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Rugby World Cup semi-finals see England facing the New Zealand All Blacks, and Wales taking on South Africa.

Newcastle pubs opening early to show England v New Zealand Rugby World Cup semi-final

Kick-off time, team news and TV schedule for Rugby World Cup 2019 semi-final Owen Farrell and Beauden Barrett both look delighted at England and New Zealand's progress in this Rugby World Cup (Getty Images) England have been set the daunting task of a Rugby World Cup semi-final against back-to-back champions New Zealand. Eddie Jones' side booked their place in the final four with a dominant 40-16 win over Australia on Saturday but the All Blacks looked every bit as good in their thrashing of Ireland some hours later. The two teams will meet at the International Stadium in Yokohama to battle it out for a place in the final. Odds: England 13-5, Draw 28-1, New Zealand 2-5 New Zealand: The All Blacks have made one change to their match day squad from the side which saw off Ireland 46-14 last Saturday. Lock Patrick Tuipulotu has been named on the bench for the game at the International Stadium Yokohama, while Ardie Savea moves to seven and Scott Barrett is promoted to the starting side at six.

IT says plenty about the magnitude of Saturday's mouth-watering fixture in Yokohoma that it seems every aspect of the World Cup semi-final between New Zealand and England has already been poured over, studied, analysed and re-analysed. England rugby player Courtney Lawes, right, talks beside assistant coach Neal Hatley. It is always the case with World Cup knock-out rugby but the realisation and pressure intensifies further when the revered All Blacks are the opponents. Undoubtedly, Ireland will rue saving their worst performance of the last four years for the biggest of nights when they crumbled against New Zealand in the quarter-finals. Granted, England have only beaten New Zealand once in the 16 meetings since their famous 2003 victory in Wellington.

The last time they met in a World Cup semi-final was in Cape Town in 1995 when a certain Jonah Lomu left them bruised, ragged and so dishevelled in a 45-29 defeat. Courtney Lawes also vows that New Zealand will be able to fully identify England's players by the end of the semi-final. None of us have played in a semi-final before, it's a challenge but we're very excited to get out there. Pints are set to be flowing before 9am in Newcastle this Saturday as rugby fans hit pubs to catch England's World Cup semi-final with New Zealand. The eight-hour time difference between England and host nation Japan isn't stopping the pubs from opening and showing the game, but it does mean many are offering breakfasts and hot drinks, in addition to that essential rugby ingredient, beer, for fans watching the 9am kick-off.

It's England's biggest game in years and their chance to make their first Rugby World Cup final since 2007. So if you're setting the alarm early tomorrow, here are Newcastle some pubs you can head to for drinks and breakfast, which are showing England V New Zealand. Doors open at 7am in the Centurion so fans can get their seats to watch England on the big screen. Waiting Rooms (formerly Long Bar) is showing all the Rugby World Cup matches, including the early kick-offs. The Junction shows all England Rugby's live games, including Saturday's crunch semi final.

Rugby fans can watch England's semi-final in the Crows Nest, in Percy Street. Doors open at 8.30m in the Brandling Arms in Gosforth High Street on Saturday, giving fans a chance to get fed and watered before the 9am kick-off. The Chillingham Arms will open at 8am on Saturday and is showing England V New Zealand. Bar Blanc has screened every England World Cup game, and Saturday is no exception. Here are your Rugby World Cup evening headlines on Friday, October 25.

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England v New Zealand 'feels like the final' Former England international Kyran Bracken says Saturday's first Rugby World Cup semi-final match between England and New Zealand "feels like the final". The winner of the match will, of course, play Wales or South Africa in the actual final next weekend. "While New Zealand will be favourites England are a hard team to beat. "To see this New Zealand team and the way they disposed of Ireland, they look a slightly better team than the one we faced a year ago when we lost by a point. "I feel like this is the World Cup final," Bracken said. Wales are more than happy for pundits and fans to continue writing them off ahead of Sunday's semi-final clash with South Africa. "I can't understand why people would write us off when our record against South Africa has been pretty good in the last four or five years. "It won't be the prettiest game in the world, it will be a tight Test match with probably teams playing for territory depending on what the weather is like. The winner of the England v New Zealand semi-final will be number one in the world when the new rankings are published on Monday. New Zealand are currently top but will be replaced by England if they lose. Welsh referee Nigel Owens has revealed he had to watch Wales' quarter-final victory over France from a hospital bed in Tokyo because of a condition he has suffered from for 20 years. World Rugby confident over semi-final pitch Rugby World Cup organisers are not concerned about the effects of heavy rainfall in Yokohama, where both semi-finals will be played on Saturday and Sunday. Rugby World Cup semi-finals see England facing the New Zealand All Blacks, and Wales taking on South Africa. A supercomputer has predicted the scores for both matches, and it's not good news for England coach Eddie Jones. The All Blacks are expected to beat England in a close 24-17 tie, the would see them progress to their third successive World Cup final. Meanwhile, Wales are predicted to beat South Africa in an even closer semi-final in Yokohama. Rugby World Cup supercomputer predicts England vs New Zealand and Wales vs South Africa The supercomputer thinks Wales will win 23-18 against the Springboks, setting up a New Zealand v Wales final. New Zealand are by far the most likely of the four nations to win their semi-final, with a 64 per cent chance of beating England. It's extremely tight between South Africa and Wales, however. Wales are 26 per cent likely to make the final, whereas the Springboks are 25 per cent. The supercomputer thinks England has just an 18 per cent chance of beating New Zealand. Rugby World Cup: The supercomputer has predicted a New Zealand v Wales final The predictions are based on almost 4,000 simulations of the tournament, meaning that England only made the final on 18 per cent of occasions (675 times).