Rugby World Cup 2019 TV schedule: How to watch every match live on ITV

    Rugby World Cup 2019 TV schedule: How to watch every match live on ITV

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    The sporting event of the year kicks off on Friday 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 (today).

    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.

    If you’re planning to watch the tournament this year, we also have a guide on the best pubs and sports bars to watch the Rugby World Cup across the UK

    Full fixture list and kick-off times

    Friday, September 20

    Japan 30 Russia 10… Tokyo Stadium…  11.45am BST… (ITV)

    Saturday, September 21

    Australia 39 Fiji 21… Sapporo Dome… 5.45am BST… (ITV)

    France vs Argentina… Tokyo Stadium…  8.15am BST… (ITV)

    New Zealand vs South Africa… International Stadium Yokohama… 10.45am BST… (ITV)

    Sunday, September 22

    Italy vs Namibia… Hanazono Rugby Stadium… 6.15am BST… (ITV)

    Ireland vs Scotland… Internati

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