Rugby World Cup 2019: Everything You Need to Know

It is good to know that we have been hitting the September month! Not to mention that it is less than a fortnight until we are able to see the opening ceremony of the RWC 2019 and the opening match as well. If you have just heard about this or needed other information including the venues, fixtures, live stream, and TV channel list, you have come to the right page. So, let’s just get started with the accurate information.

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Event (RWC) Rugby World Cup 2019
Hosts CountryJapan
Starting Date20th September 2019
RWC 2019 Final2nd November 2019
Participating Nations20
Number of Matches48
Live StreamWatch Here

Where is the World Cup Rugby 2019 being held?

The upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup 2019 is the 9th edition of the big spectacle event. The whole competition will take place across Japan country as the host from September 20 to November 2. It is pivotal to see the list of the fixtures at the official site to help you track the team you are supporting.

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List of Rugby World Cup 2019 Venues

  • Tokyo Stadium
  • International Stadium Yokohama
  • 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
  • Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium

2019 Rugby World Cup Qualified Teams

Months ago, rugby fans have attained the important information about twenty teams who have filled the qualification spots.

There were 12 automatic qualifiers. Some of them come to the qualification spot because of their top three achievements during the pools in 2015. The automatic qualifiers were In New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, England, Georgia, Japan and Italy.

IrelandNew ZealandEnglandAustralia
ScotlandSouth AfricaFranceWales

The regional and cross-regional matches contributed to the other seven teams in the qualification spots. Meanwhile, Russia comes to the competition participant since they managed to the highest ranked team in Europe.

Rugby World Cup 2019 Fixtures

The big event will take place from 20 September to 2 November. In the 20 September, we will see the opening match of the event. It will take place at Ajinomoto Stadium in Chofu, Tokyo. Meanwhile, the place will be different for the final match. Officials have confirmed that the final match will take place at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. If you are rooting specific teams, it is important to look at the Rugby World Cup 2019 Fixtures here below.

Rugby World Cup 2019 Schedule (All times in JST)

0Friday, Sept. 20Opening Ceremony18:30Tokyo Stadium
1Friday, Sept. 20AJapan vs. Russia19:45Tokyo Stadium
2Saturday, Sept. 21DAustralia vs. Fiji13:45Sapporo Dome
3Saturday, Sept. 21CFrance vs. Argentina16:15Tokyo Stadium
4Saturday, Sept. 21BNew Zealand vs. South Africa18:45International Stadium Yokohama
5Sunday, Sept. 22BItaly vs. Namibia14:15Hanazono Rugby Stadium
6Sunday, Sept. 22AIreland vs. Scotland16:45International Stadium Yokohama
7Sunday, Sept. 22CEngland vs. Tonga19:15Sapporo Dome
8Monday, Sept. 23DWales vs. Georgia19:15City of Toyota Stadium
9Tuesday, Sept. 24ARussia vs. Samoa19:15Kumagaya Rugby Stadium
10Wednesday, Sept. 25DFiji vs. Uruguay14:15Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium
11Thursday, Sept. 26BItaly vs. Canada16:45Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
12Thursday, Sept. 26CEngland vs. United States19:45Kobe Misaki Stadium
13Saturday, Sept. 28CArgentina vs. Tonga13:45Hanazono Rugby Stadium
14Saturday, Sept. 28AJapan vs. Ireland16:15Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
15Saturday, Sept. 28BSouth Africa vs. Namibia18:45City of Toyota Stadium
16Sunday, Sept. 29DGeorgia vs. Uruguay14:15Kumagaya Rugby Stadium
17Sunday, Sept. 29DAustralia vs. Wales16:45Tokyo Stadium
18Monday, Sept. 30AScotland vs. Samoa19:15Kobe Misaki Stadium
19Wednesday, Oct. 2CFrance vs. United States16:45Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
20Wednesday, Oct. 2BNew Zealand vs. Canada19:15Oita Stadium
21Thursday, Oct. 3DGeorgia vs. Fiji14:15Hanazono Rugby Stadium
22Thursday, Oct. 3AIreland vs. Russia19:15Kobe Misaki Stadium
23Friday, Oct. 4BSouth Africa vs. Italy18:45Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
24Saturday, Oct. 5DAustralia vs. Uruguay14:15Oita Stadium
25Saturday, Oct. 5CEngland vs. Argentina17:00Tokyo Stadium
26Saturday, Oct 5AJapan vs. Samoa19:30City of Toyota Stadium
27Sunday, Oct. 6BNew Zealand vs. Namibia13:45Tokyo Stadium
28Sunday, Oct. 6CFrance vs. Tonga16:45Kumamoto Stadium
29Tuesday, Oct. 8BSouth Africa vs. Canada19:15Kobe Misaki Stadium
30Wednesday, Oct. 9CArgentina vs. United States13:45Kumagaya Rugby Stadium
31Wednesday, Oct. 9AScotland vs. Russia16:15Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
32Wednesday, Oct. 9DWales vs. Fiji18:45Oita Stadium
33Friday, Oct. 11DAustralia vs. Georgia19:15Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
34Saturday, Oct. 12BNew Zealand vs. Italy13:45City of Toyota Stadium
35Saturday, Oct. 12CEngland vs. France17:15International Stadium Yokohama
36Saturday, Oct 12AIreland vs. Samoa19:45Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
37Sunday, Oct. 13BNamibia vs. Canada12:15Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium
38Sunday, Oct. 13CUnited States vs. Tonga14:45Hanazono Rugby Stadium
39Sunday, Oct. 13DWales vs. Uruguay17:15Kumamoto Stadium
40Sunday, Oct. 13AJapan vs. Scotland19:45International Stadium Yokohama
41Saturday, Oct. 19QF1: W Pool C vs. RU Pool D16:15Oita Stadium
42Saturday, Oct. 19QF2: W Pool B vs. RU Pool A19:15Tokyo Stadium
43Sunday, Oct. 20QF3: W Pool D vs. RU Pool C16:15Oita Stadium
44Sunday, Oct. 20QF4: W Pool A vs. RU Pool B19:15Tokyo Stadium
45Saturday, Oct. 26SF1: W QF1 vs. W QF217:00International Stadium Yokohama
46Sunday, Oct. 27SF2: W QF3 vs. W QF418:00International Stadium Yokohama
47Friday, Nov. 1Bronze final18:00Tokyo Stadium
48Saturday, Nov. 2Final18:00International Stadium Yokohama

2019 Rugby World Cup TV Channels List

In the RWC 2019, the helm of broadcaster will not be in the domestic provider’s hand. The officials appointed the IGBS – International Games Broadcast Services to handle the content broadcast for the world distribution. They will use the production resources and work together with all of the participating countries to distribute the quality content of the RWC 2019.

Check the Rugby World Cup 2019 TV Broadcaster List

AustraliaFox Sports|Network Ten
Czech RepublicPragosport
FijiFiji TV
FranceTF1 Group
GermanyProSiebenSat.1 Media
Hong KongbeIN Sports
IrelandEir Sport|RTÉ
JapanJ Sports|NHK|Nippon TV
Latin AmericaESPN
MENAbeIN Sports
NetherlandsZiggo Sport
New ZealandTVNZ|Spark
Pacific IslandsFiji TV
PortugalSport TV
RussiaMatch TV
Southeast AsiabeIN Sports
Sub-Saharan AfricaSuperSport
United Kingdom ITV|S4C
United StatesNBCUniversal
ItalySky Sports

The officials also stated that they will stream the tournament in the official site of the Rugby World Cup for specific matches, but not all of them. For those who are on flight when the event happens, you could tune in the Sport24 since it is the right holder of the in-flight or in-ship broadcast.

How to watch and live stream Rugby World Cup 2019

There are numerous ways to watch and live stream the Rugby World Cup 2019. There is a free option as well if you are subscribing to the official live streaming service since you don’t need to spend extra money to enjoy the coverage. The best way to watch and live stream the Rugby World Cup 2019 is by using the official services based on the country you are living or travelling.

NBC Sports

NBC Sports is a prevalent live streaming option for people in the US. To access it, you will need a cable or live streaming subscription. Whether you are cutting the cord or not, credentials are all you need to get the access.


ITV Hub is the channel offered for the viewers in the UK. The ITV Hub basically gives access to the full coverage of the upcoming RWC 2019 for completely free. There is no charge that you should worry about when you are in the UK. However, the free version of ITV Hub service comes with ads. If you are okay with some ads intervening the content, you are good to go. For some folks, ads are just annoying. If you don’t like it, consider to upgrade to ITV Hub+ for only 3.99 Euros per month. It delivers the live streaming service without ads.

TSN Direct

TSN is the official channel that broadcasts the RWC 2019 content in Canada. It covers all of the 48 matches in the event. The TSN Direct is the name of the live streaming service provided by the channel. You don’t need to have cable subscription to enjoy the service. Get the TSN DirecTV now to watch it in Canada.


MYTF1 is the live streaming service provided by TF1, the main broadcasting right holder of RWC 2019 in France. Consider to install MYTF1 to catch up with the event when you are in France.

Spark Sport

Spark Sport is the live streaming channel in New Zealand. Consider to get this when you are living or traveling in New Zealand. For those who are not fond of paying the service, you could use the service for free by using its 30-day free trial.

Fox Sports, Tenplay, Kayo Sports

The three names we mentioned above are the live streaming option that you can take when you are traveling or living in Australia.

Fox Sports is going to cover all of 48 matches so it can be your no.1 choice if you want to follow the overall festivity.

Watching Rugby World Cup 2019 without cable

If you are cord cutter, you’d like to stick with the top rated paid live streaming services we mentioned below.

  • FuboTV – the live streaming service that focuses on sport content. It comes with a 7-day free trial which you can use to watch RWC 2019 for free.
  • AT&T Now – Formerly known as DirecTV Now, it offers fantastic collection of TV channels with abundant features. It offers a 7-day free trial in case you want to watch RWC 2019 for free.
  • Sling TV – It can be the most affordable live streaming service you’ve ever found on the net. It also comes with a free trial for watching RWC for free.
  • Hulu with Live TV – Coming with 7-day free trial, it is worth checking since it offers fantastic features as well.
  • YouTube TV – a great choice if your house has more than one channels watchers.
  • Rugby Pass – A great choice for global rugby fans. It only costs fifteen bucks per month. But it is only available in selected regions.