How to watch the Rugby World Cup anywhere



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This September the 9th edition of the Rugby World Cup will be held, and I’m here to teach you how to watch it anywhere in the world.

The Rugby World Cup is a men’s rugby tournament that takes place every four years. It began back in 1987 when New Zealand and Australia co-hosted the first edition.

Japan will be hosting the tournament this year, and France will do it in 2023.

If you want to follow every match, but you don’t want to pay expensive cable subscription fees, keep reading this guide to find out how you can watch it anywhere in the world for free.

What you’ll need to watch

In most countries around the world, the tournament is shown on subscription services like cable networks or pay per view, in the UK, however, is broadcast for free on ITV.

ITV is blocked outside the UK, so if you want to stream in any other country, you’ll need the help of a ‘VPN‘ app.

There are hundreds out there, but ExpressVPN is my favourite choice and the one I recommend using.

Don’t worry! It’s effortless to use, also ExpressVPN is one of the best options because of their fast connection speeds which are needed for a high-quality streaming, and in case you aren’t happy with the service, they have a 30-day money-back guarantee too.

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There are other good options too so if you’ve got time, check out NordVPN and CyberGhost VPN and pick the one you feel is most suitable.

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Step-by-step how to live stream

Following these easy steps, you’ll be able to get your VPN working in no time.

Step 1

First of all, go to the ExpressVPN website to get started.

Choose the plan best fitting for your needs and then create an account by providing your details and payment method.

Step 2

Get the app from the “products” section. There, you’ll find the app available for all operating systems, both mobile and desktop, including routers and other devices.

If you’re using a phone or a tablet with Android or Apple iOS, you can go to your app store and get it directly from there by searching ‘ExpressVPN’.

Step 3

Now you’ve got the app; you need to log in with the account details you created in the first step.

Step 4

With everything installed and set, now you’re going to make the final step.

Go to the “Selected location” box and click it. Then click on “United Kingdom“. Depending on what type of device you’re using you may also need to click “Connect”.

ExpressVPN app connecting to the UK.

Watch the Rugby anywhere using ExpressVPN.

You’ll be connected to the internet as if you were in the UK and the blocking won’t affect you.

Time to get yourself comfortable, head over to ITV Hub or use their app and enjoy live streaming the entire Rugby World Cup wherever you are in the world.

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Which country will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Japan will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup, being the first time the championship held in an Asian country.

The matches are going to be played in different cities across the five main islands.

Most of them are going to take place in important cities from Honshu, the largest and main island: Tokyo, Yokohama, Higashiosaka, Toyota, Kumagaya, Kamaishe, Higashioka, and Kobe.

In the Hokkaido island, Sapporo is the city taking part, and in Kyushu island, the two chosen cities are Higashiosaka and Oita.

What dates is the Rugby taking place?

On Friday, September 20th, the World Cup will begin at 7:45 pm (Japan time) with the opening match between Japan and Russia at the Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo.

Quarter-Finals are to be held on October, 19th and 20th (Saturday and Sunday).

A week later will be the semi-finals. One on October, 26th (Saturday), and the other one on October, 27th (Sunday), both at the International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City.


There’s going to be a Bronze final for the teams that lost in the semi-finals. It’s going to take place on November 1st, (Friday) at Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo.

The final is going to be on November, 2nd (Saturday) at the International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City.

What countries are taking part?

New Zealand is the defending champion who defeated Australia back in 2015 in England.

A total of 20 countries will take part in this year’s tournament.

From South America: Argentina and Uruguay

From North America: USA and Canada

From Europe: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Scotland, and Wales

From Africa: South Africa and Namibia

From Oceania: Tonga, Samoa, New Zealand, Fiji, and Australia

From Asia: Georgia and Japan.

Currently, Wales is in the first place in the world ranking, followed by New Zealand, and England.

Who will win the Rugby World Cup in Japan?

This year’s World Cup is going to be a tight one.

The favourites to get the cup are New Zealand and South Africa. Following in the list is Wales, which currently first place in the international ranking. England, Australia, and Ireland complete the list and also have the potential to take the title.

Japan, beyond being the host, could be a surprise and even though probably they won’t get the cup, they could go pretty far in the tournament.


The Rugby World Cup 2019 is going to begin on September 20th in Japan.

Around the world, it’s going to be available on cable networks and other subscription services.

In the UK, it’s going to be broadcast for free on ITV. If you live outside the UK, you can’t access it because it’s blocked, but you can quickly solve this issue and watch anywhere with a VPN service like ExpressVPN.

It’s straightforward to use, fast, and with a guarantee of getting your money back after a month if you aren’t happy with the service.

So, don’t waste any more time. Subscribe, get the ExpressVPN app, and be ready for a whole month of Rugby matches from Japan for free (except for the small cost of the VPN) from any country in the world.

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