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Watch Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifiers live
Here’s how you can watch Samoa v Germany and Cook Islands v Hong Kong in their Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifiers

Watch Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifiers live

Watch Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifiers live
Fired up Samoa play Germany in a two-legged play-off for a place at Japan 2019 (World Rugby)

Watch Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifiers live

Watch Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifiers live

This weekend there are several Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifiers taking place around the world – and you can watch them live.

In Apia on Saturday, Samoa take on Germany in the first leg of their play-off to secure a place in Pool A alongside Ireland, Japan, Russia and Scotland at next year’s World Cup.

The two teams will then meet again in Germany on Saturday 14 July, with the winner on aggregate over the two legs progressing to Japan 2019.

The match kicks off at 3pm local time (3am in the UK and Ireland) and World Rugby are streaming it live via rugbyworldcup.com

Thunderstorms are currently forecast for Apia, which could hamper Samoa’s desire to play in a fast style. The eligibility saga in Europe, which caused these qualifiers to be rescheduled and means some players are unavailable because they had planned weddings and other events around the original dates, has not helped their preparations for this fixture either.

Watch Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifiers live
On the line: Germany beat Portugal to get to this play-off game (Getty Images)

However, they have been together as a squad for nearly a month and have the benefit of playing two games in the recent Pacific Nations Cup, where they lost to Fiji and Tonga.

The Samoan prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who also serves as chairman of the Samoan Rugby Union, has also been highly critical of the squad in the build-up to the game, telling them they have “no guts” after suffering nine straight defeats.

Looking at the Germany game, coach Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua said: “Our country wants a win. That’s what we want to give our people. We want to win.”

Samoa go into the match as favourites, sitting 12 places above Germany at 17th in the world rankings. Still, Germany coach Pablo Lemoine, who guided Uruguay to RWC 2015, knows this weekend’s game is only half the battle.