As with football, the Rugby World Cup takes place every four years. 2019 sees Japan host the tournament in Asia for the first time and you can watch every single match live on TV or online for free. We've got all the details.

When is the Rugby World Cup?

The Rugby World Cup starts on 20 September with the final set for 2 November in Yokohama .

Opening the tournament is the hosts, Japan vs Russia at 11:45am (UK time), which is 19:45 local time.

Next England game: vs France - 12 Oct, 9:15am. Cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis, therefore England go through as winners of Pool C two points ahead of France.

View all the fixtures here.

What teams are in the Rugby World Cup?

Here are the official groups for the tournament:

  • Pool A: Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, Samoa
  • Pool B: New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Namibia, Canada
  • Pool C: England, France, Argentina, USA, Tonga
  • Pool D: Australia, Wales, Georgia, Fiji, Uruguay

How to watch the Rugby World Cup on TV and online

It's very easy to watch the rugby world cup in the UK as every single match will be exclusively shown on ITV with the team expecting the most open tournament in history.

Presenters Mark Pougatch and Jill Douglas will host coverage with a range of pundits including Jonny Wilkinson, Sam Warburton and Brian O'Driscoll.

Rugby World Cup ITV

If you have a TV then simply switch on to ITV 1, although a selection of four games will be over on ITV 4 so check the schedule.

Those wanting to live stream the games online can do so with the ITV Hub which is available on the web or via the app - Android, iOS and Xbox One.

It's free but if you don't want to watch with ads you can pay £3.99 per month for ITV Hub+ which also includes the ability to watch from abroad and downloads on iOS. There's a 7-day free trial on offer.

How to watch the Rugby World Cup abroad

As mentioned above, you can sign up to ITV Hub+ to use the service abroad (outside the UK). Alternatively, you can opt for a VPN, which might be cheaper.

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