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How to watch 2023 Rugby World Cup: TV channel, live stream and how to follow as home nations chase glory in France


The 2023 Rugby Union World Cup is set to get underway later this week in France.

South Africa are the current holders, but the four home nations will hope they can go on a run that ends in glory.

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France are the hosts and one of the favouritesCredit: Getty

This is the biggest event in international rugby union and teams from across the world are set to compete and throw everything at it.

2023 Rugby World Cup: Dates and how to follow

The 2023 Rugby World Cup will begin on Friday, September 8 and will conclude on Saturday, October 28. 

Every single game is set to be broadcast in the UK across the ITV network.

Most of the matches will be shown on ITV1 and a few are on ITV4.

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Alternatively, fans can stream every minute through their laptop, smart TV or mobile device via ITVX.

talkSPORT will also have regular updates throughout the tournament and talkSPORT.com will have all the best of the reaction.

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

South Africa are the defending champions

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South Africa are the defending championsCredit: Getty

2023 Rugby World Cup: Groups

Twenty teams from around the globe have been split into four pools of five.

Every side then plays four games and the top two from each pool go through to the quarter-finals.

Pool A boasts the host nation France as well as the world’s most recognisable rugby union side New Zealand.

Italy, Uruguay and Nambia make up the rest.

Pool B sees two of the home nations Ireland and Scotland do battle, along with defending champions South Africa.

Tonga and Romania are the other two teams.

Pool C is where you will find Wales and Eddie Jones’ new side Australia.

And those two will battle with Fiji, Georgia and Portugal.

Finally, Pool D hosts England, Argentina, Japan, Samoa and Chile.

  • Pool A: France, New Zealand, Italy, Uruguay, Nambia
  • Pool B: Ireland, South Africa, Scotland, Tonga, Romania
  • Pool C: Australia, Wales, Fiji, Georgia, Portugal
  • Pool D: England, Argentina, Japan, Samoa, Chile
On paper, England have one of the easier groups but head into the tournament in poor form

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On paper, England have one of the easier groups but head into the tournament in poor formCredit: Getty

2023 Rugby World Cup: Full schedule

Pool stage

Friday, September 8

Pool A – France v New Zealand (8:15pm, Stade de France) ITV1 / ITVX

Saturday, September 9

Pool A – Italy v Namibia (12pm, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard) ITV1 / ITVX

Pool B – Ireland v Romania (2:30pm, Stade de Bordeaux) ITV1 / ITVX

Pool C – Australia v Georgia (5pm, Stade de France) ITV1 / ITVX

Pool D- England v Argentina (8pm, Stade de Marseille) ITV1 / ITVX

Sunday, September 10

Pool D – Japan v Chile (12pm, Stade de Toulouse) ITV1 / ITVX

Pool B – South Africa v Scotland (4:45pm, Stade de Marseille) ITV1 / ITVX

Pool C – Wales v Fiji (8pm, Stade de Bordeaux) ITV1 / ITVX

Thursday, September 14

Pool A – France v Uruguay (8pm, Stade Pierre-Mauroy) ITV4 / ITVX

Friday, September 15

Pool A – New Zealand v Namibia (8pm, Stadium de Toulouse) ITV4 / ITVX

Saturday, September 16

Pool D – Samoa v Chile (2pm, Stade de Bordeaux) ITV4 / ITVX

Pool C – Wales v Portugal (4:45pm, Stade de Nice) ITV1 / ITVX

Pool B – Ireland v Tonga (8pm, Stade de la Beaujoire) ITV1 / ITVX

Sunday, September 17

Pool B – South Africa v Romania (2pm, Stade de Bordeaux) ITV1 / ITVX

Pool C – Australia v Fiji (4:45pm, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard) ITV1 / ITVX

Pool D – England v Japan (8pm, Stade de Nice) ITV1 / ITVX

Wednesday, September 20

Pool A – Italy v Uruguay (4:45pm, Stade de Nice) ITV4 / ITVX

Thursday, September 21

Pool A – France v Namibia (8pm, Stade de Marseille) ITV4 / ITVX

Friday, September 22

Pool D – Argentina v Samoa (4:45pm, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard) ITV1 / ITVX

Saturday, September 23

Pool C – Georgia v Portugal (1pm, Stadium de Toulouse) ITV1 / ITVX

Pool D – England v Chile (4:45pm, Stade Pierre-Mauroy) ITV1 / ITVX

Pool B – South Africa v Ireland (8pm, Stade de France) ITV1 / ITVX

Sunday, September 24

Pool B – Scotland v Tonga (4:45pm, Stade de Nice) ITV1 / ITVX

Pool C – Wales v Australia (8pm, OL Stadium) ITV1 / ITVX

Wednesday, September 27

Pool A – Uruguay v Namibia (4:45pm, OL Stadium) ITV4 / ITVX

Thursday, September 28

Pool D – Japan v Samoa (8pm, Stade de Toulouse) ITV4 / ITVX

Friday, September 29

Pool A – New Zealand v Italy (8pm, OL Stadium) ITV1 / ITVX

Saturday, September 30

Pool D – Argentina v Chile (2pm, Stade de la Beaujoire) ITV1 / ITVX

Pool C – Fiji v Georgia (4:45pm, Stade de Bordeaux) ITV1 / ITVX

Pool B – Scotland v Romania (8pm, Stade Pierre-Mauroy) ITV1 / ITVX

Sunday, October 1

Pool C – Australia v Portugal (4:45pm, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard) ITV1 / ITVX

Pool A – South Africa v Tonga (8pm, Stade de Marseille) ITV1 / ITVX

Thursday, October 5

Pool A – New Zealand v Uruguay (8pm, OL Stadium) ITV1 / ITVX

Friday, October 6

Pool A – France v Italy (8pm, OL Stadium) ITV1 / ITVX

Saturday, October 7

Pool C – Wales v Georgia (2pm, Stade de la Beaujoire) ITV1 / ITVX

Pool D – England v Samoa (4:45pm, Stade Pierre-Mauroy) ITV1 / ITVX

Pool B – Ireland v Scotland (8pm, Stade de France) ITV1 / ITVX

Sunday, October 8

Pool D – Japan v Argentina (12pm, Stade de la Beaujoire) ITV1 / ITVX

Pool B – Tonga v Romania (4:45pm, Stade Pierre-Mauroy) ITV3 / ITVX

Pool C – Fiji v Portugal (8pm, Stade de Toulouse) ITV4 / ITVX

Owen Farrell will miss England’s first two Rugby World Cup matches

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Owen Farrell will miss England’s first two Rugby World Cup matchesCredit: AFP

Quarter-finals

Saturday, October 14

Winner Pool C vs runner-up Pool D (4pm, Stade de Marseille) ITV1 / ITVX

Winner Pool B vs runner-up Pool A (8pm, Stade de France) ITV1 / ITVX

Sunday, October 15

Winner Pool D vs runner-up Pool C (4pm, Stade de Marseille) ITV1 / ITVX

Winner Pool A vs runner-up Pool B (8pm, Stade de France) ITV1 / ITVX

Semi-finals

Friday, October 20

Winner of quarter-final one vs winner of quarter-final two (8pm, Stade de France) ITV1 / ITVX

Saturday, October 21

Winner of quarter-final three vs winner of quarter-final four (8pm, Stade de France) ITV1 / ITVX

Third-place play-off

Friday, October 27

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Runner-up of semi-final one vs runner-up of semi-final two (8pm, Stade de France) ITV1 / ITVX

Final

Winner of semi-final one vs winner of semi-final two (8pm, Stade de France) ITV1 / ITVX

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