How to watch the Rugby World Cup 2023: stream the live games online or on TV

The Rugby World Cup trophy in Marseille, as part of a trophy tour in 2018.
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We're coming up to the last weekend of the Rugby World Cup 2023, with the final between South Africa and New Zealand taking place on Saturday, October 28. There's also the third-place play-off on Friday, October 27, which is the second match of the tournament between Argentina and England.

Quick links

US: NBC (live TV streaming) | Peacock
ITV | ITVX (both free with license fee)
Stan Sport
Stream anywhere: ExpressVPN

First up is New Zealand vs Argentina on Friday, October 20, with the latter overcoming some early-tournament losses to get this far. Then there's England vs South Africa on Saturday, October 21, in what is definitely going to be a close match.

The Rugby World Cup is airing for FREE in the UK, on the ITVX streaming service. But don't worry if you're abroad while the games are playing, because you can watch the Rugby World Cup live streams on ITVX from anywhere with a VPN.

The Rugby World Cup began on September 8, but it's drawing to a near, with the final set for Saturday, October 28,

This rugby tournament is being hosted by France, with 20 teams battling it out in various French stadiums to find out who's best. We're currently in the group stage, with early games playing out over the course of several weekends.

If you want to watch the matches, whether you're planning to stream the Rugby World Cup or watch it on your TV, this guide will run you through your options. We've also included lots of useful information below so you know when the matches take place, who will play, and where the drama will go down.

How to watch the Rugby World Cup in the UK

In the UK, ITV is the exclusive broadcaster for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, so you'll be able to watch all the games on one of the various ITV-branded channels.

If you don't have a TV, then you'll be able to use ITVX on your computer, phone, tablet or smart TV, as that lets you live stream from ITV channels.

How to watch the Rugby World Cup 2023 in the US

Thanks to a partnership between World Rugby and NBC Sports, the broadcasting company will be the exclusive home for the Rugby World Cup games.

That means games could be scattered among various NBC channels, but they'll likely be concentrated on the main NBC Sports channel. NBCUniversal-owned streaming service Peacock will likely allow streams of many games too, like it did during the Soccer World Cup and other major sports events, as it's the exclusive streaming home of NBC Sports' rugby coverage.

How to watch the Rugby World Cup in Australia

In Australia, you've got two options for watching the Rugby World Cup. Firstly, online streaming service Stan Sport will be showing every single game.

Nine will be showing all of the Australian team's games (and the final, whether or not the Wallabies make it), and will also be streaming it on 9Now.

How to watch the Rugby World Cup everywhere else

Wherever you live, there's a good possibility that a national broadcaster is streaming the Rugby World Cup matches, particularly if your country has a team playing in the tournament.

However, there's a possibility that there's no easy way of watching Six Nation games. Thankfully, you can solve this issue with a Virtual Private Network (a VPN). 

A VPN lets you get around the usual digital barriers by changing your IP address, meaning you can watch events like the World Cup tournament even if it is not directly broadcasting where you are. Our favorite is ExpressVPN, which is the No. 1-rated VPN in the world right now according to our sister site, TechRadar.

How to use a VPN to watch any stream

  • Download the app at ExpressVPN
  • Choose the location of the streaming service you want to watch.
  • Navigate to the streaming service and start watching!

ExpressVPN is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to watch what you want from anywhere you want to watch it. 

It's straightforward and easy to use, has great security, is available on loads of streaming devices and, best of all, it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try it out 100% risk-free.

Rugby World Cup 2023 fixtures & results

Group stage

Friday, September 8

Group A: France (27) vs New Zealand (13)

Saturday, September 9

Group A: Italy (52) vs Namibia (8)
Group B: Ireland (82) vs Romania (8)
Group C: Australia (35) vs Georgia (15)
Group D: England (27) vs Argentina (10)

Sunday, September 10

Group B: South Africa (18) vs Scotland (3)
Group C: Wales (32) vs Fiji (26)
Group D: Japan (42) vs Chile (12)

Thursday, September 14

Group A: France (27) vs Uruguay (12)

Friday, September 15

Group A: New Zealand (71) vs Namibia (3)

Saturday, September 16

Group B: Ireland (59) vs Tonga (16)
Group C: Wales (28) vs Portugal (8)
Group D: Samoa (43) vs Chile (10)

Sunday, September 17

Group B: South Africa (76) vs Romania (0)
Group C: Australia (15) vs Fiji (22)
Group D: England (34) vs Japan (12)

Wednesday, September 20

Group A: Italy (38) vs Uruguay (17)

Thursday, September 21

Group A: France (96) vs Namibia (0)

Friday, September 22

Group D: Argentina (19) vs Samoa (10)

Saturday, September 23

Group B: South Africa (8) vs Ireland (13)
Group C: Georgia (18) vs Portugal (18)
Group D: England (71) vs Chile (0)

Sunday, September 24

Group B: Scotland (45) vs Tonga (17)
Group C: Wales (40) vs Australia (6)

Wednesday, September 27

Group A: Uruguay (36) vs Namibia (26)

Thursday, September 28

Group D: Japan (28) vs Samoa (22)

Friday, September 29

Group A: New Zealand (96) vs Italy (17) 

Saturday, September 30

Group B: Scotland (84) vs Romania (0)
Group C: Fiji (17) vs Georgia (12)
Group D: Argentina (59) vs Chile (5)

Sunday, October 1

Group B: South Africa (49) vs Tonga (18)
Group C: Australia (34) vs Portugal (14)

Thursday, October 5

Group A: New Zealand (73) vs Uruguay (0)

Friday, October 6

Group A: France (60) vs Italy (7)

Saturday, October 7

Group B: Ireland (36) vs Scotland (14)
Group C: Wales (43) vs Georgia (19)
Group D: England (18) vs Samoa (17)

Sunday, October 8

Group B: Tonga (45) vs Romania (24)
Group C: Fiji (23) vs Portugal (24)
Group D: Japan (27) vs Argentina (39)

Knockout stage

Saturday, October 14

QF1: Wales (17) vs Argentina (29)
QF2: Ireland (24) vs New Zealand (28)

Sunday, October 15

QF3: England (30) vs Fiji (24)
QF4: France (28) vs South Africa (29)

Friday, October 20

SF1: Argentina (6) vs New Zealand (44)

Saturday, October 21

SF2: England (15) vs South Africa (16)

Friday, October 27

Bronze Final: SF1 loser vs SF2 loser 

Saturday, October 28

Final: SF1 winner vs SF2 winner

Rugby World Cup 2023 questions

Where does the Rugby World Cup take place?

The Rugby World Cup 2023 is being hosted by France, with nine different locations around the country hosting rugby games:

  • Stade de Framce in Saint-Denis, capacity 80,698
  • Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, capacity 67,394
  • Stade Lyon-Décines in Décines-Charpieu, capacity 59,186
  • Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, capacity 50,186
  • Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux in Bordeaux, capacity 42,115
  • Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne, capacity 41,965
  • Stade de Nice in Nice, 35,624
  • Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes, capacity 35,322
  • Stadium Municipa in Toulouse, capacity 33,150

Which teams are in the Rugby World Cup?

There are 20 teams partaking in the Rugby World Cup, with each split into four groups of five in the first stage of the tournament.

Chile makes its debut to the tournament this year, knocking out the United States and Canada in its successful qualification tournament.

Group A
New Zealand

Group B
South Africa

Group C

Group D

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