Rugby World Cup 2019: The 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off on Friday in Tokyo, with hosts Japan taking on Russia in the opening game. Over the next six weeks, 20 teams will battle it out for the right to be crowned world champions. The ninth edition of the Rugby World Cup takes place in Japan and runs from 20 September until 2 November.
The biggest event in the rugby calendar is coming to a new destination: Japan. Yes, from September 20 to November 2, we’ll watch the top teams (including past champs New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and England) collide for the right to take home the coveted Webb Ellis Cup. Here’s how to live stream the Rugby World Cup online!
Japan’s team, the Brave Blossoms, start the tourney in Pool A, with Ireland, Russia, Samoa and Scotland, which isn’t the most imposing bunch (lacking any previous champ). Maybe the combination of that batch of opponents and the will of their home team fans will give them a chance.
Streaming options vary greatly, based on where you are, and cost a lot in the U.S.. Even Aussies, though, will need to pay extra for the Rugby World Cup Pass. Here’s our guide to watching the 2019 Rugby World Cup online.
New Zealand has won the last two World Cups but its aura of invincibility appears to be fading away, while South Africa is enjoying a timely resurgence and Australia has a knack for performing when it matters most.
The Northern Hemisphere’s hopes of claiming a World Cup for the first time since 2003 and for only the second time overall lie with England, Wales and Ireland.
North American fans have plenty of reasons to follow the tournament, with the U.S. and Canada both hoping to cause an upset in their respective groups.
Here’s all you need to know ahead of the tournament.