Held in Japan for the first time, make sure you where all the games are being televised.

2019 Rugby World Cup TV Coverage

Fast becoming one of the most anticipated and watched sporting events in the world, the rights to televise the Rugby World Cup every four years have become sought after by most broadcasting companies.

Back in 2011, ITV secured the rights to televise the 2011 and 2015 tournaments by paying roughly £60 million. Considering the 2015 tournament was a huge success, the costs have soared.

But who has secured the 2019 tournament rights?

In 2017 it was announced that ITV have secured the broadcasting rights for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, as well as the 2023 tournament held in France.

Related: Full 2019 Rugby World Cup Fixture List

Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport said: “The Rugby World Cup has become a fixture every four years on ITV, so, following such a successful tournament in 2015, we’re delighted to be able to announce we will continue to be the competition’s home until 2023.”

Bill Beaumont, World Rugby Chairman said back in 2017, “We are delighted to be partnering with ITV in an exciting long-term deal. Great events are built on great partnerships and we are excited to be working with ITV, a long-term supporter of Rugby World Cup, to further fan-experience and rugby growth within the UK over the next eight years.”

“As host broadcaster, ITV was at the heart of the success story (of the 2015 tournament), bringing fans closer to what was the best-attended, most-viewed, most-competitive and most socially-engaged Rugby World Cup ever and while this was a highly-competitive process for one of rugby’s most prized broadcast rights, we were impressed by ITV’s passion for the sport and continued broadcast innovation.”

Additionally all the games will be televised on eir Sport in Ireland and that will be fronted by former Ireland winger Tommy Bowe. He will also be joined by Gordon D’Arcy, Peter Stringer, Jerry Flannery and will women players Eimear Considine and Loise Galvin. RTE2 will televise 14 games including all of Ireland’s pool matches and every knockout stage match.

S4C are showing live coverage of the opening match, all of Wales pool games and certain knockout matches as well.

But for those of you looking to enjoy the tournament on the radio do not fret either as BBC Radio 5 Live or Sports Extra will provide commentary on all 48 matches. Sonja McLaughlin and Matt Dawson will present the coverage with Chris Jones commentating alongside people like Gareth Lewis and Sarah Orchard.

2019 Rugby World Cup TV Coverage

POOL A

Fri 20 Sep Japan v Russia (Tokyo), 11.45am, ITV, S4C, eir Sport in Ireland

Sun 22 Sep Ireland v Scotland (Yokohama), 8.45am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Tue 24 Sep Russia v Samoa (Kumagaya), 11.15am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sat 28 Sep Japan v Ireland (Shizuoka), 8.15am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Mon 30 Sep ScotlandSamoa (Kobe), 11.15am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Thu 3 Oct IrelandRussia (Kobe), 11.15am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sat 5 Oct JapanSamoa (Toyota), 11.30am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Wed 9 Oct Scotland v Russia (Shizuoka), 8.15am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sat 12 Oct Ireland v Samoa (Fukuoka), 11.45am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sun 13 Oct Japan v Scotland (Yokohama), 11.45am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

POOL B

Sat 21 Sep New Zealand v South Africa (Yokohama), 10.45am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sun 22 Sep Italy v Namibia (Osaka), 6.15am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Thu 26 Sept Italy v Canada (Fukuoka), 8.45am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sat 28 Sep South Africa v Namibia (Toyota), 10.45am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Wed 2 Oct New Zealand v Canada (Oita), 11.15am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Fri 4 Oct South Africa v Italy (Shizuoka), 10.45am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sun 6 Oct New Zealand v Namibia (Tokyo), 5.45am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Tue 8 Oct South Africa v Canada (Kobe), 11.15am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sat 12 Oct New Zealand v Italy (Toyota), 5.45am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sun 13 Oct Namibia v Canada (Kamaishi), 4.15am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

POOL C

Sat 21 Sep France v Argentina (Tokyo), 8.15am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sun 22 Sep England v Tonga (Sapporo), 11.15am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Thu 26 Sep England v USA (Kobe), 11.45am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sat 28 Sep Argentina v Tonga (Osaka), 5.45am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Wed 2 Oct France v USA (Fukuoka), 8.45am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sat 5 Oct England v Argentina (Tokyo), 9.00am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sun 6 Oct France v Tonga (Kumamoto), 8.45am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Wed 9 Oct Argentina v USA (Kumagaya), 5.45am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sat 12 Oct England v France (Yokohama), 9.15am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sun 13 Oct USA v Tonga (Osaka), 6.45am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

POOL D

Sat 21 Sep Australia v Fiji (Sapporo), 5.45am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Mon 23 Sep Wales v Georgia (Toyota), 11.15am, ITV, S4C, eir Sport in Ireland

Wed 25 Sep Fiji v Uruguay (Kamaishi), 6.15am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sun 29 Sep Georgia v Uruguay (Kumagaya), 6.15am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sun 29 Sep Australia v Wales (Tokyo), 8.45am, ITV, S4C, eir Sport in Ireland

Thu 3 Oct Georgia v Fiji (Osaka), 6.15am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sat 5 Oct Australia v Uruguay (Oita), 6.15am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Wed 9 Oct Wales v Fiji (Oita), 10.45am, ITV, S4C, eir Sport in Ireland

Fri 11 Oct Australia v Georgia (Shizuoka), 11.15am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sun 13 Oct Wales v Uruguay (Kumamoto), 9.15am, ITV, S4C, eir Sport in Ireland

KNOCKOUT STAGES

Sat 19 Oct QF1 Winner Pool C v Runner-up Pool D (Oita), 8.15am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sat 19 Oct QF2 Winner Pool B v Runner-up Pool A (Tokyo), 11.15am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sun 20 Oct QF3 Winner Pool D v Runner-up Pool C (Oita), 8.15am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sun 20 Oct QF4 Winner Pool A v Runner-up Pool B (Tokyo), 11.15am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sat 26 Oct Winner QF1 v Winner QF2 (Yokohama), 9.00am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sun 27 Oct Winner QF3 v Winner QF4 (Yokohama), 9.00am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Fri 1 Nov Third-place Play-off (Tokyo), 9.00am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

Sat 2 Nov RWC 2019 Final (Yokohama), 9.00am, ITV, eir Sport in Ireland

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