J Sports Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Koto-ku, Tokyo; President Ichiro Hase) will be broadcasting and streaming all 48 games of the 2023 Rugby World Cup France Tournament, taking place from September 8th (Friday) to October 28th (Saturday). All 48 games will be streamed live on “J SPORTS On Demand”, the video distribution service available on PCs, smartphones and tablets – 18 of which are exclusive games featuring Ireland, Wales and New Zealand.
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The Rugby World Cup comes around every four years to crown the top rugby team in the world, and in 2023, the 10th tournament will be held in France. This will mark J SPORTS’ seventh consecutive broadcast of the event, having first aired it in 1999 from Wales. At the 2019 tournament, which was held in Japan, spectators were enthralled by breathtaking matches throughout the country. The success of the Japanese national team sparked a rugby craze across the nation. To make sure even more people can enjoy the festivities of the French tournament to come, J SPORTS will broadcast it LIVE on their On Demand service. Furthermore, through this unique platform viewers can watch their favorite teams play any time they want—LIVE or anytime they choose!
20 teams will compete in the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, divided into 4 groups for pool matches. The top 2 teams of each group will advance to the finals, resulting in a total of 8 teams vying for the championship. Japan’s national team is placed in Pool D alongside England, Argentina, Samoa and Chile. This time they are up against England, last tournament runners-up, and Argentina who occupy one of the top four positions in the southern hemisphere rankings. Jamie Japan has strengthened their league and they will be trying to make it to the top eight again this time around.
Tournament : 8 September to 28 October 2023
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Live in USA : Fubo TV, Sling TV, Hulu TV, NBC Sports
Live in UK : BBC iPlayer, ITV
Where to Watch : TF1 (France) Stan Sports (Australia), Raiplay (Italy) & Worldwide TV channels
The Rugby League One in Japan is certainly worth checking out, with its host of international superstars. These include previous champion South African SH Faf de Klerk from the Yokohama Canon Eagles, the 2019 World Rugby Player of the Year Petersteph Dutoy playing for Toyota Verblitz, Marika Koroinbete representing Saitama Wild Knights and Japanese tank Sam Kelebi donning the Tokyo Sungoliath jersey. Argentinian hero Pablo Matera stars for Mie Honda Heat, while Israel Folau is back on the international stage having joined Tonga’s national team at Urayasu D-Rocks.
The New Zealand players Boden Barrett (to join Toyota Verblitz), Aaron Smith (to join Toyota Verblitz), Aadi Savea (to join Kobelco Kobe Steelers), Richie Mounga (to join Toshiba Brave Lupus Tokyo), as well as others, have been announced for next season. On J SPORTS, you can watch all DIVISION 1 and 2 games, and on J SPORTS On Demand, you can watch all DIVISION 1 through 3.
Starting from April, you can witness memorable moments from the past. The “Rugby World Cup Selection” carefully chooses classic games from the nine World Cups since 1987 in New Zealand until 2019 Japan. The “Shinkokin HAKA Collection -Tokyu World Cup Edition-” will entice fans to experience the popular HAKA. While “Rugby Wandaho! -Rugby Information Program-” provides additional Rugby World Cup updates.
It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the “Rugby World Cup 2023 France Tournament” where “the strongest rugby players” gather together with past famous matches and famous scenes, Japan Rugby League One at J SPORTS.