Rugby World Cup 2023: Match schedule, how to watch, latest news and odds
Rugby World Cup 2023 in France begins in September as nations from across the globe compete for the sport’s ultimate prize.
South Africa were the winners of the last tournament – in Japan in 2019 – when they beat England in the final, and will be among the favourites again this year. New Zealand, as ever, will be the team to beat.
However, a strong European challenge is expected, not least from the hosts France and Six Nations Grand Slam winners Ireland, who have never put their best foot forward at a World Cup.
When is it?
The tournament begins on Friday, September 8 with France taking on New Zealand. The final will be played on Saturday, October 28.
Where is it?
The 2023 Rugby World Cup will be played in France across nine stadiums in nine cities. The final will be played at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis (Paris) on Saturday, October 28.
Stade de France (capacity 80,698) - Saint-Denis (Paris)
Stade Velodrome (67,394) - Marseille
Parc Olympique Lyonnais (59,186) - Lyon
Stade Pierre-Mauroy (50,186) - Lille
Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux (42,115) - Bordeaux
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard (41,965) - Saint-Étienne
Allianz Riviera (35,624) - Nice
Stade de la Beaujoire (35,322) - Nantes
Stadium Municipal (33,150) - Toulouse
How do I watch it?
ITV have won the exclusive broadcast rights to show the Rugby World Cup in the UK. We will update you with specific channels for each match at the tournament once they are revealed by the broadcaster.
The radio commentary of every match will be available only on the BBC, across Radio 5 Live, 5 Sports Extra and the BBC Sounds service. The BBC says there will be a “bespoke output” in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Amazon Prime will broadcast England’s first three World Cup warm-up games in August as well as nine other fixtures featuring other Six Nations teams.
Steve Borthwick’s team take on Wales in a home-and-away double-header before traveling to Ireland on August 19. Their final match before heading to France, against Fiji at Twickenham the following weekend, is also likely to be on Amazon Prime with scheduling issues being finalised.
The streaming service will also show warm-up games such as France welcoming Eddie Jones’ Australia.
Who is playing?
A total of 20 teams have qualified for the Rugby World Cup. These teams have been split into four pools of five, with each pool getting one team from five ‘bands’.
Band one featured the four highest-ranked teams from when the draw for the tournament was made (South Africa, New Zealand, England, Wales). Band two comprised the next four highest-ranked teams (Ireland, Australia, France, Japan) and band three the four after that (Scotland, Argentina, Fiji, Italy).
Each side in the first three bands qualified automatically for the tournament owing to their world ranking, while the further two bands comprised the sides who had made it into the tournament via qualifying (Samoa, Georgia, Uruguay, Tonga, Namibia, Romania, Chile, Portugal).
Who is in what pool?
What are England saying about the tournament
By Daniel Schofield
Manu Tuilagi has vowed that England can beat anyone at the World Cup despite coming off another disappointing Six Nations campaign.
There was no new coach bounce under Steve Borthwick with England recording only two wins for the third successive Championship. After suffering a record 53-10 home defeat to France, England responded with a much better performance in their final game against champions Ireland, losing 29-16 after full back Freddie Steward was sent off just before halftime.
Borthwick has stated that there is a large gap between England and the elite but the fighting spirit shown at the Aviva Stadium has convinced Tuilagi that they can be true World Cup contenders, particularly with a full summer training camp.
“It just showed if we get our stuff right, our game plan, and get our house in order we can beat anyone,” Tuilagi, the Sale Sharks centre, said. “That is what we talked about in the week, if you get your house in order and make sure we do our analysis on the opposition but if we get our stuff right they have to deal with us. That was the message. For us, if we get our stuff right, we can be in contention with any team.
Rugby World Cup 2023 full fixtures and schedule
Friday, Sept 8 - France v New Zealand, Stade de France, 8pm GMT
Saturday, Sept 9 - Italy v Namibia, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, 12.00pm
Saturday, Sept 9 - Ireland v Romania, Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, 2.30pm
Saturday, Sept 9 - Australia v Georgia, Stade de France, 5pm
Saturday, Sept 9 - England v Argentina, Stade Vélodrome, 8pm
Sunday, Sept 10 - Japan v Chile, Stadium Municipal, 12pm
Sunday, Sept 10 - South Africa v Scotland, Stade Vélodrome, 4.45pm
Sunday, Sept 10 - Wales v Fiji, Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, 8pm
Thursday, Sept 14 - France v Uruguay, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 8pm
Friday, Sept 15 - New Zealand v Namibia, Stadium Municipal, 8pm
Saturday, Sept 16 - Samoa v Chile, Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, 2pm
Saturday, Sept 16 - Wales v Portugal, Allianz Riviera, 4.45pm
Saturday, Sept 16 - Ireland v Tonga, Stade de la Beaujoire, 8pm
Sunday, Sept 17 - South Africa v Romania, Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, 2pm
Sunday, Sept 17 - Australia v Fiji, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, 4.45pm
Sunday, Sept 17 - England v Japan, Allianz Riviera, 8pm
Wednesday, Sept 20 - Italy v Uruguay, Allianz Riviera, 4.45pm
Thursday, Sept 21 - France v Namibia, Stade Vélodrome, 8pm
Friday, Sept 22 - Argentina v Samoa, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, 4.45pm
Saturday, Sept 23 - Georgia v Portugal, Stadium Municipal, 1pm
Saturday, Sept 23 - England v Chile, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 4.45pm
Saturday, Sept 23 - South Africa v Ireland, Stade de France, 8pm
Sunday, Sept 24 - Scotland v Tonga, Allianz Riviera, 4.45pm
Sunday, Sept 24 - Wales v Australia, Parc Olympique Lyonnais, 8pm
Wednesday, Sept 27 - Uruguay v Namibia, Parc Olympique Lyonnais, 4.45pm
Thursday, Sept 28 - Japan v Samoa, Stadium Municipal, 8pm
Friday, Sept 29 - New Zealand v Italy, Parc Olympique Lyonnais, 8pm
Saturday, Sept 30 - Argentina v Chile, Stade de la Beaujoire, 2pm
Saturday, Sept 30 - Fiji v Georgia, Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, 4.45pm
Saturday, Sept 30 - Scotland v Romania, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 8pm
Sunday, Oct 1 - Australia v Portugal, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, 4.45pm
Sunday, Oct 1 - South Africa v Tonga, Stade Vélodrome, 8pm
Thursday, Oct 5 - New Zealand v Uruguay, Parc Olympique Lyonnais, 8pm
Friday, Oct 6 - France v Italy, Parc Olympique Lyonnais, 8pm
Saturday, Oct 7 - Wales v Georgia, Stade de la Beaujoire, 2pm
Saturday, Oct 7 - England v Samoa, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 4.45pm
Saturday, Oct 7 - Ireland v Scotland, Stade de France, 8pm
Sunday, Oct 8 - Japan v Argentina, Stade de la Beaujoire, 12pm
Sunday, Oct 8 - Tonga v Romania, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 4.45pm
Sunday, Oct 8 - Fiji v Portugal, Stadium Municipal, 8pm
Saturday, Oct 14 - Winner Pool C v Runner-up Pool D, Stade Vélodrome, 4pm
Saturday, Oct 14 - Winner Pool B v Runner-up Pool A, Stade de France, 8pm
Sunday, Oct 15 - Winner Pool D v Runner-up Pool C, Stade Vélodrome, 4pm
Sunday, Oct 15 - Winner Pool 4 v Runner-up Pool B, Stade de France, 8pm
Friday, Oct 20 - Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 2, Stade de France, 8pm
Saturday, Oct 21 - Winner QF 3 v Winner QF 4, Stade de France, 8pm
Friday, Oct 27 - Runner-up SF 1 v Runner-up SF 2, Stade de France, 8pm
Saturday, Oct 28 - Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2, Stade de France, 8pm
France - 11/4
New Zealand - 3/1
Ireland - 4/1
South Africa - 9/2
England - 9/1
Australia - 9/1
Argentina - 28/1
Scotland - 38/1
Wales - 28/1
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