Rugby World Cup 2023: today's matches, full schedule and group standings

England's Ben Earl celebrates/Rugby World Cup 2023: today's matches, full schedule and group standings

England kicked off their Rugby World Cup 2023 campaign with a 27-10 victory over Argentina, thanks largely to the kicking prowess of George Ford.

Steve Borthwick’s team came into the tournament having lost five of their last six games but defeating their most difficult pool opponents leaves England’s path clear to the quarter-final. Japan are their next opponents, in Nice on Sunday. Tom Curry, however is likely to miss that fixture after becoming the third English player to have been sent off since the start of August following a dangerous tackle inside the opening three minutes against Argentina.

England’s victory followed high-scoring wins for Ireland and Australia over Romania and Georgia respectively, while Italy also got their campaign up and running with a 52-8 win over Namibia in Pool A.

On Friday hosts France rode a wave of passionate home support to beat three-times champions New Zealand 27-13 in the opening match, burnishing their title pretentions by prevailing in a contest of rare intensity.

What games are on today?

  • Japan v Chile, Stade de Toulouse, 12pm, ITV1

  • South Africa v Scotland, Stade de Marseille, 4.45pm, ITV1

  • Wales v Fiji, Stade de Bordeaux, 8pm, ITV1

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 will be available only on the BBC, across Radio 5 Live, 5 Sports Extra and the BBC Sounds service. The BBC says there will be a “bespoke output” in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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 fixtures and schedule

All matches on ITV1 unless specified


  • Friday, Sept 8 - France 27 New Zealand 13

  • Saturday, Sept 9 - Italy 52 Namibia 8

  • Saturday, Sept 9 - Ireland 82 Romania 8

  • Saturday, Sept 9 - Australia 35 Georgia 15

  • Saturday, Sept 9 - England 27 Argentina 10

  • Sunday, Sept 10 - Japan v Chile, Stade de Toulouse, 12pm

  • Sunday, Sept 10 - South Africa v Scotland, Stade de Marseille, 4.45pm

  • Sunday, Sept 10 - Wales v Fiji, Stade de Bordeaux, 8pm

  • Thursday, Sept 14 - France v Uruguay, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 8pm

  • Friday, Sept 15 - New Zealand v Namibia, Stadium de Toulouse, 8pm

  • Saturday, Sept 16 - Samoa v Chile, Stade de Bordeaux, 2pm - ITV 4

  • Saturday, Sept 16 - Wales v Portugal, Stade de Nice 4.45pm

  • Saturday, Sept 16 - Ireland v Tonga, Stade de la Beaujoire, 8pm

  • Sunday, Sept 17 - South Africa v Romania, Stade de Bordeaux, 2pm

  • Sunday, Sept 17 - Australia v Fiji, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, 4.45pm

  • Sunday, Sept 17 - England v Japan, Stade de Nice, 8pm

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

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

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

  • Sunday, Sept 24 - Wales 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 7 - England v Samoa, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 4.45pm

  • Saturday, Oct 7 - Ireland 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


  • 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

England’s squad selection for the Rugby World Cup was severely disrupted by injuries and suspensions. Steve Borthwick named his 33-man squad on August 7. But after that date:

You can read Will Greenwood’s verdict on the men who have been selected.

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) – replaced by Jack van Poortvliet
Marcus Smith (Harlequins)
Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers)
Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks)**
Anthony Watson (unattached)** – replaced by Jonny May
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)***

*denotes number of Rugby World Cup tournaments played

Latest odds

France: 11/4
New Zealand: 7/2
South Africa: 10/3
Ireland: 5/1
England: 10/1
Australia: 12/1
Argentina: 25/1
Wales: 40/1
Scotland: 50/1

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