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The Rugby World Cup Live 2019

The Rugby World Cup 2019




As kick-off rapidly approaches, ITV looks forward to exclusive comprehensive coverage of the Rugby World Cup 2019 with a stellar line-up of rugby’s biggest names.


With teams both on the ground in Japan and in the UK, every game of the tournament from the opening match, Japan v Russia on Friday September 20 through to the Final in Yokohama on November 2 will be broadcast live and in evening highlights shows on ITV and ITV4.


Mark Pougatch leads the presentation team alongside Craig Doyle and Martin Bayfield, with Jill Douglas presenting from Japan throughout the tournament, capturing the colour and excitement of the first Rugby World Cup to be staged in Asia.


ITV have designed an interactive studio set in the UK that allows the pundits to demonstrate physical analysis in the programmes, creating the platform for some of rugby’s biggest names to bring viewers fresh perspectives and insights into the sport.


Expert analysis comes from a formidable pundit line-up including Jonny Wilkinson, Sam Warburton, Brian O'Driscoll, Bryan Habana, Sir Clive Woodward, Paul O'Connell, Gareth Thomas, George Gregan, Sir Ian McGeechan, Lawrence Dallaglio, Maggie Alphonsi, Gareth Anscombe, Sean Fitzpatrick, Michael Lynagh, Danny Care, Mike Phillips and Jim Hamilton.


Co-commentators include rugby figures with a wealth of experience, including Jamie Roberts, Ben Kay, Ugo Monye, Shane Williams, Scott Hastings, Danielle Waterman and Alan Quinlan.


David Flatman will combine reporting and co-commentary duties in Japan while Gabriel Clarke will provide reports, interviews and insights from the teams competing in Japan.  Match commentary comes from Nick Mullins, Miles Harrison, Martin Gillingham and Simon Ward.


ITV’s coverage will also feature the iconic Rugby World Cup anthem, World In Union, sung in a new, specially-recorded version by Emeli Sande as its theme music, which will also feature Japanese star, Sarah Alainn.


Viewers will be able to watch and engage with Rugby World Cup coverage at any time with ITV Sport’s digital offer, which is bigger and better than ever before.


Fans can watch all games live and on the go with our ITV Hub app with short highlights of every match, exclusive interviews, top moments of the day and much more on our dedicated Rugby World Cup site:


Twitter account @ITVRugby will feature all the tries and key moments of live broadcast games just seconds after they happen and our Instagram and Facebook accounts will take you behind the scenes in Japan with regular takeovers from our talent.


Following the success of the ITV Rugby Six Nations Podcast, Flats and Shanks (former England and Wales internationals David Flatman and Tom Shanklin) will return to host the ITV Rugby World Cup podcasts throughout our time in Japan. Episodes will begin on 9 September and continue every Monday and Thursday throughout the tournament, featuring interviews with the stars of the Rugby World Cup and input from our talent. The dynamic duo will also host special six-episode series 'Flats and Shanks in Japan' on the ITV Hub ahead of the tournament.


If you missed anything from any day at the World Cup then the ITV Hub has you covered with a short-round up video on every match day, including all the tries, funny moments, comments from our pundits and classic moments from previous tournaments.


And to ensure big moments bring fans together and are not missed by people on the move, in partnership with Ocean Outdoor, ITV will be bringing highlights from all the big games at the Rugby World Cup to outdoor screens up and down the country. As part of this, the England versus France game will be shown live on the large full motion screen in Westfield Square, London on Saturday, October 12 (kick off 9.15am)


With the opening group phase peppered with standout clashes including England v France, Australia v Wales, Ireland v Scotland and New Zealand v South Africa, the ITV team is already predicting the most open tournament in history as they look forward to bringing viewers the experience and spectacle of the Rugby World Cup taking place in Asia for the first time.


ITV’s Rugby World Cup coverage is part of our portfolio of top-class sporting events, which also includes the Six Nations, exclusive free-to-air coverage of the England football team’s qualifiers for both the European Championship and World Cup, top level boxing, UK horse racing, the Tour de France and the French Open.