The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be hosted by Japan from September 20 to November 2, 2019. There will be 20 national teams that will take part in the tournament in which 48 matches will be played across 12 venues across Japan. This will be the ninth edition of Rugby World Cup and all the 20 teams will be polled in four groups of 5 teams each, based on the performance of these teams in the group stage, two teams from each group will advance to the next stage which will be quarter-finals.
History of Rugby World Cups
Prior to this tournament, eight world cups have been organized by World Rugby which is the international governing body for the rugby union sport. The New Zealand team has won the world cup trophy thrice while the Australian and South African teams follow suit with two titles to their name and the English team has won the tournament once.
2019 Rugby World Cup format
There will be 20 teams taking part in the tournament and these teams are divided into four groups of five teams each, the matches will be played in the round-robin and knockout format. Each team will play four group stage matches and based on the performance in the group, two teams from each group will advance to the next round of the tournament which will be Quarter-finals. There will 4 Quarter-final matches out of which two matches will be contested October 19, 2019, and the remaining two on October 20, 2019. The winner of each of the four Quarter-final matches will move to the next stage i.e. Semi-finals and the winner of the Semi-final matches will fight for the trophy in the all-important final match on November 2, 2019.
Rugby is one of the popular sports in Australia and the Wallabies (nickname of the Australian team) have won the Rugby World Cup twice prior to this tournament. Therefore, a number of Australian fans would like to follow each and every match of the competition. Accordingly, keeping Australian ruby followers in mind, we decided to provide the schedule/fixture of all 48 matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in all five Aussie Time Zones i.e. Western Standard Time, Central Standard Time/Central Daylight Saving Time, Eastern Standard Time/Eastern Daylight Saving Time.
As the tournament is hosted by Japan and the matches will start as per Japan Standard Time which is nine hours ahead of GMT while there are three main time zones used in Australia which are Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) (UTC+08:00), Australian Central Standard Time (UTC+09:30), and Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST; UTC+10:00). However, as the tournament is scheduled from September 20 to November 2, 2019, the daylight saving time will also be observed in the Central and Eastern part of Australia, therefore we have also provided the complete time table in Australian Central Daylight Saving Time (ACDT) (UTC+10:30) and Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (AEDT) (UTC+11:00).
The tournament will kick start on September 20, 2019 and the first match will be contested between Russia and hosts Japan at (6:45 PM AWST/8:15 PM ACST/8:45 PM AEST) in Tokyo while the Australian team will start its campaign of 2019 RWC against Fiji on September 21, 2019 at 12:45 PM AWST/2:15 PM ACST/2:45 PM AEST. The final match of 2019 Rugby World Cup will be played at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on November 2, 2019 at (5:00 PM AWST) (6:30 PM/7:30 PM ACST/ACDT) (7:00 PM/8:00 PM AEST/AEDT).
2019 Rugby World Cup Schedule in Australian Western/Central/Eastern Standard Time
|Match||Date (2019)||Time (AWST)||Time (ACST/ACDT)||Time (AEST/AEDT)||Teams||Stadium||Stage|
|1.||September 20||6:45 PM||8:15 PM||8:45 PM||Japan (30) v (10) Russia||Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo||Pool A|
|2.||September 21||12:45 PM||2:15 PM||2:45 PM||Australia (39) v (21) Fiji||Sapporo Dome, Sapporo||Pool D|
|3.||September 21||3:15 PM||4:45 PM||5:15 PM||France (23) v (21) Argentina||Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo||Pool C|
|4.||September 21||5:45 PM||7:15 PM||7:45 PM||New Zealand (23) v (13) South Africa||International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama||Pool B|
|5.||September 22||1:15 PM||2:45 PM||3:15 PM||Italy (47) v (22) Namibia||Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashiosaka||Pool B|
|6.||September 22||3:45 PM||5:15 PM||5:45 PM||Ireland (27) v (3) Scotland||International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama||Pool A|
|7.||September 22||6:15 PM||7:45 PM||8:15 PM||England (35) v (3) Tonga||Sapporo Dome, Sapporo||Pool C|
|8.||September 23||6:15 PM||7:45 PM||8:15 PM||Wales (43) v (14) Georgia||City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota||Pool D|
|9.||September 24||6:15 PM||7:45 PM||8:15 PM||Russia (9) v (34) Samoa||Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Kumagaya||Pool A|
|10.||September 25||1:15 PM||2:45 PM||3:15 PM||Fiji (27) v (30) Uruguay||Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Kamaishi||Pool D|
|11.||September 26||3:45 PM||5:15 PM||5:45 PM||Italy (48) v (7) Canada||Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka||Pool B|
|12.||September 26||6:45 PM||8:15 PM||8:45 PM||England (45) v (7) USA||Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe||Pool C|
|13.||September 28||12:45 PM||2:15 PM||2:45 PM||Argentina (28) v (12) Tonga||Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashiosaka||Pool C|
|14.||September 28||3:15 PM||4:45 PM||5:15 PM||Japan (19) v (12) Ireland||Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi||Pool A|
|15.||September 28||5:45 PM||7:15 PM||7:45 PM||South Africa (57) v (3) Namibia||City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota||Pool B|
|16.||September 29||1:15 PM||2:45 PM||3:15 PM||Georgia (33) v (7) Uruguay||Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Kumagaya||Pool D|
|17.||September 29||3:45 PM||5:15 PM||5:45 PM||Australia (25) v (29) Wales||Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo||Pool D|
|18.||September 30||6:15 PM||7:45 PM||8:15 PM||Scotland (34) v (0) Samoa||Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe||Pool A|
|19.||October 2||3:45 PM||5:15 PM||5:45 PM||France (33) v (9) USA||Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka||Pool C|
|20.||October 2||6:15 PM||7:45 PM||8:15 PM||New Zealand (63) v (0) Canada||Oita Stadium, Oita||Pool B|
|21.||October 3||1:15 PM||2:45 PM||3:15 PM||Georgia (10) v (45) Fiji||Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashiosaka||Pool D|
|22.||October 3||6:15 PM||7:45 PM||8:15 PM||Ireland (35) v (0) Russia||Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe||Pool A|
|23.||October 4||5:45 PM||7:15 PM||7:45 PM||South Africa (49) v (3) Italy||Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi||Pool B|
|24.||October 5||1:15 PM||2:45 PM||3:15 PM||Australia (45) v (10) Uruguay||Oita Stadium, Oita||Pool D|
|25.||October 5||4:00 PM||5:30 PM||6:00 PM||England (39) v (10) Argentina||Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo||Pool C|
|26.||October 5||6:30 PM||8:00 PM||8:30 PM||Japan (38) v (19) Samoa||City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota||Pool A|
|27.||October 6||12:45 PM||2:15 PM||2:45 PM||New Zealand (71) v (9) Namibia||Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo||Pool B|
|28.||October 6||3:45 PM||5:15 PM/6:15 PM||5:45 PM/6:45 PM||France (23) v (21) Tonga||Kumamoto Stadium, Kumamoto||Pool C|
|29.||October 8||6:15 PM||7:45 PM/8:45 PM||8:15 PM/9:15 PM||South Africa (66) v (7) Canada||Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe||Pool B|
|30.||October 9||12:45 PM||2:15 PM/3:15 PM||2:45 PM/3:45 PM||Argentina (47) v (17) USA||Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Kumagaya||Pool C|
|31.||October 9||3:15 PM||4:45 PM/5:45 PM||5:15 PM/6:15 PM||Scotland (61) v (0) Russia||Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi||Pool A|
|32.||October 9||5:45 PM||7:15 PM/8:15 PM||7:45 PM/8:45 PM||Wales (29) v (17) Fiji||Oita Stadium, Oita||Pool D|
|33.||October 11||6:15 PM||7:45 PM/8:45 PM||8:15 PM/9:15 PM||Australia (27) v (8) Georgia||Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi||Pool D|
|34.||October 12||12:45 PM||2:15 PM/3:15 PM||2:45 PM/3:45 PM||New Zealand (0) v (0) Italy||City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota||Pool B|
|35.||October 12||4:15 PM||5:45 PM/6:45 PM||6:15 PM/7:15 PM||England (0) v (0) France||International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama||Pool C|
|36.||October 12||6:45 PM||8:15 PM/9:15 PM||8:45 PM/9:45 PM||Ireland (47) v (5) Samoa||Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka||Pool A|
|37.||October 13||11:15 AM||12:45 PM/1:45 PM||1:15 PM/2:15 PM||Namibia (0) v (0) Canada||Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Kamaishi||Pool B|
|38.||October 13||1:45 PM||3:15 PM/4:15 PM||3:45 PM/4:45 PM||USA (19) v (31) Tonga||Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashiosaka||Pool C|
|39.||October 13||4:15 PM||5:45 PM/6:45 PM||6:15 PM/7:15 PM||Wales (35) v (13) Uruguay||Kumamoto Stadium, Kumamoto||Pool D|
|40.||October 13||6:45 PM||8:15 PM/9:15 PM||8:45 PM/9:45 PM||Japan (28) v (21) Scotland||International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama||Pool A|
|41.||October 19||3:15 PM||4:45 PM/5:45 PM||5:15 PM/6:15 PM||England (40) v (16) Australia||Oita Stadium, Oita||Quarter-Finals|
|42.||October 19||6:15 PM||7:45 PM/8:45 PM||8:15 PM/9:15 PM||New Zealand (46) v (14) Ireland||Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo||Quarter-Finals|
|43.||October 20||3:15 PM||4:45 PM/5:45 PM||5:15 PM/6:15 PM||Wales (20) v (19) France||Oita Stadium, Oita||Quarter-Finals|
|44.||October 20||6:15 PM||7:45 PM/8:45 PM||8:15 PM/9:15 PM||Japan (3) v (26) South Africa||Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo||Quarter-Finals|
|45.||October 26||4:00 PM||5:30 PM/6:30 PM||6:00 PM/7:00 PM||England (19) v (7) New Zealand||International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama||Semi-Finals|
|46.||October 27||5:00 PM||6:30 PM/7:30 PM||7:00 PM/8:00 PM||Wales (16) v (19) South Africa||International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama||Semi-Finals|
|47.||November 1||5:00 PM||6:30 PM/7:30 PM||7:00 PM/8:00 PM||New Zealand (40) v (17) Wales||Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo||Bronze Final|
|48.||November 2||5:00 PM||6:30 PM/7:30 PM||7:00 PM/8:00 PM||England (12) v (32) South Africa||International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama||Final|
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I can bet New Zealand will win this world cup too.