Rugby World Cup 2019 -- Scores, schedule, news, how to watch, analysis

The ninth staging of the Rugby World Cup takes place in Japan, the first time the tournament has been staged in Asia.

New Zealand are the two-time defending champions and are pursuing an unprecedented three-peat, while South Africa, Wales, England and Ireland are among the favourites to challenge them in what is being referred to as the most open Rugby World Cup to date. Get scores and schedules, as well as info on how to watch all the action and the latest analysis from our team of rugby experts.

Coverage and schedule

How to watch

Listings in global territories:

  • Asia: beIN Sport

  • Australia: Fox, Ten

  • Brazil: ESPN

  • Fiji: Fiji TV

  • France: TF1

  • Georgia: GPB

  • Italy: RAI

  • Ireland: Eircom

  • Japan: J Sports NTV, NHK and DAZN

  • Latin America: ESPN

  • New Zealand: Spark

  • North Africa/Middle East: beIN Sport

  • Russia: RUR

  • United Kingdom: ITV

  • United States: NBC

  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Supersport

Rugby World Cup - Pool Highlights

  • Japan: After Typhoon Hagibis, the local community rallied to stage the nation's greatest ever rugby achievement. READ

  • The greatest shocks in Rugby World Cup history. READ

  • High tackle controversy: Rugby World Cup has lost the balance between safe and soft. READ

  • Australia: Wallabies wear indigenous jerseys at World Cup for first time. READ

  • England: Eddie Jones' side right the wrongs of 2015 with hasty progress to quarterfinals. READ

  • New Zealand: Another chapter writes itself into All Blacks-Springboks folklore. READ

  • USA: They won't win this World Cup, but there's every reason to believe in the future. READ

  • Uruguay: How a four-year plan came together to stun Fiji. READ

  • Namibia: Can they finally end their quest for a win at the World Cup? READ

Rugby World Cup Preview

Here are the stories you need to know headed into this year's Rugby World Cup:

  • ESPN: The best 25 players at the Rugby World Cup. READ

  • Steven Saunders: The chaos of the ruck: what the heck is actually going on in a rugby pile? READ

  • Sam Bruce: Understanding the All Blacks' supreme success. READ

  • Sam Bruce: What leading the haka means to TJ Perenara. READ

  • Tom Hamilton: Love, rugby and a sport's crucial battle with concussion. READ

  • ESPN: What is a concussion protocol? Sport by sport, there's no single solution. READ