France will take on New Zealand tonight in the Rugby World Cup 2023 curtain-raiser at the Stade de France, Paris.
Here we have the France vs New Zealand Rugby World Cup live stream, date, kick-off time, head-to-head, and how to watch on TV.
- Rugby World Cup 2023
- France vs. New Zealand | Pool A
- Date: Friday, 8 September 2023
- Kick-off Time: 9:15 pm local time
- Venue: Stade de France, Paris (82,000)
The exciting curtain-raiser of the tournament will begin at 9:15 pm local time, which is 7:15 am NZST, at the Stade de France, Paris.
France and New Zealand, two of the World Cup favorites, will look to make a statement early in the tournament. They will compete in Pool A against Italy, Uruguay, and Namibia, and will be confident of reaching the quarter-finals.
Les Blues have been runners-up in the Rugby World Cup on three occasions. Rejuvenated under head coach Fabien Galthié, France will look to get over the line this time. They will face a tough challenge against the three-time world champions New Zealand.
The All Blacks will look to respond to a rare defeat going into this match, as they lost their final warm-up game against South Africa by 35-7 two weeks ago at Twickenham. New Zealand never lost a game in the pool phase of the tournament.
France vs New Zealand Line-Ups
France: Thomas Ramos; Damian Penaud, Gaël Fickou, Yoram Moefana, Gabin Villiere; Matthieu Jalibert, Antoine Dupont (captain); Reda Wardi, Julian Marchand, Uini Atonio, Cameron Woki, Thibaud Flament, François Cros, Charles Ollivon, Gregory Alldritt
Replacements: Peato Mauvaka, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Dorian Aldegheri, Romain Taofifenua, Paul Boudehent, Maxime Lucu, Arthur Vincent, Melvyn Jaminet
New Zealand: Beauden Barrett; Will Jordan, Rieko Ioane, Anton Lienert-Brown, Mark Telea; Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith; Ethan de Groot, Codie Taylor, Nepo Laulala, Samuel Whitelock, Scott Barrett, Dalton Papali’i, Sam Cane (captain), Ardie Savea
Replacements: Samisoni Taukei’aho, Ofa Tuungafasi, Fletcher Newell, Tupou Vaa’i, Luke Jacobson, Finlay Christie, David Havili, Leicester Fainga’anuku
Head-to-head in the Rugby World Cup
France met New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup eight times. The All Blacks won 5 meetings, including the 1987 and 2011 finals and the 2015 quarter-final.
France beat New Zealand in the 1999 semi-final matchup, in what was one of the greatest matches in World Cup history. Les Blues came from 24-10 behind to win by 31-43. Christophe Dominici, Richard Dourthe, and Philippe Bernat-Salles all crossed for tries as France scored 33 points in 28 minutes.
How to Watch France vs New Zealand Rugby World Cup on TV?
The 2023 Rugby World Cup opening match between France and New Zealand will be available live on TF1 in France. Sky Sports NZ will broadcast this game live in New Zealand.
Moreover, ITV1 will broadcast this match in the UK, and NBC in the United States. In Australia, fans can watch Rugby World Cup games on Stan Sport.
Here are the official TV and live-streaming broadcasters of the Rugby World Cup 2023 in different territories.
|Country||TV Channel||Live Stream|
|USA||NBC||Peacock, FuboTV, Sling|
|France||TF1, M6, France TV||MYTF1|
|New Zealand||Sky Sports NZ, Prime||Sky Go|
|Australia||Stan Sport, Nine||Stan App, 9Now|
|South Africa||SuperSport||DStv App|
|Ireland||RTE, Virgin Media||RTE Player|
|Italy||Sky Sports, RAI||Sky Go|
Can I watch the France vs New Zealand Live Stream for free?
Absolutely. The high-octane Rugby World Cup curtain-raiser between France and New Zealand will be available live on ITV1 in the UK, with live streaming free on ITVX.
ITVX is the streaming home of all of ITV content. You can download the app on your device from the app store. ITVX will provide the France vs New Zealand Rugby World Cup live stream for free.
Here’s how to watch.
- Download and Install the ITVX app on your smartphone, smart TV, or laptop.
- Create an account and log in to ITVX.
- There you go. Now you can select the matches and watch the live stream for free.
- Select and start streaming France vs. New Zealand for free!