South Africa face New Zealand on Saturday in what promises to be a blockbuster opener to the 2022 Rugby Championship. With Ian Foster's All Blacks under intense pressure following a string of poor results, the Mbombela Stadium crowd are in for an explosive encounter. Aussies can watch a free live stream with the Stan Sport 7-day trial – and tune into the game using a VPN (opens in new tab) if travelling abroad. Make sure you know how to watch a South Africa vs New Zealand free live stream from where you are.
Date: Saturday 6th Aug 2022
Kick off: 4.05pm BST / 1.05am AEST / 11.05am ET
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, South Africa
FREE stream: Stan Sport 7-day trial (opens in new tab) (Australia)
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US stream: FloRugby (opens in new tab) ($30/month)
The team news is in and All Blacks head coach Ian Foster has made four changes for the Rugby Championship opener against the Springboks. Caleb Clarke replaces Sevu Reece, Scott Barrett comes in for the injured Brodie Retallick, Samisoni Taukei’aho is hooker in place of Codie Taylor, and Angus Ta’avao, who was sent off against Ireland in the July Test, replaces Nepo Laulala
Having racked up four defeats in five tests – including their first home loss since 1994, against Ireland in Wellington last month – Ian Foster's position looks increasingly under threat. If the All Blacks, who cruised to victory in last year's Rugby Championship, lose to the Springboks this Saturday, it could be game over.
Since winning the Rugby World Cup three years ago, South Africa have thrived under the leadership of Rassie Erasmus. A win over the All Blacks would be the perfect start to their 2022 Rugby Championship campaign, a great way to build on their recent 2-1 series win over Wales and lay down a marker for the upcoming 2023 World Cup.
Rugby fans in Australia can watch a South Africa vs New Zealand live stream using Stan Sport's 7-day free trial. The match is exclusive to Sky Sports in the UK but Australian citizens travelling abroad can use a VPN (opens in new tab) to access the free stream. Make sure you know how to watch a South Africa vs New Zealand free live stream from wherever you are.
Watch a South Africa vs New Zealand free live stream
Aussies can enjoy every game of the 2022 Rugby Championship ad-free, live and on-demand in HD on Stan Sport (7-day free trial; AU$10 a month). Requires Stan subscription (30-day free trial; AU$10 a month).
Away from Oz? You'll need to use a VPN (opens in new tab) to access your local streaming service without being location-blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free (opens in new tab) 30-day money-back guarantee. Full details below...
It's also worth noting that all Wallabies home games, plus the game against New Zealand on 24th September, will be shown free-to-air on Nine Network and streamed live 9Now.
Watch a South Africa vs New Zealand live stream from abroad using a VPN
Even if you have subscribed to the relevant 2022 Rugby Championship rights holders, you won't be able to access them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. VPNs are a doddle to use and create a private connection between your device and the internet. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) which offers a 100 per cent risk-free money back guarantee. If you're not happy with the service any time within the first 30 days, then you can cancel with no penalties at all.
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Using a VPN to watch South Africa vs New Zealand is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is the one we recommend.
2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For the 2022 Rugby Championship, you may wish to choose 'Australia' for Stan Sport.
3. Then head over to Stan Sport on your browser or device and enjoy the South Africa vs New Zealand free live stream.
Watch a South Africa vs New Zealand live stream in the USA
FloRugby (opens in new tab) has the rights to the 2022 Rugby Championship in the States. Subscription costs $30 a month or $150 a year.
Not cheap, but you do get access to live streams of every Rugby Championship match, including South Africa vs New Zealand, plus replays, results, team and athlete rankings and breaking news.
Watch a South Africa vs New Zealand live stream in the UK
In the UK, Sky Sports has the exclusive rights to the 2022 Rugby Championship including Saturday's clash between the All Blacks and Springboks. Here are the best Sky TV deals.
Even without a full Sky subscription, though, fans can enjoy a South Africa vs New Zealand live stream with a Now day pass (£12) or monthly pass (opens in new tab) (£34). Make sure you've got your VPN (opens in new tab) handy if you're stuck abroad.
Watch a South Africa vs New Zealand live stream in South Africa
As ever, SuperSport is the place to watch the 2022 Rugby Championship in South Africa, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The African online sports channel will broadcast the games via its DStv satellite platform in South Africa. You can sign up to DStv here (opens in new tab). Failing that, head to any local sports bar to watch a South Africa vs New Zealand live stream.
One of the biggest African online sports channels, DStv also shows live FA Cup, Champions League and La Liga as well as rugby, tennis, golf, motorsport and cricket.
2022 Rugby Championship fixtures
All times British Summer Time
Round 1 – 6th Aug 2022
South Africa v New Zealand (Mbombela Stadium, Mbombela) 4.05pm on Saturday, August 6
Argentina v Australia (Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza) 8.10pm on Saturday, August 6
Round 2 – 13th Aug 2022
South Africa v New Zealand (Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg) 4.05pm on Saturday, August 13
Argentina v Australia (Estadio Bicentenario, San Juan) 8.10pm on Saturday, August 13
Round 3 – 27th Aug 2022
Australia v South Africa (Adelaide Oval, Adelaide) 6.30am on Saturday, August 27
New Zealand v Argentina (Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch) 8.45am on Saturday, August 27
Round 4 – 3rd Sept 2022
New Zealand v Argentina (FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton) 8.05am on Saturday, September 3
Australia vs South Africa (Allianz Stadium, Sydney) 10.35am on Saturday, September 3
Round 5 – 15th & 17th Sept 2022
Australia vs New Zealand (Marvel Stadium, Melbourne) 10.45am on Thursday, September 15
Argentina vs South Africa (Estadio Jose Amalfitani, Buenos Aires) 8.10pm on Saturday, September 17
Round 6 – 24th Sept 2022
New Zealand vs Australia (Eden Park, Auckland) 8.05am on Saturday, September 24
South Africa vs Argentina (Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban) 4.05pm on Saturday, September 24
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