FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 25th, 2023
NEW ZEALAND AND SOUTH AFRICA MEET IN 2023 RUGBY WORLD CUP FINAL LIVE THIS SATURDAY, OCT. 28, AT 3 P.M. ET ON PEACOCK AND CNBC
World No. 1 South Africa – the Defending Rugby World Cup Champions – and World No. 2 New Zealand Meet in Matchup of Two of World’s Most Storied Rugby Programs
All Blacks-Springboks Face Off in Final for First Time Since Famed 1995 Rugby World Cup Final
NBC to Present Encore Coverage of South Africa-New Zealand Final this Sunday, Oct. 29, at Noon ET
Peacock to Stream Exclusive Pregame (2:30 p.m. ET) and Postgame (5 p.m. ET) Shows on Saturday, Oct. 28
England Face Argentina in Third Place Match this Friday at 3 p.m. ET Live Exclusively on Peacock
More Than 100 Hours of Live Rugby World Cup Coverage Features Every Match Streaming Live on Peacock for Only $5.99/Month
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 25, 2023 – The New Zealand All Blacks and South Africa Springboks rekindle a 102-year-old rivalry as two of the most storied rugby nations in the world meet in the 2023 Rugby World Cup Final from Paris’ Stade de France this Saturday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m. ET live on Peacock and CNBC. NBC presents encore coverage of the Final this Sunday at Noon ET.
Peacock will exclusively stream a 30-minute commercial-free pregame show that will include coverage of both national anthems, as well as the New Zealand Haka. Following the Final, Peacock will exclusively stream a postgame show featuring the full trophy ceremony.
Ahead of Saturday’s Final, World No. 5 England face World No. 7 Argentina in the Third Place match this Friday at 3 p.m. ET exclusively on Peacock.
NBC Sports’ presentation of the 2023 Rugby World Cup from France has featured every match live on Peacock.
Final: Saturday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m. ET on Peacock and CNBC — New Zealand v. South Africa
New Zealand and South Africa, who are tied for the most championships in Rugby World Cup history (three), meet this weekend in a rematch of the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final in Johannesburg, which was won by the Springboks, 15-12, in the nation’s first-ever Rugby World Cup appearance. At the end of the match, South African President Nelson Mandela famously presented the Webb Ellis Cup to Springboks captain François Pienaar.
South Africa and New Zealand have combined to win each of the past four Rugby World Cup titles: New Zealand in 2011 and 2015, and South Africa in 2007 and 2019. New Zealand is 3-1 all-time in Rugby World Cup Final appearances, while South Africa is 3-0.
Defending champions South Africa beat England, 16-15, in the Semifinals last weekend, earning their second consecutive one-point victory en route to the Final (29-28 over France in the Quarterfinals).
The All Blacks of New Zealand defeated Argentina, 44-6, last weekend to advance to the Final for the third time in the past four tournaments.
Third Place Match: Friday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. ET on Peacock – Argentina v. England
Argentina look to secure their second third-place finish at the Rugby World Cup (2007) after finishing fourth in the 2015 tournament. England finished as runners-up to South Africa in 2019 and have four total top-three finishes at the Rugby World Cup, including their only title in 2003.
Peacock is streaming all 48 matches of the 2023 Rugby World Cup live from Sept. 8-Oct. 28, presenting more than 100 hours of live coverage from France, with full replays available of each match. To learn more about the 2023 Rugby World Cup on Peacock, which is available for $5.99/month, click here.
Leigh Diffey will serve as the studio host alongside analysts USA Rugby captain Dan Lyle and Alex Corbisiero, who played internationally for England. Lyle was the captain of Team USA in the 1999 Rugby World Cup and was also a member of the team in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Corbisiero represented England in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
This year’s tournament is hosted by France, as the country prepares to host the 2024 Olympics in July of next year in its capital city of Paris. All Rugby World Cup matches were held throughout the country at Stade de France, Stade de Toulouse, Stade de Marseille, OL Stadium, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Stade de Bordeaux, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Stade de Nice, and Stade de la Beaujoire.
In addition to all 48 matches of the 2023 Rugby World Cup streaming live, Peacock’s expansive programming offers the most live sports of any streamer in the United States, including live coverage of Sunday Night Football, Olympic Games, Premier League, Notre Dame Football, NASCAR, NTT IndyCar Series, Big Ten football, and much more. Peacock also offers daily sports programming on the NBC Sports channel.
For commercial establishments looking to show the 2023 Rugby World Cup, it is available through Peacock Sports Pass. Peacock Sports Pass offers commercial establishments in the US access to select events from Peacock’s exclusive live sports content library, including the Rugby World Cup, Premier League, Big Ten football and basketball, and much more. To subscribe or to find out more information about Peacock Sports Pass, click here.
How to Watch – Friday, October 27 – Sunday, October 29 (all times ET):
- Streaming: Peacock (LIVE), NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
- TV: CNBC (LIVE), NBC (encore)
2023 RUGBY WORLD CUP REMAINING SCHEDULE
|Fri., Oct. 27||Third Place Match: Argentina v. England||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Oct. 28||Final: Pre-Game||2:30 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Oct. 28||Final: New Zealand v. South Africa||3 p.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Final: Post-Game||5 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sun., Oct. 29||Final: New Zealand v. South Africa||Noon||NBC*|