Having laboured to a win over Russia in their last 2019 Rugby World Cup match, Ireland will need to improve in a match that may require them to pick up a bonus point. Will the Irish hold their nerve and seal qualification? You can watch all the Rugby World Cup action live and in full, no matter where you are in the world, by following our Ireland vs Samoa live stream guide below.
Samoa’s chances of progression to the knockout stages ended with their defeat to Japan, but they’ll be keen to end their campaign with a positive performance which could make things difficult for their expectant opponents.
Live stream Ireland vs Samoa – where and when
This Pool A clash takes place at the 22,563 capacity Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka City.
Today’s game kicks off at 7.45pm JST local time – that’s a 11.45am IST start for Irish fans watching from home and a 12.45am ADT kick-off for folk tuning in from Samoa.
With today’s match taking place on the south-west of the country, it’s set to escape the wrath of Super Typhoon Hagibis which has caused the controversial cancellation of some of the final pool stage matches.
Thile there may be settled weather, Ireland will be sending out a shook up side for this game, with head coach Joe Schmidt making 11 changes to the team that faced Russia, opting to field what is pretty much his strongest line-up. A big boost for the Irish comes with the return of centre Robbie Henshaw, who is set to make his first start of the tournament.
Samoa’s World Cup has been derailed by several damaging episodes of ill-discipline. With nothing left to lose they’re sure to Ireland a tough game, and while Schmidt will be hoping for a big win, he’ll also be praying that his players come through the encounter unscathed.
You can watch all the action from this crucial game from pretty much anywhere on Earth by following our Rugby World Cup Ireland vs Samoa 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, 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 Boys In Green in Ireland
Irish rugby fans need not worry about pricey sports service subscriptions – state broadcaster RTÉ will be showing all of Ireland’s matches from the World Cup live along with the entire knockout series and the final itself in Yokohama.
If you’re not in Ireland but want to catch up with RTÉ’s World Cup coverage, then you’ll need a VPN to relocate your IP to Ireland and get around the region restrictions. Just follow those instructions above.
How to stream Ireland vs Samoa live in the UK
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 every match of the tournament free-to-air across various ITV platforms.
Today’s Pool A match will be shown live on ITV 4 with coverage starting at 11.30am. BST and kick-off at a 11.45am 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 Ireland vs Samoa in Australia
Today’s match will be shown live on paid-for service Fox Sports which has the rights every match of tournament live via its dedicated Rugby World Cup channel. Kick-off time is 8.45pm AEST.
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 Fox or Kayo Sports coverage from abroad you’ll need a VPN.
How to watch Ireland vs Samoa live in New Zealand
This Pool A game is being exclusively broadcast live in New Zealand by streaming service Spark Sport, which has snagged the rights to show every match 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 game.
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 10.45pm 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 Ireland vs Samoa 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 the match is at 6.45am ET and 3.45am 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 $199.99, delivering live, on-demand and commercial free coverage of the tournament. Single matches can also be purchased for $29.99
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 Ireland vs Samoa in South Africa
Live coverage of this Rugby World Cup match will be shown in South Africa on subscription service SuperSport, which holds exclusive live broadcast rights for the tournament in the region. It’s set to kick off at 12.45pm SAST and will be shown on SuperSport 1.
If you want to catch SuperSports coverage but are out of the country, you can use a VPN using this guide.
Live stream Ireland vs Samoa 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 the rugby union via your TV, online or on the TSN app. Kick-off is at 6.45am ET and 3.45 PT.
If you want to catch it but are out of the country, you can use a VPN to access the rugby coverage.