New Zealand and Ireland face each other on Saturday 19th October, at 11.15am BST, for only the second time at a Rugby World Cup, with the All Blacks looking to extend a 17-match unbeaten run in the competition that has seen them lift the last two trophies.
The last time these nations met at a World Cup was in the 1995 pool stage, when New Zealand ran out 43-19 victors in Johannesburg en route to the final. But if Ireland can get a result at the weekend, in what will be their seventh quarter-final, it would send them through to the last four of this tournament for the first time.
They’ll have their work cut out: New Zealand won all three of their matches in the pool stage, including triumph over South Africa and two bonus points, before their final game was called off.
Ireland, on the other hand, finished second in their pool after losing to Japan, though they did beat Scotland, Russia and Samoa convincingly, and won against the All Blacks as recently as last year.
There isn’t the injury crisis of four years ago for head coach Joe Schmidt, and he’s opted for the experience of Rob Kearney and Peter O’Mahony, and brought in Garry Ringrose to partner Rob Henshaw in the centre in his three changes from the side who beat Samoa.
Twelve Irish players who began against the All Blacks in November keep their place, but they’ll face a different back line with only Jack Goodhue and Aaron Smith remaining for Steve Hansen’s side.
Hansen will continue with the playmaking threat of Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga, while Brodie Retallick will earn his 79th cap alongside Sam Whitelock in the second row.
It’s bound to be an exciting encounter, and here we’ve put together a guide for how you can watch New Zealand vs Ireland live on TV, online and on the go, wherever you are in the world.
Watch New Zealand vs Ireland in the UK
ITV is where you’ll find all the action from the World Cup if you’re situated in the UK, meaning you won’t have to pay a penny for the privilege. Its +1 channel might also be of use if you’re hoping for an extra hour in bed before the early morning start.
As well as showing all the matches live, it also has a late-night highlights show for those of us who will be at work, asleep or otherwise engaged on Saturday morning.
ITV has no 4K facility, but games will be available in HD on your television or standard definition via its website and the ITV Player app.
Find out below how you can access those services even if you’re not in the UK on Saturday morning.
Watch New Zealand vs Ireland from abroad using a VPN
Trying to access ITV streams from outside the UK – if you’re on holiday or working abroad, for example – is still a problem. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access – even if you’re a UK national. This will be the same if you try to access any geo-blocked stream from around the world.
So, you’ll need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to help you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
VPNs are as useful for banking as they are at trying to watch video content or access websites that people in your location are not supposed to do. So, whether you want to watch live rugby, enjoy another country’s Netflix library or just keep your browsing data private, then they’re well worth considering.
There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service and would recommend the following:
You can get three months free when you sign up to a year-long plan, bringing VPN access to smart devices including the Amazon Fire TV Stick, laptops, TVs and both Android and iOS mobiles and tablets. Express also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Which comes in at as little as $2.99 (£2.29) per month and features 24/7 assistance
Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the match. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.
You can find a full list of the world’s broadcasters with rights to show live Rugby World Cup matches here.
Watch New Zealand vs Ireland in the USA
Exclusive rights to show the Rugby World Cup in the USA belong to NBC Sports Gold, which is offering a pass to stream all 48 live matches across the tournament, commercial-free, for $199.99. A single match pass otherwise costs $29.99 – a saving if you think your nation is unlikely to make it past the quarters.
Better value for Rugby fans, though, would be its all-access premium pass, which will set you back $229.99 but also unlocks a whole season’s worth of action, including the Six Nations and Rugby League Premiership. This pass would cost $79.99 on its own, without World Cup coverage.
You can choose your NBC Sports Gold Rugby World Cup pass here.
If you’re going to be out of the country over the next few weeks, you can still use your pass with a VPN. See our above section to find out how to access geo-blocked streams.
Knockout stage fixtures
All times shown are GMT.
England vs Australia, 8.15am – Saturday 19th
New Zealand vs Ireland, 11.15am – Saturday 19th
Wales vs France, 8.15am – Sunday 20th
Japan vs South Africa, 11.15am – Sunday 20th
England/Australia vs New Zealand/France, 9.00am – Saturday 26th
Wales/France vs Japan/South Africa, 9.00am – Sunday 27th
Loser semi-final 1 vs Loser semi-final 2, 9.00am – Friday 1st
Winner semi-final 1 vs Winner semi-final 2, 9.00am – Saturday 2nd