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Rugby World Cup 2023 LIVE: Dates, UK start times, schedule and how to follow as England chase glory in showpiece tournament

The Rugby World Cup gets underway this weekend as the best teams on the planet travel to France for a shot a glory.

South Africa are the reigning world champions and the Springboks will be eyeing another successful tournament this time around. 


South Africa beat England in the 2019 World Cup final

They beat England 32-12 in the final four years ago with Eddie Jones’ side coming agonisingly close to winning the World Cup for the first time since 2003. 

Now Steve Borthwick leads the Lions into the showpiece for another shot at the prestigious crown, 20 years on from their last triumph.

Rugby World Cup 2023: Dates and how to follow 

The 2023 Rugby World Cup will begin on Friday, September 8 and will come to an end on Saturday, October 28. 

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The tournament is being held in France and matches will be played at nine different venues in Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Bordeaux, Saint-Etienne, Nice, Nantes and Toulouse.

Every game will be shown live and free to watch on ITV with fixtures shared between ITV1 and ITV4.

The action will also be available to watch on ITVX via mobile and tablet devices. 

talkSPORT and will also keep you updated with all the latest from France. 

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.

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England are aiming to bounce back from disappointment four years agoCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Rugby World Cup 2023: Pools 

  • Pool A: New Zealand, France, Italy, Uruguay, Namibia
  • Pool B: South Africa, Ireland, Scotland, Tonga, Romania
  • Pool C: Wales, Australia, Fiji, Georgia, Portugal
  • Pool D: England, Japan, Argentina, Samoa, Chile

Rugby World Cup 2023: Schedule 

All UK kick-off times 

Friday, September 8 

  • France vs New Zealand – 8pm

Saturday, September 9

  • Italy vs Namibia – 12pm
  • Ireland vs Romania – 2:30pm
  • Australia vs Georgia – 5pm
  • England vs Argentina – 8pm

Sunday, September 10 

  • Japan vs Chile – 12pm
  • South Africa vs Scotland – 4:45pm
  • Wales vs Fiji – 8pm 

Thursday, September 14

Friday, September 15

  • New Zealand vs Namibia – 8pm

Saturday, September 16

  • Samoa vs Chile – 2pm
  • Wales vs Portugal – 4:45pm
  • Ireland vs Tonga – 8pm

Sunday, September 17

  • South Africa vs Romania – 2pm
  • Australia vs Fiji – 4:45pm
  • England vs Japan – 8pm

Wednesday, September 20

  • Italy vs Uruguay – 4:45pm

Thursday, September 21

Friday, September 22

  • Argentina vs Samoa – 4:45pm 

Saturday, September 23

  • Georgia vs Portugal – 1pm
  • England vs Chile – 4:45pm
  • South Africa vs Ireland – 8pm

Sunday, September 24

  • Scotland vs Tonga – 4:45pm
  • Wales vs Australia – 8pm
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New Zealand are the favourites to win the World Cup

Wednesday, September 27

  • Uruguay vs Namibia – 4:45pm

Thursday, September 28

Friday, September 29

  • New Zealand vs Italy – 8pm

Saturday, September 30

  • Argentina vs Chile – 2pm
  • Fiji vs Georgia – 4:45pm
  • Scotland vs Romania – 8pm

Sunday, October 1

  • Australia vs Portugal 4:45pm
  • South Africa vs Tonga 8pm

Thursday, October 5

  • New Zealand vs Uruguay – 8pm

Friday, October 6

Saturday, October 7

  • Wales vs Georgia – 2pm
  • England vs Samoa – 4:45pm
  • Ireland vs Scotland – 8pm

Sunday, October 8

  • Japan vs Argentina – 12pm
  • Tonga vs Romania – 4:45pm
  • Fiji vs Portugal – 8pm
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Saturday, October 14

  • Quarter-final – Pool C Winner vs Pool D Runner-Up – 4pm
  • Quarter-final – Pool B Winner vs Pool A Runner-Up – 8pm

Sunday, October 15

  • Quarter-final – Pool D Winner vs Pool C Runner-Up – 4pm
  • Quarter-final – Pool A Winner vs Pool B Runner-Up – 8pm

Friday, October 20

  • Semi-final – Quart Final 1 Winner vs Quarter Final 2 Winner – 8pm

Saturday, October 21

  • Semi-final – Quarter Final 3 Winner vs Quarter Final 4 Winner – 8pm

Friday, October 27

  • 3rd Place Play-off – Semi Final 1 Runner-Up vs Semi Final 2 Runner-Up – 8pm
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Saturday, October 28

  • Final – Semi-Final 1 Winner vs Semi-Final 2 Winner – 8pm




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