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Rugby World Cup 2019 Fixtures & Draw

How will the Wallabies go this World Cup? (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

The fixtures and draw for the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup have been confirmed and you can find all the information below. The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be played in Japan from Friday, September 20 until Saturday, November 2.

It is the first time it has been played in Asia.

Navigate fixture by date
Pool stage | Knockout stage

Navigate fixture by pool
Pool A | Pool B | Pool C | Pool D

The tournament will run for over a month between mid-September and early November 2019, with the opening match set to be played on Friday, September 20 at Tokyo Stadium in the nation’s capital, while the final will be played at Yokohama Stadium in Kanagawa on Saturday, November 2.

» Prefer to download a PDF of the RWC draw? Head over to our printable World Cup fixture

Australia’s opening match will see them take on Fiji on Saturday, September 21 in Sapporo.

Full Rugby World Cup fixtures

Note that all times are AEST until Sunday, October 6, 2019 at which point they are shown below as AEDT.

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Pool stage

Date Time Fixture Venue
Fri, Sep 20 8:45 PM Japan vs Russia Tokyo Stadium
Sat, Sep 21 2:45 PM Australia vs Fiji Sapporo Dome
Sat, Sep 21 5:15 PM France vs Argentina Tokyo Stadium
Sat, Sep 21 7:45 PM New Zealand vs South Africa Yokohama International Stadium
Sun, Sep 22 3:15 PM Italy vs Namibia Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Sun, Sep 22 5:45 PM Ireland vs Scotland Yokohama International Stadium
Sun, Sep 22 8:15 PM England vs Tonga Sapporo Dome
Mon, Sep 23 8:15 PM Wales vs Georgia City of Toyota Stadium
Tue, Sep 24 8:15 PM Russia vs Samoa Kumagaya Rugby Grounds
Wed, Sep 25 3:15 PM Fiji vs Uruguay Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium
Thu, Sep 26 5:45 PM Italy vs Canada Hakatanomori Football Stadium
Thu, Sep 26 8:45 PM England vs USA Kobe Misaki Stadium
Sat, Sep 28 2:45 PM Argentina vs Tonga Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Sat, Sep 28 5:15 PM Japan vs Ireland Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
Sat, Sep 28 7:45 PM South Africa vs Namibia City of Toyota Stadium
Sun, Sep 29 3:15 PM Georgia vs Uruguay Kumagaya Rugby Grounds
Sun, Sep 29 5:45 PM Australia vs Wales Tokyo Stadium
Mon, Sep 30 8:15 PM Scotland vs Samoa Kobe Misaki Stadium
Wed, Oct 2 5:45 PM France vs USA Hakatanomori Football Stadium
Wed, Oct 2 8:15 PM New Zealand vs Canada Oita Stadium
Thu, Oct 3 3:15 PM Georgia vs Fiji Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Thu, Oct 3 8:15 PM Ireland vs Russia Kobe Misaki Stadium
Fri, Oct 4 7:45 PM South Africa vs Italy Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
Sat, Oct 5 3:15 PM Australia vs Uruguay Oita Stadium
Sat, Oct 5 6:00 PM England vs Argentina Tokyo Stadium
Sat, Oct 5 8:30 PM Japan vs Samoa City of Toyota Stadium
Sun, Oct 6 3:45 PM New Zealand vs Namibia Tokyo Stadium
Sun, Oct 6 6:45 PM France vs Tonga Kumamoto Prefectural Athletic Stadium
Tue, Oct 8 9:15 PM South Africa vs Canada Kobe Misaki Stadium
Wed, Oct 9 3:15 PM Argentina vs USA Kumagaya Rugby Grounds
Wed, Oct 9 6:15 PM Scotland vs Russia Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
Wed, Oct 9 8:45 PM Wales vs Fiji Oita Stadium
Fri, Oct 11 9:15 PM Australia vs Georgia Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
Sat, Oct 12 3:45 PM New Zealand vs Italy City of Toyota Stadium
Sat, Oct 12 7:15 PM England vs France Yokohama International Stadium
Sat, Oct 12 9:45 PM Ireland vs Samoa Hakatanomori Football Stadium
Sun, Oct 13 2:15 PM Namibia vs Canada Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium
Sun, Oct 13 4:45 PM USA vs Tonga Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Sun, Oct 13 7:15 PM Wales vs Uruguay Kumamoto Prefectural Athletic Stadium
Sun, Oct 13 9:45 PM Japan vs Scotland Yokohama International Stadium

Knockout stage

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By fixture

Quarter-finals
Date Time Fixture Venue
Sat, Oct 19 6:15 PM Winner Pool C vs Runner up Pool D Oita Stadium
Sat, Oct 19 9:15 PM Winner Pool B vs Runner up Pool A Tokyo Stadium
Sun, Oct 20 6:15 PM Winner Pool D vs Runner up Pool C Oita Stadium
Sun, Oct 20 9:15 PM Winner Pool A vs Runner up Pool B Tokyo Stadium
Semi-finals
Date Time Fixture Venue
Sat, Oct 26 7:00 PM Winner QF 1 vs Winner QF 2 Yokohama International Stadium
Sun, Oct 27 8:00 PM Winner QF 3 vs Winner QF 4 Yokohama International Stadium
Third-placed playoff
Date Time Fixture Venue
Fri, Nov 1 8:00 PM Loser SF 1 vs Loser SF 2 Tokyo Stadium
Final
Date Time Fixture Venue
Sat, Nov 2 8:00 PM Winner SF 1 vs Winner SF 2 Yokohama International Stadium

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World Cup knockout stage bracket

Quarter-final 1 Quarter-final 2
Winner Pool C Runner-up Pool D Winner Pool B Runner-up Pool A
Semi-final 1
Winner QF 1 Winner QF 2
Final
Winner SF 2 Winner SF 1
Semi-final 2
Winner QF 3 Winner QF 4
Quarter-final 3 Quarter-final 4
Winner Pool D Runner-up Pool C Winner Pool A Runner-up Pool B

Group-stage fixture by pools

Pool A

1. Ireland
2. Scotland
3. Japan
4. Russia
5. Samoa

Pool A matches

Date Time Fixture Venue
Fri, Sep 20 8:45 PM Japan vs Russia Tokyo Stadium
Sun, Sep 22 5:45 PM Ireland vs Scotland Yokohama International Stadium
Tue, Sep 24 8:15 PM Russia vs Samoa Kumagaya Rugby Grounds
Sat, Sep 28 5:15 PM Japan vs Ireland Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
Mon, Sep 30 8:15 PM Scotland vs Samoa Kobe Misaki Stadium
Thu, Oct 3 8:15 PM Ireland vs Russia Kobe Misaki Stadium
Sat, Oct 5 8:30 PM Japan vs Samoa City of Toyota Stadium
Wed, Oct 9 6:15 PM Scotland vs Russia Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
Sat, Oct 12 9:45 PM Ireland vs Samoa Hakatanomori Football Stadium
Sun, Oct 13 9:45 PM Japan vs Scotland Yokohama International Stadium

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Pool B

1. New Zealand
2. South Africa
3. Italy
4. Namibia
5. Canada

Pool B matches

Date Time Fixture Venue
Sat, Sep 21 7:45 PM New Zealand vs South Africa Yokohama International Stadium
Sun, Sep 22 3:15 PM Italy vs Namibia Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Thu, Sep 26 5:45 PM Italy vs Canada Hakatanomori Football Stadium
Sat, Sep 28 7:45 PM South Africa vs Namibia City of Toyota Stadium
Wed, Oct 2 8:15 PM New Zealand vs Canada Oita Stadium
Fri, Oct 4 7:45 PM South Africa vs Italy Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
Sun, Oct 6 3:45 PM New Zealand vs Namibia Tokyo Stadium
Tue, Oct 8 9:15 PM South Africa vs Canada Kobe Misaki Stadium
Sat, Oct 12 3:45 PM New Zealand vs Italy City of Toyota Stadium
Sun, Oct 13 2:15 PM Namibia vs Canada Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium

Pool C

1. England
2. France
3. Argentina
4. United States of America
5. Tonga

Pool C matches

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Date Time Fixture Venue
Sat, Sep 21 5:15 PM France vs Argentina Tokyo Stadium
Sun, Sep 22 8:15 PM England vs Tonga Sapporo Dome
Thu, Sep 26 8:45 PM England vs USA Kobe Misaki Stadium
Sat, Sep 28 2:45 PM Argentina vs Tonga Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Wed, Oct 2 5:45 PM France vs USA Hakatanomori Football Stadium
Sat, Oct 5 6:00 PM England vs Argentina Tokyo Stadium
Sun, Oct 6 6:45 PM France vs Tonga Kumamoto Prefectural Athletic Stadium
Wed, Oct 9 3:15 PM Argentina vs USA Kumagaya Rugby Grounds
Sat, Oct 12 7:15 PM England vs France Yokohama International Stadium
Sun, Oct 13 4:45 PM USA vs Tonga Hanazono Rugby Stadium

Pool D

1. Australia
2. Wales
3. Georgia
4. Fiji
5. Uruguay

Pool D matches

Date Time Fixture Venue
Sat, Sep 21 2:45 PM Australia vs Fiji Sapporo Dome
Mon, Sep 23 8:15 PM Wales vs Georgia City of Toyota Stadium
Wed, Sep 25 3:15 PM Fiji vs Uruguay Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium
Sun, Sep 29 3:15 PM Georgia vs Uruguay Kumagaya Rugby Grounds
Sun, Sep 29 5:45 PM Australia vs Wales Tokyo Stadium
Thu, Oct 3 3:15 PM Georgia vs Fiji Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Sat, Oct 5 3:15 PM Australia vs Uruguay Oita Stadium
Wed, Oct 9 8:45 PM Wales vs Fiji Oita Stadium
Fri, Oct 11 9:15 PM Australia vs Georgia Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
Sun, Oct 13 7:15 PM Wales vs Uruguay Kumamoto Prefectural Athletic Stadium

Broadcast guide

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All matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup will be broadcast live on Fox Sports, with no ad-breaks during play. You can watch all of those matches live or on-demand via Kayo Sports.

As far as free-to-air is concerned, Network Ten will have all Wallabies matches live, while they will also broadcast two quarter-finals, the semis, the third-place play-off and the final.

Qualification

Twenty nations will compete in the 2019 World Cup, being split into four groups of five teams each.

Twelve sides automatically qualified for the 2019 World Cup as a result of finishing in the top three in their groups in the 2015 tournament. They were split into three bands based on their rankings, to be distributed evenly across the groups in 2019:

Band 1: New Zealand, England, Australia and Ireland
Band 2: Scotland, France, South Africa and Wales
Band 3: Argentina, Japan, Georgia, Italy

The remaining eight teams were determined through a complex series of qualification matches.

Band 4: Fiji, USA, Russia, Namibia
Band 5: Tonga, Uruguay, Samoa, Canada

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Venues

There are 12 venues in Japan that will play host to World Cup matches in 2019, ranging from the Sapporo Dome in the north of the country to Kumamoto Stadium in the south-west.

The complete list of stadiums is as follows:

  • Sapporo Dome, Sapporo City
  • Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Iwate Prefecture/Kamaishi City
  • Kumagaya Rugby Ground, Saitama Prefecture/Kumagaya City
  • New National Stadium Japan, Tokyo
  • International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture/Yokohama City
  • Ogasayama Sports Park Ecopa Stadium, Shizuoka Prefecture
  • Toyota Stadium, Aichi Prefecture/Toyota City
  • Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka Prefecture/Higashi Osaka City
  • Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium, Kobe City
  • Hakatanomori Football Stadium, Fukuoka City
  • Kumamoto Prefectural Athletic Stadium, Kumamoto Prefecture/Kumamoto City
  • Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture

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