The players certainly look ready, but are you? The first semi-final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup between England and New Zealand would have made a worthwhile final, with it featuring arguably the tournament’s two most impressive teams. A place in the Rugby World Cup final is at stake, but which team will run out as victors? Watch the action as it happens today with our England vs New Zealand live stream guide.
Live stream England vs New Zealand – where and when
It’s game day! This semi-final clash takes place at the 72,327 capacity Nissan Stadium in Yokohama.
Today’s game kicks off at 5pm JST local time – so a 9am BST start for England fans, and an 8pm NZST kick-off for All Blacks supporters looking to cheer on their side from New Zealand.
It really throws up the possibility of a classic match with both teams seemingly peaking at just the right time. England looked in control throughout their superb victory against Australia in the quarter finals, while New Zealand sent out a statement of their own with their 46-14 demolition of Ireland.
England’s win over the Aussies ensured they advanced to the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup for the first time in 12 years. The big news ahead of this huge clash is that George Ford has been handed a shock recall to the side at fly-half by head coach Eddie Jones, with captain Owen Farrell switching to inside centre. Henry Slade makes way for Ford, while Mark Wilson replaces Lewis Ludlam on the bench.
Scott Barrett comes in for New Zealand at blindside flanker, strengthening the size of the All Blacks’ pack, while Ardie Savea moves from six to seven. Meanwhile, Patrick Tuipulotu has been shifted out to the bench, along with Sam Cane.
The last meeting between the two teams saw New Zealand score a narrow 15-16 victory at Twickenham just under a year ago. The game promises to be an equally close encounter. The All Blacks go into the game as favourites, but England certainly have enough to pull off an against-the-odds win.
You can watch all the action from pretty much anywhere on Earth by following our Rugby World Cup England vs New Zealand 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 somewhere that isn’t showing it and don’t want to miss out on catching the coverage, you’ll inevitably find your home feed 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 England 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 smei-final will be shown live on ITV 1 with coverage starting at 7.30am BST and kick-off at 9am BST.
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 the All Blacks live in New Zealand for FREE
The semi-final, along with the remaining matches of the tournament, will be shown live and free-to-air in New Zealand via TVNZ. Kick-off is at 8pm NZST on Saturday evening.
Additionally, streaming service Spark Sport has snagged the rights to show all matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup live.
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.
Spark had been offering a $89.99 for a Tournament Pass to cover every match or you could alternatively buy single matches for $24.99, however most rugger fans will quite sensibly now opt for TVNZ free offering at this stage.
If you’re outside New Zealand and want to watch the coverage from TVNZ or Spark Sport, you can use one of our favorite VPNs above and watch the coverage from another nation.
How to live stream England vs New Zealand in Australia for FREE
The great news for rugby fans Down Under is that the semi-final game will be available to watch live for free.
Both this game and Sunday’s semi-final, plus the final itself will be shown in all their glory, free-to-air on Channel 10 and through 10 Play. Kick-off time is 6pm 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 live stream England vs New Zealand 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 Saturday’s match is at 4am ET and 1am 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.