Here’s a quick run-down of how to get your place match fit

The Rugby World Cup is rolling around and it’s all kicking off in September. This year New Zealand is doing things a little bit differently, so here’s the short and sweet of how it all works. The bonus point is that you don’t need to switch broadband providers to get amongst the action and we’ve got you covered if you’re with 2degrees.

Catching the games

There’s a couple of ways you can get behind your team. Every All Blacks game will be broadcast free to air on TVNZ 1 (seven of them live and five on a one-hour delay), as well as a few select international games. If you want a front row seat at home for all the games, for the first time, all the Rugby World Cup 2019 games will be streamed online, live and on demand through Spark Sport. If you’re a bit more social there might even be a pub or sports club near you showing all the games.

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You don’t need to switch teams

If you do go down the Spark Sport route, the good news is it’s available for everyone with an internet connection, no matter who your broadband or mobile is with. Just pop along to the Spark Sport website and grab yourself a Tournament Pass or Match Pass. You can grab one any time before kickoff and you don’t need to be with Spark broadband.

Luckily you have a good team behind you

We know the NZ broadband network is going to get a run for its money come game time, so we’ve invested heavily in our broadband service to make sure you get the best possible streaming experience.

Get your broadband geared up

If you’re planning to go full hibernation mode and watch every game from the comfort of your couch, check your address in Your 2degrees today to ensure you’ve got the fastest connection available at your place. If you can get Fibre at your place and haven’t upgraded yet, you should start the ball rolling on your installation to make sure your broadband is super charged and ready to go for match day.

Talk to me about the free to air games

TVNZ 1 will be showing 12 of the 48 games free to air (seven of them live and five on a one-hour delay), including all the All Blacks’ Pool games and knock out rounds. Ding! Ding! Ding!

Below a quick run-down.

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  • Friday 20 September – Japan v Russia – Live
  • Saturday 21 September – New Zealand v South Africa - One hour delay
  • Saturday 28 September – Tonga v Argentina – Live
  • Wednesday 2 October – New Zealand v Canada – One hour delay
  • Friday 4 October – South Africa v Italy – Live
  • Sunday 6 October – New Zealand v Namibia – One hour delay
  • Wednesday 9 October – Fiji v Wales – Live
  • Sunday 12 October – New Zealand v Italy – One hour delay
  • TBC - NZ's Quarter Final, (We have a hunch we’ll get through) – Delayed
  • Saturday 26 October – Semi Final – Live
  • Sunday 27 October – Semi Final – Live
  • Saturday 2 November – Final – Live

Check out all the matches 

If you’re all about the All Blacks and don’t mind a one-hour delay, the free to air screenings will be sweet for you – but if you want more games and live coverage, you can check out Spark Sport or your local pub / sports club.

Help! What is all this ‘streaming’ malarkey?

We hear you, technology can be tricky. If you’re new to all this ‘streaming’ gibberish, we’ll try and break it down for you.

First things first. If you’re streaming, you’re watching video content online over the internet, so you’ll need a good connection – sorted if you’re with 2degrees Broadband. If you’re up to speed with YouTube or Netflix, then you know more about streaming than you think. Both these services let you choose what you want to watch and stream it over an internet connection.

Streaming the rugby will be no different. The content will be formatted to watch over the internet (instead of your TV) and all you need is an internet connection, a Spark Sport Tournament Pass and the right equipment (App, Smart TV, Google Chromecast) to catch the games.

If there’s a millennial in your life, grab them and get them to help you get started.