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A Kiwi Footy Fan’s Guide to the Rugby World Cup 2019

September 19, 2019 Footy 4 min read BACK

The 2019 Rugby World Cup marks the ninth time the six week tournament will be played. Fans will know that the Rugby World Cup is something to be excited about. International teams toughing it out in the hope they will be crowned winners. While we may not be able to predict the winner just yet, what we can provide is a comprehensive guide to the 2019 World Cup and the All Blacks’ campaign. 

Who won the last Rugby World Cup? 

The All Blacks’ 2015 World Cup win feels like yesterday. Surely nothing can be sweeter than beating traditional rivals, the Wallabies, in a World Cup final. 2015 was where the dream of winning back to back World Cups became a reality as the All Blacks emerged 34-17 victors.

Who has won the most Rugby World Cups?

New Zealand are the most successful nation in terms of winning the Rugby World Cup. Crowned three-time winners for their 1987, 2011 and 2015 campaigns.

Favourites for the Rugby World Cup 

With the up and down form of many key international teams, an eventual winner seems tough to pick. Of course New Zealand need to be considered. Despite a loss to Australia in Perth, their World Cup record cannot be underestimated.

Ireland, England and Wales have all had strong build-ups to the World Cup with both Ireland and Wales ranking as the world’s number 1 team – according to the World Rugby Rankings – in 2019. The Cherry Blossoms will still be buoyed by their 2015 World Cup shock win over South Africa and hold the home ground advantage. One of the minnows of world rugby, Japan will view just making the quarter-finals as huge victory in itself.

South Africa also appears to be another genuine favourite. The Springboks being crowned winners in Japan would be a fantastic story of revenge and redemption. Recent wins will have provided the confidence needed to run a successful campaign. 

What you should know about the tournament 

The 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off on Friday, September 20, lasting for six weeks before culminating in the Saturday, November 2 final.

Where will the Rugby World Cup be held?

The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be the first one held in Asia with Japan hosting rugby’s biggest event. Japan has provided 12 different stadiums for the Rugby World Cup with crowd capacities ranging from 24,000 to 72,372. 

Where is the Rugby World Cup final being played?

The Rugby World Cup final will take place on Saturday, November 2, kicking off at 10 pm New Zealand time from International Stadium in Yokohama.

Who is New Zealand playing?

New Zealand were drawn in Pool B alongside South Africa, Italy, Namibia and Canada. 

The All Blacks’ first match is scheduled for Saturday, September 21 against South Africa, with kick-off inside the International Stadium in Yokohama is set for 9:45 pm New Zealand time.

Match two is being played against Canada on Wednesday the 2nd of October. The All Blacks will be playing in Oita Stadium in Oita with kick-off at 11:15 pm New Zealand time.

Match three sees the All Blacks take on Namibia from Tokyo Stadium in Tokyo. Kick-off is set for Sunday, October 6 at 5:45 pm.

The All Blacks’ final group stage match is against Italy. Live from the City of Toyota Stadium in Toyota, kick-off begins at 5:45 pm New Zealand time on Saturday, October 12.

How to watch the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand  

From streaming services to television channels, New Zealanders can be sure to catch the 2019 World Cup tournament on their mobiles or television screens.

How many people watch Rugby World Cup matches? 

The Rugby World Cup never fails to be a ratings success and the numbers are only improving. Of the 12 most-watched television broadcasts in New Zealand from 1995 to 2011, seven of the programs were related to the Rugby World Cup. 

The appetite for the Rugby World Cup is always growing. The 2015 World Cup was the most viewed rugby event ever. The tournament also set new viewership and coverage records in 27 markets. 

What time is the Rugby World Cup final on TV?

New Zealand can catch the final of the Rugby World Cup on November 2. TVNZ will have live coverage of the final, while the Spark Sport app will be streaming the match. Expect kick off at 10 pm from International Stadium in Yokohama.

What is the time difference between New Zealand and Japan? 

Japan is four hours behind New Zealand time, meaning that many of the All Blacks games will be played at a suitable time for fans at home to watch. 

Top ways to watch the Rugby World Cup 

The New Zealand broadcast rights to the Rugby World Cup are shared by Spark Sport and TVNZ. 

TVNZ will be screening 12 matches free to air. This includes delayed coverage of all the All Blacks’ pool matches and the quarterfinals. They will then have live coverage of the semi-finals and final. 

Spark Sport will have every Rugby World Cup match live. All the available content can be watched live or on-demand. Individuals can download the app and purchase the Rugby World Cup Tournament Pass. This pass includes access to all 48 games live and on-demand for a cost of $89.99.

Canterbury and the Rugby World Cup 

New Zealanders can expect Canterbury to be in the thick of all the action from the 2019 Rugby World Cup tournament. As Official Sports Apparel Supplier for the Rugby World Cup 2019, Canterbury will be worn by players of 7 out of the 20 teams competing in Japan this year as well as all of the RWC officials. Canterbury will be proudly worn by a diverse line-up of teams from around the globe, including powerhouse finals contenders England and Ireland, dangerous excitement machines Canada, Japan and the USA and the rugged, never-say-die men from Russia and Georgia.

“Rugby is evolving. This World Cup will see the biggest, fastest, most skillful players in a tougher, quicker game where the ball is in play for longer. So, our gear needs to step up too. The new Canterbury range has been put through an intensive two-year development process in the lab, as well as on elite and grassroots teams across Europe and New Zealand,” said Canterbury’s Managing Director ANZ, Jamie Meikleham. 

The six-week tournament in Japan could be the place where the dream of winning three World Cups in a row becomes the reality for the All Blacks and their dedicated fans. Shop our Rugby World Cup merchandise today – after all, it only comes around every four years!





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