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Everything about the Rugby World Cup 2019: Participating Teams, Full Schedule, Venues and Broadcasting Details



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The ninth edition of the Rugby World Cup is currently taking place in Japan. This is the first time when this tournament is taking place in an Asian country. The opening match of RWC 2019 was played on September 20 and the final match will be played on November 2.


The Rugby World Cup was first played in 1987 where it was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Sixteen nations took part in that edition out of which New Zealand emerged to be victorious. They are not just the defending champions for this season but also, it is the most successful side in the history of this tournament with three titles.


This time a total of 20 teams will be participating in the Rugby World Cup. These teams are divided into 4 groups where each group contains five teams. The Participating Teams are as follows:






Pool A: 

Fri 20 Sep Japan vs  Russia (Tokyo)

Sun 22 Sep Ireland vs  Scotland (Yokohama)

Tue 24 Sep Russia vs Samoa (Kumagaya)

Sat 28 Sep Japan vs Ireland (Shizuoka)

Mon 30 Sep Scotland vs Samoa (Kobe)

Thu 3 Oct Ireland vs Russia (Kobe)

Sat 5 Oct Japan vs Samoa (Toyota)

Wed 9 Oct Scotland vs Russia (Shizuoka)

Sat 12 Oct Ireland vs Samoa (Fukuoka)

Sun 13 Oct Japan vs Scotland (Yokohama)


Sat 21 Sep New Zealand vs  South Africa (Yokohama)

Sun 22 Sep Italy vs  Namibia (Osaka)

Thu 26 Sept Italy vs Canada (Fukuoka)

Sat 28 Sep South Africa vs Namibia (Toyota)

Wed 2 Oct New Zealand vs Canada (Oita)

Fri 4 Oct South Africa vs Italy (Shizuoka)

Sun 6 Oct New Zealand vs Namibia (Tokyo)

Tue 8 Oct South Africa vs Canada (Kobe)

Sat 12 Oct New Zealand vs Italy (Toyota)

Sun 13 Oct Namibia vs Canada (Kamaishi)


Sat 21 Sep France vs Argentina (Tokyo)

Sun 22 Sep England vs Tonga (Sapporo)

Thu 26 Sep England vs USA (Kobe)

Sat 28 Sep Argentina vs Tonga (Osaka)

Wed 2 Oct France vs USA (Fukuoka)

Sat 5 Oct England vs Argentina (Tokyo)

Sun 6 Oct France vs Tonga (Kumamoto)

Wed 9 Oct Argentina vs USA (Kumagaya)

Sat 12 Oct England vs France (Yokohama)

Sun 13 Oct USA vs Tonga (Osaka)


Sat 21 Sep Australia vs Fiji (Sapporo)

Mon 23 Sep Wales vs Georgia (Toyota)

Wed 25 Sep Fiji vs  Uruguay (Kamaishi)

Sun 29 Sep Georgia vs Uruguay (Kumagaya)

Sun 29 Sep Australia vs Wales (Tokyo)

Thu 3 Oct Georgia vs Fiji (Osaka)

Sat 5 Oct Australia vs Uruguay (Oita)

Wed 9 Oct Wales vs Fiji (Oita)

Fri 11 Oct Australia vs Georgia (Shizuoka)

Sun 13 Oct Wales vs Uruguay (Kumamoto)


Sat 19 Oct QF1 Winner Pool C vs Runner-up Pool D (Oita)

Sat 19 Oct QF2 Winner Pool B vs Runner-up Pool A (Tokyo)

Sun 20 Oct QF3 Winner Pool D vs Runner-up Pool C (Oita)

Sun 20 Oct QF4 Winner Pool A vs Runner-up Pool B (Tokyo)

Sat 26 Oct Winner QF1 vs Winner QF2 (Yokohama)

Sun 27 Oct Winner QF3 vs Winner QF4 (Yokohama)

Fri 1 Nov Third-place Play-off (Tokyo)

Sat 2 Nov RWC 2019 Final (Yokohama)


As many as 10 stadiums have been selected for hosting this year’s Rugby World Cup. These 10 grounds are:

Tokyo StadiumChofu49,970
Fukuoka Hakatanomori StadiumFukuoka22,563
Sapporo DomeSapporo41,410
Kumamoto StadiumKumamoto32,000
Kobe Misaki StadiumKobe30,132
Kumagaya Rugby StadiumKumagaya24,000
Kamaishi Recovery Memorial StadiumKamaishi16,187
Oita StadiumOita40,000
City of Toyota StadiumToyota45,000
Hanazono Rugby StadiumHigashiosaka30,000
Shizuoka Stadium EcopaFukuroi50,889
International Stadium YokohamaYokohama72,327


All the matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup will be broadcasted live on Sony Ten 2 as its broadcasting rights have been acquired by Sony Sports Network in India. The matches will also be aired live on applications such as Jio TV and Airtel TV.


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Rugby World Cup 2019 – Match Schedule announced



Rugby World Cup 2019

World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 sorting out council have declared the match plan for rugby world cup 2019 dates and schedules, which will be facilitated in Japan between 20 September and 2 November.

Supporting the joint aspiration of a competition that is available for all of Japan, the 48 matches will be spread crosswise over 12 have urban areas the length and expansiveness of the country, with each match setting facilitating at least two matches.

The mix of notable scenes and energetic host urban communities will give an assorted variety of life-changing social encounters for traveling fans, while 80% of the Japanese populace will be inside 30 minutes of a match.

Japan Rugby 2019 likewise reported their vision for the competition as a ‘unique’ opportunity and with Japan getting ready to have out of the blue and energy building, it is a convincing mantra.

The host country will start its crusade against Europe 1 in the competition’s opening match at 19:45 at the Tokyo Stadium, scene for five pool matches, two quarter-finals and the bronze last.

With Japan’s greatest settings enhanced, the famous International Stadium in Yokohama will likewise be at the competition’s heart with four pool matches, including New Zealand v South Africa, Ireland v Scotland, England v France and Japan v Scotland, while additionally facilitating both semi-finals and the Rugby World Cup 2019 last on 2 November.

Oita will have two quarter-finals and three pool matches, while scenes the length and expansiveness of the country will feature the world’s best groups to new teams of people.

New Zealand’s title barrier will start on 21 September when they go up against Rugby World Cup 2007 champs South Africa in Yokohama (18:45). Britain, 2003 victors, open against Tonga in Sapporo on 22 September (19:15), while 1991 and 1999 champions Australia start against Fiji in Sapporo on 21 September (13:45).

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont stated: “Today the competition springs up for the players and fans. The declaration of the match plan and ticketing system will create energy as we as a whole look forward to a competition that will break new ground as the first in Asia.

“We are appreciative to the urban communities and scenes that have been at the core of this procedure and will assume such a focal part in respecting the world to Japan. We realize that this will be a unique, ideal open door for Japan to welcome the world to the entire of this extraordinary country and a rare open door for rugby fans from around the globe to experience all Japan brings to the table.”

Affirmation of the match plan takes a broad and exhaustive assessment process embraced by World Rugby as a team with Japan Rugby 2019 and key telecasters.

World Rugby Chief Executive Brett Gosper included: “The improvement of the match plan is an essential turning point for what will be an extremely uncommon Rugby World Cup. All through this thorough procedure, we have had taking an interest group understanding for groups and fans on the most fundamental level.

“We have endeavored to convey a match plan that enhances the Rugby World Cup 2019 schedule, conveying a more adjusted spread of matches over the month of pool matches and more prominent rest periods for the rising rugby countries in front of matches against the best-positioned groups. These are the establishments that will help the world’s best players to perform to their best in Japan.”

Japan Rugby 2019 Chief Executive Akira Shimazu stated: “I imagine that we have an awesome match plan for a set and with the installations and areas declared we would all be able to begin to picture the stadiums and urban communities crosswise over Japan wake up with energy and enthusiasm. Fans in Japan and over the globe would now be able to authoritatively begin arranging their treks to Japan, choosing which city to visit to join the throngs of onlookers at the scenes. I am likewise anticipating seeing more trade occurring between the host urban areas and the nations of the taking part groups.

“With two years left until the competition, we will keep advancing arrangements to furnish fans with an astounding, rare ordeal. Besides, we would like to give top competitors and fans going by from around the globe with an ideal domain so we can welcome them getting it done.”

On a day that the ticketing program was additionally declared, the assembling board of trustees has affirmed that in excess of 60,000 fans have enlisted for tickets, underscoring their desire to make Rugby World Cup 2019 the most open Rugby World Cup to date.

Ticket deals will start in January 2018 with supporter visits and local need deals and fans can enlist their enthusiasm for Rugby world cup 2019 tickets by means of the official competition site

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