World rugby is set to press ahead with plans to use the official ‘bunker’ technology for televised matches at next month’s World Cup despite fears it could be undermined by controversy over Owen Farrell’s red card against Wales.
Farrell was shown a red card for a dangerous tackle on the head of Welsh back-row striker Tyne Basham, as a result of the cellar review system being trialled during World Cup warm-up matches. Farrell was originally shown a yellow card but the incident was then referred to ‘the dugout’ and upgraded to a red card by TV match official Brian McNeese.
The controversial decision by the Independent Disciplinary Committee to reduce the card to yellow again not only created a sense of outrage, but left national coaches particularly worried about the potential implications of the dugout process if it were used during the World Cup.
World Rugby has not yet officially confirmed that it will be used during the tournament in France but it is understood that the decision to appeal Farrell’s red card rating downgrade In part, this is due to showing their support for both their officials and Operation Hideout.
When is the Rugby World Cup?
The tournament begins on Friday, September 8, with the France-New Zealand match. The final will be held on Saturday 28 October.
South Africa were winners of the last tournament – in Japan in 2019 – when they beat England in the final, and they will be among the favorites again this year. New Zealand will, as always, be the team to beat, especially after their dominant display in the rugby tournament.
However, a strong European challenge is expected, not least from France and Six Nations Grand Slam winners Ireland, who are yet to play their best at the World Cup but Beat England in a friendly match.
where is she?
The 2023 Rugby World Cup in France will be played across nine stadiums in nine cities. The final will be held at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis (Paris).
Stade de France (Capacity 80,698) – Saint-Denis (Paris)
Marseille stadium (67,394) – Marseille
O.L. stadium (59,186) – Leon
Pierre Moroy Stadium (50,186) – night
Bordeaux Stadium (42,115) – Bordeaux
Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium (41,965) – Saint-Etienne
Nice stadium (35,624) – Nice – good
La Beaujoire Stadium (35,322) – Nantes
Toulouse stadium (33,150) – Toulouse
How do I watch the Rugby World Cup?
ITV has exclusive broadcasting rights in the UK. We will provide you with the specific channels for each match in the tournament as soon as it is announced by the broadcaster.
Radio commentary for each match will only be available on the BBC, Radio 5 Live, 5 Sports Extra and BBC Sounds. The BBC says there will be “dedicated outputs” in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Amazon Prime will broadcast England’s first three World Cup warm-up matches in August, as well as nine other preparation matches featuring the other Six Nations teams.
The next friendly match for England is against Ireland on 19 August. Their final match before heading to France, against Fiji at Twickenham the following weekend, is also available on Amazon Prime.
In the United States, the tournament is shown on NBC Sports. In South Africa it is shown on SuperSport.
Who is playing?
A total of 20 teams have qualified for the Rugby World Cup. These teams were divided into four groups of five, with each group receiving one of five “teams”.
The First Division featured the four highest-ranked teams since the tournament draw took place in 2019 (South Africa, New Zealand, England and Wales). Group B consists of the next four highest-ranked teams (Ireland, Australia, France, Japan) and the four next highest-ranked Group Three (Scotland, Argentina, Fiji, Italy).
Each of the top three teams automatically qualified for the tournament due to its world ranking, while the other two teams included teams that reached the tournament via qualifiers (Samoa, Georgia, UruguayTonga, Namibia, Romania, Chile and Portugal).
Who is in which pool?
Rugby World Cup 2023 full matches and schedule
Friday, September 8th France v New Zealand, Stade de France, 8.15pm (BST)
Saturday, September 9th – Italy – Namibia, Geoffroy Guichard Stadium, 12:00 pm
Saturday, September 9th Ireland vs Romania, Bordeaux, 2:30pm
Saturday, September 9th Australia vs Georgia, Stade de France, 5pm
Saturday, September 9th – England – Argentina, Stade de Marseille, at 8:00 pm
Sunday 10 September – Japan vs Chile, Toulouse Stadium, at 12:00 noon
Sunday 10 September South Africa-Scotland, Stade de Marseille, 4.45pm
Sunday 10 September Wales – Fiji, Purdue Stadium, 8 p.m
Thursday, September 14th France vs Uruguay, Stade Pierre Mauroy, 8pm
Friday, September 15th New Zealand x Namibia, at Toulouse Stadium, at 8 pm
Saturday 16th September – Samoa – Chile, Bordeaux Stadium, 2 pm
Saturday 16th September – Wales – Portugal, Nice Stadium, 4:45 pm
Saturday 16th September Ireland vs Tonga, at La Beaujoire, 8 p.m
Sunday 17th September South Africa x Romania, Bordeaux Stadium, at 2 pm
Sunday 17th September – Australia – Fiji, Jeffroy Guichard Stadium, 4:45 pm
Sunday 17th September England vs Japan, Nice, 8pm
Wed 20 Sept Italy vs Uruguay, Nice Stadium, 4:45 pm
Thursday 21st September France x Namibia, Marseille Stadium, at 8 pm
Friday, September 22nd – Argentina – Samoa, Geoffroy Guichard Stadium, 4:45 pm
Saturday 23 September – Georgia – Portugal at Toulouse Stadium, at 1 pm
Saturday 23 September England v Chile, Stade Pierre Mauroy, 4.45pm
Saturday 23 September South Africa-Ireland, Stade de France, 8pm
Sunday 24 September Scotland – Tonga, Nice Stadium, 4.45pm
Sunday 24 September Wales v Australia, OL Stadium, 8pm
Wed 27 Sept Uruguay-Namibia, OL Stadium, 4.45pm
Thursday 28 September Japan – Samoa, Toulouse Stadium, 8:00 p.m
Friday 29 September New Zealand vs Italy, OL Stadium, 8pm
Saturday 30 September Argentina vs Chile, at La Beaujoire Stadium, at 2 pm
Saturday 30 September Fiji vs Georgia, Purdue Stadium, 4.45pm
Saturday 30 September Scotland vs Romania, Stade Pierre Mauroy, 8pm
Sunday 1 October – Australia – Portugal, Geoffroy Guichard Stadium, 4.45 pm
Sunday 1 October South Africa vs Tonga, Stade de Marseille, 8pm
Thursday, October 5th New Zealand vs Uruguay, OL Stadium, 8pm
Friday 6th of October France vs Italy, Stade OL, 8pm
Saturday 7 October Wales v Georgia, at La Beaujoire, 2pm
Saturday 7 October England vs Samoa, Stade Pierre Mauroy, 4.45pm
Saturday 7 October Ireland – Scotland, Stade de France, 8pm
Sunday 8 October – Japan vs Argentina, at La Beaujoire Stadium, at 12:00 noon
Sunday 8 October Tonga vs Romania, Stade Pierre Mauroy, 4:45pm
Sunday 8 October – Fiji – Portugal, Toulouse Stadium, 8 pm
Saturday 14th October – The winner of Group C against the runner-up in Group D, Stade de Marseille, at 4 pm
Saturday 14th October – Group B winner against Group A runner-up, Stade de France, 8 pm
Sunday 15th October – The winner of Group D against the runner-up in Group C, Marseille Stadium, at 4 pm
Sunday 15th October – Winner of Group 4 vs runner-up in Group B, Stade de France, 8pm
Friday 20 October – World Cup 1 Qualifier Winner vs World Cup 2 Qualifier Winner, Stade de France, 8pm
Saturday 21st October Winner of Qualifier 3 vs Winner of Qualifier 4, Stade de France, 8pm
Bronze medal match
Friday 27 October Runner-up SF 1 vs Runner-up SF 2, Stade de France, 8pm
Saturday 28 October SF 1 vs SF 2 winner, Stade de France, 8pm
England squad at the World Cup
Owen Farrell will miss England’s first two matches in the Rugby World Cup after picking him up Red card for a strong tackle on Tyne Basham During the warm-up win against Wales at Twickenham. Billy Vunipola also received a ban for a violent tackle during the defeat by Ireland and will miss the opening match against Argentina. Jack van Bortvliet was left out of the 33-man squad that had been selected earlier in August by Steve Borthwick. Van Portvleet He was replaced by Alex Mitchell.
You can read Will Greenwood judged the 33 men selected.
Ole Chisum (Leicester Tigers)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)***
Tom Curry (Seal Sharks)*
Theo Dan (Muslims)
Ben Earl (Muslims)
Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears)*
Jimmy George (The Muslims)**
Maru Itogi (Muslims)*
Courtney Laws (Northampton Saints)***
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints)*
Joe Marler (Harlequins)**
George Martin (Leicester Tigers)
David Rebans (Toulon)
Bevan Road (Seal Sharks)
Kyle Sinclar (Bristol Bears)*
Will Stewart (rugby player)
Billy Vunipola (The Muslims)**
Jack Walker (Harlequins)
Jack Willis (Toulouse)
Henry Arundell (Racing 92)
Danny Kerr (Harlequins)*
Elliott Daly (Muslims)*
Owen Farrell (Muslims)
**George Ford (Seal Sharks)**
Olly Lawrence (rugby pigeon)
Max Mallins (Bristol Bears)
Joe Marchant (French stadium)
Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins)
Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers)
Manu Tuilagi (Selling Sharks)**
Anthony Watson (unrelated)**
Ben Young (Leicester Tigers)***
* indicates the number of Rugby World Cups played
New Zealand: 9/4
South Africa: 9/2
Odds are correct as of August 23rd