By Ros Satar
- The ninth edition of the Rugby World Cup starts in Japan this week
- Six weeks of World Cup Rugby will end in November
- How to watch the Rugby World Cup
JAPAN – Get ready for some early starts as the ninth Rugby World Cup starts in Japan, and we have you covered with how to watch and follow.
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When does the Rugby World Cup take place?
The opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup starts on Friday 20 September with the group stage matches being played out until 13 October. The quarter-finals take place between 13-20 October, and the semi-finals 26-27 October. The third place play-off is 1 November, and the final is on 2 November.
Which countries are competing?
|Pool A||Pool B||Pool C||Pool D|
How does it all work?
The group stages sees the 20 teams try and fight their way out of the Pools. Five teams in each, but only two from each group can advance to the knock-out stages.
England finds itself in a tricky group, together with France and Argentina so expect a potential shock exit for one of the great rugby nations.
How to watch the Rugby World Cup 2019
Good news for UK viewers – it is on terrestrial TV throughout, not just this year but also for the 2023 edition in France. Most of the matches will be on the main ITV channel with 10 matches being shown on ITV4.
Fixture list, Kick-off Times and Channel Guide
|20 Sept||Japan v Russia||Tokyo||11:45||ITV|
|22 Sept||Ireland v Scotland||Yokohama||08:45||ITV|
|24 Sept||Russia v Samoa||Kumagaya||11:15||ITV 4|
|28 Sept||Japan v Ireland||Shizuoka||08:15||ITV|
|30 Sept||Scotland v Samoa||Kobe||11:15||ITV|
|3 Oct||Ireland v Russia||Kobe||11:15||ITV|
|5 Oct||Japan v Samoa||Toyota City||11:30||ITV|
|9 Oct||Scotland v Russia||Shizuoka||08:15||ITV|
|12 Oct||Ireland v Samoa||Fukuoka||11:45||ITV|
|13 Oct||Japan v Scotland||Yokohama||11:45||ITV|
|21 Sept||New Zealand v South Africa||Yokohama||10:45||ITV|
|22 Sept||Italy v Namibia||Osaka||06:15||ITV|
|26 Sept||Italy v Canada||Fukuoka||08:45||ITV 4|
|28 Sept||South Africa v Namibia||Toyota City||10:45||ITV|
|2 Oct||New Zealand v Canada||Oita||11:15||ITV 4|
|4 Oct||South Africa v Italy||Shizuoka||10:45||ITV 4|
|6 Oct||New Zealand v Namibia||Tokyo||05:45||ITV|
|8 Oct||South Africa v Canada||Kobe||11:15||ITV 4|
|12 Oct||New Zealand v Italy||Toyota City||05:45||ITV|
|13 Oct||Namibia v Canada||Kamaishi||04:15||ITV|
|21 Sept||France v Argentina||Tokyo||08:15||ITV|
|22 Sept||England v Tonga||Sapporo||11:15||IYV|
|26 Sept||England v USA||Kobe||11:45||ITV|
|28 Sept||Argentina v Tonga||Higashiosaka||05:45||ITV|
|2 Oct||France v USA||Fukuoka||08:45||ITV 4|
|5 Oct||England v Argentina||Tokyo||09:00||ITV|
|6 Oct||France v Tonga||Kumamoto||08:45||ITV|
|9 Oct||Argentina v USA||Kumagaya||05:45||ITV 4|
|12 Oct||England v France||Yokohama||09:15||ITV|
|13 Oct||USA v Tonga||Higashiosaka||06:45||ITV|
|21 Sept||Australia v Fiji||Sapporo||05:45||ITV|
|23 Sept||Wales v Georgia||Toyota City||11:15||ITV|
|25 Sept||Fiji v Uruguay||Kamaishi||06:15||ITV 4|
|29 Sept||Australia v Wales||Tokyo||08:45||ITV|
|3 Oct||Georgia v Fiji||Higashiosaka||06:15||ITV 4|
|5 Oct||Australia v Uruguay||Oita||06:15||ITV|
|9 Oct||Wales v Fiji||Oita||10:45||ITV|
|11 Oct||Australia v Georgia||Shizuoka||11:15||ITV 4|
|13 Oct||Wales v Uruguay||Kumamoto||09:15||ITV|
|Knock Out Stages|
|1 Nov||3rd Place Play-off|
The Rugby World Cup takes place between 20 September – 2 November
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