Ireland's three-test tour of New Zealand has been a decade in the making, and having got the better of the All Blacks in three of their past five meetings, the belief in the Irish camp should be at an all-time high. However, a bruising midweek defeat has brought all of those old doubts back to the surface, while a dear old friend could come back to haunt them. Read on as our guide explains how to get a New Zealand vs Ireland live stream and watch the Summer International rugby match online from anywhere.
Date: Saturday, July 2
Kick-off time: 7.05pm NZST (local) / 8.05am IST / 3.05am ET / 9.05am SAST / 5.05pm AEST
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Live stream: Sky Sport (NZ) | Sky Sports (UK & IRE) | Stan Sport (AU) | FloRugby (US) | SuperSport (SA)
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Joe Schmidt, who coached Ireland from 2013-2019 and led them to their first ever victory over the All Blacks - one that took 29 attempts and 111 years to achieve - has been preparing New Zealand this week because of a Covid outbreak that's struck down head coach Ian Foster, and centres David Havili and Jack Goodhue, among others.
The All Blacks haven't lost a home match since September 2018, but they've come under fire after *only* winning 12 of their 15 fixtures last year, their worst return since 2009. Two-time World Player of the Year Beauden Barrett will start at fly-half, with Richie Mo'unga having to start on the bench after dealing with an illness. Leicester Fainga'anuku makes his long-awaited international debut.
Andy Farrell played an experimental team in the tour-opening clash against the Maori All Blacks in midweek, but he'll still be desperately disappointed at the manner in which they fell to a momentum-stalling 32-17 defeat. Cian Healy is only fit enough for the bench after picking up a leg injury, while Johnny Sexton will resume captaincy duties after Bundee Aki wore the armband in midweek.
Follow our guide as we explain how to get a New Zealand vs Ireland live stream wherever you are.
How to watch All Blacks vs Ireland: live stream rugby in New Zealand
Live coverage of the All Blacks vs Ireland is being provided by Sky Sport in New Zealand, with kick-off set for 7.05pm NZST on Saturday evening.
Sky Sport subscribers can watch online using the country's Sky Go service, while cord-cutters and anyone else can try the Sky Sport Now streaming-only platform - where a pass costs $19.99 per week or $39.99 per month. The monthly package comes with a 7-day free trial.
Watch a New Zealand vs Ireland live stream from outside your country
If you're abroad right now and struggling to tap into your regular coverage of the game, you'll want a VPN. This'll help you circumvent the geo-blocking that will try to stop you watching a New Zealand vs Ireland live stream in particular parts of the world.
They're a useful means of getting around this issue, are cheap, and easy to set-up as well. Here's how it's done.
Use a VPN to watch a New Zealand vs Ireland live stream from anywhere
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1. Download and install a VPN - as we say, our top choice is ExpressVPN.
2. Connect to the appropriate server location - open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location.
3. Go to the broadcaster's live stream - so if you're from New Zealand, just head to Sky Sport.
How to watch New Zealand vs Ireland: live stream rugby in the UK and Ireland
Rugby fans based in the UK and Ireland can watch New Zealand vs Ireland on Sky Sports, with kick-off set for 8.05am BST/IST on Saturday morning.
Sky customers with a Sky Sports subscription can also watch New Zealand vs Ireland on the go on mobile devices via the Sky Go streaming service, which has dedicated apps for iOS, iPadOS and Android devices, along with Xbox and PlayStation consoles. If you want to sign up, you can check out our dedicated guide to Sky TV deals and packages for today's best prices.
If you don't fancy being locked in to a long, expensive contract, consider the more flexible streaming option, Now (formerly Now TV).
How to watch New Zealand vs Ireland: live stream rugby in Australia
Rugger fans can watch New Zealand vs Ireland on Stan Sport in Australia, with a subscription costing $10 per month (on top of a $10 Stan sub).
Better still, you can live stream New Zealand vs Ireland for free if you're a new customer, thanks to the 7-day Stan Sport FREE trial. Kick-off is set for 5.05pm AEST on Saturday afternoon.
If you're outside Australia and want to tune in to Stan Sport, you can use a quality VPN to tap into its coverage from wherever you are.
How to watch rugby in the US: live stream New Zealand vs Ireland
Dedicated rugby streaming service FloRugby has the broadcast rights for the New Zealand vs Ireland game in the US, but be warned that kick-off set for 3.05am ET / 12.05am PT in the extremely early hours of Saturday morning.
A monthly FloRugby subscription costs $29.99, with an annual subscription costing $150 that you can sign up to on the website.
Both packages give you access to the entire FloSports network, which includes coverage of cycling, motorsport and American Football, all of which can be watched on a range of devices, including iOS, Android, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast and Apple TV.
How to watch New Zealand vs Ireland: live stream rugby in South Africa
Rugby fans looking to watch New Zealand vs Ireland in South Africa can catch the action on SuperSport Grandstand, with kick-off set for 9.05am SAST on Saturday morning.
And if you're not going to be able to watch on your TV, you can also tune in via the network's streaming service for PC and Mac, as well as via SuperSport's dedicated app.