A brief history of the Rugby World Cup
Once every four years, the World Cup sends rugby fans from all hemispheres into a spiraling frenzy of emotions that peaks with one of the 20 qualified teams lifting the Web Ellis trophy.
Although the competition is relatively new and doesn’t have the heritage and history of other global sporting competitions – such as the football World Cup –, it has established itself as one of the biggest events in the world.
Not a lot of people know this, but up until the first World Cup was held in 1987, the USA were considered champions in this sport by winning the Olympic games in 1924.
Everything you need to know about the 2019 tournament
Japan will host this 9th edition of the Rugby World Cup. The tournament kicks-off on the September the 20th and ends on November the 2nd.
Another fun trivia fact to know is that the same whistle is blown for the opening game of every Rugby World Cup tournament.
The 20 teams competing are:
The tournament format consists of four groups of five countries with teams playing each other once. The top two from each group move forward to the quarterfinals. The winners will progress to the semi-final and then the final. Losing semifinalists will also play a playoff game for the bronze medal.
Full schedule of the Rugby Union World Cup
|Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, Samoa|
|Fri 20 Sep||Japan v Russia (Tokyo), 11.45am|
|Sun 22 Sep||Ireland v Scotland (Yokohama), 8.45am|
|Tue 24 Sep||Russia v Samoa (Kumagaya), 11.15am|
|Sat 28 Sep||Japan v Ireland (Shizuoka), 8.15am|
|Mon 30 Sep||Scotland v Samoa (Kobe), 11.15am|
|Thu 3 Oct||Ireland v Russia (Kobe), 11.15am|
|Sat 5 Oct||Japan v Samoa (Toyota), 11.30am|
|Wed 9 Oct||Scotland v Russia (Shizuoka), 8.15am|
|Sat 12 Oct||Ireland v Samoa (Fukuoka), 11.45am|
|Sun 13 Oct||Japan v Scotland (Yokohama), 11.45am|
|New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Namibia, Canada|
|Sat 21 Sep||N. Zealand v S. Africa (Yokohama), 10.45am|
|Sun 22 Sep||Italy v Namibia (Osaka), 6.15am|
|Thu 26 Sept||Italy v Canada (Fukuoka), 8.45am|
|Sat 28 Sep||South Africa v Namibia (Toyota), 10.45am|
|Wed 2 Oct||New Zealand v Canada (Oita), 11.15am|
|Fri 4 Oct||South Africa v Italy (Shizuoka), 10.45am|
|Sun 6 Oct||New Zealand v Namibia (Tokyo), 5.45am|
|Tue 8 Oct||South Africa v Canada (Kobe), 11.15am|
|Sat 12 Oct||New Zealand v Italy (Toyota), 5.45am|
|Sun 13 Oct||Namibia v Canada (Kamaishi), 4.15am|
|England, France, Argentina, USA, Tonga|
|Sat 21 Sep||France v Argentina (Tokyo), 8.15am|
|Sun 22 Sep||England v Tonga (Sapporo), 11.15am|
|Thu 26 Sep||England v USA (Kobe), 11.45am|
|Sat 28 Sep||Argentina v Tonga (Osaka), 5.45am|
|Wed 2 Oct||France v USA (Fukuoka), 8.45am|
|Sat 5 Oct||England v Argentina (Tokyo), 9.00am|
|Sun 6 Oct||France v Tonga (Kumamoto), 8.45am|
|Wed 9 Oct||Argentina v USA (Kumagaya), 5.45am|
|Sat 12 Oct||England v France (Yokohama), 9.15am|
|Sun 13 Oct||USA v Tonga (Osaka), 6.45am|
|Australia, Wales, Georgia, Fiji, Uruguay|
|Sat 21 Sep||Australia v Fiji (Sapporo), 5.45am|
|Mon 23 Sep||Wales v Georgia (Toyota), 11.15am|
|Wed 25 Sep||Fiji v Uruguay (Kamaishi), 6.15am|
|Sun 29 Sep||Georgia v Uruguay (Kumagaya), 6.15am|
|Sun 29 Sep||Australia v Wales (Tokyo), 8.45am|
|Thu 3 Oct||Georgia v Fiji (Osaka), 6.15am|
|Sat 5 Oct||Australia v Uruguay (Oita), 6.15am|
|Wed 9 Oct||Wales v Fiji (Oita), 10.45am|
|Fri 11 Oct||Australia v Georgia (Shizuoka), 11.15am|
|Sun 13 Oct||Wales v Uruguay (Kumamoto), 9.15am|
|Sat 19 Oct||QF1 Winner Pool C v Runner-up Pool D (Oita), 8.15am|
|Sat 19 Oct||QF2 Winner Pool B v Runner-up Pool A (Tokyo), 11.15am|
|Sun 20 Oct||QF3 Winner Pool D v Runner-up Pool C (Oita), 8.15am|
|Sun 20 Oct||QF4 Winner Pool A v Runner-up Pool B (Tokyo), 11.15am|
|Sat 26 Oct||Winner QF1 v Winner QF2 (Yokohama), 9.00am|
|Sun 27 Oct||Winner QF3 v Winner QF4 (Yokohama), 9.00am|
|Fri 1 Nov||Third-place Play-off (Tokyo), 9.00am|
|Sat 2 Nov||RWC 2019 Final (Yokohama), 9.00am|
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UK citizens who want to watch Rugby World Cup live online free can opt for ITV. All 48 matches can be streamed on ITV’s TV Player. The service is simple to use. To live stream the Rugby World Cup on ITV UK, you just need to connect to their website and click on the ’Watch Live’ button from the top left corner.
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