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Rugby World Cup 2019: How to watch via online live stream, TV, radio

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The 2019 Rugby World Cup was the first to be held in Asia, with Japan hosting rugby’s biggest event. This page contains all the information on how to live stream every single match of the tournament, as well as watch them on TV and listen on radio.

Live stream
There are a number of ways to stream the 2019 Rugby World Cup on your preferred mobile devices. There is a free option that will allow you to stream Wallabies matches and most finals. However, if you want to stream every match of the tournament, you’ll need to subscribe to one of the following services.

The simplest way to get access to every World Cup match on stream is through Kayo Sports. Kayo is a relatively new service that allows you stream any Foxtel sporting content on your mobile or tablet. A subscription to Kayo costs $25 a month, which is less than what it would cost you to subscribe to Foxtel and pick up the sports package.

If you are interested in streaming other Foxtel content, however, you may want to subscribe to Foxtel Now – a streaming-only variant of the pay-TV service. If you are already subscribed to Foxtel on TV, you can simply use the Foxtel App, which is already included as part of your package.

As far as free streams go, you will be able to use Tenplay to catch matches being broadcast on Channel Ten, however, this only covers Wallabies pool matches, the opening game between Japan and Russia, and most of the knockout fixtures.

Check out our full World Cup TV guide to see exactly which matches will be available.

TV rights for the 2019 Rugby World Cup more or less mimic the live stream rights above.

Fox Sports will have every match of the tournament live on a dedicated Rugby World Cup channel. Their match coverage will also have no ad breaks during play. To watch Fox Sports’ coverage, you will need a valid Foxtel TV subscription.

Channel Ten will have the opening ceremony and Japan versus Russia immediately after, each Wallabies game, as well as two quarter-finals (one of which will be the Wallabies, should they qualify), the semi-finals, third-place match and the final.


Rugby World Cup free-to-air TV schedule (all matches shown on the Ten Network)

Date Time Team 1 Team 2 Venue
Fri Sep 20 8:45 PM Japan Russia Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
Sat Sep 21 2:45 PM Australia Fiji Sapporo Dome, Sapporo
Sun Sep 29 5:45 PM Australia Wales Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
Sat Oct 5 3:15 PM Australia Uruguay Oita Stadium, Oita
Fri Oct 11 9:15 PM Australia Georgia Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka
Sat Oct 19 6:15 PM England Australia Oita Stadium, Oita
Sun Oct 20 6:15 PM Wales France Oita Stadium, Oita
Sat Oct 26 7:00 PM New Zealand England International Stadium, Yokohama
Sun Oct 27 8:00 PM South Africa Wales International Stadium, Yokohama
Third-place play-off
Fri Nov 1 8:00 PM New Zealand Wales Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
Sat Nov 2 8:00 PM England South Africa International Stadium, Yokohama

As far as we can tell, no Australian radio station will be broadcasting commentary of the 2019 World Cup. ABC Radio carried the 2015 tournament, but there’s no sign they’re doing the same this year.

You will, however, be able to catch radio coverage via Rugby AU’s new Rugby Xplorer app, which is available on Android, iOS and Alexa devices.

The Roar will be running a live blog with commentary of every match of the Rugby World Cup and will have video highlights from each game available within Australia.

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