Rugby World Cup 2023: next matches, full schedule and group standings

England made it two wins from two when they beat Japan on Sunday – AFP/Nicolas Tucat

England continued their advance towards the World Cup quarter-finals with victory over Japan in Pool D. The performance will have done little to make their big rivals nervous but a second consecutive victory in France was the minimum requirement for Steve Borthwick’s men.

It came just a few hours after Australia suffered a shock defeat to Fiji on Sunday to blow open Pool C, while it was much more straightforward for defending champions South Africa who ran in 12 tries against Romania in Pool B.

England’s win concluded the weekend’s games with the next round of matches starting on Wednesday with Italy versus Uruguay.

What are the next matches?

  • Wednesday, Sept 20 – Italy v Uruguay, Stade de Nice, 4.45pm – ITV 4

  • Thursday, Sept 21 – France v Namibia, Stade de Marseille, 8pm – ITV 4

  • Friday, Sept 22 – Argentina v Samoa, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, 4.45pm – ITV 1

How do I watch the Rugby World Cup on TV?

ITV have the exclusive broadcast rights in the UK. The channel for each match is listed below (the vast majority are on ITV1). You can read our guide to the 12 best pundits and commentators working at the tournament.

The radio commentary of every match is available only on the BBC, across Radio 5 Live, 5 Sports Extra and the BBC Sounds service.

In the US, the tournament is being shown on NBC Sports. In South Africa the TV coverage is on SuperSport.

Rugby World Cup 2023 full results, fixtures and schedule

All matches on ITV1 unless specified

Pool matches

  • Friday, Sept 8France 27 New Zealand 13

  • Saturday, Sept 9 – Italy 52 Namibia 8

  • Saturday, Sept 9Ireland 82 Romania 8

  • Saturday, Sept 9Australia 35 Georgia 15

  • Saturday, Sept 9England 27 Argentina 10

  • Sunday, Sept 10Japan 42 Chile 12

  • Sunday, Sept 10South Africa 18 Scotland 3

  • Sunday, Sept 10Wales 32 Fiji 26

  • Thursday, Sept 14France 27 Uruguay 12

  • Friday, Sept 15New Zealand 71 Namibia 3

  • Saturday, Sept 16 Samoa 43 Chile 10

  • Saturday, Sept 16Wales 28 Portugal 8

  • Saturday, Sept 16Ireland 59 Tonga 16

  • Sunday, Sept 17South Africa 76 Romania

  • Sunday, Sept 17 Australia 15 v Fiji 22

  • Sunday, Sept 17England 34 Japan 12

  • Wednesday, Sept 20 – Italy v Uruguay, Stade de Nice, 4.45pm – ITV 4

  • Thursday, Sept 21 – France v Namibia, Stade de Marseille, 8pm – ITV 4

  • Friday, Sept 22 – Argentina v Samoa, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, 4.45pm

  • Saturday, Sept 23 – Georgia v Portugal, Stadium de Toulouse, 1pm

  • Saturday, Sept 23England v Chile, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 4.45pm

  • Saturday, Sept 23South Africa v Ireland, Stade de France, 8pm

  • Sunday, Sept 24 – Scotland v Tonga, Stade de Nice, 4.45pm

  • Sunday, Sept 24Wales v Australia, OL Stadium, 8pm

  • Wednesday, Sept 27 – Uruguay v Namibia, OL Stadium, 4.45pm – ITV 4

  • Thursday, Sept 28 – Japan v Samoa, Stade de Toulouse, 8pm – ITV 4

  • Friday, Sept 29 – New Zealand v Italy, OL Stadium, 8pm

  • Saturday, Sept 30 – Argentina v Chile, Stade de la Beaujoire, 2pm

  • Saturday, Sept 30 – Fiji v Georgia, Stade de Bordeaux, 4.45pm

  • Saturday, Sept 30 – Scotland v Romania, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 8pm

  • Sunday, Oct 1 – Australia v Portugal, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, 4.45pm – ITV 4

  • Sunday, Oct 1 – South Africa v Tonga, Stade de Marseille, 8pm

  • Thursday, Oct 5 – New Zealand v Uruguay, OL Stadium, 8pm – ITV 4

  • Friday, Oct 6 – France v Italy, OL Stadium, 8pm

  • Saturday, Oct 7 – Wales v Georgia, Stade de la Beaujoire, 2pm

  • Saturday, Oct 7England v Samoa, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 4.45pm

  • Saturday, Oct 7Ireland v Scotland, Stade de France, 8pm

  • Sunday, Oct 8 – Japan v Argentina, Stade de la Beaujoire, 12pm

  • Sunday, Oct 8 – Tonga v Romania, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 4.45pm – ITV 3

  • Sunday, Oct 8 – Fiji v Portugal, Stade de Toulouse, 8pm – ITV 4


  • Saturday, Oct 14 – Winner Pool C v Runner-up Pool D, Stade de Marseille, 4pm

  • Saturday, Oct 14 – Winner Pool B v Runner-up Pool A, Stade de France, 8pm

  • Sunday, Oct 15 – Winner Pool D v Runner-up Pool C, Stade de Marseille, 4pm

  • Sunday, Oct 15 – Winner Pool A v Runner-up Pool B, Stade de France, 8pm


  • Friday, Oct 20 – Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 2, Stade de France, 8pm

  • Saturday, Oct 21 – Winner QF 3 v Winner QF 4, Stade de France, 8pm

Bronze medal match

  • Friday, Oct 27 – Runner-up SF 1 v Runner-up SF 2, Stade de France, 8pm


Who is in what pool?

Where is the Rugby World Cup taking place?

The 2023 Rugby World Cup is being played in France across nine stadiums in nine cities. The final will be played at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis (Paris).

  • Stade de France (capacity 80,698)Saint-Denis, Paris

  • Stade de Marseille  (67,394) – Marseille

  • OL Stadium (59,186) – Lyon

  • Stade Pierre-Mauroy (50,186) – Lille

  • Stade de Bordeaux (42,115) – Bordeaux

  • Stade Geoffroy-Guichard (41,965)Saint-Étienne

  • Stade de Nice (35,624)Nice

  • Stade de la Beaujoire (35,322) – Nantes

  • Stade de Toulouse (33,150)Toulouse

Who is playing?

A total of 20 teams qualified for the Rugby World Cup. These teams were split into four pools of five, with each pool getting one team from five ‘bands’.

Band one featured the four highest-ranked teams from when the draw for the tournament was made back in 2019 (South Africa, New Zealand, England, Wales). Band two comprised the next four highest-ranked teams (Ireland, Australia, France, Japan) and band three the four after that (Scotland, Argentina, Fiji, Italy).

Each side in the first three bands qualified automatically for the tournament owing to their world ranking, while the further two bands comprised the sides who had made it into the tournament via qualifying (Samoa, Georgia, Uruguay, Tonga, Namibia, Romania, Chile, Portugal).

South Africa are the defending champions. They beat England in the final in 2019.

England’s World Cup squad

Forwards (19)

Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)***
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks)*
Theo Dan (Saracens)
Ben Earl (Saracens)
Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears)*
Jamie George (Saracens)**
Maro Itoje (Saracens)*
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)***
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints)*
Joe Marler (Harlequins)**
George Martin (Leicester Tigers)
David Ribbans (Toulon)
Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks)
Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears)*
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens) **
Jack Walker (Harlequins)
Jack Willis (Toulouse)

Backs (14)

Henry Arundell (Racing 92)
Danny Care (Harlequins)*
Elliot Daly (Saracens)*
Owen Farrell (Saracens)**
George Ford (Sale Sharks)**
Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby)
Max Malins (Bristol Bears)
Joe Marchant (Stade Francais)
Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins)
Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers)
Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks)**
Jonny May (Gloucester)**
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)***

*denotes number of Rugby World Cup tournaments played


Will Greenwood’s guide to the England squad

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Latest odds

France: 3/1
New Zealand: 4/1
Ireland: 4/1
South Africa: 11/4
England: 10/1
Australia: 25/1
Argentina: 33/1
Wales: 28/1
Scotland: 66/1

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