The Rugby World Cup kicks off with an explosive Pool A encounter between Les Bleus and the All Blacks at Stade de France

Are you searching last minute to watch a France v New Zealand live stream? The 2023 Rugby World Cup gets underway very soon  and this article explains how you can tune in to the opening match in a sweltering Paris wherever you are. We’ve got details of how to watch for FREE on ITV1 and ITVX in the UK, and Sky Open in New Zealand.

The Rugby World Cup opener pits two of the tournament favourites against each other at Stade de France. Below we have all the information you need to live stream the game. If you’re watching the match from outside your county, you can use a VPN to watch France v New Zealand FOR FREE from abroad via Express VPN.

All Blacks captain Sam Cane is ruled out having been selected to start. Tupou Vaa’i comes into the side at blindside flanker and Dalton Papali’i switches to openside. Ardie Savea captains the All Blacks and Brodie Retallick is promoted to the bench.

France boss Fabien Galthie starts Yoram Moefana in midfield alongside Gael Fickou. Jonathan Danty is out with a hamstring injury.

So make sure you’ve got your France v New Zealand live stream details locked in as kick off is fast approaching. We have details of all the Rugby World Cup fixtures and how to watch them, and you can scroll down to find the line-ups and the kick-off time where you are.

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Cameron Woki celebrates France’s 2021 win over New Zealand (Getty Images)

Watch France v New Zealand: live stream for FREE in the UK

ITV have the exclusive rights to show the Rugby World Cup to UK audiences – including this opening match. Coverage is underway on ITV1  ahead of the 8:15pm kick-off.

All matches can be streamed FREE on ITVX. They also have an amazing app that works on almost all your smart devices. Just search for the app on any device, phone or console you have.

If you’re outside of the UK, but want your usual coverage, it’s best to check out ExpressVPN (which comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee) and follow the instructions below. As well as a VPN, you’ll need a valid TV licence to watch ITVX when abroad.

How to watch a France v New Zealand: live stream from outside your country

If you want to watch the Rugby World Cup action from your country’s broadcaster, but are abroad, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.

Our fine colleagues at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPNs and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and lets you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.

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Watch France v New Zealand: live stream for FREE from New Zealand

As is the case for all of 48 matches of the tournament, Sky Sport NZ will be screening the All Blacks’ match against France. It’s also one of the six live matches available to watch FOR FREE via the Sky Open service.

The game kicks off at 7:15am New Zealand time on Saturday 9 October.

Watch France v New Zealand: live stream from South Africa

If you want to watch the Rugby World Cup from South Africa, SuperSport is the place to go. Build up is under way ahead of a 9:15pm kick off South Africa Standard Time.

There are various SuperSport packages available, whether you want to watch via DStv or stream.

Watch France v New Zealand: live stream for FREE from Ireland

In Ireland, coverage of World Cup matches is being shared between RTÉ and Virgin Media Television. This tournament opener will be available FOR FREE on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player

Coverage is underway ahead of the 8:15pm kick-off.

Watch France v New Zealand: live stream from the USA

France v New Zealand (kick-off 3:15pm ET, 12:15pm PT) will be streamed on Peacock Premium, which is available for $5.99 a month. You can find subscription information here:

Watch France v New Zealand: live stream from Australia

With their big rivals the All Blacks in action, there will be plenty of interest in France v New Zealand among Aussie rugby fans. Stan Sport is the place to go, as the streaming platform will be showing all 48 matches, ad-free, live and on demand.

Rugby lovers in Australia can tune in from 3:55am on Saturday 9 September, with kick off at 5:15am.

It costs $15 a month to add Stan Sport to your general Stan plan – and there is also a seven-day free trial available so you can give it a run out first.

Watch France v New Zealand: live stream from Europe

TF1 have the broadcast rights in France – however, they have also agreed a sub-licensing deal for 28 of the 48 matches with commercial broadcaster M6 and public-service broadcaster France Télévisions as well. Kick off is at 9:15pm French time.

In Italy, Rai and Sky Italia are sharing the rights to show the World Cup. The opening match between France and New Zealand kicks off at 9:15pm in Italy.

Watch France v New Zealand: live stream from Asia

beIN Sports is the place to go to watch a France v New Zealand live stream in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Philippines, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. All 48 matches of the tournament will be available on the beIN Sports Connect app, and on dedicated pop-up channel beIN Sports Rugby.

In some countries (including Hong Kong, Singapore and Philippines), Rugby World Cup matches are not included as part of your usual BeIN Sports subscription. To watch the tournament, you’ll need to pay for an additional RWC Pass, which will give you access to all the matches. (Prices vary by country.)

France v New Zealand: kick-off times

UK: 8:15pm
South Africa: 9:15pm
3:15pm (ET), 12:15pm (PT)
5:15am (AEST), Saturday 9 September
New Zealand:
7:15am (NZST), Saturday 9 September

France v New Zealand team news – how both teams line-up

France XV: Thomas Ramos, Damian Penaud, Gael Fickou Yoram Moefana,  Gabin Villiere, Matthieu Jalibert Antoine Dupont (captain); Reda Wardi, Julien Marchand, Uini Atonio; Cameron Woki, Thibaud Flament; Francois Cros, Charles Ollivon,  Gregory Alldritt;

Replacements: Peato Mauvaka, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Dorian Aldegheri, Romain Taofifenua, Paul Boudehent; Maxime Lucu, Arthur Vincent, Melvyn Jaminet.

New Zealand XV: Beauden Barrett, Will Jordan, Anton Lienert-Brown, Rieko Ioane, Mark Telea, Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith;Ethan de Groot, Codie Taylor, Nepo Laulala; Sam Whitelock, Scott Barrett, Tupou Vaa’i, Dalton Papali’i, Ardie Savea (captain)

Replacements: Samisoni Taukei’aho, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Fletcher Newell, Brodie Retallick, Luke Jacobson; Finlay Christie, David Havili, Leicester Fainga’anuku.

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