Every four years, the world’s best rugby players and passionate rugby fans gather at the Rugby World Cup to celebrate this dynamic, exciting sport.

This year, the Rugby World Cup will be held in Japan! This is the ninth Rugby World Cup ever held and the first time it will be held in Asia.

Rugby is one of Australia’s favourite sports and the national rugby team, the Wallabies is one of the strongest teams in the world. It is estimated that 10% of the overseas rugby fans visiting Japan for the Rugby World Cup will be Australian.

The Rugby World Cup will be held over seven weeks starting September 21 in Sapporo with Australia versing Fiji. The matches will be held across 12 stadiums in 12 host cities, and will have both the teams and fans touring through Japan from top to bottom – from Hokkaido, right down to Kyushu – wrapping up the finals in Yokohama city, just outside of Tokyo.

Australians planning on following the Wallabies from the start will start their journey off in Hokkaido for the Fiji game. Then the Wallabies will take Australians through to the home of Mount Fuji in Shizuoka at the Georgia game, then all the way through to Yokohama for the grand finals.

We have covered everything we can possibly think of for our rugby loving G’Day Japan! readers. We want to make sure you have the best time while supporting the Wallabies, and not just at the stadiums but in the time in-between matches.

We have gathered not only basic information about the matches and the stadiums, but some fantastic and useful information about how to explore and what you can experience at each of the 12 host cities!

So without further ado, time to kick off your Rugby World Cup planning now!

Interview

Rugby World Cup 2019 Match Schedule

POOL A

IRELAND
SCOTLAND
JAPAN
RUSSIA
SAMOA
Fri, Sept. 20 19:45
Tokyo Stadium
Japan vs. Russia
Sun, Sept. 22 16:45
International Stadium Yokohama
Ireland vs. Scotland
Tues, Sept. 24 19:15
Kumagaya Rugby Stadium
Russia vs. Samoa
Sat, Sept. 28 16:15
Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
Japan vs. Ireland
Mon, Sept. 30 19:15
Kobe Misaki Stadium
Scotland vs. Samoa
Thurs, Oct. 03 19:15
Kobe Misaki Stadium
Ireland vs. Russia
Sat, Oct. 05 19:30
City of Toyota Stadium
Japan vs. Samoa
Wed, Oct. 09 16:15
Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
Scotland vs. Russia
Sat, Oct. 12 19:45
Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
Ireland vs. Samoa
Sun, Oct. 13 19:45
International Stadium Yokohama
Japan vs. Scotland

POOL B

NEW ZEALAND
SOUTH AFRICA
ITALY
NAMIBIA
CANADA
Sat, Sept. 21 18:45
International Stadium Yokohama
New Zealand vs. South Africa
Sun, Sept. 22 14:15
Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Italy vs. Namibia
Thurs, Sept. 26 16:45
Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
Italy vs. Canada
Sat, Sept. 28 18:45
City of Toyota Stadium
South Africa vs. Namibia
Wed, Oct. 02 19:15
Oita Stadium
New Zealand vs. Canada
Fri, Oct. 04 18:45
Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
South Africa vs. Italy
Sun, Oct. 06 13:45
Tokyo Stadium
New Zealand vs. Namibia
Tues, Oct. 08 19:15
Kobe Misaki Stadium
South Africa vs. Canada
Sat, Oct. 12 13:45
City of Toyota Stadium
New Zealand vs. Italy
Sun, Oct. 13 12:15
Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium
Namibia vs. Canada

POOL C

ENGLAND
FRANCE
ARGENTINA
USA
TONGA
Sat, Sept. 21 16:15
Tokyo Stadium
France vs. Argentina
Sun, Sept. 22 19:15
Sapporo Dome
England vs. Tonga
Thurs, Sept. 26 19:45
Kobe Misaki Stadium
England vs. USA
Sat, Sept. 28 13:45
Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Argentina vs. Tonga
Wed, Oct. 02 16:45
Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
France vs. USA
Sat, Oct. 05 17:00
Tokyo Stadium
England vs. Argentina
Sun, Oct. 06 16:45
Kumamoto Stadium
France vs. Tonga
Wed, Oct. 09 13:45
Kumagaya Rugby Stadium
Argentina vs. USA
Sat, Oct. 12 17:15
International Stadium Yokohama
England vs. France
Sun, Oct. 13 14:45
Hanazono Rugby Stadium
USA vs. Tonga

POOL D

AUSTRALIA
WALES
GEORGIA
FIJI
URUGUAY
Sat, Sept. 21 13:45
Sapporo Dome
Australia vs. Fiji
Mon, Sept. 23 19:15
City of Toyota Stadium
Wales vs. Georgia
Wed, Sept. 25 14:15
Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium
Fiji vs. Uruguay
Sun, Sept. 29 14:15
Kumagaya Rugby Stadium
Georgia vs. Uruguay
Sun, Sept. 29 16:45
Tokyo Stadium
Australia vs. Wales
Thurs, Oct. 03 14:15
Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Georgia vs. Fiji
Sat, Oct. 05 14:15
Oita Stadium
Australia vs. Uruguay
Wed, Oct. 09 18:45
Oita Stadium
Wales vs. Fiji
Fri, Oct. 11 19:15
Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
Australia vs. Georgia
Sun, Oct. 13 17:15
Kumamoto Stadium
Wales vs. Uruguay

QUARTER-FINAL 1

Sat, Oct. 19 16:15
Oita Stadium
WINNER POOL C
RUNNER UP POOL D

QUARTER-FINAL 2

Sat, Oct. 19 19:15
Tokyo Stadium
WINNER POOL B
RUNNER UP POOL A

QUARTER-FINAL 3

Sun, Oct. 20 16:15
Oita Stadium
WINNER POOL D
RUNNER UP POOL C

QUARTER-FINAL 4

Sun, Oct. 20 19:15
Tokyo Stadium
WINNER POOL A
RUNNER UP POOL B

SEMI-FINAL 1

Sat, Oct. 26 17:00
International Stadium Yokohama
WINNER QF1
WINNER QF2

BRONZE FINAL

Fri, Nov. 01 18:00
Tokyo Stadium
RUNNER UP SF1
RUNNER UP SF2

SEMI-FINAL 2

Sun, Oct. 27 18:00
International Stadium Yokohama
WINNER QF3
WINNER QF4

FINAL 1

Sat, Nov. 02 18:00
International Stadium Yokohama
WINNER SF1
WINNER SF2

Host City Info

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G’Day Japan! Pick Up

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