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The International Rugby Union World Cup is a men's professional tournament that is played every four years featuring 20 top international teams in Rugby Union. The Rugby World Cup falls under the jurisdiction of World Rugby, the sport’s governing body.

The winning team receives the prestigious Webb Ellis Cup, named after William Webb Ellis who is credited as inventing the game in 1823 while a pupil at Rugby School. 

The 2019 Rugby Union World Cup will be the ninth edition of the tournament. The 20 teams will be divided into four pools with the top two teams in each pool progressing to the knockout stages.

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Rugby World Cup History

The inaugural tournament was held in 1987 and co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia with the New Zealand All Blacks emerging victorious. There had long been opposition by some unions within the International Rugby Football Board (now World Rugby) about the idea of a World Cup.

Since the first tournament however, the Rugby Union World Cup has been held every four years and become the pinnacle of World Rugby. Despite being one of the world's most established rugby nations, South Africa did not participate until 1995 after the apartheid regime had been dismantled.

Where is the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup being played?

The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be held in Japan. It will be the ninth edition of the Rugby World Cup, the first tournament held in Asia and the first time consecutive tournaments have been staged in the same hemisphere.

The 2019 Rugby World Cup will also be the first tournament to he held outside the traditional rugby union countries such as Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, France, Wales and England. 

When is the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup?

The 2019 Rugby World Cup starts on 20 September 2019 with host nation Japan taking on Russia at Tokyo Stadium in Chōfu. 

When is the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup Final?

The 2019 Rugby World Cup Final will be held on 2 November 2019 at International Stadium Yokohama in Kanagawa.

What teams will contest the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup?

There will be teams from 20 different nations taking part in the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup.

The teams taking part come from regions including Africa, North America, Asia, Europe, Oceania and South America.

Qualification method
Previous appearances
AfricaSouth AfricaAutomatic6
AfricaNamibiaAfrica 15
North AmericaUnited StatesAmericas 17
North AmericaCanadaRepecharge8
EuropeRussiaEurope 11
OceaniaFijiOceania 17
OceaniaNew ZealandAutomatic8
OceaniaSamoaPlay-off Winner7
OceaniaTongaOceania 27
South AmericaArgentinaAutomatic8
South AmericaUruguayAmericas 23

What are the Pools in the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup?

The 20 teams contesting the tournament are seeded and split between four pools. The nations in each pool are as follows:

Pool APool BPool CPool D
IrelandNew ZealandEnglandAustralia
ScotlandSouth AfricaFranceWales
RussiaNamibiaUnited StatesFiji

2019 Rugby Union World Cup Fixtures

20 September 2019Japan vs RussiaTokyo Stadium
21 September 2019New Zealand vs South AfricaInternational Stadium Yokohama
21 September 2019France vs ArgentinaTokyo Stadium
21 September 2019Australia vs  FijiSapporo Dome
22 September 2019Ireland vs ScotlandInternational Stadium Yokohama
22 September 2019Italy vs NamibiaHanazono Rugby Stadium
22 September 2019England vs TongaSapporo Dome
23 September 2019Wales vs GeorgiaCity of Toyota Stadium
24 September 2019Russia vs SamoaKumagaya Rugby Stadium
25 September 2019Fiji vs UruguayKamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium
26 September 2019Italy vs CanadaFukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
26 September 2019England vs United StatesKobe Misaki Stadium
28 September 2019Japan vs IrelandShizuoka Stadium Ecopa
28 September 2019South Africa vs NamibiaCity of Toyota Stadium
28 September 2019Argentina vs TongaHanazono Rugby Stadium
29 September 2019Georgia vs UruguayKumagaya Rugby Stadium
29 September 2019Australia vs WalesTokyo Stadium
30 September 2019Scotland vs SamoaKobe Misaki Stadium
2 October 2019New Zealand vs CanadaOita Stadium
2 October 2019France vs United StatesFukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
3 October 2019Ireland vs RussiaKobe Misaki Stadium
3 October 2019Georgia vs FijiHanazono Rugby Stadium
4 October 2019South Africa vs ItalyShizuoka Stadium Ecopa
5 October 2019Japan vs SamoaCity of Toyota Stadium
5 October 2019England vs ArgentinaTokyo Stadium
5 October 2019Australia vs UruguayOita Stadium
6 October 2019New Zealand vs NamibiaTokyo Stadium
6 October 2019France vs TongaKumamoto Stadium
8 October 2019South Africa vs CanadaKobe Misaki Stadium
9 October 2019Scotland vs RussiaShizuoka Stadium Ecopa
9 October 2019Argentina vs United StatesKumagaya Rugby Stadium
9 October 2019Wales vs FijiOita Stadium
11 October 2019Australia vs GeorgiaShizuoka Stadium Ecopa
12 October 2019Ireland vs SamoaFukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
12 October 2019New Zealand vs ItalyCity of Toyota Stadium
12 October 2019England vs FranceInternational Stadium Yokohama
13 October 2019Japan vs ScotlandInternational Stadium Yokohama
13 October 2019Namibia vs CanadaKamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium
13 October 2019United States vs TongaHanazono Rugby Stadium
13 October 2019Wales vs UruguayKumamoto Stadium

19 October 2019England vs AustraliaOita Stadium
19 October 2019New Zealand vs IrelandTokyo Stadium
20 October 2019Wales vs FranceOita Stadium
20 October 2019Japan vs South AfricaTokyo Stadium

26 October 2019England vs New ZealandInternational Stadium Yokohama
27 October 2019Wales vs South AfricaInternational Stadium Yokohama

1 November 2019Wales vs New ZealandTokyo Stadium

2 November 2019England vs South AfricaInternational Stadium Yokohama

What Stadiums will host matches at the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup?

There are 12 different stadiums that will host matches across Japan, from the Egao Kenko Stadium in the south to the Sapporo Dome in the north.

Tokyo StadiumChōfu49,970
International Stadium YokohamYokohama72,327
Shizuoka Stadium EcopaFukuroi50,889
Hanazono Rugby StadiumHigashiosaka30,000
Fukuoka Hakatanomori StadiumFukuoka22,563
Sapporo DomeSapporo41,410
City of Toyota StadiumToyota45,000
Oita StadiumOita40,000
Kumamoto StadiumKumamoto32,000
Kobe Misaki StadiumKobe30,132
Kumagaya Rugby StadiumKumagaya24,000
Kamaishi Recovery Memorial StadiumKamaishi16,187

Who has won the most Rugby Union World Cup titles?

New Zealand are the most successful nation in World Rugby having won the World Cup on three occasions, including winning the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup in England. Only four countries have ever won the tournament, the other winners being Australia and South Africa who have each won twice and England who won once. 

New Zealand celebrate with the Webb Ellis Cup after winning the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham Stadium (Getty Images)

What happened at the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup?

New Zealand beat Australia 34-17 in the 2015 Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham, having edged France 8-7 to lift the title on home soil four years earlier. No other team has successfully defended the trophy.

The Southern Hemisphere nations dominated the tournament with South Africa claiming bronze and Argentina coming fourth. Wales, France, Ireland and Scotland were eliminated in the quarter-finals and England in the pool stages. 

The shock of the tournament was Japan's incredible 34-32 win over South Africa. That being said, it ultimately proved inconsequential as the Springboks recovered to top Pool B.

Who are the favourites to win the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup?

New Zealand are the clear favourites to win the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup. The All Blacks have won the last two tournaments and boast a formidable side as reflected in the odds. 

Ireland are given a chance by the bookmakers with England next best, followed by South Africa, Australia and Wales.

What are the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup Betting Odds?

England are favourties against South Africa in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final. Odds from bet365 and correct on 28 October 2019:

South Africa2.88
Source: bet365

What are your latest 2019 Rugby Union World Cup Betting Tips & Predictions?

Check out our betting tips for the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup Final. England are favourites but South Africa should not be written off. 

2019 Rugby Union World Cup Live Streaming

The 2019 Rugby Union World Cup is available to watch by live streaming on a number of different platforms depending on your country of residence.

The bet365 live streaming service is one of the best ways to watch live sport no matter where you are as long as you have a suitable internet connection. Bet365 live streaming can be done on your phone, tablet or computer and requires a funded account and/or bet placed 24 hours prior to game. 18+ and geo-restrictions apply, please see bet365 for full terms and conditions.

Who were the recent Rugby Union World Cup Hosts, Winners and Runners-up?

2015EnglandNew ZealandAustralia
2011New ZealandNew Zealand
2007FranceSouth Africa
1995South AfricaSouth Africa
New Zealand
1987Australia & New ZealandNew Zealand

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When and where is the 2023 Rugby Union World Cup?

The 2023 Rugby Union World Cup will be held in France beween September and October 2023.

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