The 2019 Rugby World Cup is set to kick off on Friday, 20th September 2019 when top nations from all over the world meet in Japan to compete for the William Webb Ellis Trophy. A total of 20 qualified teams classified into four pools(A, B, C, and D) of five teams each will be participating in the competition, with the opening stages taking each team a stiff quest to battle its way out of their pool. As ardent fans of the oval ball game get ready to back their favorite teams to glory, we have provided a detailed description on how to catch the action Live from Japan.
THE UNITED KINGDOM.
In the UK, World Rugby announced their immense partnership with the renown broadcasting channel ITV which will see them air the biggest Rugby 15s event of 2019 Live to fans in the Greater Britain. For a detailed match by match broadcasting schedule, fans and subscribers can log on the ITV official website https://www.itv(.)com a few weeks to the start of the tournament. Further, ITV will provide a list of the specific channels that will air the live matches for fans in England, Scotland, and Northen Ireland in due course. Having managed to hit a cool 11.5 viewers for the England vs Fiji, Wales, and Australia games, ITV sought to pen a long-term deal to air the RWC over the next two editions.
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Back in 2017, NBC announced a 7-year partnership with World Rugby which gave them the exclusive rights to air ALL world rugby matches in the USA. This partnership includes matches in the junior, women, and men’s tournament up to 2023. Therefore, American rugby fans can be assured to catch all the action live from Japan via dedicated channels in September. The games will be broadcast live on NBC, NBCSN, the NBC Sports app, The Olympic Channels, NBC Sports Gold among other dedicated sporting channels. NBC, on its official website www.nbcsports.com, will update a detailed fixture vs channel schedule in due course.
The most anticipated and most watched tournament in Australia will be broadcast on a free-to-air basis by Network Ten. Viewers will have the opportunity of watching all the Wallabies’ games for free plus an additional 10 free matches from the finals. In addition to that, fans can also live-stream the games on Network Ten’s streaming platform 10Play.
On the other hand, Fox Sports will give Australian fans an unparalleled World Cup experience by streaming all the games live via dedicated Foxtel channels. Having won the RWC broadcasting rights in Australia, Foxtel will be airing the games Live in 4K Ultra HD for the very first time. Subscribers will be able to catch all the 48 games live on an ad break-free basis via dedicated channels. Finally, Kayo Sports will stream all the RWC 2019 games on a stream-on-demand basis to its subscribers. By airing all the games Live, Foxtel and Network Ten will not only be giving Australian fans the chance to support their team but also follow the progress of their rivals.
Official Rugby broadcaster in New Zealand, TVNZ, penned a deal with free-to-air broadcaster Spark which will see fans gain access to select matches for free including all games featuring the ALL BLACKS. That’s in addition to the fact that TVNZ will air all the 48 matches to its subscribers live and on demand. The games will be available across a wide range of devices including tablets, PC, TV, and other mobile gadgets on both paid and free basis. Notably, the games will be available to all the New Zealand fans, not just the Spark subscribers. You can get a single match rugby pass or purchase a whole tournament package in an all-inclusive broadcasting menu.
LIVE STREAMING OPTIONS Stakes will be high when the RWC kicks off in Japan later this year, and fans will be anxiously waiting to catch all the proceedings live. Never miss a single WC even if you’re on a very tight schedule. This is because there are plenty of affordable and free streaming options for mobile gadgets (ios and Android), PCs and Laptops.
In the UK, US, New Zealand and Australia, you can catch all the action live and on the go via the Rugby Pass app that’s available for download at live.rugbypass(.)com/apps/ Other streaming platforms that can be accessed in all these countries include ESPN for both ios and Android while you can also stream the action on the RWC 2019 official site, www.rugbyworldcup(.)com/live
It is worth noting that NBC subscribers in America, ITV subscribers in the United Kingdom, TVNZ subscribers in New Zealand, and FOX Sports subscribers in Australia can catch the action live on mobile devices, both ios, and Android at no additional costs.
Finally, other available live streaming options include: Facebook Watch – across the globe
Spark Streaming in New Zealand Sky Sports streaming via the Sky Go app in the United Kingdom Kayo Sports and Foxtel albeit at a monthly fee.
You can also check with your local TV broadcasting schedule for any free-to-air matches so that you don’t get left behind. Wherever you are, at whichever time, you are assured to catch the RWC 2019 Live.
As the Rugby World Cup makes a maiden stop in Asia, a host of TV companies are working round the clock to ensure that fans across the globe gain hassle-free access to the proceedings in September. The tournament promises to be every bit of thrilling as well as nerve-wracking when the world best teams go head to head. 2019 RWC is well on track to be the most digitally-engaged and widely-viewed rugby event in history as well as promising to be the most competitive of the lot. Several teams will go into the tournament as serious contenders and therefore setting up fans for highly intense and mouth-watering clashes when the Sport satellites shift their focus to Japan in September.