Where to watch New Zealand vs England live stream, TV channel, lineups and prediction for the international rugby match

The 2024 Mid-Year Rugby Union Internationals really come alive this weekend, kicking off with a thrilling clash between two of rugby's most dominant nations. New Zealand and England begin their three-match Test series at Dunedin's unique Forsyth Barr Stadium, and from what we've seen from these two over the last 12 months, it should be an exciting match.

The All Blacks' one-point loss in the 2023 Rugby World Cup final to arch-rivals South Africa in Paris last autumn was a bitter pill to swallow, so new head coach Scott “Razor” Robertson has brought several new faces into the team who will be looking to make an impression in New Zealand's first game of the year.

England, on the other hand, have already competed six times in 2024, finishing third in the Six Nations before beginning the summer with a convincing victory over a Japanese side led by their former head coach Eddie Jones. Steve Borthwick's side made a statement in Tokyo, winning 52-17 and scoring a total of eight tries.

However, after their sister team, the Maori All Blacks, also thrashed Japan 36-10 last weekend, Robertson's newly formed New Zealand side will be confident of bringing an unknown element to Saturday's match and exploiting England's weaknesses.

The two last met at Twickenham in November 2022, when England somehow salvaged a 30-30 draw after trailing comfortably before an All Blacks penalty with 10 minutes left. It was the penultimate game under Eddie Jones's management and Borthwick will hope his first meeting with the All Blacks sparks an even better result.

The covered glass roof of the Forsyth Barr Stadium leaves the two teams no place to hide. The sports news has all the TV and streaming details so you can keep an eye on the action from Dunedin as the highly anticipated Test series between New Zealand and England gets underway.

New Zealand vs England Rugby date, Kick-off time

New Zealand will host England in the visitors’ first Test match of the 2024 tour on Saturday, July 6 at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand. The match kicks off at 7:05 am local time (NZST).

This is how this time is distributed across some of the most important areas:

Date Kick-off time
United Kingdom Saturday, July 6 8:05am BST
USA Saturday, July 6 3:05 a.m. ET
Australia Saturday, July 6 5:05pm AEST

New Zealand vs England Live stream, TV channel

England's game against Japan was controversially not broadcast by any of the major TV networks, but was streamed live on RugbyPass TV. Now that the excitement is building, you can watch England's game against the All Blacks on multiple channels.

Sky Sports continues to broadcast all of England's international games for viewers in the UK, while FloRugby is the best option for fans in the US. Australian fans looking to watch the action can also do so via a Stan Sport subscription.

TV channel Streaming
United Kingdom Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action Sky Go Pass, NOW TV
USA FloRugby, FloSports app
Australia Stan Sport

New Zealand vs England Lineups, team news

Scott Robertson has made numerous changes to the 2023 Rugby World Cup squad ahead of his first game as New Zealand coach, bringing a host of new players into the team, although none of them are debutants.

Scott Barrett leads the side for the first time with his brother Jordie, the vice-captain, at centre-half, while Stephen Perofeta, Sevu Reece, TJ Perenara, Samipeni Finau and Patrick Tuipulotu are all back in All Black.

New Zealand starting eleven: Stephen Perofeta, Sevu Reece, Rieko Ioane, Jordie Barrett, Mark Tele'a, Damian McKenzie, TJ Perenara; Ethan de Groot, Codie Taylor, Tyrel Lomax, Scott Barrett, Patrick Tuipulotu, Samipeni Finau, Dalton Papali'i, Ardie Savea.

Replacement for New Zealand: Asafo Aumua, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Fletcher Newell, Tupou Vaa'i, Luke Jacobson, Finlay Christie, Anton Lienert-Brown, Beauden Barrett.

Steve Borthwick makes just two changes to the starting XI that won 52-17 over Japan in Tokyo two weeks ago. Both changes are to the front row, with Joe Marler and Will Stuart Bevan replacing Rodd and Dan Cole as loosehead and tighthead respectively.

Stuart famously scored two late tries in England's 30-30 draw with the All Blacks in November 2022 and will be hoping to make a similar impression before Cole and new prop Fin Baxter come off the bench.

England starts in the XV: George Furbank, Immanuel Feyi-Waboso, Henry Slade, Ollie Lawrence, Tommy Freeman, Marcus Smith, Alex Mitchell; Joe Marler, Jamie George, Will Stuart, Maro Itoje, George Martin, Chandler Cunningham-South, Sam Underhill, Ben Earl.

Substitutes for England: Theo Dan, Fin Baxter, Dan Cole, Alex Coles, Tom Curry, Ben Spencer, Fin Smith, Ollie Sleighthome.

Prediction for New Zealand vs England

That result seems almost too close to predict, with rugby union Tests really getting into full swing in the summer after England have already played six times more games than the All Blacks in 2024. That, coupled with a brand new coaching style introduced by serial Super Rugby winner Robertson, means we could see a very different New Zealand side this Saturday.

Although this England side has played together consistently so far throughout the Six Nations and the Japan Test, it is worth noting that Borthwick's side struggled to beat Italy and Wales, and suffered narrow defeats to Scotland and France before a breakthrough win over Ireland, suggesting that it will be a close encounter in Dunedin.

Forecast: New Zealand wins by less than 7 points