“You’ve got a chance to do something special,” says Wales head coach Warren Gatland about Wales’s Rugby World Cup semi-final. “Those chances come along very rarely and you’ve got to grab them with both hands. When you want something bad enough, when you really, really want it, it can happen.”
Gatland has brought Wales this far before – when they were defeated by a single point against France in 2011 – but, with only two games left of his tenure, South Africa on Sunday represents probably his biggest game in charge. Not least because victory would take them to a final next weekend against neighbours England.
That period has brought Wales plenty of success – including four Six Nations titles, three as Grand Slams – and having exorcised the demons of eight years ago by beating France also by a single point in the last round, they rightly go into Sunday’s semi-final match with confidence.
Answering those who have already written his side off, Gatland says: “Please keep doing that, because it does get us up when people write us off. I can’t understand why people would write us off. Our record against South Africa has been pretty good in the last four or five years.”
Wales are having to manage with a few injuries, however. Leigh Halfpenny replaces Liam Williams, who has been ruled out for the rest of the tournament, Josh Navidi is replaced by Ross Moriarty, while centres Jonathan Davies and Hadleigh Parkes start despite battling ailments of their own.
Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus has been able to name a largely unchanged side from that with beat hosts Japan 26-3 in the quarter-finals, but the loss of winger Cheslin Kolbe to ankle injury is a sufficient blow – he’ll be replaced by S’Busiso Nkosi.
“I don’t know who the favourites are,” says Erasmus. “We believe we can beat them, and they will fully believe they can beat us. That makes for an entertaining game come Sunday.”
We can’t help but agree with Rassie, so here we’ve put together a guide for how you can live stream Wales vs South Africa (and the other remaining matches) live on TV, online and on the go, wherever you are in the world.
Watch Wales vs South Africa 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 Sunday 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 Sunday morning.
Live stream Wales vs South Africa 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 Wales vs South Africa 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 four 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.
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.
England 19-7 New Zealand, 9.00am (BST) – Saturday 26th
Wales vs South Africa, 9.00am – Sunday 27th
New Zealand vs Wales/South Africa, 9.00am – Friday 1st
England vs Wales/South Africa, 9.00am – Saturday 2nd