If you think Friday’s Rugby World Cup bronze final between Wales and New Zealand is going to be a dead rubber, you might want to think again.
Both head coaches – Warren Gatland of Wales and New Zealand’s Steve Hansen – will be leaving their respective posts when the final whistle blows, both having garnered huge success in their roles and being keen to go out on a high.
Hansen’s All Blacks won the last two tournaments, and will be aiming for a final win in what is also captain Kieran Read’s final international, while the Welsh have the opportunity to equal their best-ever finish having come third in 1987’s inaugural competition.
Both coaches have rung the changes since their semi-final defeats, due to a combination of injuries and offers of World Cup game-time to previously benched squad members.
In one of nine alterations to his starting XV, Gatland is handing a World Cup debut to 21-year-old Owen Lane, who was a late call-up to the squad to replace injured Josh Navidi last week. Tournament top try-scorer Josh Adams, however, retains his place; his six tries leaves him currently two off the shared record, and one ahead of South African finalist Makazole Mapimpi.
New Zealand meanwhile have made seven changes from the side that were beaten by England last weekend – that being the All Blacks’ first World Cup defeat since 2007 – with Scott Barrett moving from flanker to lock as a further positional change.
Don’t write this one off – it’s sure to be a cracker. Here we’ve put together a guide for how you can live stream New Zealand vs Wales (and Saturday’s final between England and South Africa) live on TV, online and on the go, wherever you are in the world.
Watch New Zealand vs Wales 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 Friday 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 Friday morning.
Live stream New Zealand vs Wales 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 Wales in the USA
Exclusive rights to show the Rugby World Cup in the USA belong to NBC Sports Gold, which offered a pass to stream all 48 live matches across the tournament, commercial-free, for $199.99. A single match pass otherwise costs $29.99, which makes more sense now there are only two games to go.
NBC also offers an all-access premium pass for $79.99, which doesn’t include the World Cup but unlocks a whole season’s worth of action outside this tournament, including the Six Nations and Rugby League Premiership. So the last two World Cup matches plus a whole year of worldwide rugby coverage would tot up to $139.97.
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 couple of 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.
New Zealand vs Wales, 9.00am – Friday 1st
England vs South Africa, 9.00am – Saturday 2nd