2019 Rugby World Cup Fixtures & Draw



The fixtures and draw for the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup have been announced and you can find all the information below. The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be played in Japan, and marks the first time it has been played in Asia.

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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.

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

Full fixture list

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

Pool stage

Pool Date Time Team 1 Team 2 Venue
A Fri Sep 20 8:45 PM Japan Russia Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
D Sat Sep 21 2:45 PM Australia Fiji Sapporo Dome, Sapporo
C Sat Sep 21 5:15 PM France Argentina Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
B Sat Sep 21 7:45 PM New Zealand South Africa International Stadium, Yokohama
B Sun Sep 22 3:15 PM Italy Africa 1 Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka
A Sun Sep 22 5:45 PM Ireland Scotland International Stadium, Yokohama
C Sun Sep 22 8:15 PM England Tonga Sapporo Dome, Sapporo
D Mon Sep 23 8:15 PM Wales Georgia City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi
A Tue Sep 24 8:15 PM Russia Play-off winner Kumagaya Rugby Grounds, Kumagaya
D Wed Sep 25 3:15 PM Fiji Uruguay Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Kamaishi
B Thu Sep 26 5:45 PM Italy Repechage winner Hakatanomori Football Stadium, Fukukoa
C Thu Sep 26 8:45 PM England USA Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe
C Sat Sep 28 2:45 PM Argentina Tonga Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka
A Sat Sep 28 5:15 PM Japan Ireland Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka
B Sat Sep 28 7:45 PM South Africa Africa 1 City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi
D Sun Sep 29 3:15 PM Georgia Uruguay Kumagaya Rugby Grounds, Kumagaya
D Sun Sep 29 5:45 PM Australia Wales Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
A Mon Sep 30 8:15 PM Scotland Play-off winner Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe
C Wed Oct 2 5:45 PM France USA Hakatanomori Football Stadium, Fukukoa
B Wed Oct 2 8:15 PM New Zealand Repechage winner Oita Stadium, Oita
D Thu Oct 3 3:15 PM Georgia Fiji Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka
A Thu Oct 3 8:15 PM Ireland Russia Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe
B Fri Oct 4 7:45 PM South Africa Italy Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka
D Sat Oct 5 3:15 PM Australia Uruguay Oita Stadium, Oita
C Sat Oct 5, 2019 6:00 PM England Argentina Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
A Sat Oct 5 8:30 PM Japan Play-off winner City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi
B Sun Oct 6 3:45 PM New Zealand Africa 1 Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
C Sun Oct 6 6:45 PM France Tonga Kumamoto Prefectural Athletic Stadium, Kumamoto
B Tue Oct 8 9:15 PM South Africa Repechage winner Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe
C Wed Oct 9 3:15 PM Argentina USA Kumagaya Rugby Grounds, Kumagaya
A Wed Oct 9 6:15 PM Scotland Russia Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka
D Wed Oct 9 8:45 PM Wales Fiji Oita Stadium, Oita
D Fri Oct 11 9:15 PM Australia Georgia Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka
B Sat Oct 12 3:45 PM New Zealand Italy City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi
C Sat Oct 12 7:15 PM England France International Stadium, Yokohama
A Sat Oct 12 9:45 PM Ireland Play-off winner Hakatanomori Football Stadium, Fukukoa
B Sun Oct 13 2:15 PM Africa 1 Repechage winner Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Kamaishi
C Sun Oct 13 4:45 PM USA Tonga Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka
D Sun Oct 13 7:15 PM Wales Uruguay Kumamoto Prefectural Athletic Stadium, Kumamoto
A Sun Oct 13 9:45 PM Japan Scotland International Stadium, Yokohama

Knockout stage

Match Date Time Team 1 Team 2 Venue
Quarter-finals
QF 1 Sat Oct 19 6:15 PM Winner Pool C Runner up Pool D Oita Stadium, Oita
QF 2 Sat Oct 19 9:15 PM Winner Pool B Runner up Pool A Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
QF 3 Sun Oct 20 6:15 PM Winner Pool D Runner up Pool C Oita Stadium, Oita
QF 4 Sun Oct 20 9:15 PM Winner Pool A Runner up Pool B Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
Semi-finals
SF 1 Sat Oct 26 7:00 PM Winner QF 1 Winner QF 2 International Stadium, Yokohama
SF 2 Sun Oct 27 8:00 PM Winner QF 3 Winner QF 4 International Stadium, Yokohama
Third-place play-off
Bronze medal match Fri Nov 1 8:00 PM Loser SF 1 Loser SF 2 Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
Final
Final Sat Nov 2 8:00 PM Winner SF 1 Winner SF 2 International Stadium, Yokohama

Pools

The pools for the tournament were announced on Wednesday May 10, 2017 in Japan. The details of how the pools were decided are below, however here are the groups as decided for the tournament along with each match. Note qualifying teams still to be announced.

Pool A

1. Ireland
2. Scotland
3. Japan
4. Russia
5. Playoff Winner

Pool A matches

Date Time Team 1 Team 2 Venue
Fri Sep 20 8:45 PM Japan Russia Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
Sun Sep 22 5:45 PM Ireland Scotland International Stadium, Yokohama
Tue Sep 24 8:15 PM Russia Play-off winner Kumagaya Rugby Grounds, Kumagaya
Sat Sep 28 5:15 PM Japan Ireland Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka
Mon Sep 30 8:15 PM Scotland Play-off winner Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe
Thu Oct 3 8:15 PM Ireland Russia Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe
Sat Oct 5 8:30 PM Japan Play-off winner City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi
Wed Oct 9 6:15 PM Scotland Russia Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka
Sat Oct 12 9:45 PM Ireland Play-off winner Hakatanomori Football Stadium, Fukukoa
Sun Oct 13 9:45 PM Japan Scotland International Stadium, Yokohama

Pool B

1. New Zealand
2. South Africa
3. Italy
4. Africa 1
5. Repechage winner

Pool B matches

Date Time Team 1 Team 2 Venue
Sat Sep 21 7:45 PM New Zealand South Africa International Stadium, Yokohama
Sun Sep 22 3:15 PM Italy Africa 1 Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka
Thu Sep 26 5:45 PM Italy Repechage winner Hakatanomori Football Stadium, Fukukoa
Sat Sep 28 7:45 PM South Africa Africa 1 City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi
Wed Oct 2 8:15 PM New Zealand Repechage winner Oita Stadium, Oita
Fri Oct 4 7:45 PM South Africa Italy Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka
Sun Oct 6 3:45 PM New Zealand Africa 1 Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
Tue Oct 8 9:15 PM South Africa Repechage winner Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe
Sat Oct 12 3:45 PM New Zealand Italy City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi
Sun Oct 13 2:15 PM Africa 1 Repechage winner Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Kamaishi

Pool C

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

Pool C matches

Date Time Team 1 Team 2 Venue
Sat Sep 21 5:15 PM France Argentina Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
Sun Sep 22 8:15 PM England Tonga Sapporo Dome, Sapporo
Thu Sep 26 8:45 PM England USA Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe
Sat Sep 28 2:45 PM Argentina Tonga Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka
Wed Oct 2 5:45 PM France USA Hakatanomori Football Stadium, Fukukoa
Sat Oct 5 6:00 PM England Argentina Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
Sun Oct 6 6:45 PM France Tonga Kumamoto Prefectural Athletic Stadium, Kumamoto
Wed Oct 9 3:15 PM Argentina USA Kumagaya Rugby Grounds, Kumagaya
Sat Oct 12 7:15 PM England France International Stadium, Yokohama
Sun Oct 13 4:45 PM USA Tonga Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka

Pool D

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

Pool D matches

Date Time Team 1 Team 2 Venue
Sat Sep 21 2:45 PM Australia Fiji Sapporo Dome, Sapporo
Mon Sep 23 8:15 PM Wales Georgia City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi
Wed Sep 25 3:15 PM Fiji Uruguay Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Kamaishi
Sun Sep 29 3:15 PM Georgia Uruguay Kumagaya Rugby Grounds, Kumagaya
Sun Sep 29 5:45 PM Australia Wales Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
Thu Oct 3 3:15 PM Georgia Fiji Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka
Sat Oct 5 3:15 PM Australia Uruguay Oita Stadium, Oita
Wed Oct 9 8:45 PM Wales Fiji Oita Stadium, Oita
Fri Oct 11 9:15 PM Australia Georgia Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka
Sun Oct 13 7:15 PM Wales Uruguay Kumamoto Prefectural Athletic Stadium, Kumamoto

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 are still yet to be determined and will be decided through a complex series of qualification matches. The final qualifier will be confirmed in November 2018.

Band 4: Oceania 1, Americas 1, Europe 1 and Africa 1
Band 5: Oceania 2, Americas 2, Playoff winner, Repechage winner

The qualification process for each of those teams is as follows:

Oceania 1: The side with the best record in the Pacific Nations Cup over 2016 and 2017 – one of Fiji, Tonga or Samoa. Fiji are the best-placed side, having won the competition in 2016.

Americas 1: The winner of a home-and-away playoff between Canada and the USA.

Europe 1: The team with the best record from the Rugby Europe Championship over 2017 and 2018, excluding Georgia, who are among the 12 automatic qualifiers.

Africa 1: The winner of the Rugby Africa Championship.

Oceania 2: The team with the second-best record in the Pacific Nations Cup over 2016 and 2017.

Americas 2: Winner of a playoff between the loser of the Canada versus USA play-off and the highest-ranked South American team, excluding Argentina.

Playoff winner: The winner of a playoff between the third-placed side from the Pacific Nations Cup team versus the highest-ranked European team which hasn’t already qualified.

Repechage winner: The winner of a four-team qualification tournament. The four teams will be: the loser of the Oceania/Europe playoff, the loser of the Americas 2 playoff, the runner-up in the Rugby Africa Championship and the winner of a playoff between the highest-placed Asian team, excluding Japan, and the winner of the Oceania Cup.

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

Last updated: 28 June, 2018

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  • September 8th 2011 @ 12:52am
    Pot Hale said | September 8th 2011 @ 12:52am | ! Report

    Just thought this might be an added extra piece of info for those wanting to know what conditions their team is likely to be facing in upcoming RWC matches. I’ll update this on a regular basis to take into account matches coming up in next ten days within forecast range. Might be a useful sticky.

    The match venues split between North Island and South Island (if I’ve got my geography right) are:

    North: Auckland, Whangarei, Hamilton, Napier, Wellington, Rotorua, Palmerston North, New Plymouth
    South: Queenstown, Nelson, Invercargill, Dunedin.

    Venue Current Temp/Weather/Wind 10-Day Forecast High/Low Sun/Rain/Wind
    Auckland 15. Early Fog. Sunny spells. Breezes H16/L7 Fine. Sea breezes. (18/12.
    Cloudy. Mild winds.) (18/9. Rain. Wind.)
    Dunedin 10.  Cloud. Showers. NW winds.  H13/L7 Fine. High cloud. Northeasterlies.
    Hamilton 13. Fog. Cloudy; becoming fine. Light winds. H15/L4 Showers with westerlies
    Invercargill 12. Rain. Gusty winds.  H10/L5 High Cloud; Northwesterlies. (H13/L5. Rain with westesterlies.)
    Napier 16. Fine. Sunny. Light winds. H16/L5. Sunny. Dry; Westerlies.
    Nelson 14. Fine; Sunny. Light winds H15/L4. Showers; Westerlies.
    New
    Plymouth
    12. Cloudy. Drizzle. H16/L9. Rain showers. Strong winds. (H15/L7. Rain. Westerlies)
    Palmerston
    North
    14. Fine spells.  NW winds. H14/L6. Rain. Westerlies.
    Rotorua 13. Sunny spells. Light winds H15/L7. Cloudy. Northeasterlies. (H14/L2. Sunny. Dry. Southwesterlies.)
    Wellington 12.6. Fine spells . Blustery winds. H14/L8. Rain in periods.  Northerlies.
    Whangarei 14.5. Fine spells. East breezes. H17/L6. Showers with little wind.

    The first batch of RWC matches to see all teams play are on 9/10/11 & 14/15/16 Sept for which 10-day forecasts are available. Chart above shows forecast weather on day of match or if no match scheduled at venue, forecast on 10th day to show the outlook. NZ times of matches are given – the later in the day, the lower the temperature. Where two matches are at same venue, the weather for later matches are in brackets. Updates provided as the pools progress.

    09 A New Zealand v Tonga – Auckland 20.30
    10 B Scotland v Romania – Invercargill 13.00
    10 D Fiji v Namibia – Rotorua 15.30
    10 A France v Japan – Auckland 18.00
    10 B Argentina v England – Dunedin 20.30
    11 C Australia v Italy – Auckland 15.30
    11 C Ireland v USA – New Plymouth 18.00
    11 D South Africa v Wales – Wellington 20.30
    14 D Samoa v Namibia – Rotorua 14.30
    14 A Tonga v Canada – Whangarei 17.00
    14 B Scotland v Georgia – Invercargill 19.30
    15 C Russia v USA – New Plymouth 19.30
    16 A New Zealand v Japan – Hamilton 20.00

    • October 16th 2015 @ 9:05pm
      Rodney said | October 16th 2015 @ 9:05pm | ! Report

      Am I the only one confused by this comment?

      Why are we getting weather for the North and South Island of New Zealand when the Cup is being played in England?

      • July 6th 2017 @ 11:41pm
        Stevesie said | July 6th 2017 @ 11:41pm | ! Report

        Because the comment is from 2011 before the NZ World Cup.

  • September 9th 2011 @ 11:11am
    Andy Thomas said | September 9th 2011 @ 11:11am | ! Report

    Why is Channel 9 delaying the Opening Match until 1:40am?!? Just so they can screen an already-delayed Rugby League final first?

    Why not show the World Cup match live first (it is the opening match, after all), and show the already-delayed League final afterwards?

    If you are fan of League (I’m not, BTW), you’ll either find a way to watch it live, or if it’s delayed anyway, what’s a couple more hours?

    This is the Opening Match of the World Cup – it’s not an every-year footy finals..

  • September 12th 2011 @ 3:30pm
    Elizabeth said | September 12th 2011 @ 3:30pm | ! Report

    Why did CH9 got the rights to Rugby World Cup screening if they only screen Australian participating games – we really want to watch the whole competition not only the home team. Please don’t bother next time. If you do not want to miss out on screening other sporting games, at least put it on GEM. It is not a yearly event after all!!!!

    • October 16th 2015 @ 9:07pm
      Rodney said | October 16th 2015 @ 9:07pm | ! Report

      They didn’t get the rights. Fox Sports did, but current Australian legislation states that events of importance (ie Australian games in the Rugby World Cup) must be shown on Free To Air, which is why the Aussie ones and the finals (I think) are being shown on 9 as well.

      Same thing happened with SBS getting the Wanderers games during their Asian Champions League run.

      As far as I’m aware, if it wasn’t for that law, no games would be shown on FTA.

  • September 14th 2011 @ 2:48pm
    Michael Brown said | September 14th 2011 @ 2:48pm | ! Report

    This is unconscionable. I have not watched or owned a television in 3 years; got my PC TV card and aerial hooked up today to watch the world cup, only to find it’s only available at the pub. I’m currently madly searching for an online stream of FOX sports, to no avail. I honestly thought converting to Digital would mean I get to watch these games. Since hooking up my new TV card, I now find there are 25 channels on free to air, not one of which shows the pool matches not involving australia. To add insult to injury, I find there is now a dedicated sport channel called One, which is showing American Football at the time of the Samoa Namibia game. Sigh.

    • September 15th 2011 @ 8:29pm
      Chuck Ling said | September 15th 2011 @ 8:29pm | ! Report

      This worked for me

      http://www.watchliverugby.com/ (bout $18 for a year) Live streaming through your internet. Most of the matches I’ve watched so far have been reasonable quality and only occasional hiccup.

    • September 19th 2011 @ 4:35pm
      martin said | September 19th 2011 @ 4:35pm | ! Report

      Hi Michael
      I am in the exactly the same position as you! There a re some cracking games that we are just not given the chance to see.
      Did you have luck with the alternatives?

    • September 20th 2015 @ 3:09pm
      tim said | September 20th 2015 @ 3:09pm | ! Report

      check out vip box its how i watched super rugby.

  • September 14th 2011 @ 7:31pm
    Malibu77 said | September 14th 2011 @ 7:31pm | ! Report

    Hey Roar,

    Your fixtures above show games at Carisbrook Dunedin which I believe is in the process of being sold and probably demolished!
    Just to point out, todays Scotland v Georgia was in Invercargill and the England v Romania and Ireland v Italy games are at the new Otago Stadium in Dunedin.

  • September 14th 2011 @ 7:36pm
    Kevin said | September 14th 2011 @ 7:36pm | ! Report

    I have written to the IRB (irb@irb.com) to ask them why they gave the rights to Channel Nine when this amateur network has refused to abide by its commitment to show the games.

    I also cc’d it to the Melbourne Rebels, david.mcnamara@melbournerebels.com.au, as we have decided not to rejoin the Rebels in protest at rugby officials trashing us by giving the TV rights to a corrupt network.

    I suggest others do likewise – otherwise we will not be able to see the finals.