A guide to the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan

Rugby World Cup 2019 fixtures: Match dates, schedule and results of the tournament so far

The opening ceremony and first match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup took place on Friday, September 20 as nations from across the globe kicked off the competition for the Webb Ellis Cup. Here are the other matches you have to look forward to.

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Where is the tournament being held?

Japan. See the full list of stadiums hosting the games.

The host nation had an excellent start to the competition, by winning their first game against Russia.

Who are the competing teams?

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As the tournament kicks off today, 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.

Rugby World Cup fixtures

Read our guide on how to watch the matches live.

Pool A 

IRELAND, SCOTLAND, JAPAN, RUSSIA, SAMOA

Match 1

Japan 30 Russia 10… Tokyo Stadium… Friday, September 20… 11.45am BST… (ITV)

Match 2

Ireland vs Scotland… International Stadium Yokohama… Sunday, September 22… 8.45am BST… (ITV)

Match 3

Russia vs Samoa… Kumagaya Rugby Stadium… Tuesday, September 24… 11.15am BST… (ITV 4)

Match 4

Japan vs Ireland… Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa… Saturday, September 28… 8.15am BST… (ITV)

Match 5

Scotland vs Samoa… Kobe Misaki Stadium… Monday, September 30… 11.15am BST… (ITV)

Match 6

Ireland vs Russia… Kobe Misaki Stadium… Thursday, October 3… 11.15am BST… (ITV)

Match 7

Japan vs Samoa… City of Toyota Stadium… Saturday, October 5… 11.30am BST… (ITV)

Match 8

Scotland vs Russia… Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa… Wednesday, October 9… 8.15am BST… (ITV)

Match 9

Ireland vs Samoa… Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium… Saturday, October 12… 11.45am BST… (ITV)

Match 10

Japan vs Scotland… International Stadium Yokohama… Sunday, October 13… 11.45am BST… (ITV)

Pool B 

N ZEALAND, S AFRICA, ITALY, NAMIBIA, CANADA

Match 1

New Zealand vs South Africa… International Stadium Yokohama… Saturday, September 21… 10.45am BST… (ITV)

Match 2

Italy vs Namibia… Hanazono Rugby Stadium… Sunday, September 22… 6.15am BST… (ITV)

Match 3

Italy vs Canada… Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium… Thursday, September 26… 8.45am BST… (ITV 4)

Match 4

South Africa vs Namibia… City of Toyota Stadium… Saturday, September 28… 10.45am BST… (ITV)

Match 5

New Zealand vs Canada… Oita Stadium… Wednesday, October 2… 11.15am BST… (ITV 4)

Match 6

South Africa vs Italy… Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa… Friday, October 4… 10.45am BST… (ITV 4)

Match 7

New Zealand vs Namibia… Tokyo Stadium… Sunday, October 6… 5.45am BST… (ITV)

Match 8

South Africa vs Canada… Kobe Misaki Stadium… Tuesday, October 8… 11.15am BST… (ITV 4)

Match 9

New Zealand vs Italy… City of Toyota Stadium… Saturday, October 12… 5.45am BST… (ITV)

Match 10

Namibia vs Canada… Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium… Sunday, October 13… 4.15am BST… (ITV)

Pool C 

ENGLAND, FRANCE, ARGENTINA, USA, TONGA

Match 1

France 23 Argentina 21 Tokyo Stadium… Saturday, September 21… 8.15am BST… (ITV)

Match 2

England vs Tonga… Sapporo Dome… Sunday, September 22… 11.15am BST… (ITV)

Match 3

England vs USA… Kobe Misaki Stadium… Thursday, September 26… 11.45am BST… (ITV)

Match 4

Argentina vs Tonga… Hanazono Rugby Stadium… Saturday, September 28… 5.45am BST… (ITV)

Match 5

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

Match 6

England vs Argentina… Tokyo Stadium… Saturday, October 5… 9am BST… (ITV)

Match 7

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

Match 8

Argentina vs USA… Kumagaya Rugby Stadium… Wednesday, October 9… 5.45am BST… (ITV 4)

Match 9

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

Match 10

USA vs Tonga… Hanazono Rugby Stadium… Sunday, October 13… 6.45am BST… (ITV)

Pool D 

AUSTRALIA, WALES, GEORGIA, FIJI, URUGUAY

Match 1

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

Match 2

Wales vs Georgia… City of Toyota Stadium… Monday, September 23… 11.15am BST… (ITV)

Match 3

Fiji vs Uruguay… Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium… Wednesday, September 25… 6.15am BST… (ITV 4)

Match 4

Georgia vs Uruguay… Kumagaya Rugby Stadium… Sunday, September 29… 6.15am BST… (ITV)

Match 5

Australia vs Wales… Tokyo Stadium… Sunday, September 29… 8.45am BST… (ITV)

Match 6

Georgia vs Fiji… Hanazono Rugby Stadium… Thursday, October 3… 6.15am BST… (ITV 4)

Match 7

Australia vs Uruguay… Oita Stadium… Saturday, October 5… 6.15am BST… (ITV)

Match 8

Wales vs Fiji… Oita Stadium… Wednesday, October 9… 10.45am BST… (ITV)

Match 9

Australia vs Georgia… Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa… Friday, October 11… 11.15am BST… (ITV 4)

Match 10

Wales vs Uruguay… Kumamoto Stadium… Sunday, October 13… 9.15am BST… (ITV)

When is the final?

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. 

While this year’s Rugby World Cup is being staged in the Land of the Rising Sun, the time difference between Japan and Europe means rugby devotees from the home nations will be forced out of their beds to watch games long before the sun has even considered beginning its ascent on this side of the world.

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Depending on your age and lifestyle, 4am is either very late or very early, but those of you who may previously have been unaware that such a hideously ungodly hour actually existed will be relieved to learn that only one of the 48 matches is scheduled to begin at that time. One for the insomniacs and completists, Namibia’s game with Canada in Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium on Sunday 13 October certainly won’t watch itself.

Depending on your age and lifestyle, 4am is either very late or very early, but those of you who may previously have been unaware that such a hideously ungodly hour actually existed will be relieved to learn that only one of the 48 matches is scheduled to begin at that time. One for the insomniacs and completists, Namibia’s game with Canada in Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium on Sunday 13 October certainly won’t watch itself.

In keeping with an early-morning schedule boasting kick-offs at comparatively civilised hours ranging from 5.15am to 11.30am, ITV has produced an appetite-whetting trailer entitled Rise for the Rugby World Cup. Perhaps mindful that the prospect of crawling out of one’s pit to watch Clive Woodward and Paul O’Connell debate the finer points of set-piece running lines before a pre-dawn Pool C kick-off between Argentina and Tonga might not be enough to get the juices flowing, the anime-inspired promo shows fans from each of the home nations drifting off to sleep, whereupon they are transported into a cartoon dream-world.

In this promo, which draws upon influences including the Manga artists Katsuhiro Otomo and Satoshi Kon, bullet trains morph Transformer-style into fleet-of-foot England wingers, cartoon Irishmen are crash-tackled into skyscrapers and an army of demonic, red-eyed, slavering muscle-bound All Blacks emerge from what appear to be bowels of hell to wreak their own unique brand of havoc. Suitably enthused and jolted back into reality, the fans in question emerge from their hallucinations to find themselves sitting in front of their screens awaiting kick-off.

In the UK, ITV will be their go-to network of choice, their coverage soundtracked by a specially recorded version of World In Union by Emeli Sandé. Committed to showing every game of the tournament from the opener between Japan and Russia in Tokyo to the final in Yokahama 43 days later, the network has spared no expense in assembling a pool of big-name pundits and analysts including Jonny Wilkinson, Sam Warburton, Brian O’Driscoll, Bryan Habana, Gareth Thomas, Maggie Alphonsi, Sean Fitzpatrick and Michael Lynagh. Their coverage will be led by experienced stalwarts Mark Pougatch and Jill Douglas, while “an interactive studio set that allows pundits to demonstrate physical analysis” is one particular gizmo ITV seem particularly excited about rolling out.Advertisement

While assorted travelling fans are inevitably bound to make a show of themselves, however unwittingly, in front of horrified hosts who will be far too polite to point out that raucous chanting about Sweet Chariots between slurps of Asahi lager through a sock is frowned upon in Japanese society, the folks watching back home need have no concerns about etiquette.

While early-morning sofa-slumming in one’s smalls may well become de rigueur in various households around the UK and Ireland, viewers wishing to fully immerse themselves in the World Cup experience by adopting various Japanese customs are wholeheartedly encouraged to do so.

Be warned, however, this proud nation’s complex manners system can be a minefield. Wearing shoes and walking barefoot indoors is a definite no-no, so the purchase of slippers is advised. You’ll be needing two pairs. One for general house-wear, with a separate pair parked outside the bathroom for half-time ablutions. Of which more anon.

Seasoned drinkers who are unprepared to let the minor detail that matches kick off before noon impinge on their enjoyment of the competition should be advised that in company, it is customary to pour for those in your company, rather than yourself. What’s more, if slowly supping your way into pre-lunchtime oblivion in the company of like-minded individuals, it is considered good manners to regularly check the glasses of your fellow dipsomaniacs and provide refills where required. A word of warning, too, if you’re eating a mid-match snack: don’t – repeat, don’t – point at anyone or anything with your chopsticks.

With all that booze on board, you’ll be needing the toilet. For the full Japanese experience, you may want to replace your own depressingly basic, no-frills khazi with the kind of all-singing, all-dancing state-of-the-art electronic version that can be found in 80% of the country’s homes. Once you’ve figured out the myriad technical complexities of your new CCP-7235-SH: Bidet Shower Toilet made from pan pure white china and complete with electronic bidet seat, warm air dryer with variable temperature settings, posterior cleansing, deodoriser and warm-water setting, you could very well emerge from the bathroom to discover the tournament has ended in your lengthy absence.

Source: This article was riginally published on The Gaurdian

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