The 2019 Rugby World Cup is being held in Japan, if your looking for all UK kick off times for all RWC matches then see below for the Japan local kick off times and the UK equivalent RWC kick off time. The match schedule below shows all RWC pools, local and UK kick off times, match venue or stadium and where to watch in TV coverage. For UK viewers, ITV has obtained the coverage rights for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, so you will find match TV coverage across the ITV network as well as other sport channels showing highlights of RWC action. Exact ITV RWC 2019 coverage will be published nearer the time. For the time being I hope these UK Rugby World Cup Kick-off Times help you plan a few early mornings and delayed work starts (subject to your bosses approval).
Pool Stages - Rugby World Cup 2019 KO Times
- New Zealand
- South Africa
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Who Will Win The Rugby World Cup 2019?
Why not use our RWC Predictions Tool above to work out who might win the 2019 Rugby World Cup, by selecting group winners and qualifiers. With world rugby nations biting at the heels of rugby's world leader, New Zealand, we can only wonder if the World Champions can make it 3 championships in a row or will an aspiring nation knock them off the podium?
My own "Wallaby Wales" theory
Here is what I personally think some 6 months ahead; New Zealand will not win RWC 2019. They will be knocked out by a surprising team. I think if Wales win Pool D, they have a greater chance of making the semi-finals, and possibly the final. My overall prediction though, as crazy as it sounds, despite the recent exit of Israel Folau, is that Australia will win the Rugby World Cup.
Playing devils advocate, I will agree New Zealand are truly remarkable and that England actually have a great chance of making the final. I also know that France are in the RWC and they have history of disrupting things and making finals. Did you know the only teams ever to play in a Rugby World Cup final are; New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, England and France. Most people write-off France at the Opening Ceremony, but history shows they've done better than most, but still yet to claim the Championship title. Despite this, it's my 4 year prediction that France will win the 2023 RWC being hosted in France, especially with their coaching staff changes after the 2019 Rugby World Cup. It's also a pattern of history, that in 2019 a Southern Hemisphere team will win, and that in 2023 it will be that rare Northern hemisphere team who will win.
That is my current working theory, that I eagerly await the results of. Either way, I know the RWC brings unexpected results and I can't wait to see what those are.
About Rugby World Cup Kicking Off
The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be hosted by Japan through September and October 2019. We are looking forward to a grand opening ceremony, which we no doubt will see from an aspiring nation like Japan. We also hope to see Japanese rugby make the impact it did at the last Rugby World Cup when they beat South Africa in a shock win. Then coach, Eddie Jones was all the rage for helping Japan have their best ever Rugby World Cup in 2015. So with him now at the helm of the English rugby team can he again make a big impact and improve on England's 2015 result?
Welsh rugby had a fantastic 2018 season, winning their first Autumn International series and beating Australia, to whom they share a pool with at RWC 2019. Welash fans will no doubt be watching on and looking forward to a great result, since their last Rugby World Cup saw them reach the semi finals with an injury struck squad.
Congratulations to all qualifying teams, countries and supporters, Good luck in the next stages.
The above times and coverage are subject to change and are based on British Summer Time apart from matches played after October 27th 2019. See official Rugby World Cup website for up to date information.