These details will be released in due course, but we can confirm there will be seven live matches screened free-to-air, and this will include the tournament's opening match and the final.
TVNZ and Spark have partnered to bring audiences the 2019 Rugby World Cup, free to air, giving "consumers choice, and giving them control".
"While we won't be releasing pricing details until next year, I can say there will be a menu of well-priced options, ranging from individual match passes through to a full tournament package".
Reflecting World Rugby's commitment to free-to-air coverage, Spark has entered also into an agreement with TVNZ, which will ensure that selected Rugby World Cup 2019 matches as well as Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 and the World Rugby U20 Championship in 2018 and 2019 will screen free-to-air on TVNZ.
TVNZ will screen seven games live free-to-air and without ads, including the opening match and final, but the other five are up in the air.
World Rugby has announced details of a wide-ranging deal with Spark New Zealand for the broadcast of some of the sports biggest properties, including the men's and women's Rugby World Cups and Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018. Together we're committed to delivering a fantastic viewing experience for all New Zealanders - making the most of Spark's leading digital technology and distribution capabilities and TVNZ's unrivalled audience reach and content expertise.
But rugby fans wanting to watch every match will have to pay, Spark confirmed. TVNZ's excited to be the free-to-air TV home for the next Rugby World Cup.
Getting New Zealanders to watch the content online could, however, pose a challenge to Spark and TVNZ.
All of the content would be available across any device, with all games in a catalogue on a screening app meaning customers wouldn't need to record matches, but could pick and choose when they wanted to view.
Spark Managing Director Simon Moutter said, "At Spark, we want to help shape the future of sports watching by New Zealanders, so we are immensely proud to be bringing these iconic tournaments via modern streaming capabilities that offer a richer, more engaging viewing experience".
Ads won't run in live game time - details of these matches will be released in the coming months.
The Rugby World Cup will be held over six weeks in Japan between September and November next year and will feature 48 matches between 20 teams.
But will it still be too jarring to have some World Cup games available via internet streaming options only?
Managing director Simon Moutter said, rather than an "all-or-nothing" approach to RWC coverage, Spark intended offering pricing options to suit people's differing preferences and budget.
"The tournament is a major addition to our sport event line-up, and builds on our recent Commonwealth Games coverage", he said.
How will Kiwis be able to access RWC2019?
How much will it cost? The tournament will be offered on a pay-to-watch basis, with packages to include a tournament pass and passes for individual matches.
Will I have to be a Spark customer to watch the RWC2019?
No. We will be streaming the tournament over an app that will be available to all New Zealanders, no matter who their broadband or mobile provider is. However, we are very mindful that in late 2019, some people may still not have adequate coverage to stream the matches at home. And Ms Curran recently confirmed to NBR that free-to-air sport is not part of the coalition agreement.
What sort of free content might you offer online via the app?
What about people who don't have good broadband coverage - particularly people in rural areas? Since 2013, the English Premier League has been able to play BT and Sky TV UK against each other to drive up rights revenue.