Rugby World Cup 2019: Fixture list and kick-off times in GST for Dubai, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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Ahead of the Rugby World Cup which gets underway on September 20, here’s a full list of fixtures and kick off times for the tournament.

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POOL STAGE

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20

Match 1: Japan vs Russia (Pool A), Tokyo Stadium, 2:45pm GST

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21

Match 2: Australia vs Fiji (Pool D), Sapporo Dome, 8:45am GST

Match 3: France vs Argentina (Pool C), Tokyo Stadium, 11:15am GST

Match 4: New Zealand vs South Africa (Pool B), International Stadium Yokohama, 1:45pm GST

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22

Match 5: Italy vs Namibia (Pool B), Hanazono Rugby Stadium, 9:15am GST

Match 6: Ireland vs Scotland (Pool A), International Stadium Yokohama, 11:45am GST

Match 7: England vs Tonga (Pool C), Sapporo Dome, 2:15pm GST

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 23

Match 8: Wales vs Georgia (Pool D), City of Toyota Stadium, 2:15pm GST

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 24

Match 9: Russia vs Samoa (Pool A), Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, 2:15pm

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 25

Match 10: Fiji vs Uruguay (Pool D), Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, 9:15am GST

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 26

Match 11: Italy vs Canada (Pool B), Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, 11:45am GST

Match 12: England vs USA (Pool C), Kobe Misaki Stadium, 2:45pm GST

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28

Match 13: Argentina vs Tonga (Pool C), Hanazono Rugby Stadium, 8:45am GST

Match 14: Japan vs Ireland (Pool A), Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, 11:15am GST

Match 15: South Africa vs Namibia (Pool B), City of Toyota Stadium, 1:45pm GST

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29

Match 16: Georgia vs Uruguay (Pool D), Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, 9:15am GST

Match 17: Australia vs Wales (Pool D), Tokyo Stadium, 11:45am GST

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 30

Match 18: Scotland vs Samoa (Pool A), Kobe Misaki Stadium, 2:15pm GST

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 2

Match 19: France vs USA (Pool C), Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, 11:45am GST

Match 20: New Zealand vs Canada (Pool B), Oita Stadium, 2:15pm GST

THURSDAY OCTOBER 3

Match 21: Georgia vs Fiji (Pool D), Hanazono Rugby Stadium, 9:15am GST

Match 22: Ireland vs Russia (Pool A), Kobe Misaki Stadium, 2:15pm

FRIDAY OCTOBER 4 

Match 23: South Africa vs Italy (Pool B), Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, 1:45pm GST

SATURDAY OCTOBER 5

Match 24: Australia vs Uruguay (Pool D), Oita Stadium, 9:15am GST

Match 25: England vs Argentina (Pool C), Tokyo Stadium, 12pm GST

Match 26: Japan vs Samoa (Pool A), City of Toyota Stadium, 2:30pm GST

SUNDAY OCTOBER 6

Match 27: New Zealand vs Namibia (Pool B), Tokyo Stadium, 8:45am GST

Match 28: France vs Tonga (Pool C), Kumamoto Stadium, 11:45am GST

TUESDAY OCTOBER 8 

Match 29: South Africa vs Canada (Pool B), Koba Misaki Stadium, 2:15pm GST

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 9

Match 30: Argentina vs USA (Pool C), Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, 8:45am GST

Match 31: Scotland vs Russia (Pool A), Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, 11:15am GST

Match 32: Wales vs Fiji (Pool D), Oita Stadium; Wednesday 9 October, 1:45pm GST

FRIDAY OCTOBER 11

Match 33: Australia vs Georgia (Pool D), Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, 2:15pm GST

SATURDAY OCTOBER 12

Match 34: New Zealand vs Italy (Pool B), City of Toyota Stadium, 8:45am GST

Match 35: England vs France (Pool C), International Stadium Yokohama, 12:15pm GST

Match 36: Ireland vs Samoa (Pool A), Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, 2:45pm GST

SUNDAY OCTOBER 13

Match 37: Namibia vs Canada (Pool B), Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, 7:15am GST

Match 38: USA vs Tonga (Pool C), Hanazono Rugby Stadium, 9:45am GST

Match 39: Wales vs Uruguay (Pool D), Kumamoto Stadium, 12:15pm GST

Match 40: Japan vs Scotland (Pool A), International Stadium Yokohama, 2:45pm GST

QUARTER FINALS

SATURDAY OCTOBER 19

Match 41: Winner Pool C vs Runner-Up Pool D, Oita Stadium, 11:15am GST

Match 42: Winner Pool B vs Runner-Up Pool A, Tokyo Stadium, 2:15pm GST

SUNDAY OCTOBER 20

Match 43: Winner Pool D vs Runner-Up Pool C, Oita Stadium, 11:15am GST

Match 44: Winner Pool A vs Runner-Up Pool B, Tokyo Stadium, 2:15pm GST

SEMI-FINALS

SATURDAY OCTOBER 26

Match 45: Winner Quarter-Final 1 vs Winner Quarter-Final 2, International Stadium Yokohama, 12pm GST

SUNDAY OCTOBER 27

Match 46: Winner Quarter-Final 3 vs Winner Quarter-Final 4, International Stadium Yokohama, 1pm GST

THIRD PLACE PLAY-OFF

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 1

Match 47: Loser Semi-Final 1 vs Loser Semi-Final 2, Tokyo Stadium, 1pm GST

FINAL

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2

Match 48: Winner Semi-Final 1 vs Winner Semi-final 2, International Stadium Yokohama, 1pm GST

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Scotland have work to do following France thrashing, says Gregor Townsend

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Gregor Townsend admits Scotland have work to do to get their Rugby World Cup preparations back on track after being dismantled by France in Nice.

The Dark Blues conceded five tries in their opening warm-up clash ahead of next month’s finals in Japan.

The Scots fly out to the Far East in less than a month but the 32-3 mauling was a disastrous start to their pre-tournament schedule.

Townsend’s team simply could not contain the power and intensity of Jacques Brunel’s Les Bleus, who ran in five tries as Maxime Medard’s double was complimented by scores from debutant Alivereti Raka, Gregor Alldritt and Antoine Dupont.

And afterwards the head coach said: “There’s a lot of work to do. We expected a better performance.

“We go into every game we play, no matter the opponent, with the aim of winning and we believed as players and coaches that we were well-prepared for that game.

“Obviously that wasn’t correct. We missed parts of that first half just from not being in place quick enough to stop France getting quick ball and then not capitalising on opportunities we did have.

“France were very good, they seemed like they were in really good condition.

“We know our players are in very good physical condition but obviously tonight the match conditioning fell short but we will be better for the experience.

“But we have to be much, much better in terms of performance over the next three games and then when we get to Japan.”

Townsend names his 31-man squad on September 3 and he believes the result at the Allianz Riviera will be a wake-up call for those players hoping to make the cut.

Townsend – whose side face a return clash with Les Bleus in Edinburgh next Saturday – added: “The team is going to change a lot going into next week’s game so some players won’t get the opportunity to rectify it next week.

“But this is a timely reminder for those playing their first game of the season just how tough international rugby can be if you’re not switched on and don’t make your tackles, as happened a few times tonight.

“We will be demanding a reaction from the players. They will be demanding it too. The target this week will be to show a much truer image of ourselves.”

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Wales players under pressure to perform against England, says boss Warren Gatland

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James Davies - younger brother of centre Jonathan - will win just his fourth cap.

Wales boss Warren Gatland has told his players they are under pressure to perform against World Cup warm-up opponents England on Saturday.

The fierce rivals meet in Cardiff less than a week after Gatland’s men were beaten 33-19 at Twickenham.

Gatland has made just three changes to the line-up in south-west London, and it features 10 players who were on starting duty in a Six Nations title and Grand Slam-clinching victory over Ireland five months ago.

“It’s easy enough to make a lot of changes, but some of the players would have been disappointed with last weekend, and particularly that first 20 minutes,” Gatland said.

“For us, it’s about a chance to redeem ourselves and give those players another hit-out and go out there and perform, and put some pressure on them to perform as well.

“There is a lot of pressure on those guys on the weekend, because if some of them don’t front and don’t perform, they are opening the door for someone else.

Biggar has a big chance to stake a claim for the No10 jersey with Anscombe injured.

Biggar has a big chance to stake a claim for the No10 jersey with Anscombe injured.

“If you win last week and you win this weekend, you pretty much would have sealed, potentially, a starting spot for the first game or first couple of games in the World Cup.

“That’s why we wanted to make sure that players are aware and that they are under pressure.”

Scarlets duo Jonathan and James Davies will become the first set of brothers since 2006 to start for Wales when they feature against England.

Gatland has named openside flanker James, who wins his fourth cap, alongside back-row colleagues Aaron Wainwright and Ross Moriarty, while older sibling Jonathan partners Hadleigh Parkes in midfield.

They are the first set of brothers to play alongside each other for Wales since Jamie and Nicky Robinson 13 years ago.

James Davies replaces Justin Tipuric, while fly-half Dan Biggar takes over from an injured Gareth Anscombe and lock Jake Ball is in for Adam Beard.

“It’s been tough for James,” Gatland added. “He has been really struggling with back issues, and he has dug in in terms of the way he has pushed himself when he has been in a lot of pain.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for him. He is pretty fired up.

“He is kind of someone who for his whole career people have knocked him and said he’s too small and not able to compete at the highest level.

“We probably had some of the same thoughts as well, but having coached him and been involved with him, we have been incredibly impressed with him.

“We’ve always been looking at him and seeing his potential. He has been unfortunate that for a few campaigns he has had injuries. We were very impressed with him in Argentina last year.”

Biggar starts with Anscombe having suffered a World Cup-ending knee ligament injury at Twickenham.

On Anscombe, Gatland said: “He’s done his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and a meniscus as well.

“He did it when he made the break down the sideline. It wasn’t from a tackle, he’s just stepped off his right leg. You can see the jarring on the video.

“He said to the physios he felt he had jarred his knee and stayed on thinking he could run it off.

“He asked the physios if he’d done any more damage, and they said: ‘No, you’d already done that and it wasn’t going to get any worse’.

“Unfortunately, he’s going to require surgery and it’s going to keep him out for most of the season.”

Tipuric (ankle) and Beard (wrist), meanwhile, have been left out as a precaution this weekend.

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