How to Watch Rugby World Cup: England vs. New Zealand TV Channel, Live Stream and Odds

New Zealand's only meeting with England in a Rugby World Cup semifinal delivered one of the most iconic images in the sport's history. The sight of the late Jonah Lomu trampling over England's fullback Mike Catt on the way to score one of his four tries as the All Blacks booked a place in the final of the 1995 World Cup has gone down in folklore.

Almost a quarter of a century since that meeting in Cape Town, a spot in rugby's showpiece event is up for grabs again as England and New Zealand meet on Saturday.

While it will take a lot to match Lomu's otherworldly performance 24 years ago, this year's semifinal has all it takes to become a modern classic.

After a difficult year, England appears to be peaking just at the right time. Eddie Jones' team delivered its best performance of the tournament last week, as they thrashed Australia 40-16 to book a first semifinal spot since 2007.

The All Blacks might have lost to Australia earlier this year, but Jones is perfectly aware his players will face a completely different challenge when they face New Zealand this weekend.

"It's going to be a great contest, isn't it?", he was quoted as saying by The Guardian. "Two heavyweights, one dressed in black, one dressed in white. You couldn't think of a better scenario."

Jones, however, has opted for fine-tuning over a major reshuffling of his pack, with George Ford's return in place of Henry Slade the only change from the line-up that started the game against Australia.

Ford will slot in at fly-half, with Owen Farrell shifting back at inside center in place of Slade.

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England's fly-half Owen Farrell (L) kicking the ball during quarterfinal match between England and Australia in Oita on October 19, and New Zealand's full back Beauden Barrett kicking a penalty during the Pool B match against South Africa in Yokohama on September 21. England will play against New Zealand in their World Cup semifinal on October 26. Charly Triballeau, Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty

While the England coach has kept changes to a minimum, he has, in customary fashion, turned up the heat off the field.

On Tuesday, Jones claimed that the All Blacks had spied on England's training session, before suggesting New Zealand was under enormous pressure as it chases an unprecedented third World Cup title in a row.

"New Zealand talk about walking towards pressure, well this week the pressure is going to be chasing them down the street," he said in his press conference.

"We've got nothing to lose, that's the exciting thing for us. It is always harder to defend a World Cup and they will be thinking about that and therefore there is pressure."

BREAKING | Your England side to face the @AllBlacks in Saturday's @rugbyworldcup semi-final.

Preview ➡ #CarryThemHome

— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) October 24, 2019

While New Zealand may have more to lose than England, the All Blacks also have a formidable record against their opponents, whom they have beat three times in three World Cup meetings.

New Zealand hasn't tasted defeat against England since 2012 and last lost a World Cup match in 2007, when it was eliminated in the quarterfinals by France.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, who will step down after the tournament, seized on both points and suggested the pressure was all with England, who last reached a World Cup final in 2007.

"We know we're under pressure, we don't need Eddie to tell us that," Hansen told reporters on Thursday. "What he needs to work out is this: what are England going to do about the pressure they're under? To say they've got nothing to lose [...] Eddie doesn't believe that either."

ICYMI | The matchday 23 to take on @EnglandRugby.


— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) October 24, 2019

Unlike Jones, Hansen has made a surprising change to the team thrashed Ireland 46-14 in the quarterfinals.

The All Blacks coach has selected Scott Barrett to start as blindside flanker, with Sam Cane dropping to the bench.

The move is significant and not only because Cane is a 66-Test veteran, whose partnership with Kieran Read and Ardie Savea has been a staple of New Zealand's back row.

Barrett carries added line out threat and is more versatile than Cane, a clear sign that Hansen appears determined to target England's line-out.

"I'm not going to go into too much depth about that because otherwise I'll give Eddie information he'll have to work out pretty quickly himself," Hansen quipped when asked about the change.

After a week of mind games, it will as usual be left to the field to decide the winner and, yes, it could be a modern classic.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Saturday.

When and where is the game?

England takes on New Zealand at the International Stadium in Yokohama on Saturday, October 26.

Kick-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. local time (4 a.m. ET).

TV coverage

The game will be live both on NBC Sports Gold—a single match pass costs $29.99—and will be re-aired on NBCSN.

Live stream

Fans can follow the action in several ways. Live streams will be available via and NBC will broadcast the matches on desktop, mobile tablet and connected devices.

Live streams will also be available via Apple and Android devices, as well as Amazon Fire TV, Roku and fuboTV.

Series record

Saturday will be the 42nd meeting between England and New Zealand, with the latter winning on 33 occasions and England prevailing seven times.

Three of those meetings have come at the World Cup—in 1991, 1995 and 1999—with the All Blacks winning on each occasion.

New Zealand is on a six-game winning run against England, who last tasted victory against the All Blacks in December 2012.

The two teams last met in November last year, with New Zealand winning 16-15 at Twickenham, London.


According to Oddschecker, New Zealand is a 37/100 favorite, while England is a 12/5 underdog and the draw is at 20/1. The over/under line in terms of total points scored is set at 42.5.

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