Monday 21 October 2019

Revealed: Ireland's 2019 Rugby World Cup schedule confirmed

Head coach Joe Schmidt
Head coach Joe Schmidt

The times and venues for Ireland's 2019 Rugby World Cup group matches have been revealed.

Joe Schmidt's men will face Scotland in their opener at the International Stadium in Yokohama on Sunday, September 22 at 7.45am (Irish time), followed by Japan on Saturday, September 28 in Shizuoka Stadium ECOPA, Shizuoka Prefecture at 7.15am (Irish time).

Ireland then face a European qualifier on Thursday, October 3 in Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe, at 10.15am (Irish time) with the final group match against a play-off winner on Saturday October 12 in Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka, 10.45am (Irish time).

The tournament's 48 games will be spread across 12 host cities, with each venue hosting a minimum of two matches. The schedule was announced by World Rugby and the Japan Rugby organising committee.

Yokohama's International Stadium stages four pool matches, in addition to both semi-finals, and then the final on November 2, 2019.

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: "Today the tournament comes to life for the players and fans.

"The announcement of the match schedule and ticketing programme will generate excitement as we all look ahead to a tournament that will break new ground as the first in Asia.

"We are grateful to the cities and venues who have been at the heart of this process and will play such a central role in welcoming the world to Japan.

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We know that this will be a special, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Japan to welcome the world to the whole of this great nation, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for rugby fans from around the world to experience all Japan has to offer."

Games will kick off no later than 7.45pm, local time, while no tier two team will play against a tier one-ranked nation following a short rest period.

World rugby chief executive Brett Gosper added: "The development of the match schedule is an important milestone for what will be a very special Rugby World Cup.

"Throughout this rigorous process, we have had participating team experience for teams and fans at heart.

"We have worked hard to deliver a match schedule that improves on the Rugby World Cup 2015 model, delivering a more balanced spread of matches across the four weeks of pool matches and greater rest periods for the emerging rugby nations ahead of matches against the top-ranked teams.

"These are the foundations that will assist the world's top players to perform to their best in Japan."


2019 Rugby World Cup full schedule


(All kick-offs GMT)


20th: Pool A - Japan v Europe 1, Tokyo Stadium, 1145.

21: Pool D - Australia v Fiji, Sapporo Dome, 0545.

21: Pool C - France v Argentina, Tokyo Stadium, 0815.

21: Pool B - New Zealand v South Africa, Yokohama International Stadium, 1045.

22: Pool B - Italy v Africa 1, Hanazono Stadium, Osaka, 0615.

22: Pool A - Ireland v Scotland, Yokohama International Stadium, 0745.

22: Pool C - England v Tonga, Sapporo Dome, 1115.

23: Pool D - Wales v Georgia, City of Toyota Stadium, 1115.

24: Pool A - Europe 1 v Play-off winner, Kumagaya Rugby Grounds, 1115.

25: Pool D - Fiji v Americas 2, Kamaishi Memorial Stadium, 0615.

26: Pool B - Italy v Repechage winner, Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka, 0845.

26: Pool C - England v USA, Kobe Misaki Stadium, 1145.

28: Pool C - Argentina v Tonga, Hanazono Stadium, Osaka, 0545.

28: Pool A - Japan v Ireland, Shizuoka Stadium, 0715.

28: Pool B - South Africa v Africa 1, City of Toyota Stadium, 1045.

29: Pool D - Georgia v Americas 2, Kumagaya Rugby Grounds, 0615.

29: Pool D - Australia v Wales, Tokyo Stadium, 0845.

30: Pool A - Scotland v Play-off winner, Kobe Misaki Stadium, 1115.


2: Pool C - France v USA, Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka, 0845.

2: Pool B - New Zealand v Repechage winner, Oita Stadium, 1115.

3: Pool D - Georgia v Fiji, Hanazono Stadium, Osaka, 0615.

3: Pool A - Ireland v Europe 1, Kobe Misaki Stadium, 1015.

4: Pool B - South Africa v Italy, Shizuoka Stadium, 1045.

5: Pool D - Australia v Americas 2, Oita Stadium, 0615.

5: Pool C - England v Argentina, Tokyo Stadium, 0900.

5: Pool A - Japan v Play-off winner, City of Toyota Stadium, 1130.

6: Pool B - New Zealand v Africa 1, Tokyo Stadium, 0545.

6: Pool C - France v Tonga, Kumamoto Stadium, 0845.

8: Pool B - South Africa v Repechage winner, Kobe Misaki Stadium, 1115.

9: Pool C - Argentina v USA, Kumagaya Rugby Grounds, 0545.

9: Pool A - Scotland v Europe 1, Shizuoka Stadium, 0815.

9: Pool D - Wales v Fiji, Oita Stadium, 1045.

11: Pool D - Australia v Georgia, Shizuoka Stadium, 1115.

12: Pool B - New Zealand v Italy, City of Toyota Stadium, 0545.

12: Pool C - England v France, Yokohama International Stadium, 0915.

12: Pool A - Ireland v Play-off winner, Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka, 1045.

13: Pool B - Africa 1 v Repechage winner, Kamaishi Memorial Stadium, 0415.

13: Pool C - USA v Tonga, Hanazono Stadium, Osaka, 0645.

13: Pool D - Wales v Americas 2, Kumamoto Stadium, 0915.

13: Pool A - Japan v Scotland, Yokohama International Stadium, 1145.

19: Quarter-final (winner Pool C v runner-up Pool D), Oita Stadium, 0815.

19: Quarter-final (winner Pool B v runner-up Pool A), Tokyo Stadium, 1115.

20: Quarter-final (winner Pool D v runner-up Pool C), Oita Stadium, 0815.

20: Quarter-final (winner Pool A v runner-up Pool B), Tokyo Stadium, 1115.

26: Semi-final (winner quarter-final 1 v winner quarter-final 2), Yokohama International Stadium, 0900.

27 - Semi-final (winner quarter-final 3 v winner quarter-final 4), Yokohama International Stadium, 0900.


1: Bronze final, Tokyo Stadium, 0900.

2: Final, Yokohama International Stadium, 0900.

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