Rugby World Cup hosts France meet the reigning champion Springboks in Paris


Rugby World Cup quarter-finals do not come much bigger than this. The host nation and the defending champions meet in a colossal head-to-head. Strap yourselves in and make sure you’ve got all the details you need to watch a France v South Africa live stream tonight. This article has all the information you need including how to watch for FREE on RTÉ Player in Ireland and ITVX in the UK.

Stade de France is a fitting venue for this heavyweight collision to find out who faces England in next week’s semi-final, with kick-off coming soon at 8:00pm (BST). Below you’ll find all the details you need to tune in – and remember that if you’re watching from outside your home country, you can use a VPN to watch France v South Africa FOR FREE from abroad via ExpressVPN.

The big team news centres around Antoine Dupont returning 24 days after fracturing his jaw against Namibia in Marseille.

South Africa’s head coach Jacques Nienaber has named 13 of the 15 players who started against Ireland in round three. The only changes are at scrum-half, where Cobus Reinach is preferred to Faf de Klerk, and at eight, with Duane Vermeulen in place of Jasper Wiese.

Roared on by their passionate home support, France have a massive obstacle to overcome if they are to stay on course and win the Rugby World Cup for the first time. However, the Springboks will be doing their best to ruin the party in Paris as they bid to defend the trophy they won for the third time in 2019.

So make sure you don’t miss a France v South Africa live stream by following the information below. We have details of all the Rugby World Cup fixtures and how to watch them right here, and if you scroll down to the end of the article you can find the kick-off times where you are.

Watch France v South Africa

France and South Africa meet in the Rugby World Cup 2023 quarter-final

Watch France v Springboks: live stream for FREE from Ireland

In Ireland, coverage of World Cup matches is being shared between RTÉ and Virgin Media Television.

France v South Africa will be available FOR FREE on RTÉ 2 and it’s RTÉ Player. Coverage gets underway at 7:30pm ahead of a 8:00pm kick-off (Irish Standard Time).

If you’re an Irish resident away from home 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.

How to watch a France v South Africa 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.

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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 Springboks: live stream for FREE from the UK

ITV have the exclusive rights to show the Rugby World Cup to UK audiences, including coverage of France v South Africa. Coverage gets underway at 7:15pm on ITV1 ahead of the 8:00pm kick-off (BST).

You can also stream for free on ITVX via your computer or smart device. ITVX has an amazing app that works on almost all your smart devices, so just search for the app on any device, phone or console you have.

If you’re going to be away from the UK, you can use ExpressVPN to watch France v South Africa FOR FREE from abroad. You’ll also need a valid TV licence to watch ITVX.

Watch France v South Africa: live stream for FREE from South Africa

All eyes in South Africa will be on this massive test for the current champions. France v South Africa will be available free-to-air on SABC and the SABC Plus streaming service on Sunday night.

As with every other Rugby World Cup match, you can also watch France v the Springboks on SuperSport. Build up is underway ahead of a 9:00pm kick off South Africa Standard Time.

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

Watch France v Springboks: live stream from New Zealand

As is the case for all of 48 matches of the tournament, Sky Sport NZ will be screening this huge quarter-final.

The free-to-air Sky Open will also show a France v Springboks live stream.

Kick-off for France v South Africa is at 8:00am New Zealand this morning.

Watch France v South Africa: live stream from the USA

For those who live in the United States, France v South Africa kicks off at 3:00pm (ET), 12:00pm (PT) on Sunday 15 October.

All 48 World Cup matches, including France v South Africa, will be available on the Peacock Premium streaming service, which is available for $5.99 per month.

Watch France v South Africa: live stream from Australia

Australian rugby fans will be tuning in to Stan Sport, as the streaming platform will show all 48 Rugby World Cup matches, ad-free, live and on demand.

Kick-off in Australia for France v South Africa is at 6:00am this morning with coverage starting at 5:30am.

It costs $15 a month to add Stan Sport to your general Stan plan. There is also a 30-day free trial available so you can give Stan a run out first – though this does not apply to Stan Sport.

Watch France v South Africa: live stream for FREE from Europe

World Rugby’s RugbyPass TV streaming service is providing English language Rugby World Cup live streams FOR FREE in Albania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Malta, Slovakia and Ukraine.

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 9:00pm French time.

In Italy, Rai and Sky Italia are sharing the rights to show the World Cup. France v Springboks kicks off at 9:00pm in Italy.

France v South Africa: live stream for FREE from Asia

World Rugby’s RugbyPass TV streaming service is providing Rugby World Cup live streams FOR FREE in China, Mongolia, Myanmar, South Korea, Turkmenistan and Vietnam.

beIN Sports is the place to go to watch a France v South Africa 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 South Africa: kick-off times

UK: 8:00pm
South Africa: 9:00pm
3:00pm (ET), 12:00pm (PT)
: 6:00am (AEST), Monday 16 October
New Zealand:
8:00am, Monday 16 October

France v South Africa: team line-ups


FRANCE: Thomas Ramos; Damian Penaud, Gael Fickou, Jonathan Danty, Louis Bielle-Biarrey; Matthieu Jalibert, Antoine Dupont (captain); Cyril Baille, Peato Mauvaka, Uini Atonio; Cameron Woki, Thibaud Flament; Anthony Jelonch, Charles Ollivon, Gregory Alldritt

Replacements: Pierre Bourgarit, Reda Wardi, Dorian Aldegheri, Romain Taofifenua, Francois Cros, Sekou Macalou, Maxime Lucu, Yoram Moefana

SOUTH AFRICA: Damian Willemse; Kurt-Lee Arendse, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Cheslin Kolbe; Manie Libbok, Cobus Reinach; Steven Kitshoff, Mbongeni Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe; Eben Etzebeth, Franco Mostert; Siya Kolisi (captain), Pieter-Steph Du Toit, Duane Vermeulen

Replacements: Deon Fourie, Ox Nche, Vincent Koch, RG Snyman, Kwagga Smith, Faf de Klerk, Handre Pollard, Willie Le Roux

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