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Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018

Saturday 21 July – Monday 23 July

It’s Sevens heaven for New Zealand sports fans: every game of the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco will be screened live and free on TVNZ.

Over three action-packed days of competition, our national men’s and women’s teams will defend their world titles at the first Rugby World Cup played on US soil. 

With just seven minutes each half and seven players from each team on the field, the tournament’s new knock-out match schedule will intensify the high stakes, high speed action. All games will be broadcast live on TVNZ DUKE and live streamed on TVNZ OnDemand, giving fans the option of watching across TV, mobile and connected devices.   

Sharing the sporting spectacle with viewers each day, 1 NEWS’ Kimberlee Downs and Chris Chang will present TVNZ’s event coverage live from Auckland. They’ll be crossing to sports reporters Matt Manukia and Guy Heveldt for up to the minute coverage and reaction from inside the US venue. And interviews and insights from key players and expert commentators will round out TVNZ’s comprehensive coverage plans. 

The best teams from around the globe – 24 men’s and 16 women’s – will compete for the coveted title of world champions. 

Joining New Zealand in the competition are Sevens sides from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, England, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Tonga, Uganda, Uruguay, USA Wales and Zimbabwe.   

TVNZ will screen the host broadcaster’s game coverage and commentary.

All Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 games will be broadcast on DUKE in high definition 1080i resolution where available, and streamed in high definition 1080p on tvnz.co.nz. Selected games will also be available to replay OnDemand.


Saturday 21 July

Women’s qualifiers - Men’s qualifiers

Coverage begins 4.55am   


Sunday 22 July 

Women’s play-offs – Men’s play offs – Women’s finals 

Coverage begins 4.25am   


Monday 23 July 

Men’s playoffs – Men’s finals 

Coverage begins 3.55am


  • TVNZ partners with Spark, Official Broadcaster of the Rugby World Cup 2019
  • TVNZ’s coverage brought to you by Panasonic

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