What time is New Zealand vs Wales Rugby World Cup bronze match and how can I watch it?

Samuel Lovett

New Zealand and Wales go head to head in the third-place play-off of the Rugby World Cup this Friday in Tokyo.

Both head coaches, one captain and a host of other players will be saying farewell to Test rugby in the match, with the two teams eager to seek some form of redemption after their semi-final defeats.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is stepping down after 16 years with the side, eight as an assistant under Graham Henry and eight as head coach. Captain Kieran Read and a host of other veterans are joining Hansen in calling it a day on their New Zealand careers.

Warren Gatland, meanwhile, is leaving the Wales job after 12 years in charge to take over at his hometown club, the Waikato Chiefs in New Zealand.

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In losing to England last weekend, the All Blacks missed out on the chance of a third successive title while Wales’ wait to reach their first final continues. Heading into this match, the Welsh have added motivation as they have not beaten New Zealand since 1953, a run of 30 matches.

When is it?

New Zealand vs Wales kicks off on Friday 1 November at 9am BST (6pm Japan Standard Time).

Where can I watch it?

ITV1 will be broadcasting the match. Coverage starts at 8.30am. Alternatively, you watch it via the ITV Hub on your laptop, smartphone or tablet.


New Zealand XV: 15-Beauden Barrett, 14-Ben Smith, 13-Ryan Crotty, 12-Sonny Bill Williams, 11-Rieko Ioane, 10-Richie Mo'unga, 9-Aaron Smith, 8-Kieran Read (captain), 7-Sam Cane, 6-Shannon Frizell, 5-Scott Barrett, 4-Brodie Retallick, 3-Nepo Laulala, 2-Dane Coles, 1-Joe Moody

Replacements: 16-Liam Coltman, 17-Atu Moli, 18-Angus Ta'avao, 19-Patrick Tuipulotu, 20-Matt Todd, 21-Brad Weber, 22-Anton Lienert-Brown, 23-Jordie Barrett.

Wales XV: 15-Hallam Amos, 14-Owen Lane, 13-Jonathan Davies, 12-Owen Watkin, 11-Josh Adams, 10-Rhys Patchell, 9-Tomos Williams, 8-Ross Moriarty, 7-James Davies, 6-Justin Tipuric, 5-Alun Wyn Jones(captain), 4-Adam Beard, 3-Dillon Lewis, 2-Ken Owens, 1-Nicky Smith.

Replacements: 16-Elliot Dee, 17-Rhys Carre, 18-Wyn Jones, 19-Jake Ball, 20-Aaron Shingler, 21-Gareth Davies, 22-Dan Biggar, 23-Hadleigh Parkes.


​New Zealand to win: 1/8

Wales to win: 9/1