The Rugby World Cup 2019 kicked off on Friday 20 September with hosts Japan beating Russia to get the home side off to a flying start. We’re now reaching the closing stages with one knock-out game left to play before the finals.
Who will face England and how can you watch the games?
Wales vs South Africa
After scraping through against France, Wales will now face South Africa in the second semi-final to be played at 9:00am GMT on Sunday 27 October. The match will also take place in Yokohama. The referee will be Jerome Garces. Remember that the clocks change in the UK at 2am on 27 October, so check and double-check your alarm.
RWC 2019 Third Place Play-off: New Zealand vs …
Having lost to England, New Zealand, former world cup holders will face the loser of the Wales and South Africa game. The third place play-off will be played on Friday 1 November at 9:00am GMT in Tokyo.
RWC 2019 Final: England vs …
With a dominating performance against New Zealand, England have secured themselves a spot in the finals to be played on Saturday 2 November at 9:00am GMT. The English will face the winner of Wales and South Africa in Yokohama.
Japan hosts – remember the time difference
The big thing to remember for the 2019 Rugby World Cup is that games are being played in the afternoon or evening in Japan, meaning that if you are in the UK, they will be played in the morning.
The first game kicked off at 19:45 in Japan, which was 11:45 in the UK. When Ireland faced Scotland on Sunday 22 September it was at 08:45 BST, so it’s rugby for breakfast.
Where can I watch the Rugby World Cup?
ITV has exclusive coverage for the UK and games will be shown on ITV and some on ITV4. That means the games are free to watch for anyone in the UK.
You’ll also be able to livestream the games via the ITV Hub. You’ll have to sign-up for an account and verify your email address – after that you can stream through a browser or via the app on your smartphone or tablet.
There will also be coverage on BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 Live Sports Extra – as well as text coverage through the BBC Sport website and app. If you want to listen the BBC radio coverage online via BBC Sounds, you’ll again need to have an account, but again it is free.
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Will the Rugby World Cup be in 4K HDR?
Not in the UK. ITV will be showing it in HD, but that’s as far as it goes. If you want 4K coverage, you’ll have to watch Foxtel in Australia.
You can find a full list of fixtures for the Rugby World Cup right here.