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France Rugby World Cup 2019 fixtures: squad, match dates and latest team news
France training for the Rugby World Cup at the Fuji Hokuroku Park in Fujiyoshida CREDIT: AFP

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When does the 2019 Rugby World Cup start?
The opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup kicked off today, as nations from all across the globe compete for the Webb Ellis Cup.

Who is in France’s World Cup squad?

What date is France’s opening match?
It is against Argentina on Saturday, September 21, at 8.15am BST.

Who is in France’s group?

What are France’s full RWC fixtures?
MATCH ONE

France vs Argentina… Tokyo Stadium… Saturday, September 21… 8.15am BST… (ITV)

MATCH TWO

France vs USA… Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium… Wednesday, October 2… 8.45am BST… (ITV 4)

MATCH THREE

France vs Tonga… Kumamoto Stadium… Sunday, October 6… 8.45am BST… (ITV)

MATCH FOUR

England vs France… International Stadium Yokohama… Saturday, October 12… 9.15am BST… (ITV)

When are the knockout rounds?
The quarter-finals are on October 19-20.

The semi-finals are on October 26-27.

The Bronze Final is on November 1.

The Final is on November 2.

What is the latest France team news?
Veteran No 8 Louis Picamoles was included in France’s Rugby World Cup squad while tough-tackling lock Felix Lambey was left out by coach Jacques Brunel.

The 33-year-old Picamoles was uncertain of getting the nod for his third World Cup, after some below-par performances in the Six Nations, but Brunel judged his 79 international caps to be of value.

He will compete for a starting place in Japan with Gregory Alldritt, who is less physical but brings much greater mobility and a genuine try-scoring threat.

Two players initially named among the reserves, the speedy prop Cyril Baille and flanker Charles Ollivon, impressed Brunel in recent friendly matches and made a 31-man squad which has a 17-14 split between forwards and backs.

Versatile fly-half Anthony Belleau was involved during the Six Nations but missed out this time.

Instead, Brunel went for the highly-promising Romain Ntamack alongside Camille Lopez, whose international career under Brunel appeared to be over after he criticised team strategy and decision-making following a 44-8 Six Nations defeat away to England in February.

The 20-year-old Ntamack made a good impression for France at the Six Nations, despite difficult circumstances and a chronic lack of a running game in the side. He now joins his father – the former winger Emile Ntamack – in playing at the World Cup.

Ntamack is likely to share kicking duties with Lopez, with both having taken penalties for France before.

Veteran Maxime Medard is vying for the starting position at full-back with Thomas Ramos, while Fiji-born Clermont winger Alivereti Raka contests a starting berth with the pacey Yoann Huget and Damian Penaud.

Australia VS Fiji Live’ Stream” RWC 2019, TV Coverage

Australia vs Fiji live stream, TV guide: How to watch the Wallabies at the Rugby World Cup online or on TV

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Australia’s Rugby World Cup campaign will kick-off on Saturday afternoon in Japan as they take on Fiji in what could prove to be an important encounter for both sides. This is The Roar’s guide to live streaming the match online, or watching it on TV in Australia.
Kick-off in the match is scheduled for 2:45pm (AEST) on Saturday, September 21, with it to be played at the Sapporo Dome.

While Pool D at the World Cup is expected to be decided by the Wallabies and Wales, any slip up beforehand could have either side in a battle to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament, so it still shapes as a must-win battle for the Wallabies, who will also look to prepare for the battle with Wales in their second clash at the tournament.

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Fiji, on the other hand, will need to cause an upset somewhere along the line, and doing it against an inconsistent Wallabies in their first match, could prove the best chance of doing so.

How to watch the Wallabies vs Fiji on TV


You’ll be able to watch the Wallabies match on TV in Australia through two different methods, with both Foxtel and free to air TV holding the rights to the match.

To watch the Wallabies and every single match at the World Cup without ads, you will need to have a valid Foxtel TV subscription, complete with the sports package of channels to catch the coverage on Fox Sports.

They will broadcast the match on Channel 503, with coverage commencing at 2pm (AEST).

Channel Ten are the broadcaster of Wallabies games at the World Cup on free to air TV. Their coverage can be found on Channel 10 (Channel 110 if watching through Foxtel) from 2pm (AEST).

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How to live stream the Wallabies vs Fiji online
If you’d prefer to live stream the Wallabies’ opening game of the Rugby World Cup, you’ll be able to through a number of methods.

The best of those is Kayo Sports, with which you’ll be able to live stream every game of the Rugby World Cup for $25 per month.

You can also use the Foxtel App or Foxtel Now to stream the coverage of Fox Sports online. Note here that you should use the App if you already have a TV subscription as it’s included in your package.

Otherwise, you’ll also be able to pick up Channel Ten’s coverage of the match in a live stream through TenPlay.

Here at The Roar, you’ll be able to follow the Wallabies’ opening Rugby World Cup match with our live scores, blog and highlights of all the action from 2:30pm (AEST), as well all the best post-match analysis, player ratings and wash-up following fulltime.

RWC 2019 Live Stream

RWC 2019 Live Stream The biggest event in the rugby calendar is coming to a new destination: Japan. Yes, from September 20 to November 2, we’ll watch the top teams (including past champs New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and England) collide for the right to take home the coveted Webb Ellis Cup. Here’s how to live stream the Rugby World Cup online!

Japan’s team, the Brave Blossoms, start the tourney in Pool A, with Ireland, Russia, Samoa and Scotland, which isn’t the most imposing bunch (lacking any previous champ). Maybe the combination of that batch of opponents and the will of their home team fans will give them a chance. 

Streaming options vary greatly, based on where you are, and cost a lot in the U.S.. Even Aussies, though, will need to pay extra for the Rugby World Cup Pass. Here’s our guide to watching the 2019 Rugby World Cup online.

How to live stream the Rugby World Cup 2019 from anywhere in the world with a VPN

Anyone, anywhere, can watch the Rugby World Cup, on the service they’re already using at home. A virtual private network (aka VPN) is the tool you’ll use to dodge any geo restrictions that may try and block your way. 

Once you’ve got a VPN, and we’ve got our picks on the best ones, you can make it seem as if your computer is back home, or anywhere else. This way you can use the legal service that you’re used to, and stop cycling through illegal streams from Periscope, Reddit and wherever else you’re pulling them from.

What’s the format of the Rugby World Cup 2019?

20 teams begin the tournament, and they’re broken up between 4 pools (of 5 teams each). Pool play consists of round-robin style matches, with each team playing one of the other teams in its pool once. 

After those 10 games in each pool, the two teams with the top records from each pool will compete in quarter finals, where you’ve only got one shot to make it through.  

How to live stream the Rugby World Cup 2019 in the U.S.

In America, you’re gonna need some gold to consume the action taking in Japan: NBC Sports Gold that is. Pricing starts at $29.99 for live (and on-demand) streams for single matches. Most, though, will want to spend at least $199 for the Rugby World Cup Pass, as it includes all 48 matches (both live and on-demand). 

A less comprehensive option will just be subscribing to a streaming service that offers NBC Sports. The top options include PlayStation Vue (our favorite overall), Hulu with Live TV (good for exclusive original shows) and fuboTV (all the sports you can get, minus ESPN).

True rugby obsessives probably already have the $229 All-Access Premium Rugby Pass. That extra $30 gets you season-long access to the 2019-20 Rugby Pass (with a metric ton of other matches, including the Six Nations Championship, EPCR, Premiership Rugby League).

How to live stream the Rugby World Cup 2019 in the U.K.

Get a load of this: folks in the U.K. get to live stream the Rugby World Cup for free. That’s because it’s an ITV exclusive over there, and that service has no price attached. The majority of matches taking place on ITV proper, and 10 of the 48 going to ITV 4. The breakdown of which games are on which channels can be found in our schedule.

How to live stream the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Australia

Aussies get a slightly less impressive package: Wallabies supporters will get to watch all of their team’s games — plus a pair of quarter finals games, the semis and the final — for free, on Channel 10 (and via the 10 Play app).

The Fox Sports cable channel (which ain’t free) will offer all the games. Alternatively, you can watch the Rugby World Cup from Kayo Sports, which also offers cricket, football and the NBA. It costs $25 per month for two simultaneous streams, and its Kayo Sports Premium Package is $35 per month for 3 streams.

How to live stream the Rugby World Cup 2019 in New Zealand

Coverage starts at TVNZ, which screens 1/4 of the matches free in New Zealand. Further, you’ll see delayed coverage for All Blacks’ pool matches and the quarter final. Live coverage of the semis and the final are included.

Spark Sport, however, is live streaming all of the matches as it owns the rights to the tournament. That means you need to buy their Rugby World Cup Pass — and that you’ll need a 15MBps connection to view high-def content. That Pass isn’t cheap, costing $89 for access between September 20 and November 2, with individual matches costing $24.99.

How to live stream the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Canada

Canada’s TSN is the exclusive streaming service of the Rugby World Cup 2019 for that region. This means Canadians need to access their TV, a web browser or the TSN app on iOS or Google Play.

What’s the schedule for the Rugby World Cup fixtures?

Pool A: Ireland, Japan, Russia, Samoa and Scotland

Friday, Sept. 20: Japan vs Russia @ 6:45 a.m. Eastern | 3:45 a.m. Pacific | 11:45 a.m. BST (ITV)

Sunday, Sept. 22: Ireland vs Scotland @ 3:45 a.m. Eastern | 12:45 a.m. Pacific | 8:45 a.m. BST (ITV)

Tuesday, Sept. 24: Russia vs Samoa @ 5:15 a.m. Eastern | 2:15 a.m. Pacific | 11:15 a.m. BST (ITV 4)

Saturday, Sept. 28: Japan vs Ireland @ 3:15 a.m. Eastern | 12:15 a.m. Pacific | 8:15 a.m. BST (ITV)

Monday, Sept. 30: Scotland vs Samoa @ 6:15 a.m. Eastern | 3:15 a.m. Pacific | 11:15 a.m. BST (ITV)

Thursday, Oct. 3: Ireland vs Russia @ 6:15 a.m. Eastern | 3:15 a.m. Pacific | 11:15 a.m. BST (ITV)

Saturday, Oct. 5: Japan vs Samoa @ 6:30 a.m. Eastern | 3:30 a.m. Pacific | 11:30 a.m. BST (ITV)

Wednesday, Oct. 9: Scotland vs Russia @ 3:15 a.m. Eastern | 12:15 a.m. Pacific | 8:15 a.m. BST (ITV)

Saturday, Oct. 12: Ireland vs Samoa @ 6:45 a.m. Eastern | 3:45 a.m. Pacific | 11:45 a.m. BST (ITV)

Sunday, Oct. 13: Japan vs Scotland @ 6:45 a.m. Eastern | 3:45 a.m. Pacific | 11:45 a.m. BST (ITV)

Pool B: Canada, Italy, Namibia, New Zealand and South Africa

Saturday, Sept. 21: New Zealand vs South Africa @ 5:45 a.m. Eastern | 2:45 a.m. Pacific | 10:45 a.m.BST (ITV)

Sunday, September 22: Italy vs Namibia @ 1:15 a.m. Eastern | 10:45 p.m. Pacific Saturday | 6:15 a.m. BST (ITV)

Thursday, September 26: Italy vs Canada @ 3:45 a.m. Eastern | 12:45 a.m. Pacific | 8:45 a.m. BST (ITV 4)

Saturday, September 28: South Africa vs Namibia @ 5:45 a.m. Eastern | 2:45 a.m. Pacific | 10:45 a.m. BST (ITV)

Wednesday, October 2: New Zealand vs Canada @ 6:15 a.m. Eastern | 3:15 a.m. Pacific | 11:15 a.m. BST (ITV 4)

Friday, October 4: South Africa vs Italy @ 5:45 a.m. Eastern | 2:45 a.m. Pacific | 10:45 a.m. BST (ITV 4)

Sunday, October 6: New Zealand vs Namibia @ 12:45 a.m. Eastern | 9:45 p.m. Pacific Saturday | 5:45 a.m. BST  (ITV)

Tuesday, October 8: South Africa vs Canada @ 6:15 a.m. Eastern | 3:15 a.m. Pacific | 11:15 a.m. BST  (ITV 4)

Saturday, October 12: New Zealand vs Italy @ 12:45 a.m. Eastern | 9:45 p.m. Pacific Friday | 5.45 a.m. BST  (ITV)

Sunday, October 13: Namibia vs Canada @ 11:15 p.m. Eastern Saturday | 9:15 p.m. Pacific Saturday | 4:15 a.m. BST  (ITV)

Pool C: Argentina, England, France, USA, Tonga

Saturday, September 21: France vs Argentina @ 3:15 a.m. Eastern | 12:15 a.m. Pacific | 8.15 a.m. BST (ITV)

Sunday, September 22: England vs Tonga @ 6:15 a.m. Eastern | 3:15 a.m. Pacific | 11.15 a.m. BST (ITV)

Thursday, September 26: England vs USA @ 6:45 a.m. Eastern | 3:45 a.m. Pacific |  11.45 a.m. BST (ITV)

Saturday, September 28: Argentina vs Tonga @ 12:45 a.m. Eastern | 9:45 p.m. Pacific Friday | 5:45 a.m. BST (ITV)

Wednesday, October 2: France vs USA @ 3:45 a.m. Eastern | 12:45 a.m. Pacific | 8:45 a.m. BST (ITV 4)

Saturday, October 5: England vs Argentina @ 4 a.m. Eastern | 1 a.m. Pacific | 9 a.m. BST (ITV)

Sunday, October 6: France vs Tonga @ 3:45 a.m. Eastern | 12:45 a.m. Pacific | 8:45 a.m. BST (ITV)

Wednesday, October 9: Argentina vs USA @ 12:45 a.m. Eastern | 9:45 p.m. Pacific Tuesday | 5:45 a.m. BST (ITV 4)

Saturday, October 12: England vs France @ 4:15 a.m. Eastern | 1:15 a.m. Pacific | 9.15 a.m. BST  (ITV)

Sunday, October 13: USA vs Tonga @ 1:15 a.m. Eastern 6.45 a.m. BST  (ITV)

Pool D Australia, Fiji, Georgia, Uruguay and Wales

Saturday, September 21: Australia vs Fiji @ 12:45 a.m. Eastern | 9:45 p.m. Pacific Friday | 5:45 a.m. BST  (ITV)

Monday, September 23: Wales vs Georgia @ 6:15 a.m. Eastern | 3:15 a.m. Pacific | 11:15 a.m. BST  (ITV)

Wednesday, September 25: Fiji vs Uruguay @ 1:15 a.m. Eastern | 10:45 p.m. Pacific Tuesday | 6:15 a.m. BST  (ITV 4)

Sunday, September 29: Georgia vs Uruguay @ 1:15 a.m. Eastern | 10:45 p.m. Pacific Saturday | 6:15 a.m. BST  (ITV)

Sunday, September 29: Australia vs Wales @ 3:45 a.m. Eastern | 12:45 a.m. Pacific | 8:45 a.m. BST  (ITV)

Thursday, October 3: Georgia vs Fiji @ 1:15 a.m. Eastern | 10:45 p.m. Pacific Wednesday | 6:15 a.m. BST BST  (ITV 4)

Saturday, October 5: Australia vs Uruguay @ 1:15 a.m. Eastern | 10:45 p.m. Pacific Friday | 6:15 a.m. BST (ITV)

Wednesday, October 9: Wales vs Fiji @ 5:45 a.m. Eastern | 2:45 a.m. Pacific | 10:45 a.m. BST  (ITV)

Friday, October 11: Australia vs Georgia @ 5:15 a.m. Eastern | 2:15 a.m. Pacific | 11:15 a.m. BST  (ITV 4)

Sunday, October 13: Wales vs Uruguay @ 4:15 a.m. Eastern | 1:15 a.m. Pacific | 9.15 a.m. BST  (ITV)

Quarter-Finals: October 19-20

Semi-Finals: October 26-27

Bronze Final: November 1

The Final: November 2

Rugby World Cup Live

Rugby World Cup 2019 Live Stream Fixtures “RWC” Game in Japan from 20th September 2019. This will be the first tournament and is to be held in Asia, the first-time successive tournaments and outside the traditional heartland of rugby union.

The 2019 Rugby World Cup will kick off today (Friday, September 20) at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Chōfu, Tokyo when hosts Japan will take on Russia. The tournament is set to end with the final on November 2 at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page for a full 2019 Rugby World Cup FAQ.

Unsurprisingly, the majority of tipsters are split between New Zealand, their neighbours Australia, and South Africa as to who will win the tournament.

Nevertheless, the balance of power in the rugby world has shifted towards the northern hemisphere in recent years, with Wales, Ireland, and England all having been in and around the world number one ranking position, and Scotland not too far behind.

Or is this the year that one of the less fashionable nations step up and show what they can do? We all know how dangerous Argentina are, but what of Fiji, Georgia and the hosts themselves?

If you want to know where you’ll be able to watch every single match, we’ll tell you exactly where you can catch it online with a Rugby World Cup live stream and the broadcasters that are showing it absolutely FREE. No matter where on Earth you are, we’ll make sure you know where to catch the coverage.

How to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup from outside your country

You don’t have to miss a single minute of the 2019 Rugby World Cup – even if you’re abroad and discover that your home broadcaster’s online coverage is geo-blocked (we hate it when that happens).

If that happens to you and you’re desperate to watch your domestic coverage – whether that be in the UK or Australia (where it’s free), New Zealand or the US (where it isn’t) or anywhere else in the world – there’s still a way to get it that doesn’t involve putting your security at risk with some dodgy, illegal stream from Reddit. You can simply use a VPN to login back to your country that is broadcasting the actions, and it’s really easy to do:

We’ve tested all of the major VPN services and we rate ExpressVPN as the absolute best, thanks to it’s killer combination of security, speed and simplicity to use. It’s also compatible with loads of streaming devices such as Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PlayStation, as well as Android and Apple mobiles. So to get that home broadcast and stay safer online, ExpressVPN is your best option (or one of the other best VPN services out there as listed below).Express VPN (comes with a 30 day money back guarantee) This is the #1 rated best VPN in the world right now, with those previously mentioned levels of security, speed and compatibility putting it to the top of the list. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan to get 49% off and 3 months extra absolutely FREE.

How to stream Rugby World Cup 2019 live in the UK for FREE

There’s wonderful news for rugby fans in the UK – all 48 World Cup matches will be shown free-to-air across various ITV platforms.

Most games will be broadcast on ITV1, though ITV4 will also provide coverage. Fans can also live stream the action via the ITV Hub on a variety of devices including smartphones and tablets.

Meanwhile, Welsh-language channel S4C will also be showing nine games throughout the tournament including all four Wales group matches plus one fixture per round in the quarter and semi-finals, the third-place play-off and the final.

if you’re not in the UK but want to catch up with the World Cup coverage, then you’ll need a VPN to relocate your IP to the UK and get around the region restrictions. Just follow those instructions above.

Live stream the Rugby World Cup in Australia for FREE

The Aussies are one of the only countries around the world that actually have some live rugby from the 2019 World Cup that’s free to watch. Every Wallabies game plus two quarter-finals, the semi-finals and final will be shown in all their glory on Channel 10 and through 10 Play.

Paid-for service Fox Sports meanwhile is showing every match of tournament via a dedicated Rugby World Cup channel.

Australians can also live stream Rugby World Cup action via the Kayo Sports streaming service, which features no lock-in contracts and also includes access to over 50 sports, both live and on demand. Kayo Sports Basic Package costs $25 per month and allows users to stream across two devices simultaneously. Alternatively, the service also offers a Kayo Sports Premium Package, which provides three concurrent streams for $35 per month.

The 10 Play, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports apps means you can access this from your chosen device wherever you are (although you’ll need a VPN if you’re taking that abroad).

How to watch the Rugby World Cup 2019 in New Zealand FREE

TVNZ will be screening 12 matches free to air in New Zealand, including delayed coverage of all the All Blacks’ pool matches and quarterfinal, plus live coverage of the semi-finals and final.

Streaming service Spark Sport , meanwhile has snagged the rights to show all matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup live. Spark will cost $89.99 for a Tournament Pass to cover every match, or you can hand over $24.99 per match.

Spark Sport is available via web browsers on your PC, plus Apple and Android phones and tablets. You can also watch on Chromecast and selected Samsung TVs, with plans to make the app available on Apple TV and Smart TVs later in the year.

If you’re outside New Zealand and want to watch the coverage from TVNZ or Spark Sport, you can use one of our favorite VPNs above and watch the coverage from another nation.

How to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup: US live stream

In the US, NBC Sports is the official broadcaster for the Rugby World Cup 2019 so you’ll need to sign-up if you’re not already receiving this channel.

For the most extensive coverage NBC has to offer, you can subscribe to NBC Sports Gold, which is offering a Rugby World Cup Pass for $199.99, delivering live, on-demand and commercial free coverage of the tournament. Single matches can also be purchased for $29.99

Cable cutter, but still want to watch the Rugby World Cup? You can also watch via one of the below TV streaming services. They’re fast becoming the best way to watch otherwise cable-only shows and sports – and they pretty much all have a free trial, too:

Live stream Rugby World Cup 2019 matches in Canada

In Canada the rights to show the Rugby World Cup 2019 are owned by TSN So that means you can access this via your TV, online or on the TSN app.

If you want to catch it but are out of the country, you can use a VPN to access the rugby coverage.
What is the format of the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

The Rugby World Cup is a twenty-team tournament. Each country begins in one of four pools that each contain five teams. Each team plays one match against each of the other teams in the same pool.

The teams finishing in the top two of each pool advance to the quarter-finals from where the tournament goes into a familiar knockout format.
Who are the favourites for the Rugby World Cup?

While Ireland go into the tournament as the world’s no.1 ranked team, three-time World Cup winners New Zealand are the clear favourites with Betfair.com to once again lift the Webb Ellis Cup in Japan.
What teams are competing in this year’s Rugby World Cup?

Argentina
Mario Ledesma’s side have a decent record to uphold, having advanced to the Rugby World Cup knockout stage four times and finished fourth in 2015. They come into the tournament however on a a losing streak of four defeats on the trot, but those did come at the hands of New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.

Australia
The second-most successful nation in World Cup history alongside South Africa. All the morale of their emphatic 47-26 win against New Zealand in Perth last month has dissipated somewhat after they were crushed 36-0 by the All Blacks in the return fixture in Auckland the following week.

Canada
An ever-present nation at the World Cup since the inaugural tournament in 1987, they’ve only ever progressed beyond the opening round on one occasion. Currently ranked 22 in the world, the Canucks will be targeting a win as minimum against minnows Namibia in Pool B and build from there.

England
While they may be one of the favourites, England coach Eddie Jones will be anxious to see his side start their campaign on the front foot and quickly eradicate the ghosts of the last World Cup which saw them make an embarrassing pool stage exit while tournament hosts. They come into this year’s World Cup on a high following a 57-15 victory over Ireland at Twickenham in the run-up, but question marks persist over the squad’s apparent lack of experience.

Fiji
Traditionally one of the more entertaining teams at the World Cup, despite their much heralded flair, the Flying Fijians have failed to make it out of the pool stage in the preceding last two tournaments. Drawn alongside Australia and Wales this time out, the odds of it being third time lucky for coach John McKee’s side this time out aren’t high.

France
Three-time runners-up France head to Japan ranked 8th in the world. The emergence of young stars like Antoine Dupont and Demba Bambawill will provide plenty of optimism, but Pool C is arguably the toughest group of the tournament and Les Bleus will do well to make it through to the next phase.

Georgia
Having reached the last four successive World Cups, the Lelos have steadily improved over the years and will fancy their chances of making their chances of making their way out of the pool phase for the first time. The return of all-time leading try-scorer Mamuka Gorgodze to the fold will come as a welcome boost to morale.

Ireland
The Irish started the year as strong favourites to win their first World Cup following their Grand Slam winning 2018 Six Nations campaign and an impressive win over the All Blacks. Hopes for Japan, however, have since been tempered, with their humbling against England at Twickenham last month setting alarm bells ringing. Two warm-up wins since against fancied Wales will have regalvanised Joe Schmidt’s side, and the starting line-up should be further boosted by the return from injury of Johnny Sexton.

Italy
The Azzurri are putting their faith in youth, with 23 members of their squad having never appeared before at rugby’s main event. One of the few old-head’s is skipper Sergio Parisse, who will be appearing in a record-equaling fifth World Cup.

Japan
The hosts came agonisingly close to making it past the group stage for the first time back in 2015, missing out despite winning five times. Progressing to the last-eight will be a prerequisite this time out for the team playing on home turf.

Namibia
The rank outsiders have consistently qualified for the World Cup since 1999, but have never have never won a single match once at the tournament, racking up an unwanted 0-19 win-loss record in the process. Their recent 20-0 loss to Russia indicates that getting off the mark in Japan looks unlikely.

New Zealand
Despite having lost their seemingly perpetual place as the world’s no.1 team recently (a spot they had held for a decade), New Zealand haven’t lost their standing as the most fancied team to win the 2019 World Cup. A mixed showing during the recent Rugby Championship won’t have a put off pundits from backing Steve Hansen’s men to lift the Webb Ellis Cup for the third time in a row.

Russia
While they may have made it to the Japan thanks to the disqualification of Spain and Belgium for fielding ineligible players, Russia won’t be going in to the tournament to make up the numbers. They face the hosts in the 2019 World Cup’s opening match and came close to beating Japan back in November last year.

Samoa
Consistent qualifiers for the World Cup, Somoa will be looking to go beyond the quarter-finals for the first time. To pull off that feat they’ll need to improve on their recent form which has seen them lose to both the USA and Tonga during last month’s Pacific Nations Cup.

Scotland
With the likes of flyhalf Finn Russell and fullback Stuart HoggIn in their roster, the Scots aren’t lacking top drawer talent. What they do a have a deficit in is consistency – as exemplified by their two contradictory performances against France last month.

South Africa
Versatility could be the key attribute for two-time champions South Africa this time out. Packed with explosive pace from the likes of Cheslin Kolbe and Makazole Mapimpi, the Springboks also have a kicking game that is the envy of most rivals. In Rassie Erasmus they also have the best named coach in the tournament.

Tonga
With a squad littered with talented players plying their trade in New Zealand, Australia, England and France, coach Toutai Kefu will be out to finally get his side into the knockout stages for the first time. Having notched up creditable eight wins in their last 21 Test matches, its a goal that looks eminently achievable.

Uruguay
A kind draw with winnable opening matches against Fiji and Georgia gives the South American side a fighting chance of making through to the last eight for the first time.

USA
Ranked 13th in the world, there were mixed fortunes for the USA in the recent Pacific Nations Cup which saw them stutter to a win against Samoa, thrash Canada, but get thumped against Japan. They’ve never won more than one game at a World Cup, but will likely rectify that during this year’s competition.

Wales
The loss to injury of Gareth Anscombe and Taulupe Faletau would be huge blow for most teams, but luckily for coach Warren Gatland, Wales has plenty of strength in depth among the ranks. More concerning will be a dip in form in the run up to Japan which has seen them lose to England and Ireland, a contrast to the 14-game winning streak Wales enjoyed at the start of the year.
2019 Rugby World Cup fixtures

All times in BST

Pool A

Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, Samoa

Match 1

Japan vs Russia Tokyo Stadium Friday, September 20 11.45am

Match 2

Ireland vs Scotland International Stadium Yokohama Sunday, September 22 8.45am

Match 3

Russia vs Samoa Kumagaya Rugby Stadium Tuesday, September 24 11.15am

Match 4

Japan vs Ireland Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa Saturday, September 28 8.15am

Match 5

Scotland vs Samoa Kobe Misaki Stadium Monday, September 30 11.15am

Match 6

Ireland vs Russia Kobe Misaki Stadium Thursday, October 3 11.15am

Match 7

Japan vs Samoa City of Toyota Stadium Saturday, October 5 11.30am

Match 8

Scotland vs Russia Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa Wednesday, October 9 8.15am

Match 9

Ireland vs Samoa Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium Saturday, October 12 11.45am

Match 10

Japan vs Scotland International Stadium Yokohama Sunday, October 13 11.45am

Pool B

Match 1

New Zealand vs South Africa International Stadium Yokohama Saturday, September 21 10.45am

Match 2

Italy vs Namibia Hanazono Rugby Stadium Sunday, September 22 6.15am

Match 3

Italy vs Canada Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium Thursday, September 26 8.45am

Match 4

South Africa vs Namibia City of Toyota Stadium Saturday, September 28 10.45am

Match 5

New Zealand vs Canada Oita Stadium Wednesday, October 2 11.15am

Match 6

South Africa vs Italy Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa Friday, October 4 10.45am

Match 7

New Zealand vs Namibia Tokyo Stadium Sunday, October 6 5.45am

Match 8

South Africa vs Canada Kobe Misaki Stadium Tuesday, October 8 11.15am

Match 9

New Zealand vs Italy City of Toyota Stadium Saturday, October 12 5.45am

Match 10

Namibia vs Canada Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium Sunday, October 13 4.15am

Pool C

Match 1

France vs Argentina Tokyo Stadium Saturday, September 21 8.15am

Match 2

England vs Tonga Sapporo Dome Sunday, September 22 11.15am

Match 3

England vs USA Kobe Misaki Stadium Thursday, September 26 11.45am

Match 4

Argentina vs Tonga Hanazono Rugby Stadium Saturday, September 28 5.45am

Match 5

France vs USA Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium Wednesday, October 2 8.45am

Match 6

England vs Argentina Tokyo Stadium Saturday, October 5 9am

Match 7

France vs Tonga Kumamoto Stadium Sunday, October 6 8.45am

Match 8

Argentina vs USA Kumagaya Rugby Stadium Wednesday, October 9 5.45am

Match 9

England vs France International Stadium Yokohama Saturday, October 12 9.15am

Match 10

USA vs Tonga Hanazono Rugby Stadium Sunday, October 13 6.45am

Pool D

Match 1

Australia vs Fiji Sapporo Dome Saturday, September 21 5.45am

Match 2

Wales vs Georgia City of Toyota Stadium Monday, September 23 11.15am

Match 3

Fiji vs Uruguay Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium Wednesday, September 25 6.15am

Match 4

Georgia vs Uruguay Kumagaya Rugby Stadium Sunday, September 29 6.15am

Match 5

Australia vs Wales Tokyo Stadium Sunday, September 29 8.45am

Match 6

Georgia vs Fiji Hanazono Rugby Stadium Thursday, October 3 6.15am

Match 7

Australia vs Uruguay Oita Stadium Saturday, October 5 6.15am

Match 8

Wales vs Fiji Oita Stadium Wednesday, October 9 10.45am

Match 9

Australia vs Georgia Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa Friday, October 11 11.15am

Match 10

Wales vs Uruguay Kumamoto Stadium Sunday, October 13 9.15am

KNOCKOUT STAGES

Quarter-Finals
Take place between October 19-20

Semi-Finals
Take place on October 26 and 27 International Stadium Yokohama

Bronze Final
Tokyo Stadium
Friday, November 1 10am

The Final
International Stadium Yokohama
Saturday, November 2 10am