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The sporting event of the year kicks off this September in Japan: the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
The ninth edition of the competition takes place over six weeks, culminating in the final in Yokohama on November 2.
Here is how you will be able to watch the competition, with TV channel details of each match.
When does the 2019 Rugby World Cup start?
The opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off on Friday, September 20.
Who are the competing teams?
What is the latest RWC news?
Before the tournament starts, here’s a basic run-down of how it works:
The opening group stage of the competition sees 20 teams attempt to battle their way out of four Pools – A, B, C and D. Each Pool contains five teams and only two can advance into the knockout rounds.
From there it is standard quarter-final, semi-final, final format.
England’s Pool is particularly tricky having been drawn in C with Argentina and France. It means one of rugby’s ‘big fish’ will suffer the ignominy of going home early.
Who will be broadcasting in the UK?
ITV has exclusive broadcasting rights for the next two World Cups – the 2019 event in Japan and 2023 in France.
Which TV channel will each game be on?
Most matches will be on ITV, with the exception of 10 which will be shown on ITV 4 (see fixtures below).
How many people watch matches in the UK?
Well, according to ITV, there was a peak audience of 11.5 million for England’s matches in 2015 against Fiji, Wales and Australia, and the final.
Full fixture list and kick-off times
POOL A IRELAND, SCOTLAND, JAPAN, RUSSIA, SAMOA
Japan vs Russia… Tokyo Stadium… Friday, September 20… 11.45am BST… (ITV)
Ireland vs Scotland… International Stadium Yokohama… Sunday, September 22… 8.45am BST… (ITV)
Russia vs Samoa… Kumagaya Rugby Stadium… Tuesday, September 24… 11.15am BST… (ITV 4)
Japan vs Ireland… Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa… Saturday, September 28… 8.15am BST… (ITV)
Scotland vs Samoa… Kobe Misaki Stadium… Monday, September 30… 11.15am BST… (ITV)
Ireland vs Russia… Kobe Misaki Stadium… Thursday, October 3… 11.15am BST… (ITV)
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