How to watch Rugby World Cup 2023: live stream New Zealand vs South Africa online from anywhere

Brodie Retallick (R) takes a hard tackle ahead of the Rugby World Cup live stream
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Watch Rugby World Cup 2023 live stream

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Dates: Sat, October 28
Kickoff: 12pm PT / 3pm ET / 8pm BST / 8am NZDT
Watch free: ITVX (UK) | RTE Player & Virgin Media Player (IRE) | 9Now (AUS)
Use ExpressVPN to watch your usual stream from anywhere

Looking for a free Rugby World Cup 2023 live stream? Today's final – New Zealand vs South Africa – is free to watch on ITVX in the UK, 9Now in Australia, and both RTE and Virgin Media in Ireland. Use a VPN to unblock your usual streaming service when traveling abroad.

Watch Rugby World Cup live streams: final

Saturday, Oct 28
3pm ET / 8pm BST: New Zealand vs South Africa

The All Blacks have made just two changes to their Rugby World Cup final showdown with the Springboks in Paris. Brodie Retallick comes in for Samuel Whitelock in the second row, while Nepo Laulala replaces Fletcher Newell on the bench. 

It's set for a rainy night in Paris today with South Africa well aware of how England's kicking game took advantage of similar conditions in their semi final. And if you're looking for a team that's even better at booting the ball, and recovering it too, then it's the All Blacks all the way.

The Springboks have selected just one back among the Bomb Squad on the bench with the seven forwards to choose from to stop New Zealand in their tracks. It's an all or nothing tactical approach, the wisdom of which will unfold when the whistle blows tonight.

Ready for a fitting World Cup finale? New Zealand vs South Africa takes place on today, October 28. Here's how to watch a FREE Rugby World Cup 2023 live stream wherever you are.

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How to watch Rugby World Cup: live stream for FREE


Rugby fans in Ireland are among the luckiest in the world, with every game – including the final – being shown live for FREE on TV and online.

New Zealand vs South Africa is being show on Virgin Media One and online for free on Virgin Media Player.

It's also on RTÉ2 and online for free on the RTÉ Player.

Both online live stream players are available to watch on web browsers, dedicated smartphone apps and selected streaming devices.

If you're outside Ireland but want your usual coverage, you can check out the ExpressVPN trial and follow the instructions below.

How to watch Rugby World Cup 2023 from outside your country

For broadcast and streaming details in more rugby-mad countries like the UK, New Zealand, South Africa and the US, just scroll down the page - everything you need to know is there, including details of who's showing the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

But if you try to watch your domestic coverage from anywhere outside your home country, you'll soon find a problem - geo-blocking. That's where the broadcaster prevents you from watching your usual feed from abroad. It's a common problem for sports fans all over the world. 

By downloading and installing a VPN, you can effectively trick your computer into thinking that it's back at home.

Use a VPN to watch a Rugby World Cup live stream from anywhere:

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How to use a VPN to watch Rugby World Cup 2023

Using a VPN is as easy as one-two-three...

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, eg: 'UK' for ITVX.

3. Go to the broadcaster's stream - head to your home broadcaster's site or app and watch as if you were at home -ITVX for Brits abroad.

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How to watch Rugby World Cup final in the UK


ITV is showing the Rugby World Cup 2023 across its television and streaming options for free. Saturday's RWC final will be on ITV1.

Everything, however, will be live streamed FREE on ITVX.

For added on-the-go viewing convenience, ITVX has an excellent app that's available on nearly everything that plugs in these days - just give it a search on your device, phone or console of choice.

If you're outside the UK but want your usual coverage, you can check out the ExpressVPN trial and follow the instructions below.

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How to live stream Rugby World Cup 2023 in Australia

Channel 9

Rugby fans in Australia are amongst the luckiest in the world, as they can watch the Rugby World Cup final 2023 for FREE on Channel 9.

That means viewers can also fire up a free Rugby World Cup 2023 live stream on the 9Now streaming service, which is compatible with most smart devices. Currently away from Australia?

Use a VPN to watch Rugby Championship on 9Now from abroad.

Stan Sport, meanwhile, is live streaming every match of the Rugby World Cup, ad-free. The final will be available in 4K Ultra HD.

A subscription costs $15 per month (on top of a $10 Stan sub), after a 30-day Stan Sport FREE trial.

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How to watch Rugby World Cup 2023 final in the US without cable


Rugby fans can watch the Rugby World Cup 2023 live in its entirety, including the grand final, on streaming platform Peacock. 

The Peacock price comes in at $5.99 a month for an ad-supported version of the service that also offers live coverage of every big WWE event, plus the NFL and plenty more live sports. You also have the option of paying $11.99 a month for commercial-free coverage, too.

If you subscribe to Peacock and find yourself unable to access coverage because you're out of the country, consider using a VPN as outlined below – we rate ExpressVPN as the best of the best.

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How to watch Rugby World Cup 2023 in South Africa


In South Africa, every game of the 2023 Rugby World Cup is being shown on SuperSport. 

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.

It's also worth noting that SABC is showing a selection of RWC 2023 matches for free! Best of all, these include all of the Springboks' encounters. Lekker.

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How to watch Rugby Championship: live stream in New Zealand


Sky Sport is the place to watch every 2023 Rugby World Cup game in New Zealand.

Sky Sport subscribers can also tune in online using the country's Sky Go service.

If you don't have Sky Sport on cable, every fixture is also being shown live via the Sky Sport Now streaming-only platform. A Sky Sport Now subscription costs $24.99 per week or $44.99 per month.

Your other option is to splash out on the Sky Sports Now World Cup 2023 rugby pass ($88.99) which brings access to everything on Sky Sports and ESPN from now until November 3.

RWC 2023 schedule, times and dates

(All times BST)

Saturday 28th October 2023

Final - New Zealand vs South Africa, 8pm

Andy Murray
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Andy Murray is an award-winning sports writer and columnist. A fluent Spanish speaker and former semi-professional footballer, he was senior staff writer of world-leading football magazine FourFourTwo for seven years and continues to write and edit for them, national newspapers, websites and Premier League clubs. He is not a famous tennis player.