehead prop. For their part, Australia have also made a bold selection choice, with teenager Jordan Petaia set to start at centre.
With Aussie confidence somewhat low, a strong start by England would probably be the catalyst for Eddie Jones’ side to sail through to the semis, but will this be the game that sees the Wallabies find some form? You can watch all the action from pretty much anywhere on Earth by following our Rugby World Cup England vs Australia live stream guide below.
How to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup from outside your country
If you’re abroad for any of the Rugby World Cup and don’t want to miss out on catching the coverage from your home country, you’ll inevitably find it geo-blocked when you try to stream online. But don’t sweat. With the option of a VPN, you can tune into those fixtures no matter where you are in the world without resorting to some dodgy feed on Reddit.
And best of all, it’s really easy to do (or read on for details on how to stream coverage from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the USA).
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Setting things up is super simple. Once you’ve chosen you’re VPN provider and installed their software, you simply open the VPN app, hit ‘choose location’ and select the appropriate location. Choose any country showing the Rugby World Cup and watch as if you were in that part of the world.
How to stream the England game live in the UK for FREE
The great news for Rugby fans in the UK is that ITV has the live broadcast rights to the 2019 Rugby World Cup and will be showing all remaining matches free-to-air across various ITV platforms.
The quarter-final will be shown live on ITV 1 with coverage starting at 7.30am BST and kick-off at a quarter past eight.
If you’re not in the UK but want to catch up with ITV’s World Cup coverage, then you’ll need a VPN to relocate your IP to the UK and get around the region restrictions. Just follow those instructions above.
How to watch a live stream of the Wallabies in Australia for FREE
The great news for Aussies fans is that the quarter-final game will be available to watch live for free.
Every Wallabies game including this match, plus the semi-finals and final will be shown in all their glory, free-to-air on Channel 10 and through 10 Play. Kick-off time is 5.15pm AEST.
The match will also be shown live on paid-for service Fox Sports which has the rights to every match of the tournament live via its dedicated Rugby World Cup channel.
Australians can also live stream all the Rugby World Cup action via the Kayo Sports streaming service, which features no lock-in contracts and also includes access to over 50 sports, both live and on demand. Kayo Sports Basic Package costs $25 per month and allows users to stream across two devices simultaneously. Alternatively, the service also offers a Kayo Sports Premium Package, which provides three concurrent streams for $35 per month.
If you’re looking to watch the Channel 10 or Kayo Sports coverage from abroad you’ll need a VPN.
How to watch England vs Australia live in New Zealand
Today’s quarter-final game is being exclusively broadcast live in New Zealand by streaming service Spark Sport, which has snagged the rights to show all matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup live. Spark will cost $89.99 for a Tournament Pass to cover every match, or you can hand over $24.99 per match.
Spark Sport is available via web browsers on your PC, plus Apple and Android phones and tablets. You can also watch on Chromecast and selected Samsung TVs, with plans to make the app available on Apple TV and Smart TVs later in the year.
Kick-off is at 7.15pm NZST on Saturday.
If you’re outside New Zealand and want to watch the coverage from Spark Sport, you can use one of our favorite VPNs above and watch the coverage from another nation.
How to live stream England vs Australia in the US
In the US, NBC Sports is the official broadcaster for the Rugby World Cup 2019 so you’ll need to sign-up if you’re not already receiving this channel. Kick off for today’s match is at 3.15am ET and 12.15am PT.
For the most extensive coverage NBC has to offer, you can subscribe to NBC Sports Gold, which is offering a Rugby World Cup Pass for $99.99, delivering live, on-demand and commercial free coverage of the tournament. Single matches can also be purchased for $34.99
Cable cutter, but still want to watch the Rugby World Cup? You can also watch via one of the below TV streaming services. They’re fast becoming the best way to watch otherwise cable-only shows and sports – and they pretty much all have a free trial, too:
- Hulu with Live TV $40 per month – Hulu with Live TV includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.
- FuboTV $35 for the first month – FuboTV gives you the first month at a discounted rate but after that the price increases to $45 a month. The service includes CBS, Fox, NBC and the NFL Network but does not come with ESPN.
- DirecTV Now $50 per month – DirecTV Now includes CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and for $5 extra you can add the NFL Network.
- YouTubeTV $40 per month – YouTubeTV gives you access to CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.
Live stream Rugby World Cup 2019 match in Canada
In Canada the rights to show the Rugby World Cup 2019 are owned by TSN So that means you can access coverage of today’s opening match via your TV, online or on the TSN app. Kick-off is 3.15am ET and 12.15am PT.
If you want to catch it but are out of the country, you can use a VPN to access the rugby coverage.