This year’s Rugby World Cup will be held in Japan as 20 teams prepare for the biggest stage in World Rugby. The clear favourites will be New Zealand, but other Nations that will also think they have a chance of winning are Wales, England, Ireland, Australia and South Africa. The tournament kicks off on September 20th with Japan hosting Russia in the opening ceremony of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Pool A consists of Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Russia and Samoa. Since only 2 Nations will qualify for the knockout stages, Ireland and Scotland will be favourites, but Japan will believe they have a great chance of progressing due to their home advantage.
Pool B consists of New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Namibia and Canada with the clear favourites to qualify for the knockout stages being New Zealand and South Africa. Italy will want to impress but could struggle against the big southern-hemisphere sides.
Pool C has England, France, Argentina, the United States and Tonga which has been called the “pool of death.” England are favourites to qualify for the knockout stages but whether they will be joined by France or Argentina is yet to be seen. France are massively inconsistent but can turn up the heat when required whereas Argentina have been brilliant recently. This pool will be an exciting one to watch.
Pool D consists of Wales, Australia, Georgia, Fiji and Uruguay. Wales and Australia will battle it out for the top spot in the group but Georgia and Fiji will turn up with a strong squad and will aim to throw a spanner in the works. After the pool stage is complete, the knockout stages will be hugely exciting with an exciting match guaranteed in each of the matches. Although some of the smaller nations may look unlikely to proceed to the knockout stages, they all have something to play for due to the fact that the third placed side in each Pool guarantees their place in the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
The 2019 Rugby World Cup final will be held on the 2nd of November in the International Stadium Yokohama which holds just over 72,000 fans. The World Cup looks to be a massive event with fans tuning in from all around the world in every continent to watch their countries battle it out on the biggest stage.
Rugby World Cup 2019 Full Schedule All 48 Matches (All times in JST)
Match 1: Japan vs Russia (Pool A) Friday 20 September, 7:45 PM
Match 2: Australia vs Fiji (Pool D) Saturday 21 September, 1:45 PM
Match 3: France vs Argentina (Pool C) Saturday 21 September, 4:15 PM
Match 4: New Zealand vs South Africa (Pool B) Saturday 21 September, 6:45 PM
Match 5: Italy vs Namibia (Pool B) Sunday 22 September, 2:15 PM
Match 6: Ireland vs Scotland (Pool A) Sunday 22 September, 4:45 PM
Match 7: England vs Tonga (Pool C) Sunday 22 September, 7:15 PM
Match 8: Wales vs Georgia (Pool D) Monday 23 September, 7:15 PM
Match 9: Russia vs Samoa (Pool A) Tuesday 24 September, 7:15 PM
Match 10: Fiji vs Uruguay (Pool D) Wednesday 25 September, 2:15 PM
Match 11: Italy vs Canada (Pool B) Thursday 26 September, 4:45 PM
Match 12: England vs USA (Pool C) Thursday 26 September, 7:45 PM
Match 13: Argentina vs Tonga (Pool C) Saturday 28 September, 1:45 PM
Match 14: Japan vs Ireland (Pool A) Saturday 28 September, 4:15 PM
Match 15: South Africa vs Namibia (Pool B) Saturday 28 September, 6:45 PM
Match 16: Georgia vs Uruguay (Pool D) Sunday 29 September, 2:15 PM
Match 17: Australia vs Wales (Pool D) Sunday 29 September, 4:45 PM
Match 18: Scotland vs Samoa (Pool A) Monday 30 September, 7:15 PM
Match 19: France vs USA (Pool C) Wednesday 2 October, 4:45 PM
Match 20: New Zealand vs Canada (Pool B) Wednesday 2 October, 7:15 PM
Match 21: Georgia vs Fiji (Pool D) Thursday 3 October, 2:15 PM
Match 22: Ireland vs Russia (Pool A) Thursday 3 October, 7:15 PM
Match 23: South Africa vs Italy (Pool B) Friday 4 October, 6:45 PM
Match 24: Australia vs Uruguay (Pool D) Saturday 5 October, 2:15 PM
Match 25: England vs Argentina (Pool C) Saturday 5 October, 5 PM
Match 26: Japan vs Samoa (Pool A) Saturday 5 October, 7.30 PM
Match 27: New Zealand vs Namibia (Pool B) Sunday 6 October, 1:45 PM
Match 28: France vs Tonga (Pool C) Sunday 6 October, 4:45 PM
Match 29: South Africa vs Canada (Pool B) Tuesday 8 October, 7:15 PM
Match 30: Argentina vs USA (Pool C) Wednesday 9 October, 1:45 PM
Match 31: Scotland vs Russia (Pool A) Wednesday 9 October, 4:15 PM
Match 32: Wales vs Fiji (Pool D) Wednesday 9 October, 6:45 PM
Match 33: Australia vs Georgia (Pool D) Friday 11 October, 7:15 PM
Match 34: New Zealand vs Italy (Pool B) Saturday 12 October, 1:45 PM
Match 35: England vs France (Pool C) Saturday 12 October, 5:15 PM
Match 36: Ireland vs Samoa (Pool A) Saturday 12 October, 7:45 PM
Match 37: Namibia vs Canada (Pool B) Sunday 13 October, 12:15 PM
Match 38: USA vs Tonga (Pool C) Sunday 13 October, 2:45 PM
Match 39: Wales vs Uruguay (Pool D) Sunday 13 October, 5:15 PM
Match 40: Japan vs Scotland (Pool A) Sunday 13 October, 7:45 PM
Match 41: England vs Australia – Saturday 19 October, 4:15 PM
Match 42: New Zealand vs Ireland – Saturday 19 October, 7:15 PM
Match 43: France vs Wales – Sunday 20 October, 4:15 PM
Match 44: South Africa vs Japan – Sunday 20 October, 7:15 PM
Match 45: England vs New Zealand – Saturday 26 October, 5 PM
Match 46: Wales vs South Africa- Sunday 27 October, 6 PM
Match 47: New Zealand vs Wales Friday 1 November, 6 PM
Match 48: South Africa vs England Saturday 2 November, 6 PM
HOW TO WATCH THE 2019 RUGBY WORLD CUP ?
TV channels broadcasting rights.
The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be broadcast in nearly every country in the world as fans will tune in to watch their Nation play in the early hours in the morning. Most countries will broadcast the Rugby World Cup on free to watch television, however, this will be different in each country. In the 2015 Rugby World Cup, there were huge audiences in countries across the world with a reported 120 million people tuning in to the final in October 2015 on live television. 18 countries have already confirmed their broadcasting partners along with Oceania, Sub-Saharan Africa and South America all getting their own broadcasters to provide coverage of all 48 games.
Here is the list of all countries tv channels telecast rugby world cup 2019.
Japan: Nippon TV, NHK, J Sports
Kosovo, Albania: DigitALB
Australia: Fox Sports
Slovakia, Czech Republic: Pragosport
Portugal: Sport TV
Argentina: TPA (Televisión Pública)
Fiji: Fiji TV
France, Monaco: TF1
Georgia: Not Confirmed Yet
Germany: ProSiben (RAN) (Maxx)
Cambodia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Singapore: beIN Asia
Ireland: RTA, Eir Sports
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport
New Zealand: TVNZ, Spark
Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden: Viaplay, Linear Channels
Romania: Not Confirmed Yet
Russia: Not Confirmed Yet
South America: ESPN Brasil, ESPN Latin America
UK: iTV, S4C
USA: NBC Sports
RUGBY WORLD CUP 2019 LIVE STREAM ONLINE
Most broadcasters have websites which let fans stream the matches live wherever they are. Live streams are extremely helpful for fans to be able to watch matches on the go as to not miss a minute of the Rugby World Cup. For example, ITV will be broadcasting the Rugby World Cup in the United Kingdom and will also provide live streams on their free streaming service ITV Hub. However in some countries, it will be difficult to find live streams of lesser matches if there isn’t as much interest in rugby in that particular country. The only country that has announced live streams of the matches is the United Kingdom but keep an eye out for more broadcasters announcing live streams in the coming weeks leading up to the Rugby World Cup 2019.
Here is the list of streaming sources for different countries where fans can watch rugby world cup 2019 online.
RUGBY WORLD CUP VENUES
The 48 Rugby World Cup matches will be shared between 12 different stadia around Japan. The final will be held in the International Stadium of Yokohama along with holding both semi finals. The 11 other stadia that will hold matches in the 2019 Rugby World Cup are Tokyo Stadium, Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, City of Toyota Stadium, Sapporo Dome, Oita Stadium, Kumamoto Stadium, Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kumagaya Rugby Stadium and the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium. The capacity of these stadia range between 16,000 of the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium and 72,000 of thre International Stadium of Yokohama. 16,000 seats may not seem like a lot, however, the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial stadium will only host 1 Rugby World Cup match with Namibia and Canada set to fight it out in the furthest East stadium at the Rugby World Cup.
Top 5 contenders to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
The 2019 Rugby World Cup is just around the corner with Japan getting ready for the biggest sporting event of the year. Here, we’ll look at the top 5 teams that have a chance of lifting the trophy in Japan by the end of the tournament.
1. New Zealand
New Zealand have won both of the past 2 Rugby World Cups with many believing that they’ll go on to secure a historic treble. The All Blacks have been dominant in World Rugby for many years after being the number 1 ranked team in the world for over 10 years. However, in the past 12 months, the Nation have lost to Ireland, South Africa and Australia and lost their number 1 ranking spot to Wales.
The first team in 10 years to become the number 1 ranked team in the world, Wales will be going into the upcoming Rugby World Cup as one of the favorites after winning the Grand Slam in the 2019 Six Nations tournament beating the likes of England, Ireland and Scotland. After losing to England at Twickenham, it’ll be difficult to see how head coach Warren Gatland addresses the problems which led to their first loss in 14 matches in all
England have been a strong Rugby side for many years under head coach Eddie Jones, the side has won two Six Nations titles under his management in both 2016 and 2017. In the past 12 months, England have beaten the likes of Australia and South Africa along with coming within 1 point of New Zealand in their last meeting.
4. South Africa
2019 Rugby Championship winners South Africa have had an impressive year as they beat Australia and Argentina along with drawing with New Zealand in this year’s tournament. The team looked to be on a decline going into this year, however, they’ve turned things around under head coach Rassie Erasmus. They’ll definitely be a team to look out for in the upcoming tournament as their crucial clash against New Zealand in the group stages is just
on the horizon.
Australia are another side to watch out for in the Rugby World Cup as the Wallabies look to top their group which includes Wales. In the past year, they’ve beaten New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina in a hugely impressive 12 months. Michael Cheika will be hoping he can inspire the side to glory in Japan as he looks to bring the trophy back to Australia for the third time in their history.