Rugby World Cup 2019 live stream: how to watch every match free online and from anywhere

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Excited? You should be…the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan has finally arrived and your next six weeks is going to be a rugby union-fuelled extravaganza of action. The first match of the tournament kicks off today, with hosts Japan taking on Russia. But it won't be long before the likes of the All Blacks, Wallabies, Springboks and England are out on the pitch.

It's shaping up to be the most evenly-contested tournament in its history, and you can watch all the action, no matter where you are, by following our Rugby World Cup live stream guide below.

Unsurprisingly, the majority of tipsters are split between New Zealand, their neighbours Australia, and South Africa as to who will win the tournament.

Nevertheless, the balance of power in the rugby world has shifted towards the northern hemisphere in recent years, with Wales, Ireland, and England all having been in and around the world number one ranking position, and Scotland not too far behind.

Or is this the year that one of the less fashionable nations step up and show what they can do? We all know how dangerous Argentina are, but what of Fiji, Georgia and the hosts themselves?

If you want to know where you'll be able to watch every single match, we'll tell you exactly where you can catch it online with a Rugby World Cup live stream and the broadcasters that are showing it absolutely FREE. No matter where on Earth you are, we'll make sure you know where to catch the coverage.

How to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup from outside your country

You don't have to miss a single minute of the 2019 Rugby World Cup – even if you're abroad and discover that your home broadcaster's online coverage is geo-blocked (we hate it when that happens).

If that happens to you and you're desperate to watch your domestic coverage – whether that be in the UK or Australia (where it's free), New Zealand or the US (where it isn't) or anywhere else in the world – there's still a way to get it that doesn't involve putting your security at risk with some dodgy, illegal stream from Reddit. You can simply use a VPN to login back to your country that is broadcasting the actions, and it's really easy to do:

How to stream Rugby World Cup 2019 live in the UK for FREE

Live stream the Rugby World Cup in Australia for FREE

How to watch the Rugby World Cup 2019 in New Zealand FREE

How to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup: US live stream 

  • Hulu with Live TV $40 per month – Hulu with Live TV includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.
  • FuboTV $35 for the first month – FuboTV gives you the first month at a discounted rate but after that the price increases to $45 a month. The service includes CBS, Fox, NBC and the NFL Network but does not come with ESPN.
  • DirecTV Now $50 per month – DirecTV Now includes CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and for $5 extra you can add the NFL Network.
  • YouTubeTV $40 per month – YouTubeTV gives you access to CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.

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What is the format of the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

The Rugby World Cup is a twenty-team tournament. Each country begins in one of four pools that each contain five teams. Each team plays one match against each of the other teams in the same pool.

The teams finishing in the top two of each pool advance to the quarter-finals from where the tournament goes into a familiar knockout format.

Who are the favourites for the Rugby World Cup?

While Ireland go into the tournament as the world’s no.1 ranked team, three-time World Cup winners New Zealand are the clear favourites with Betfair.com to once again lift the Webb Ellis Cup in Japan.

What teams are competing in this year's Rugby World Cup?

Argentina
Mario Ledesma's side have a decent record to uphold, having advanced to the Rugby World Cup knockout stage four times and finished fourth in 2015. They come into the tournament however on a a losing streak of four defeats on the trot, but those did come at the hands of New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.

Australia
The second-most successful nation in World Cup history alongside South Africa. All the morale of their emphatic 47-26 win against New Zealand in Perth last month has dissipated somewhat after they were crushed 36-0 by the All Blacks in the return fixture in Auckland the following week. 

Canada
An ever-present nation at the World Cup since the inaugural tournament in 1987, they've only ever progressed beyond the opening round on one occasion. Currently ranked 22 in the world, the Canucks will be targeting a win as minimum against minnows Namibia in Pool B and build from there. 

England
While they may be one of the favourites, England coach Eddie Jones will be anxious to see his side start their campaign on the front foot and quickly eradicate the ghosts of the last World Cup which saw them make an embarrassing pool stage exit while tournament hosts. They come into this year's World Cup on a high following a 57-15 victory over Ireland at Twickenham in the run-up, but question marks persist over the squad's apparent lack of experience. 

Fiji
Traditionally one of the more entertaining teams at the World Cup, despite their much heralded flair, the Flying Fijians have failed to make it out of the pool stage in the preceding last two tournaments. Drawn alongside Australia and Wales this time out, the odds of it being third time lucky for coach John McKee's side this time out aren't high.

France
Three-time runners-up France head to Japan ranked 8th in the world. The emergence of young stars like Antoine Dupont and Demba Bambawill will provide plenty of optimism, but Pool C is arguably the toughest group of the tournament and  Les Bleus will do well to make it through to the next phase.

Georgia
Having reached the last four successive World Cups, the Lelos have steadily improved over the years and will fancy their chances of making their chances of making their way out of the pool phase for the first time. The return of all-time leading try-scorer Mamuka Gorgodze to the fold will come as a welcome boost to morale. 

Ireland
The Irish started the year as strong favourites to win their first World Cup following their Grand Slam winning 2018 Six Nations campaign and an impressive win over the All Blacks. Hopes for Japan, however, have since been tempered, with their humbling against England at Twickenham last month setting alarm bells ringing. Two warm-up wins since against fancied Wales will have regalvanised Joe Schmidt's side, and the starting line-up should be further boosted by the return from injury of Johnny Sexton.

Italy
The Azzurri are putting their faith in youth, with 23 members of their squad having never appeared before at rugby's main event. One of the few old-head's is skipper Sergio Parisse, who will be appearing in a record-equaling fifth World Cup.

Japan
The hosts came agonisingly close to making it past the group stage for the first time back in 2015, missing out despite winning five times. Progressing to the last-eight will be a prerequisite this time out for the team playing on home turf. 

Namibia
The rank outsiders have consistently qualified for the World Cup since 1999, but have never have never won a single match once at the tournament, racking up an unwanted 0-19 win-loss record in the process. Their recent 20-0 loss to Russia indicates that getting off the mark in Japan looks unlikely.

New Zealand
Despite having lost their seemingly perpetual place as the world's no.1 team recently (a spot they had held for a decade), New Zealand haven't lost their standing as the most fancied team to win the 2019 World Cup. A mixed showing during the recent Rugby Championship won't have a put off pundits from backing Steve Hansen's men to lift the Webb Ellis Cup for the third time in a row.

Russia
While they may have made it to the Japan thanks to the disqualification of Spain and Belgium for fielding ineligible players, Russia won't be going in to the tournament to make up the numbers. They face the hosts in the 2019 World Cup's opening match and came close to beating Japan back in November last year.

Samoa
Consistent qualifiers for the World Cup, Somoa will be looking to go beyond the quarter-finals for the first time. To pull off that feat they'll need to improve on their recent form which has seen them lose to both the USA and Tonga during last month's Pacific Nations Cup.

Scotland
With the likes of flyhalf Finn Russell and fullback Stuart HoggIn in their roster, the Scots aren't lacking top drawer talent. What they do a have a deficit in is consistency – as exemplified by their two contradictory performances against France last month.

South Africa
Versatility could be the key attribute for two-time champions South Africa this time out. Packed with explosive pace from the likes of Cheslin Kolbe and Makazole Mapimpi, the Springboks also have a kicking game that is the envy of most rivals. In Rassie Erasmus they also have the best named coach in the tournament. 

Tonga
With a squad littered with talented players plying their trade in New Zealand, Australia, England and France, coach Toutai Kefu will be out to finally get his side into the knockout stages for the first time. Having notched up creditable eight wins in their last 21 Test matches, its a goal that looks eminently achievable.

Uruguay
A kind draw with winnable opening matches against Fiji and Georgia gives the South American side a fighting chance of making through to the last eight for the first time. 

USA 
Ranked 13th in the world, there were mixed fortunes for the USA in the recent Pacific Nations Cup which saw them stutter to a win against Samoa, thrash Canada, but get thumped against Japan. They've never won more than one game at a World Cup, but will likely rectify that during this year's competition.

Wales
The loss to injury of Gareth Anscombe and Taulupe Faletau would be huge blow for most teams, but luckily for coach Warren Gatland, Wales has plenty of strength in depth among the ranks. More concerning will be a dip in form in the run up to Japan which has seen them lose to England and Ireland, a contrast to the 14-game winning streak Wales enjoyed at the start of the year.

2019 Rugby World Cup fixtures

All times in BST

Pool A 

Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, Samoa

Match 1

Japan vs Russia Tokyo Stadium  Friday, September 20 11.45am 

Match 2

Ireland vs Scotland International Stadium Yokohama  Sunday, September 22 8.45am 

Match 3

Russia vs Samoa  Kumagaya Rugby Stadium  Tuesday, September 24 11.15am

Match 4

Japan vs Ireland  Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa  Saturday, September 28 8.15am 

Match 5

Scotland vs Samoa Kobe  Misaki Stadium  Monday, September 30 11.15am 

Match 6

Ireland vs Russia  Kobe Misaki Stadium  Thursday, October 3 11.15am 

Match 7

Japan vs Samoa  City of Toyota Stadium  Saturday, October 5 11.30am 

Match 8

Scotland vs Russia  Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa  Wednesday, October 9 8.15am 

Match 9

Ireland vs Samoa  Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium  Saturday, October 12 11.45am 

Match 10

Japan vs Scotland  International Stadium Yokohama  Sunday, October 13 11.45am 

Pool B 

Match 1

New Zealand vs South Africa International Stadium Yokohama  Saturday, September 21 10.45am 

Match 2

Italy vs Namibia  Hanazono Rugby Stadium  Sunday, September 22 6.15am 

Match 3

Italy vs Canada  Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium  Thursday, September 26 8.45am

Match 4

South Africa vs Namibia  City of Toyota Stadium  Saturday, September 28 10.45am 

Match 5

New Zealand vs Canada  Oita Stadium  Wednesday, October 2 11.15am

Match 6

South Africa vs Italy  Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa  Friday, October 4 10.45am

Match 7

New Zealand vs Namibia  Tokyo Stadium  Sunday, October 6 5.45am 

Match 8

South Africa vs Canada  Kobe Misaki Stadium  Tuesday, October 8 11.15am

Match 9

New Zealand vs Italy  City of Toyota Stadium  Saturday, October 12 5.45am 

Match 10

Namibia vs Canada  Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium  Sunday, October 13 4.15am 

Pool C

Match 1

France vs Argentina  Tokyo Stadium  Saturday, September 21 8.15am 

Match 2

England vs Tonga Sapporo Dome  Sunday, September 22 11.15am 

Match 3

England vs USA  Kobe Misaki Stadium  Thursday, September 26 11.45am 

Match 4

Argentina vs Tonga  Hanazono Rugby Stadium  Saturday, September 28 5.45am 

Match 5

France vs USA  Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium  Wednesday, October 2 8.45am

Match 6

England vs Argentina  Tokyo Stadium  Saturday, October 5 9am 

Match 7

France vs Tonga  Kumamoto Stadium  Sunday, October 6 8.45am 

Match 8

Argentina vs USA  Kumagaya Rugby Stadium  Wednesday, October 9 5.45am

Match 9

England vs France  International Stadium Yokohama  Saturday, October 12 9.15am 

Match 10

USA vs Tonga  Hanazono Rugby Stadium  Sunday, October 13 6.45am 

Pool D

Match 1

Australia vs Fiji  Sapporo Dome  Saturday, September 21 5.45am 

Match 2

Wales vs Georgia City of Toyota Stadium  Monday, September 23 11.15am 

Match 3

Fiji vs Uruguay  Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium  Wednesday, September 25 6.15am

Match 4

Georgia vs Uruguay  Kumagaya Rugby Stadium  Sunday, September 29 6.15am 

Match 5

Australia vs Wales  Tokyo Stadium  Sunday, September 29 8.45am 

Match 6

Georgia vs Fiji  Hanazono Rugby Stadium  Thursday, October 3 6.15am

Match 7

Australia vs Uruguay  Oita Stadium  Saturday, October 5 6.15am 

Match 8

Wales vs Fiji  Oita Stadium  Wednesday, October 9 10.45am 

Match 9

Australia vs Georgia  Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa  Friday, October 11 11.15am

Match 10

Wales vs Uruguay  Kumamoto Stadium  Sunday, October 13 9.15am 

KNOCKOUT STAGES

Quarter-Finals
Take place between October 19-20

Semi-Finals
Take place on October 26 and 27 International Stadium Yokohama 

Bronze Final
Tokyo Stadium 
Friday, November 1 10am

The Final
International Stadium Yokohama 
Saturday, November 2 10am


Source: TechRadar

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