The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be 'kicking off' on Friday 20th September 2019 with the hosts Japan taking on Russia in Tokyo.  Game times are looking good for Kiwi fans with games ranging from 4.45pm to 11.15pm.  But the question we all have at the moment, is how are we going to watch it?

It has been confirmed that Spark and TVNZ have the exclusive rights to broadcast the 2019 Rugby World Cup.  This is going to be a big change for most of us, with a majority of the tournament to be broadcast solely on streaming.

There are not a lot of details available at this point, with Spark indicating that their new service "Spark Sport" will be introduced in early-2019. 

The details that have been confirmed so far for the 2019 Rugby World Cup are;

  • The Rugby World Cup 2019 will be available via live streaming or via on-demand coverage.
  • The service will be accessible to customers of all New Zealand broadband and mobile providers, not just Spark.
  • Packages will include a tournament pass and individual match passes.
  • The deal means only seven matches will be screened live on TVNZ free-to-air.

What hasn't be released as of yet is the exact details or the pricing plans.

Spark have created a form on their website where you can register your interest, and presumably you will then receive updates on the service and what to expect;

https://www.spark.co.nz/sport

As the tournament is going to be broadcast via streaming, we would recommend at this point that you talk to your tech team to assess your internet connection, download speeds and your TVs suitability for streaming.