Held in Japan for the first time, make sure you know 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?
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.”
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“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.
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2019 Rugby World Cup TV Coverage
Sat 19 Oct QF1 England 40-16 Australia (Oita)
Sat 19 Oct QF2 New Zealand 46-14 Ireland (Tokyo)
Sun 20 Oct QF3 Wales 20-19 France (Oita)
Sun 20 Oct QF4 Japan 3-26 South Africa (Tokyo)
Sat 26 Oct England 19-7 New Zealand (Yokohama)
Sun 27 Oct Wales 16-19 South Africa (Yokohama)
Fri 1 Nov Third-place Play-off New Zealand 40-17 Wales (Tokyo)
Sat 2 Nov RWC 2019 Final England 12-32 South Africa (Yokohama)
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