With the Six Nations championship now complete international teams are setting their sights on the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Wales will head to the Far East in confident mood after securing a grand slam in the Six Nations. Warren Gatland’s side finished top of the standings ahead of England.  

The 20-team Rugby World Cup takes place in Japan from 20 September to 2 November. A total of 48 matches will be held in 12 locations.

Before the World Cup this autumn teams will play a number of international warm-up matches in August and September.

Here we look at the main international fixtures in 2019, including the Rugby World Cup pool games and knockout dates. All times UK.

2019 international rugby union calendar

2019 summer internationals (RWC warm-up matches)
  • 10 August: Argentina vs. South Africa (11am)
  • 10 August: Ireland vs. Italy (5pm; Aviva Stadium, Dublin) 
  • 11 August: England vs. Wales (2pm; Twickenham Stadium, London) 
  • 17 August: New Zealand vs. Australia (11am)
  • 17 August: South Africa vs. Argentina (11am)
  • 17 August: Italy vs. Russia (5pm)
  • 17 August: Wales vs. England (6pm; Principality Stadium, Cardiff) 
  • 17 August: France vs Scotland (9pm; venue TBC) 
  • 24 August: England vs Ireland (3pm; Twickenham Stadium, London) 
  • 24 August: Scotland vs. France (9pm; BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh)
  • 30 August: France vs. Italy (5pm)
  • 31 August: Wales vs. Ireland (5pm; Principality Stadium, Cardiff) 
  • 31 August: Georgia vs. Scotland (8pm; Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi) 
  • 6 September: Japan vs. South Africa (11.30am)
  • 6 September: England vs. Italy (7.45pm; St James’ Park, Newcastle)
  • 7 September: New Zealand vs. Tonga (3.35am)
  • 7 September: Ireland vs. Wales (5pm; Aviva Stadium, Dublin) 
  • 7 September: Scotland vs. Georgia (9pm; BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh) 
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2019 Rugby Championship
  • 27 July: New Zealand vs. South Africa (Westpac Stadium, Wellington)
2019 Bledisloe Cup
  • 10 August 2019: Australia vs. New Zealand (Optus Stadium, Perth, Western Australia)

2019 Rugby World Cup fixtures (all times UK) 

Pool A: Japan, Russia, Ireland, Scotland, Samoa
  • 20 September: Japan vs. Russia (11.45am; Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo) 
  • 22 September: Ireland vs. Scotland (8.45am; International Stadium, Yokohama) 
  • 24 September: Russia vs. Samoa (11.15am; Kumagaya Rugby Grounds, Kumagaya) 
  • 28 September: Japan vs. Ireland (8.15am; Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka) 
  • 30 September: Scotland vs. Samoa (11.15am; Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe) 
  • 3 October: Ireland vs. Russia (11.15am; Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe) 
  • 5 October: Japan vs. Samoa (11.30am; City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi) 
  • 9 October: Scotland vs. Russia (8.15am; Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka) 
  • 12 October: Ireland vs. Samoa (11.45am; Hakatanomori Football Stadium, Fukuoka) 
  • 13 October: Japan vs. Scotland (11.45am; International Stadium, Yokohama)
Pool B: New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Namibia, Canada
  • 21 September: New Zealand vs. South Africa (10.45am; International Stadium, Yokohama) 
  • 22 September: Italy vs. Namibia (6.15am; Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka) 
  • 26 September: Italy vs. Canada (8.45am; Hakatanomori Football Stadium, Fukuoka) 
  • 28 September: South Africa vs. Namibia (10.45am; City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi) 
  • 2 October: New Zealand vs. Canada (Oita Stadium, Oita) 
  • 4 October: South Africa vs. Italy (10.45am; Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka) 
  • 6 October: New Zealand vs. Namibia (5.45am; Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo) 
  • 8 October: South Africa vs. Canada (11.45am; Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe) 
  • 12 October: New Zealand vs. Italy (5.45am; City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi) 
  • 13 October: Namibia vs. Canada (4.15am; Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Kamaishi)
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Pool C: France, Argentina, England, Tonga, USA
  • 21 September: France vs. Argentina (8.15am; Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo) 
  • 22 September: England vs. Tonga (11.15am; Sapporo Dome, Sapporo) 
  • 26 September: England vs. USA (11.45am; Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe) 
  • 28 September: Argentina vs. Tonga (5.45am; Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka) 
  • 2 October: France vs. USA (8.45am; Hakatanomori Football Stadium, Fukuoka) 
  • 5 October: England vs. Argentina (9am; Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo) 
  • 6 October: France vs. Tonga (8.45am; Kumamoto Prefectural Athletic Stadium, Kumamoto) 
  • 9 October: Argentina vs. USA (5.45am; Prefectual Kumagaya Rugby Grounds, Kumagaya) 
  • 12 October: England vs. France (9.15am; International Stadium, Yokohama) 
  • 13 October: USA vs. Tonga (6.45am; Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka)
Pool D: Australia, Fiji, Wales, Georgia, Uruguay
  • 21 September: Australia vs. Fiji (5.45am; Sapporo Dome, Sapporo) 
  • 23 September: Wales vs. Georgia (11.15am; City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi) 
  • 25 September: Fiji vs. Uruguay (6.15am; Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Kamaishi) 
  • 29 September: Georgia vs. Uruguay (6.15am; Prefectual Kumagaya Rugby Grounds, Kumagaya) 
  • 29 September: Australia vs. Wales (8.45am; Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo) 
  • 3 October: Georgia vs. Fiji (6.15am; Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka) 
  • 5 October: Australia vs. Uruguay (6.15am; Oita Stadium, Oita) 
  • 9 October: Wales vs. Fiji (10.45am; Oita Stadium, Oita) 
  • 11 October: Australia vs. Georgia (11.15am; Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka) 
  • 13 October: Wales vs. Uruguay (9.15am; Kumamoto Prefectural Athletic Stadium, Kumamoto)
Rugby World Cup quarter-finals
  • 19 October: Winner Pool C vs. Runner Up Pool D (8.15am; Oita Stadium, Oita) 
  • 19 October: Winner Pool B vs. Runner Up Pool A (11.15am; Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo) 
  • 20 October: Winner Pool D vs. Runner Up Pool C (8.15am; Oita Stadium, Oita) 
  • 20 October: Winner Pool A vs. Runner Up Pool B (11.15am; Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo)
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Rugby World Cup semi-finals
  • 26 October: Winner QF1 vs. Winner QF2 (9am; International Stadium, Yokohama) 
  • 27 October: Winner QF3 vs. Winner QF4 (9am; International Stadium, Yokohama)
Rugby World Cup bronze medal match
  • 1 November: Loser SF1 vs. Loser SF2 (9am; Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo)
2019 Rugby World Cup final
  • 2 November: Winner SF1 vs. Winner SF2 (9am; International Stadium, Yokohama)



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