The 2023 Rugby World Cup kicks off on Friday, 8 September, and with 48 matches to enjoy throughout the tournament, it’s one of the year’s biggest sporting events. Every tournament match will be broadcast live around the globe, and our complete guide to Rugby World Cup Live Streaming explains in more detail how you can watch all of the action in New Zealand.
France is the host nation this year as Les Bleus look to lift the title for the first time, having been losing finalists on three occasions. Twenty countries, including Australia, England, and Ireland, will battle it out over six weeks of action across nine venues, with the Rugby World Cup final set for Saturday, 28 October, in the Stade de France.
The tournament gets underway with France taking on New Zealand in what’s sure to be an enthralling clash in Paris.
Watching the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand
With the All Blacks chasing a record fourth Rugby World Cup, rugby fever will be high come the start of the tournament in September. If you’re in New Zealand and want to watch all of the live-action, there are various options, starting with Sky Sports NZ.
Sky Sports NZ will be broadcasting live all 48 matches at the 2023 Rugby World Cup, and subscribers can watch the action via their television or mobile device courtesy of the Sky Go app.
As mentioned, Sky Sports NZ is a subscription service, but there are alternatives to watching the Rugby World Cup if you wish to avoid splashing the cash.
Rugby World Cup Live Streaming in New Zealand
Rugby World Cup live streaming is available through the Sky Go app for Sky Sports NZ customers, but if you want to watch all of the live action for free, then live streaming is also available through a VPN. A VPN is a safe and secure option to access Rugby World Cup coverage from other countries, such as the UK and France.
Additionally, if you decide to bet on the Rugby World Cup, bookmakers often give you access to live streams of the match. Some options are:
Note that live stream availability can depend on your location. Check with the operator before placing your bet.
Using a VPN for Rugby World Cup Live Streaming
Using a VPN for Rugby World Cup live streaming allows you to access free coverage of games from broadcasters outside New Zealand. A VPN is a Virtual Private Network that allows you to mask your IP address and select an IP address from another country, such as the UK.
With a UK IP address, you are then able to access ITV Sports, which is offering free-to-view Rugby World Cup coverage for people in the UK. There is typically a small charge to access a VPN, but the amount is far smaller than a subscription to a pay-per-view service such as Sky Sports NZ.
Rugby World Cup on NZ Radio
Live audio coverage of the Rugby World Cup will be available on SENZ and Gold Sport. Both channels are accessible on AM and FM throughout the north and south island.
Alternatively, you can stream audio via your mobile device.
Below are some common questions regarding Rugby World Cup live streaming.
Rugby World Cup Live Streaming can be accessed via Sky Go for a charge or by using a VPN to access free to view coverage from other countries.
Sky Sports NZ are showing every game of the 2023 Rugby World Cup live via their subscription service. However, as shown above, alternative options exist to access free coverage.
New Zealand residents can watch the Rugby World Cup live via Sky Sports NZ or by accessing free to view coverage via a VPN.
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network.