Rugby fans worldwide are eagerly anticipating the France vs. New Zealand match in the 2023 Rugby World Cup, and this article will guide you on how to watch it live from anywhere. It also includes details on how to watch for free in the UK on ITV1 and ITVX, as well as on Sky Open in New Zealand.
The Rugby World Cup opener on Friday, September 8th, at 8:15 PM BST, brings together two of the tournament favorites at Stade de France. Below, we provide all the information you need to live stream the game. If you’re watching the match from outside your country, you can use a VPN to watch France vs. New Zealand for free from abroad via Express VPN.
France, currently ranked third in the World Rugby rankings, is the favorite to win their first Webb Ellis Cup, benefiting from home support. Meanwhile, the All Blacks are perennial favorites, having won the Rugby World Cup three times before.
Make sure you have your France vs. New Zealand live stream details ready for the big match on Friday. We have information on all the Rugby World Cup fixtures and how to watch them, and you can find the kick-off time for your location below.
Watch France vs. New Zealand Live Stream for Free in the UK
ITV has exclusive rights to broadcast the Rugby World Cup to UK audiences, including the opening match. Coverage begins on ITV1 at 6:45 PM BST, ahead of the 8:15 PM kick-off.
All matches can be streamed for free on ITVX. They also offer an excellent app that works on most smart devices. Simply search for the app on any device, phone, or console you have.
If you’re outside of the UK but want to access your usual coverage, it’s advisable to use ExpressVPN (which offers a 30-day money-back guarantee) and follow the instructions provided. You will also need a valid TV license to watch ITVX while abroad.
How to Watch France vs. New Zealand Live Stream from Outside Your Country
If you want to watch the Rugby World Cup action from your country’s broadcaster but are abroad, you can do so by using a VPN (Virtual Private Network).
Our colleagues at TechRadar have tested numerous VPNs and recommend ExpressVPN, known for its ease of use, strong security features, and the ability to watch on multiple devices simultaneously, including smart TVs, phones, iPads, tablets, PCs, and Macs.
Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, allowing you to try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.
Watch France vs. New Zealand Live Stream for Free from New Zealand
For all 48 matches of the tournament, Sky Sport NZ will be broadcasting the All Blacks’ match against France. It’s also one of the six live matches available to watch for free via the Sky Open service.
The game kicks off at 7:15 AM New Zealand time on Saturday, October 9th.
Watch France vs. New Zealand Live Stream from South Africa
If you’re in South Africa and want to watch the Rugby World Cup, SuperSport is the go-to channel. Coverage begins at 7:00 PM South Africa Standard Time, with the match kicking off at 9:15 PM.
SuperSport offers various packages, whether you prefer to watch via DStv or stream the matches.
Watch France vs. New Zealand Live Stream for Free from Ireland
In Ireland, World Cup coverage is shared between RTÉ and Virgin Media Television. The tournament opener will be available for free on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player. Coverage starts at 6:45 PM Irish Standard Time, ahead of the 8:15 PM kick-off.
Watch France vs. New Zealand Live Stream in the USA
In the USA, the France vs. New Zealand match (kick-off at 3:15 PM ET, 12:15 PM PT) will be streamed on Peacock Premium, available for $5.99 a month. Subscription information can be found here.
Watch France vs. New Zealand Live Stream in Australia
Australian rugby fans can watch the match on Stan Sport, which will be showing all 48 matches ad-free, live, and on demand. The game is scheduled for 5:15 AM on Saturday, September 9th, with coverage starting at 3:55 AM.
Adding Stan Sport to your general Stan plan costs $15 a month, and a seven-day free trial is available for you to try it out.
Watch France vs. New Zealand Live Stream in Europe
In France, TF1 holds the broadcast rights, but they have also sublicensed 28 of the 48 matches to commercial broadcaster M6 and public-service broadcaster France Télévisions. Kick-off is at 9:15 PM French time.
In Italy, Rai and Sky Italia share the rights to show the World Cup. The opening match between France and New Zealand kicks off at 9:15 PM in Italy.
Watch France vs. New Zealand Live Stream in Asia
For viewers in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Philippines, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia, beIN Sports is the platform to watch the France vs. New Zealand live stream. All 48 matches of the tournament will be available on the beIN Sports Connect app and on the dedicated pop-up channel beIN Sports Rugby.
In some countries (including Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Philippines), Rugby World Cup matches are not included in your standard BeIN Sports subscription. To watch the tournament, you’ll need to purchase an additional RWC Pass, the price of which varies by country.
France vs. New Zealand Kick-off Times
- UK: 8:15 PM
- South Africa: 9:15 PM
- Ireland: 8:15 PM
- USA: 3:15 PM (ET), 12:15 PM (PT)
- Australia: 5:15 AM (AEST), Saturday, September 9th
- New Zealand: 7:15 AM (NZST), Saturday, September 9th
- France: 9:15 PM
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