The Rugby World Cup schedule starts on September 20 and finishes on November 2: here's when every match is on live. The Rugby World Cup commences on September 20 and every match of the tournament is broadcast live into Australia.
This tournament is the ninth Rugby World Cup, but is being held in Japan for the first time. Teams will be competing for the Webb Ellis Cup.
It's only been won by four countries since the inaugural tournament in However, 20 national teams from around the world have qualified for the chance to win the tournament.
Play commences with a group stage, consisting of five teams spread across four pools. It then proceeds to a knockout stage in the finals. New Zealand are the back-to-back defending champions, after wins in and Ranked number 2 in the world , the Kiwis will have 19 other nations gunning for them.
Though taking the trophy from them is far easier said than done.
The national sport in New Zealand is rugby union and its citizens associate it as part of their national identity. With that said, there has been a major shake up of the Kiwi team in the lead-up to the Rugby World Cup. And recent losses to Australia and Ireland, as well as draw against South Africa and a narrow one point win over England, suggest many teams will fancy their changes of lofting the trophy on 2 November.
But here's a quick summary. All matches of the Rugby World Cup are available to watch in Australia.
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The broadcast rights for the full event are held by Foxtel and Kayo Sports, who will air every single game of the tournament live and, with Kayo, on demand. Channel 10 will also show a selection of games. Channel 10 will broadcast all Wallabies matches and the majority of the knockout matches, including the final.
So if you're a big fan of rugby union or your favourite team isn't the Australian Wallabies, you'll need a subscription to pay-TV to watch all the action.
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