Rugby World Cup 2019™
The Rugby World Cup 2019 will be the ninth edition of rugby’s biggest event, and with several teams looking to end New Zealand’s streak of two consecutive World Cup victories it’s shaping up to be an enthralling few weeks of sport.
The tournament kicks off on the evening of Friday, the 20th of September with a clash between host nation Japan and Russia while the Wallabies start their campaign the following day, and you won’t need to miss a minute of the action when watching live on your TV or streaming the Rugby World Cup 2019™ to your mobile device.
Rugby World Cup 2019 Preview
The Rugby World Cup has been held every four years since 1987 when the inaugural tournament was hosted by Australia and New Zealand and won by the Kiwis with a dominant victory over France. The next five tournaments saw the Wallabies and South Africa win two trophies apiece and England one before New Zealand returned to the winner’s list with back-to-back victories in 2011 and 2015. Each tournament has been held in either Europe, Oceania or South Africa, and 2019 will mark the first time an Asian country has hosted the tournament as we head to Japan to determine the world champion.
Unsurprisingly, it’s the Kiwis who head in as comfortable favourites to complete a hat-trick with a third consecutive World Cup victory. The unequivocal best team in the world, they will be confident in their ability to do just that, but there are plenty of talented teams nipping at their heels. Perhaps the most likely challengers to their throne are South Africa and England, two previous winners of the event with experienced and talented teams who will almost certainly feature in the latter stages of the tournament. Wales, who currently hold the mantle of the number one side in the world – at least according to the rankings – by the skin of their teeth, will also be tough to beat, while our Wallabies will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing Bledisloe Cup defeat with a more competitive showing on the biggest stage.
Rugby World Cup Live and On Demand
Channel Ten will be your go-to free to air broadcaster for the Rugby World Cup 2019™, but unfortunately, their coverage of the tournament will be relatively limited. They’ll show all Wallabies fixtures, two quarter-finals, both semi-finals, the third-place match and the final for a total of ten games, but with 48 matches in total set to take place over the six-week tournament you’ll want to head to Kayo Sports for more comprehensive coverage.
The Rugby World Cup 2019 will see twenty teams clash in 48 games across the six weeks of play, including the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, Bronze Final and World Cup Final. The teams will arrive from six continents, Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, North America and Australasia, in what will truly be a global event.
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Stream the Rugby World Cup 2019™ – Kayo Free Trial
Sports-streaming app platform Kayo Sports is offering a 14 day free trial and will have every match LIVE with no ad-breaks during play. Kayo is available on a wide range of streaming devices such as iOS devices, Telstra TV and Android TV.
Kayo also has a number of great features to enhance the viewing experience, including SplitView – which lets you watch up to four different sporting events simultaneously on the same screen, on compatible devices – and No Spoilers, which allows you to watch a game on demand without having the final score ruined for you. Kayo also has a Minis on demand option during Rugby World Cup 2019™, which allows fans to watch condensed 15-30 minute versions of selected games. This feature is perfect for those who won’t have time to watch every match but wish to stay up-to-date with all the standout performances in Japan.
Note: Kayo requires internet & compatible device. Data charges may apply. Kayo service available in Australia only
Rugby World Cup 2019 TV Fixtures
|Friday, Nov 1||8:00 PM||New Zealand v Wales||Kayo / Fox Sports / 10Bold|
|Saturday, Nov 2||8:00 PM||England v South Africa||Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10|
Rugby World Cup 2019™ Teams
Rugby World Cup 2019™ Pools
Rugby World Cup Must See TV
Two of the biggest and best teams in world rugby will kick off their respective tournaments with a bang on just the second day of the event when New Zealand and South Africa face off on Saturday, the 21st of September. Arguably the two most fancied teams at the event, both sides have a long and storied rivalry courtesy of their consistent presence at the top of the world rankings, not to mention a thrilling final at the 1995 World Cup which saw South Africa take out their inaugural Webb Ellis Cup in overtime. Kicking off at primetime on the East Coast of Australia, this match will likely see a finals-like intensity on just the second day of the event. A must-watch for all fans of the game.
Just a week later, Australia will face it’s most difficult test of the Pool Stage when they play Wales on Sunday, the 29th of September. The two sides have played in 42 international rugby union matches against one another since 1908, and while the Wallabies have had the upper hand for much of the past three decades, Wales reached the number one ranking in the world for the first time in their history just a month before the beginning of the World Cup. Their ranking looms as a much more competitive opponent than they have been in years past. Further testament to that is the fact that the last time these two sides met, Wales broke a 13-game losing streak which stretched back almost a decade against the Aussies. Our Wallabies should still feel confident against a team they have typically had the wood over, but Wales will pose a difficult test and can’t be taken lightly.
Meet Kayo’s Owen the Oracle!
Kayo Sports’ mascot, Owen the Axolotl has been successfully predicting the outcome of all Australia’s warm-up games this winter. He will be providing regular match predictions and game insights throughout this year’s Rugby World Cup 2019 tournament via the Kayo Sports Facebook page – where you’ll even have a chance to chat with him and ask him his thoughts on any game!
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