Due to its scheduling, the quadrennial Rugby World Cup managed to avoid all the delays that struck other major events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and returns on schedule in 2023. France is hosting the tournament for the second time. For Australian rugby fans, you'll be able to watch every game live.
The Springboks are the defending champions, after they won the last tournament in 2019. Ireland are the number 1 ranked team going into the tournament, but South Africa, France and New Zealand are close behind.
How to watch the 2023 Rugby World Cup live in Australia
There are 2 options to watch the 2023 Rugby World Cup, via paid streaming service Stan Sport or for free via the 9 Network.
Stan Sport will screen all 48 matches of the Rugby World Cup.
The 9 Network meanwhile will only have select coverage, screening only Wallabies matches and the finals.
Live stream the 2023 Rugby World Cup on Stan Sport
Stan Sport will stream every match of the Rugby World Cup 2023 ad-free, live and in 4K UHD.
Stan Sport is an additional $15 a month add-on to a normal Stan subscription. So the cheapest way to watch the Rugby World Cup on Stan Sport will be $25 a month. Stan Sport also doesn't have a free trial, so if you're new to the service, you'll be paying straight away after signing up. Keep in mind too that the tournament is played across 51 days, so to watch the entire tournament on Stan Sport, you'd need to subscribe for at least 2 months.
If you're a rugby union fan, Stan Sport is a good service for you. Aside from the World Cup, it features most major rugby union tournament action, including The Rugby Championship, Super Rugby and the Six Nations.
Watch 2023 Rugby World Cup live and free on Channel 9 and 9Now
If you're a casual rugby union fan, or you just want to follow the progress of the Australian rugby team the Wallabies, then the coverage offered by Channel 9 should be enough for you.
Wallabies matches and the 2023 Rugby World Cup final will be shown live and free on Channel 9 and streamed on 9Now.
So while you will get access to coverage of the Rugby World Cup at no cost, the obvious drawback is if you have an interest in any other team besides the Wallabies. You will only be able to watch other teams on Channel 9 if they play the Wallabies or make the final. Also, you will have ads in this coverage compared to the ad-free presentation on Stan Sport.
When is the 2023 Rugby World Cup?
The 2023 Rugby World Cup runs from 9 September AEST to 29 October AEDT.
All up there will be 48 matches throughout the tournament.
2023 Rugby World Cup fixtures and TV schedule
|Pool||Date||Match||Kick-off (AEDT)||How to watch|
|Pool A||Sat 9 Sep||France vs New Zealand||5:15 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool A||Sat 9 Sep||Italy vs Namibia||9:00 PM||Stan Sport|
|Pool B||Sat 9 Sep||Ireland vs Romania||11:30 PM||Stan Sport|
|Pool C||Sun 10 Sep||Australia vs Georgia||2:00 AM||Stan Sport, 9 Network, 9Now|
|Pool D||Sun 10 Sep||England vs Argentina||5:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool D||Sun 10 Sep||Japan vs Chile||9:00 PM||Stan Sport|
|Pool B||Mon 11 Sep||South Africa vs Scotland||1:45 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool C||Mon 11 Sep||Wales vs Fiji||5:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool A||Fri 15 Sep||France vs Uruguay||5:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool C||Fri 15 Sep||Wales vs Portugal||1:45 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool A||Sat 16 Sep||New Zealand vs Namibia||5:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool D||Sat 16 Sep||Samoa vs Chile||11:00 PM||Stan Sport|
|Pool B||Sun 17 Sep||Ireland vs Tonga||5:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool B||Sun 17 Sep||South Africa vs Romania||11:00 PM||Stan Sport|
|Pool C||Mon 18 Sep||Australia vs Fiji||1:45 AM||Stan Sport, 9 Network, 9Now|
|Pool D||Mon 18 Sep||England vs Japan||5:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool A||Thu 21 Sep||Italy vs Uruguay||1:45 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool A||Fri 22 Sep||France vs Namibia||5:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool D||Sat 23 Sep||Argentina vs Samoa||1:45 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool C||Sat 23 Sep||Georgia vs Portugal||10:00 PM||Stan Sport|
|Pool D||Sun 24 Sep||England vs Chile||1:45 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool B||Sun 24 Sep||South Africa vs Ireland||5:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool B||Mon 25 Sep||Scotland vs Tonga||1:45 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool C||Mon 25 Sep||Wales vs Australia||5:00 AM||Stan Sport, 9 Network, 9Now|
|Pool A||Thu 28 Sep||Uruguay vs Namibia||1:45 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool D||Fri 29 Sep||Japan vs Samoa||5:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool A||Sat 30 Sep||New Zealand vs Italy||5:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool D||Sat 30 Sep||Argentina vs Chile||11:00 PM||Stan Sport|
|Pool C||Sun 1 Oct||Fiji vs Georgia||1:45 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool B||Sun 1 Oct||Scotland vs Romania||6:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool C||Mon 2 Oct||Australia vs Portugal||2:45 AM||Stan Sport, 9 Network, 9Now|
|Pool B||Mon 2 Oct||South Africa vs Tonga||6:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool A||Fri 6 Oct||New Zealand vs Uruguay||6:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool A||Sat 7 Oct||France vs Italy||6:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool C||Sun 8 Oct||Wales vs Georgia||12:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool D||Sun 8 Oct||England vs Samoa||2:45 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool B||Sun 8 Oct||Ireland vs Scotland||6:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool D||Sun 8 Oct||Japan vs Argentina||10:00 PM||Stan Sport|
|Pool B||Mon 9 Oct||Tonga vs Romania||2:45 AM||Stan Sport|
|Pool C||Mon 9 Oct||Fiji vs Portugal||6:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Quarter Final 1||Sun 15 Oct||Wales vs Argentina||2:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Quarter Final 2||Sun 15 Oct||Ireland vs New Zealand||6:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Quarter Final 3||Mon 16 Oct||England vs Fiji||2:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Quarter Final 4||Mon 16 Oct||France vs South Africa||6:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Semi Final 1||Sat 21 Oct||Argentina vs New Zealand||6:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Semi Final 2||Sun 22 Oct||England vs South Africa||6:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Bronze Final||Sat 28 Oct||Argentina vs England||6:00 AM||Stan Sport|
|Final||Sun 29 Oct||New Zealand vs South Africa||6:00 AM||Stan Sport, 9 Network, 9Now|
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