How to watch 2023 Rugby World Cup: Live stream info, tournament schedule and what to know about the field
The 2023 edition of the Rugby World Cup is here, and you can catch all the action with NBC Sports.
Every match will be streamed live on Peacock, beginning when host No. 3 France takes on No. 2 New Zealand on Friday, Sept. 8 at 3:15 p.m. ET to kick off the 10th edition of rugby’s World Cup. New Zealand’s All Blacks is one of two teams (along with South Africa) with three World Cup gold medals, having won the inaugural event in 1987, plus back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2015. Meanwhile, three-time runner-up France is hoping to get over the hump and ride home-crowd advantage to its first ever Webb Ellis Cup.
That matchup, and the remaining 47 Rugby World Cup matches, will air live on Peacock. CNBC will also present 15 select matches throughout the event, starting with the second match of the tournament, between Italy and Namibia on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 7 a.m. ET.
The third matchup of the World Cup will feature Romania taking on Ireland, the latter of which comes in at the No. 1 spot in the world rankings. Catch that action on Peacock at 9:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 9.
South Africa -- the defending champion from the 2019 event in Japan -- and Scotland round out the top five at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.
The 2023 Rugby World Cup features 20 countries, divided into four pools of five teams. Each team will play a round robin within its pool, with the top two teams in each advancing to the quarterfinals, beginning Saturday, Oct. 14. The eight-team bracket will culminate in the World Cup Final on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. ET.
The United States, which will host the 2031 Rugby World Cup, did not qualify for the 2023 event. But NBC Sports’ coverage will include a former Team USA great: Dan Lyle, the captain of the 1999 team and member of the 2003 squad, will serve as a studio analyst alongside Alex Corbisiero, who played for Team England in 2011.
Full 2023 Rugby World Cup schedule:
|Fri., Sept. 8||France v. New Zealand||3:15 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Sept. 9||Italy v. Namibia||7 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sat., Sept. 9||Ireland v. Romania||9:30 a.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Sept. 9||Australia v. Georgia||Noon p.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Sept. 9||England v. Argentina||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sun., Sept. 10||Japan v. Chile||7 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sun., Sept. 10||South Africa v. Scotland||11:30 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sun., Sept. 10||Wales v. Fiji||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Thurs., Sept. 14||France v. Uruguay||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Fri., Sept. 15||New Zealand v. Namibia||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Sept. 16||Samoa v. Chile||9 a.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Sept. 16||Wales v. Portugal||11:30 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sat., Sept. 16||Ireland v. Tonga||3- p.m.||Peacock|
|Sun., Sept. 17||South Africa v. Romania||9 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sun., Sept. 17||Australia v. Fiji||11:30 a.m.||Peacock|
|Sun., Sept. 17||England v. Japan||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Wed., Sept. 20||Italy v. Uruguay||11:45 a.m.||Peacock|
|Thurs., Sept. 21||France v. Namibia||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Fri., Sept. 22||Argentina v. Samoa||11:45 a.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Sept. 23||Georgia v. Portugal||8 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sat., Sept. 23||England v. Chile||11:30 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sat., Sept. 23||South Africa v. Ireland||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sun., Sept. 24||Scotland v. Tonga||11:30 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sun., Sept. 24||Wales v. Australia||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Wed., Sept. 27||Uruguay v. Namibia||11:45 a.m.||Peacock|
|Thurs., Sept. 28||Japan v. Samoa||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Fri., Sept. 29||New Zealand v. Italy||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Sept. 30||Argentina v. Chile||9 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sat., Sept. 30||Fiji v. Georgia||11:30 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sat., Sept. 30||Scotland v. Romania||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sun., Oct. 1||Australia v. Portugal||11:30 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sun., Oct. 1||South Africa v. Tonga||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Thurs., Oct. 5||New Zealand v. Uruguay||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Fri., Oct. 6||France v. Italy||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Oct. 7||Wales v. Georgia||9 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sat., Oct. 7||England v. Samoa||11:30 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sat., Oct. 7||Ireland v. Scotland||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sun., Oct. 8||Japan v. Argentina||7 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sun., Oct. 8||Tonga v. Romania||11:30 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sun., Oct. 8||Ireland v. Scotland||Noon||NBC*|
|Sun., Oct. 8||Fiji v. Portugal||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Oct. 14||Quarterfinal||11 a.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Oct. 14||Quarterfinal||1 p.m.||NBC*|
|Sat., Oct. 14||Quarterfinal||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sun., Oct. 15||Quarterfinal||11 a.m.||Peacock|
|Sun., Oct. 15||Quarterfinal||Noon||NBC*|
|Sun., Oct. 15||Quarterfinal||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Fri., Oct. 20||Semifinal||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Oct. 21||Semifinal||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Fri., Oct. 27||Third Place Match||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Oct. 28||Final||3 p.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sun., Oct. 29||Final||Noon||NBC*|
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