The Rugby World Cup Kicks off this week with 20 teams including Australia heading off to France for the tournament. Ireland is currently the highest ranked rugby union team in the world followed by defending champions South Africa, hosts France and New Zealand at number 4. Ahead of Australia’s first match against Georgia, we’ve put together a handy guide which includes details on how to watch the Wallabies’ matches, dates and more.
When is the 2023 Rugby World Cup?
The tenth edition of the men’s World Cup will take place from September 8 to October 28 across nine venues including the iconic Stade de France in Paris and will take place entirely in France. The rugby tournament is held every every four years. The World Cup Kicks off on Saturday, September 9 with hosts France going up against New Zealand’s All Blacks.
How to watch the 2023 Rugby World Cup in Australia?
The Rugby World Cup will air on Channel Nine and streamed on 9Now. All 48 matches will be available live, ad-free and on demand on Stan Sport.
When and who will the Wallabies be playing?
Australia will play its first game on Sunday, September 10 against Georgia at 2am AEST.
This will be followed by matches against Fiji on Monday, September 18 at 1.45am AEST, Wales on Monday, September 25 at 5am AEST and Portugal on Monday, October 2 at 1.45am AEST. World Cup teams are separated into four pools — Fiji, Wales and Portugal are in the Pool C fixture along with the Wallabies. Find the full list of matches here.
Where can I watch the matches in Melbourne?
Keen to watch the matches with a live crowd? There are plenty of bars and hotels around the city that are bringing the vibe of the tournament home. Wear the green and gold and head out to the following venues in Melbourne to enjoy the matches live:
- Beer DeLuxe Fed Square
- The Duke of Wellington
- The Craft Squire
- Imperial Hotel Bourke St
- Richmond Club Hotel
- College Lawn Hotel
- The Hawthorn Hotel
Who is in the Australian rugby World Cup squad?
The 33-man Wallabies squad comprises the following players:
Backs: Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, Tate McDermott, Nic White, Carter Gordon, Lalakai Foketi, Samu Kerevi, Izaia Perese, Jordan Petaia, Max Jorgensen, Andrew Kellaway, Marika Koroibete, Mark Nawaqaniawase, Suliasi Vunivalu
Forwards: Angus Bell, Pone Fa’amausili, Zane Nonggorr, Blake Schoupp, James Slipper, Taniela Tupou, Matt Faessler, David Porecki, Jordan Uelese, Richie Arnold, Nick Frost, Matt Philip, Will Skelton (c), Langi Gleeson, Tom Hooper, Rob Leota, Fraser McReight, Rob Valetini
Has Australia Ever Won The Rugby World Cup?
Yes, Australia has won the World Cup on two occasions, in 1991 and 1999. The Wallabies also reached the finals in 2003 and 2015.
Head to the official Rugby World Cup website for more news and information.