Looking forward to the 2019 Rugby World Cup? 888sport have you covered with the latest rugby union betting news, tips and odds on this year’s tournament.

Punters can read expert advice regarding the Rugby World Cup and other sporting events via the 888sport blog. Scroll down now for all of the 'need to know' information ahead of September 20th.


When Is The 2019 Rugby World Cup?

The 2019 Rugby World Cup will get underway on September 20th with the final taking place on November 2nd. At the time of writing, New Zealand are favourites to record their third successive Rugby World Cup triumph in a row.

Hosts Japan take on Pool A minnows Russia in the opening match of the tournament. With Japan springing one of the Rugby World Cup’s greatest shocks in 2015, we could see plenty of thrills and spills from the host nation this year.


Where Is The Rugby World Cup 2019?

Japan were selected to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup – this is the first time ever that the tournament will take place in Asia. Away from the traditional rugby union playing nations, it could be one of the best competitions yet.


How To Watch The Rugby World Cup In The UK

ITV have obtained exclusive rights to the 2019 Rugby World Cup – which gives viewers the chance to watch the leading Player of the Tournament contenders. Organisers have worked tirelessly to try and accommodate kick-off times to suit every nation and most games are available for rugby fans in the United Kingdom.

The opening fixture will take place at 11:45am in the UK with the earliest group stage game kicking off at 4:15am. For those wanting to watch the likes of New Zealand and Australia in the pool rounds, an early start may be on the cards…


Rugby World Cup 2019: Pools

Pool A: Japan, Ireland, Scotland, Russia, Samoa

Pool B: New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Namibia, Canada

Pool C: England, France, Argentina, USA, Tonga

Pool D: Australia, Wales, Georgia, Fiji, Uruguay


RWC 2019: Pool A Fixtures

Japan vs Russia: September 20th (11:45am)

Ireland vs Scotland: September 22nd (8:45am)

Russia vs Samoa: September 24th (11:15am)

Japan vs Ireland: September 28th (8:15am)

Scotland vs Samoa: September 30th (11:15am)

Ireland vs Russia: October 3rd (11:15am)

Japan vs Samoa: October 5th (11:30am)

Scotland vs Russia: October 9th (8:15am)

Ireland vs Samoa: October 12th (11:45am)

Japan vs Scotland: October 13th (11:45am)

RWC 2019: Pool B Fixtures

New Zealand vs South Africa: September 21st (10:45am)

Italy vs Namibia: September 22nd (6:15am)

Italy vs Canada: September 26th (8:45am)

South Africa vs Namibia: September 28th (10:45am)

New Zealand vs Canada: October 2nd (11:15am)

South Africa vs Italy: October 4th (10:45am)

New Zealand vs Namibia: October 6th (5:45am)

South Africa vs Canada: October 8th (11:15am)

New Zealand vs Italy: October 12th (5:45am)

Namibia vs Canada: October 13th (4:15am)


RWC 2019: Pool C Fixtures

France vs Argentina: September 21st (8:15am)

England vs Tonga: September 22nd (11:15am)

England vs USA: September 26th (11:45am)

Argentina vs Tonga: September 28th (5:45am)

France vs USA: October 2nd (8:45am)

England vs Argentina: October 5th (9am)

France vs Tonga: October 6th (8:45am)

Argentina vs USA: October 9th (5:45am)

England vs France: October 12th (9:15am)

USA vs Tonga: October 13th (6:45am)


RWC 2019: Pool D Fixtures

Australia vs Fiji: September 21st (5:45am)

Wales vs Georgia: September 23rd (11:15am)

Fiji vs Uruguay: September 25th (6:15am)

Georgia vs Uruguay: September 29th (6:15am)

Australia vs Wales: September 29th (8:45am)

Georgia vs Fiji: October 3rd (6:15am)

Australia vs Uruguay: October 5th (6:15am)

Wales vs Fiji: October 9th (10:45am)

Australia vs Georgia: October 11th (11:15am)

Wales vs Uruguay: October 13th (9:15am)


2019 Rugby World Cup: Betting

New Zealand have been the number one ranked nation for over 500 weeks but they almost relinquished that title to Wales at the beginning of August.

The All Blacks always seem to hit top form at the Rugby World Cup but 11/8 is short given their recent struggles; New Zealand were well beaten by Australia in their last encounter.

Gareth Anscombe’s injury may hinder Wales’ chances of a first Rugby World Cup crown but Warren Gatland’s side head into the tournament as Six Nations Grand Slam winners.

With a bit of luck in the group stages, their path to the World Cup final may be favourable – 7/1 for a famous Welsh win is still a reasonable price.

England showed signs of a revival in the 2019 Six Nations and Eddie Jones’ men are priced at 9/2 with 888sport.

The 2003 World Cup winners suffered an embarrassing exit on home soil four years ago but England look primed to go far in 2019. If everything goes to plan, England could be celebrating a second success come November 2nd.

2019 Rugby Championship winners South Africa are also in the mix to lift the Webb Ellis Cup this year. The Springboks have been in scintillating form this year and could spring a shock in Pool B if New Zealand fall short.

888sport punters can back South Africa at 5/1 to claim their third Rugby World Cup title – and that may turn out to be a monster price.


*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*

Alex is a sports betting tipster, specialising in Premier League football, the Champions League and horse racing.

He loves placing a weekly accumulator on the football at the weekend and dreams of landing the big winner that will take him back to Las Vegas.

As well as writing sports betting tips for 888sport since 2015, Alex has produced content for several international media companies, such as Goal.com and The SPORTBible.