Rugby World Cup 2015 live on ITV – SOTB’s Guide

As kick-off rapidly approaches, ITV Sport looks forward to the 2015 Rugby World Cup 2015 with a stellar line-up to bring viewers exclusive coverage of this year’s biggest sporting event.

ITV will provide live coverage of every single match throughout the six weeks of the tournament, hosted by England, with a line-up of legends from across the world of rugby providing the very best insight and analysis from the opening fixture on September 18, through to the final on October 31.

Joining lead presenter John Inverdale in ITV’s pack to lend their experience and expertise to the tournament coverage will be a team of pundits who can draw upon personal experience of compeYng for the sport’s greatest prize, the Webb Ellis Cup.

They include Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio and Jason Robinson, members of England’s victorious 2003 team, along with their coach Sir Clive Woodward, former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll, former Wales captain Gareth Thomas and former Scotland coach Sir Ian McGeechan.

South Africa’s 1995 World Cup winning captain Francois Pienaar, former New Zealand captain Sean Fitzpatrick, part of the side which won the inaugural tournament in 1987 and Australia’s Michael Lynagh, who triumphed in 1991, all return to the ITV punditry team for a fifth successive Rugby World Cup.

Also part of the analysis team will be former Australian scrum-half George Gregan, who won the trophy in 1999, as well as England Women’s World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi, and former England internationals Ugo Monye and David Flatman.

Joining them will be presenters Mark Durden-Smith and Craig Doyle alongside a wealth of experience in the commentary box including Nick Mullins, Miles Harrison, Jon Champion, Martin Gillingham and Simon Ward, plus co-commentators Geordan Murphy, Scob Hastings, Shane Williams and Ben Kay.

Bringing viewers all the action, colour and drama from in and around the stadia will be reporters Jill Douglas, Gabriel Clarke and Martin Bayfield. 

Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: “A Rugby World Cup hosted by England is a once in a generation event and it’s our privilege as the exclusive television broadcaster to bring viewers the full impact of all the ac9on and emo9on throughout what should be an unforgettable tournament. 

“We believe we’ve assembled a world-class line up of rugby talent who, through their own expertise, experience and sheer passion for the game will deliver the best possible coverage for those watching at home.” 

Project directed by ITV Sport’s BAFTA award-winning Paul McNamara, ITV’s coverage will show all 48 matches live across its main channel and ITV4, adding up to almost 140 hours of exclusive acYon along with highlights programmes. 

As the exclusive UK wide television broadcaster and provider of the tournament feed to all overseas broadcasters worldwide, ITV will provide live coverage of 48 matches coming from 13 venues over the six weeks of the competition. 

With the aim of bringing viewers as close as possible to the heart of the action and delivering the full visual impact of the skill, pace, power, passion and athleticism of elite level rugby, ITV’s team has pulled together the best innovations in rugby broadcasting. 

Ref cams, specialist lineout cameras, corner post cameras and spider cams will ensure viewers can see crunch moments from a range of close up perspectives.

And coverage of games at Twickenham will be enriched by tracking cameras positioned behind the posts for the first Yme, to give viewers a new perspective of oncoming play.

ITV’s team has also worked with the tournament’s authorities to refine Hawkeye, which will be used for the first time in the Rugby World Cup.

The Television Match Official [TMO] will be able to monitor, during matches, the feed from up to 36 cameras recording play.

Replayed images, including enlargements and split screens, relating to key decisions, will be shown to viewers as events unfold.

Every match will be simulcast live on ITV Player, on web and app, for viewers to watch online. 

ITV’s free Rugby World Cup app, available now for iOS and Android devices, will capture all the excitement and drama of a global event in this country.

The app will feature video highlights as well as the latest news and live Opta stats.

When live on-air, fans will be able to play along in the app, voting in real-time to make their own Television Match Official (TMO) calls, and on other key incidents.

As part of this interactive Live Mode, fans will also be able to ‘kick’ penalties and conversions as they happen on the pitch by playing our brand new kicking game, Kick It! 

ITV’s Rugby World Cup site – itv.com/rugbyworldcup – will help bring the tournament to life with all the latest news, extra analysis from our must-watch pundits, and live staYsYcs.

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 FRIDAY 18th SEPTEMBER
 
 OPENING CEREMONY
 Twickenham
 
 
19:00
 
 ENGLAND v FIJI
 Pool A – Twickenham
 
20:00
    
   
 SATURDAY 19th SEPTEMBER
 
 TONGA v GEORGIA
 Pool C – Kingsholm
 
 
12:00
 
 IRELAND v CANADA
 Pool D – Millennium Stadium
 
14:30
 SOUTH AFRICA v JAPAN
 Pool B – Brighton
 
16:45
 FRANCE v ITALY
 Pool D – Twickenham
 
20:00
   
   
 SUNDAY 20th SEPTEMBER
 
 SAMOA v UNITED STATES
 Pool B – Brighton
 
 
12:00
 
 WALES v URUGUAY
 Pool A – Millennium Stadium
 
14:30
 NEW ZEALAND v ARGENTINA
 Pool C – Wembley
 
16:45
    
    
 WEDNESDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER
 
 SCOTLAND v JAPAN
 Pool B – Kingsholm
 
 
14:30
 
 AUSTRALIA v FIJI
 Pool A – Millennium Stadium
 
16:45
 FRANCE v ROMANIA
 Pool D – Olympic Stadium
 
20:00
     
   
 THURSDAY 24th SEPTEMBER
 
 NEW ZEALAND v NAMIBIA
 Pool C – Olympic Stadium
 
 
20:00
 
   
   
 FRIDAY 25th SEPTEMBER
 
 ARGENTINA v GEORGIA
 Pool C – Kingsholm
 
 
16:45
 
    
   
 SATURDAY 26th SEPTEMBER
 
 ITALY v CANADA
 Pool D – Elland Road
 
 
14:30
 
 SOUTH AFRICA v SAMOA
 Pool B – Villa Park
 
16:45
 ENGLAND v WALES
 Pool A – Twickenham
 
20:00
   
   
 SUNDAY 27th SEPTEMBER
 
 AUSTRALIA v URUGUAY
 Pool A – Villa Park
 
 
12:00
 
 SCOTLAND v UNITED STATES
 Pool B – Elland Road
 
14:30
 IRELAND v ROMANIA
 Pool D – Wembley
 
16:45
    
    
 TUESDAY 29th SEPTEMBER
 
 TONGA v NAMIBIA
 Pool C – Sandy Park
 
 
16:45
 
    
  
 THURSDAY 1st OCTOBER
 
 WALES v FIJI
 Pool A – Millennium Stadium
 
 
16:45
 
 FRANCE v CANADA
 Pool D – Stadium MK
 
20:00
    
  
 FRIDAY 2nd OCTOBER
 
 NEW ZEALAND v GEORGIA
 Pool C – Millennium Stadium
 
 
20:00
 
   
   
 SATURDAY 3rd OCTOBER
 
 SAMOA v JAPAN
 Pool B – Stadium MK
 
 
14:30
 
 SOUTH AFRICA v SCOTLAND
 Pool B – St James’ Park
 
16:45
 ENGLAND v AUSTRALIA
 Pool A – Twickenham
 
20:00
   
  
 SUNDAY 4th OCTOBER
 
 ARGENTINA v TONGA
 Pool C – Leicester
 
 
14:30
 
 IRELAND v ITALY
 Pool D – Olympic Stadium
 
16:45
   
    
 TUESDAY 6th OCTOBER
 
 CANADA v ROMANIA
 Pool D – Leicester
 
 
16:45
 
 FIJI v URUGUAY
 Pool A – Stadium MK
 
20:00
   
  
 WEDNESDAY 7th OCTOBER
 
 SOUTH AFRICA v UNITED STATES
 Pool B – Olympic Stadium
 
 
16:45
 
 NAMIBIA v GEORGIA
 Pool C – Sandy Park
 
20:00
   
   
 FRIDAY 9th OCTOBER
 
 NEW ZEALAND v TONGA
 Pool C – St James’ Park
 
 
20:00
 
    
   
 SATURDAY 10th OCTOBER
 
 SAMOA v SCOTLAND
 Pool B – St James’ Park
 
 
14:30
 
 AUSTRALIA v WALES
 Pool A – Twickenham
 
16:45
 ENGLAND v URUGUAY
 Pool A – Manchester
 
20:00
   
   
 SUNDAY 11th OCTOBER
 
 ARGENTINA v NAMIBIA
 Pool C – Leicester
 
 
12:00
 
 ITALY v ROMANIA
 Pool A – Sandy Park
 
14:30
 FRANCE v IRELAND
 Pool D – Millennium Stadium
 
16:45
 UNITED STATES v JAPAN
 Pool B – Kingsholm
 
20:00

  

  
    
 SATURDAY 17th OCTOBER
 
 Winner Pool B v Runner-up Pool A
 Quarter Final 1 – Twickenham
 
 
16:00
 
 Winner Pool C v Runner-up Pool D
 Quarter Final 2 – Millennium Stadium
 
20:00
    
   
 SUNDAY 18th OCTOBER
 
 Winner Pool D v Runner-up Pool C
 Quarter Final 3 – Millennium Stadium
 
 
13:00
 
 Winner Pool A v Runner-up Pool B
 Quarter Final 4 – Twickenham
 
16:00
     
    
 SATURDAY 24th OCTOBER
 
 Winner QF1 v Winner QF2
 Semi Final 1 – Twickenham
 
 
16:00
 
    
   
 SUNDAY 25th OCTOBER
 
 Winner QF3 v Winner QF4
 Semi Final 2 – Twickenham
 
 
16:00
 
    
   
 FRIDAY 30th OCTOBER
 
 Loser SF1 v Loser SF2
 Bronze Final – Olympic Stadium
 
 
20:00
 
    
   
 SATURDAY 31st OCTOBER
 
 RUGBY WORLD CUP FINAL 2015
 Twickenham
 
 
16:00
 

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