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Rugby World Cup Guide 2019

September 20th, 2019 Home, Sports Guides

The Rugby World Cup takes place in Japan this year and this guide will take you through all the action.

Taking place every four years, the World Cup is rugby union’s biggest prize. And for the first time in history it’s being held in Asia. Each tournament, the world’s top 20 sides compete for the Webb Ellis Trophy.

The Rugby World Cup history

The Rugby World Cup first took place in 1987 with the New Zealand ‘All Blacks’ claiming the trophy.

New Zealand are the most successful side ever to compete in the World Cup, having taken the title on three occasions. Australia and South Africa has both won twice and England once.

The Rugby World Cup has expanded over time and now includes countries from every continent.

RUGBY WORLD CUPS HOSTS WINNERS
1987 New Zealand
Australia
New Zealand
1991 England
Wales
France
Ireland
Scotland
Australia
1995 South Africa South Africa
1999 Wales Australia
2003 Australia England
2007 France South Africa
2011 New Zealand New Zealand
2015 England New Zealand
2019 Japan  

Who is playing in World Cup?

The twenty teams taking part are divided into four pools of five. Each pool will be a single round-robin of ten games, in which each team plays one match against each of the other teams in the same pool. Teams are awarded four league points for a win, two for a draw and none for a defeat by eight or more points. A team scoring four tries in a match is awarded a bonus point, as is a team that loses by fewer than eight points. Both bonus points are awarded if both situations apply.

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

World Cup Pool A

20 September 2019 – Japan v Russia – Tokyo Stadium, Chofu
22 September 2019 – Ireland v Scotland – International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama
24 September 2019 – Russia v Samoa – Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Kumagaya
28 September 2019 – Japan v Ireland – Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi
30 September 2019 – Scotland v Samoa – Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe
3 October 2019 – Ireland v Russia Kobe – Misaki Stadium, Kobe
5 October 2019 – Japan v Samoa – City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota
9 October 2019 – Scotland v Russia – Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi
12 October 2019 – Ireland v Samoa Fukuoka – Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka
13 October 2019 – Japan v Scotland – International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama

World Cup Pool B

21 September 2019 – New Zealand v South Africa – International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama
22 September 2019 – Italy v Namibia – Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashiosaka
26 September 2019 – Italy v Canada – Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka
28 September 2019 – South Africa v Namibia – City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota
2 October 2019 – New Zealand v Canada – Oita Stadium, Oita
4 October 2019 – South Africa v Italy – Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi
6 October 2019 – New Zealand v Namibia – Tokyo Stadium, Chofu
8 October 2019 – South Africa v Canada – Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe
12 October 2019 – New Zealand v Italy – City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota
13 October 2019 – Namibia v Canada – Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Kamaishi

World Cup Pool C

21 September 2019 – France v Argentina – Tokyo Stadium, Chofu
22 September 2019 – England v Tonga – Sapporo Dome, Sapporo
26 September 2019 – England v United States – Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe
28 September 2019 – Argentina v Tonga – Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashiosaka
2 October 2019 – France v United States – Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka
5 October 2019 – England v Argentina – Tokyo Stadium, Chofu
6 October 2019 – France v Tonga – Kumamoto Stadium, Kumamoto
9 October 2019 – Argentina v United States – Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Kumagaya
12 October 2019 – England v France – International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama
13 October 2019 – United States v Tonga – Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashiōsaka

World Cup Pool D

21 September 2019 – Australia v Fiji – Sapporo Dome, Sapporo
23 September 2019 – Wales v Georgia – City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota
25 September 2019 – Fiji v Uruguay – Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Kamaishi
29 September 2019 – Georgia v Uruguay – Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Kumagaya
29 September 2019 – Australia v Wales – Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu
3 October 2019 – Georgia v Fiji – Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashiosaka
5 October 2019 – Australia v Uruguay – Oita Stadium, Oita
9 October 2019 – Wales v Fiji – Oita Stadium, Oita
11 October 2019 – Australia v Georgia – Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi
13 October 2019 – Wales v Uruguay – Kumamoto Stadium, Kumamoto

Quarter-finals

19 October 2019 – Winner of Pool C v Runner-up of Pool D – Oita Stadium, Oita
19 October 2019 – Winner of Pool B v Runner-up of Pool A – Tokyo Stadium, Chofu
20 October 2019 – Winner of Pool D v Runner-up of Pool C – Oita Stadium, Oita
20 October 2019 – Winner of Pool A v Runner-up of Pool B – Tokyo Stadium, Chofu

Semi-finals

26 October 2019 – Winner of Quarter-final 1 v Winner of Quarter-final 2 – International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama
27 October 2019 – Winner of Quarter-final 3 v Winner of Quarter-final 4 – International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama

Final

2 November 2019 18:00 – Winner of Semi-final 1 v Winner of Semi-final 2 – International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama


Rugby positions


How to watch the Rugby World Cup

The World Cup is being broadcast live on ITV. Games will be shown across their channel suite throughout the tournament. And thanks to highlights shows, you won’t miss a thing. As the tournament is in Japan, remember that some games will take place very early in the morning. Tokyo, Japan is 8 hours ahead of the UK.


Betting tips for the Rugby World Cup 2019

The Rugby World Cup generates lots of markets, and the fact England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland involved only enhances the interest.

There are the normal outright markets for the competition as you can see below. But as well as these, there is also a plethora of markets for every game throughout so you won’t be short of options.

Rugby World Cup odds*:

New Zealand @ 11/8
South Africa @ 7/2
England @ 4/1
Ireland @ 9/1
Wales @ 12/1
Australia @ 20/1
France @ 33/1
Argentina @ 50/1
Scotland @ 50/1
Japan @ 200/1
Fiji @ 500/1
Georgia @ 2500/1
Italy @ 4000/1
Samoa @ 1500/1
Tonga @ 2000/1
USA @ 4000/1
Russia @ 7500/1
Canada @ 7500/1
Namibia @ 7500/1
Uruguay @ 7500/1

*Odds correct at time of writing. Please check for the latest odds.

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