The Rugby World Cup is back again. From the 20th of September to 2nd November 2019, the top 20 rugby teams in the world will battle it out for the ultimate prize. The 2019 Rugby World Cup will take place in Japan, a historic first as the nation will be the first Asian country to ever host this global sporting event.
This table shows the winners of the eight rugby world cups since 1987, and New Zealand’s fate at those cups. For the five tournaments after 1987 New Zealand failed to win the cup and in fact only reached the final once, despite being the favorite on most occasions. The 2015 win was the first successful defense of the title by any team, and New Zealand’s first away from home.
|1987||New Zealand||29-9||France||Eden Park|
|1995||South Africa||15-12||New Zealand||Ellis Park|
|2007||South Africa||15-6||England||Stade de France|
|2011||New Zealand||8-7||France||Eden Park|
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Fox Sports has confirm the broadcast and streaming rights to the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan — the biggest sporting event of the year. The Rugby World Cup 2019 is the biggest sports event this year and the only place to see all 48 games live and ad-break free during play is on Fox Sports.
Every Rugby World Cup 2019 game available to Foxtel sports subscribers and exclusively live in 4K Ultra HD — this will provide a stunning viewing experience like never before for sports fans.
All matches of the prestigious tournament will be available live and ad-break free during play on a dedicated channel and, for the first time, live in 4K Ultra HD, exclusive for Foxtel sports subscribers*.
The World Cup runs from September 20 to November 2 and, with Japan as hosts, the matches are scheduled in prime viewing times for Australian audiences.
In another first, Kayo Sports will also stream Fox Sports’ live coverage to its subscribers and all matches will be available to stream on demand.
Fox Sports’ dedicated World Cup channel will include match previews, daily highlights, review programs, archive matches from previous tournaments and analysis from the best commentators in the business.
Peter Campbell head of Fox Sports said.
Whether supporting the Wallabies or the All Blacks, England, Italy, South Africa, the USA, Fiji, or Tonga and beyond, our coverage will be for all fans no matter who you support.
A global event like the Rugby World Cup 2019 is for all, irrespective of our backgrounds or sports code allegiance.
The rights we have acquired will also allow all matches in the tournament to be streamed on our new sports only service Kayo Sports, as well as Foxtel Go and Foxtel Now.
World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont also welcomed the news.
We are delighted to be welcoming Fox Sports as rights holding broadcasters for Rugby World Cup 2019,” Beaumont said.
They are long standing supporters of rugby in Australia, broadcast innovators and with all of the big matches being shown in prime time slots, will be a destination for Australian sports fans in September, October and November.
Fox Sports’ leading app and website, www.foxsports.com.au will also provide additional coverage of the World Cup with live match centers and video to ensure a one stop destination for rugby fans.
*Requires iQ4 set top box, compatible HDMI cable and compatible 4K TV. Any other connected equipment must also be compatible with Foxtel’s 4K UHD Standard. Available to customers with Sports + HD packs. For more info see Foxtel.com.au/compatibility
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World Rugby has awarded the UK live radio commentary rights for Rugby World Cup 2019 to the BBC. The deal means that BBC radio is the exclusive destination for UK rugby fans to hear radio match commentary, offering audiences across the nation extensive coverage throughout the tournament, which kicks off on 20 September.
Rugby World Cup 2019 is the biggest sports event of the year, creating a global community of fans from around the world in what organizers fully anticipate will be a very special celebration of rugby and the host nation, Japan.
The BBC will be at the heart of the action, providing fans in the UK with unrivaled coverage and all the latest news from a tournament that will leave a record legacy of rugby participation and fandom in Asia.
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “World Rugby is excited about the appointment of the BBC as the rights-holding radio broadcaster for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, which promises to be a very special and game-changing celebration of rugby.
“The BBC’s passion for rugby, combined with their commitment to the highest standards of production is great news for fans and also the sport’s ability to reach and convert news audiences throughout the UK.”
Head of BBC Radio and Digital Sport Ben Gallop said: “Rugby World Cup 2019 is a key moment in this year’s sporting calendar and I’m thrilled we will be bringing our listeners all the action from the tournament. With commentary of every match on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, and comprehensive coverage on the BBC Sport website, fans will not miss a moment of the home nations’ World Cup campaigns.”
Coverage of RWC 2019 adds to BBC Radio 5 Live’s strong line-up of rugby union, which includes commentary of the Six Nations, the English Premiership and the European Champions Cup.
Asia’s first Rugby World Cup is on track to be a game-changer for the development of the sport in the world’s most populous and youthful continent. So far, more than one million new participants have been introduced to rugby under the dedicated Asia One Million programme, a core strand of the tournament’s Impact Beyond 2019 legacy programme.
Rugby World Cup 2019 is also proving to be the most popular tournament to date with record ticket demand. General ticket sales resume at 18:00 JST on 18 May. Visit here how to get RWC 2019 tickets.
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Hollywood stars, stripes and iconic venues welcomed the Webb Ellis Cup to Los Angeles during the fifteenth leg of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour visits Los Angeles.
- Hollywood stars Gerard Butler, Thor, James Bond and Taylor Swift welcomed the Webb Ellis Cup to Los Angeles during the fifteenth leg of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour.
- Webb Ellis Cup earned its LA stripes visiting some of the city’s most iconic sports stadia including the home of the LA Lakers, LA Galaxy and the new LA Rams Stadium development
- Former USA captain Todd Clever joined the tour to help inspire the next generation of players visiting Emerson Middle School and a beach rugby training session.
- Local LA junior rugby player selected to become a USA match-day mascot at Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan through Worldwide Partner Land Rover.
- There are over one million registered rugby union players and more than 33 million rugby fans in the USA and the sport is inspiring people from all backgrounds and abilities.
- USA will face England, Argentina, France and Tonga at Rugby World Cup 2019 – tickets on sale now https://rwcfixtures.com/rugby-world-cup-2019-tickets/
The Webb Ellis Cup received a star studded welcome to Hollywood as it embarked on the 15th leg of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour in Los Angeles.
The great and the good of tinsel town were pictured with the Webb Ellis Cup as the Trophy Tour visited Madame Tussauds Hollywood and was pictured alongside rugby fans Daniel Craig aka James Bond, Chris Hemsworth aka Thor, Taylor Swift and some of the silver screen’s finest including Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman. Away from the wax works a real-life Gerard Butler, a huge Scotland rugby fan, also got up close and personal with the iconic silverware and even rehearsed his own version of a Rugby World Cup 2019 acceptance speech.
Back in the world of sport, the Trophy Tour visited some of Los Angeles most iconic stadiums including The Staples Centre, home of the LA Lakers, and Dignity Health Sports Park, home of NFL side LA Chargers and soccer team LA Galaxy. The Dignity Health Sports Park recently unveiled a statue of former LA Galaxy player and England football great, David Beckham – a rugby fan and regular visitor to Twickenham – and will be the host venue for rugby sevens at the upcoming Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games. The Trophy Tour also got a sneak peak of the new LA Stadium and Entertainment District, future home of the Los Angeles Chargers and Rams while in town.
Former USA Eagles captain and most capped player Todd Clever joined fellow former Eagle Dallen Stanford for the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour visit to LA helping to inspire local rugby teams and schools. The pair took part in a beach rugby session with local clubs alongside the iconic Santa Monica Pier before visiting Emerson Middle School where more than 100 children aged between 11-13 took part in a rugby tournament in front of the Webb Ellis Cup.
It was here that Rugby World Cup 2019 Worldwide Partner DHL delivered a Get Into Rugby kit including ball, bibs and cones for the school rugby team. Official Vehicle Partner Land Rover also made one pupil’s Rugby World Cup 2019 dreams come true, selecting seventh grader Sabrina to be the official mascot who will run out with USA Eagles captain Blane Scully at the Argentina v USA match at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium in Japan at Rugby World Cup 2019 in October.
Clever was on hand to help choose the winning mascot, selected as the pupil and player who truly embodies the values of the game. He said: “Having the Rugby World Cup here in the USA is a huge boost for us and seeing the reaction of the pupils at Emerson Middle School and all the tour stops just cements the opportunity – people want to know more, get involved and start playing or even just find out where to go and watch a game.
“The Land Rover Rugby World Cup 2019 mascot promotion gives kids such a phenomenal prize – to be in seventh grade and know you are going to Japan to run out with the captain in front of millions of fans is just amazing. Rugby is a values-based game, that is one of the things that makes is so special and so accessible to anyone that ones to have a go. Sabrina was a rightful winner at Emerson Middle School – a true team player who respects and supports her team-mates and whose passion for rugby was on show throughout the whole tournament. It’s been an amazing week seeing the power that the Webb Ellis Cup brings to new conversations around the game and I can’t wait for Japan 2019 – go USA!”
With LA2028 on the horizon, the Trophy Tour also got to look back at LA84 visiting the LA84 Foundation where the Webb Ellis Cup was pictured alongside the Olympic Flame. The growth of rugby is high on the agenda at all levels. Sevens, now an Olympic sport, has enjoyed increasing success in the USA with more than 100,000 fans attending the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco last year and the USA sevens team currently top of the men’s series standings.
In 15s, there are now more than one million registered rugby union players in the USA and rugby is inspiring people from all backgrounds and abilities to come together. Nowhere was this more apparent than at Los Angeles Rebellion, who welcomed the Webb Ellis Cup to a training session as part of the LA Trophy Tour. The Division IV team compete at the amateur level in the Southern California Rugby Football Union and International Gay Rugby, and welcome all players regardless of age, ethnicity, religion, fitness level or sexual identity.
Speaking on the success of the tour in LA, USA Rugby CEO Ross Young said: “USA Rugby has been delighted to host the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour in Los Angeles. The lead into Japan 2019 is a really exciting time for the team and the fans and to give them access to the Webb Ellis Cup has been great. The Tour gives us a huge opportunity to engage more fans and more players using the story and intrigue of this very special trophy. We have a strong ambition to grow the game in the USA and a Rugby World Cup is the perfect opportunity to do that.”
LA completes the 15th leg of the 20-nation Trophy Tour. The next stop will be Canada as excitement grows ahead of the first Rugby World Cup in Asia. Later this year the Webb Ellis Cup will visit Brazil, Chile and Argentina before embarking on a 100-day tour of Japan before the start of the tournament on 20 September. To view the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour schedule, visit www.rugbyworldcup.com/trophy-tour.