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How to watch 2023 Rugby World Cup: Live stream info, tournament schedule and what to know about the field

Analyzing 2023 Rugby World Cup pools, storylines
Alex Corbisiero and Dan Lyle preview each pool of the 2023 Rugby World Cup and break down the favorites to win the Webb Ellis Cup -- including France, South Africa, New Zealand and other contenders or sleepers.

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:

DateMatchupTime (ET)Platform
Fri., Sept. 8France v. New Zealand3:15 p.m.Peacock
Sat., Sept. 9Italy v. Namibia7 a.m.Peacock, CNBC
Sat., Sept. 9Ireland v. Romania9:30 a.m.Peacock
Sat., Sept. 9Australia v. GeorgiaNoon p.m.Peacock
Sat., Sept. 9England v. Argentina3 p.m.Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10Japan v. Chile7 a.m.Peacock, CNBC
Sun., Sept. 10South Africa v. Scotland11:30 a.m.Peacock, CNBC
Sun., Sept. 10Wales v. Fiji3 p.m.Peacock
Thurs., Sept. 14France v. Uruguay3 p.m.Peacock
Fri., Sept. 15New Zealand v. Namibia3 p.m.Peacock
Sat., Sept. 16Samoa v. Chile9 a.m.Peacock
Sat., Sept. 16Wales v. Portugal11:30 a.m.Peacock, CNBC
Sat., Sept. 16Ireland v. Tonga3- p.m.Peacock
Sun., Sept. 17South Africa v. Romania9 a.m.Peacock, CNBC
Sun., Sept. 17Australia v. Fiji11:30 a.m.Peacock
Sun., Sept. 17England v. Japan3 p.m.Peacock
Wed., Sept. 20Italy v. Uruguay11:45 a.m.Peacock
Thurs., Sept. 21France v. Namibia3 p.m.Peacock
Fri., Sept. 22Argentina v. Samoa11:45 a.m.Peacock
Sat., Sept. 23Georgia v. Portugal8 a.m.Peacock, CNBC
Sat., Sept. 23England v. Chile11:30 a.m.Peacock, CNBC
Sat., Sept. 23South Africa v. Ireland3 p.m.Peacock
Sun., Sept. 24Scotland v. Tonga11:30 a.m.Peacock, CNBC
Sun., Sept. 24Wales v. Australia3 p.m.Peacock
Wed., Sept. 27Uruguay v. Namibia11:45 a.m.Peacock
Thurs., Sept. 28Japan v. Samoa3 p.m.Peacock
Fri., Sept. 29New Zealand v. Italy3 p.m.Peacock
Sat., Sept. 30Argentina v. Chile9 a.m.Peacock, CNBC
Sat., Sept. 30Fiji v. Georgia11:30 a.m.Peacock, CNBC
Sat., Sept. 30Scotland v. Romania3 p.m.Peacock
Sun., Oct. 1Australia v. Portugal11:30 a.m.Peacock, CNBC
Sun., Oct. 1South Africa v. Tonga3 p.m.Peacock
Thurs., Oct. 5New Zealand v. Uruguay3 p.m.Peacock
Fri., Oct. 6France v. Italy3 p.m.Peacock
Sat., Oct. 7Wales v. Georgia9 a.m.Peacock, CNBC
Sat., Oct. 7England v. Samoa11:30 a.m.Peacock, CNBC
Sat., Oct. 7Ireland v. Scotland3 p.m.Peacock
Sun., Oct. 8Japan v. Argentina7 a.m.Peacock, CNBC
Sun., Oct. 8Tonga v. Romania11:30 a.m.Peacock, CNBC
Sun., Oct. 8Ireland v. ScotlandNoonNBC*
Sun., Oct. 8Fiji v. Portugal3 p.m.Peacock
Sat., Oct. 14Quarterfinal11 a.m.Peacock
Sat., Oct. 14Quarterfinal1 p.m.NBC*
Sat., Oct. 14Quarterfinal3 p.m.Peacock
Sun., Oct. 15Quarterfinal11 a.m.Peacock
Sun., Oct. 15QuarterfinalNoonNBC*
Sun., Oct. 15Quarterfinal3 p.m.Peacock
Fri., Oct. 20Semifinal3 p.m.Peacock
Sat., Oct. 21Semifinal3 p.m.Peacock
Fri., Oct. 27Third Place Match3 p.m.Peacock
Sat., Oct. 28Final3 p.m.Peacock, CNBC
Sun., Oct. 29FinalNoonNBC*


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