Getting Rugby World Cup ready

Getting Rugby World Cup ready

Be Game Ready with Spark Sport!

Interested in Streaming Rugby from your lounge in NZ? Be Game Ready with Spark Sport! This year the World Cup will be moving online. Instead of switching to the sport channel on your TV, this time you'll be watching it all via the Spark Sport app.

But don't worry, follow our instructions below and Netspeed will make sure you're game ready!

Make sure your internet is ready

To stream live content, you'll need a great internet connection, luckily Netspeed can help you out here if you're not already sorted. Not with Netspeed? Join today!

Make sure your data limit is high enough, and your connection speeds are running at their best, so you don't hit a wall minutes into the big game.

What speeds do I need?

How much data will it use?

Get viewing access

Some live games will be available on free-to-air TV but most games are only live on the Spark Sport App.

You'll need a Spark Sport Tournament Pass to get access but you don't need to be a Spark customer for this!

Tip: Enter the promo code NETSPEED when you sign up!

Setup your TV

Make sure your TV or device can run Spark Sport. There are several ways to access Spark Sport such as from a web-browser on your computer or by using a mobile app on your phone or tablet.

You can also connect your device to the TV via a Chromecast or Smart TV app. However you choose to watch, just make sure it all works before the game kicks off.

Your step by step guide to Spark Sport Streaming.

While the change may seem daunting this year, here are a few steps to help you better prepare your place to be ready for the game.

1. Broadband

Your world cup experience starts with a great internet connection. The starting point for streaming is a minimum of 6mbps download, or if you want a higher quality stream (for example on a smart TV) then a minimum of 15mbps is required. Click here to check your speeds!

For the best results, make sure your device is connected via an Ethernet Cable.

Not with Netspeed? Join today and be ready for the world cup.

2. Get your Spark Sport Tournament Pass

To watch the Rugby World Cup, you'll need to purchase a Spark Sport Tournament pass.

With a Spark Sport Tournament Pass you'll get:

  • All 48 matches, live and on demand.
  • Highlights, plus pre-match, half-time and post-match coverage.
  • Interviews with former players and coaches.
  • Historic Rugby World CupTM match content available as soon as you buy.

Buy your pass before 20 September 2019 and you'll go in the draw to win a brand new 65" Samsung Smart TV.

All you need to do is enter the Promo Code NETSPEED when signing up for a Spark Sport Tournament Pass and you're automatically in the draw!

Check out Spark Sport here

3. A screen for watching the big game

You can still watch the game on your TV.

The easiest way to do this is to use Google Chromecast or Apple TV to get the game from your Android or iPhone app up onto the big screen. You could also use an HDMI cable to connect your laptop or computer to the TV directly, or your TV may have a Spark Sport App (smart TV apps, 2017 or newer models).

You could choose to watch on your mobile, tablet or laptop too.

Find our more about how to setup your device here

Stuck or got a question? You can talk to us!

Just give us a call on 0800 638 773 and we'll be happy to help you out.

What's available on free-to-air TV?

All 48 World Cup matches will be available on Spark Sport, with 12 of the matches available free-to-air on TVNZ 1. Visit the TVNZ website for more details.


  • 20th - Japan vs Russia (LIVE)
  • 21st - New Zealand vs South Africa (1hr delayed)
  • 28th - Argentina vs Tonga (LIVE)


  • 2nd - New Zealand vs Canada (1hr delayed)
  • 4th - South Africa vs Italy (LIVE)
  • 6th - New Zealand vs Namibia (1hr delayed)
  • 9th - Wales vs Fiji (LIVE)
  • 12th - New Zealand vs Italy (1hr delayed)
  • Quarter Final TBC - (NZ Match 1hr delayed)
  • 26th - Semi Final (LIVE)
  • 27th - Semi Final (LIVE)


  • 2nd - Final (LIVE)

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