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Rugby World Cup 2019: New Zealand begin title defence against South Africa

2 November 2017 7:30 AM
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Rugby World Cup 2019: New Zealand begin title defence against South Africa

Champions New Zealand will begin their quest for a third successive Rugby World Cup title against South Africa in Yokohama.

The fixtures for the 2019 World Cup which takes place in Japan, were announced on Thursday.

Ireland and Scotland will meet in their opening game in Pool A while Wales begin against Georgia in Pool D.

England will play their fixtures in Sapporo, Kobe, Tokyo and Yokohama with Wales in Aichi, Tokyo, Oita and Kumamoto.

Ireland have games in in Yokohama, Shizuoka, Kobe and Fukoka while Scotland visit Yokohama twice, Kobe and Shizuoka.

The World Cup will take place between 20 September and 2 November 2019.

Pool A: Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Europe 1, play-off winner (Europe 2 v Oceania 3)

Source: bbc.co.uk

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