The 2019 Rugby World Cup begins in Japan on Friday. The two-and-a-half-month spectacle (from September 20 to November 2, live and ran.de on ProSieben MAXX) attracts nearly three billion fans worldwide in front of TV (and PCs and smartphones).
Despite its great global popularity, not everyone is as familiar with the sport as American football. ran.de provides you with everything you need before the start of the tournament.
Where does the rugby world cup take place?
Japan is hosting the ninth Rugby World Cup. In the application, the Japanese prevailed against England, Italy and South Africa. This is the first time that the Rugby World Cup has been held in any Asian country. The games will be played in twelve cities (Yokohama, Fukuroi, Chofu (suburbs of Tokyo), Toyota, Sapporo, Oita, Kumamoto, Kobe, Kumayaya, Higashiosaka, Fukuoka, Kamishi).
What is the rugby world cup like?
Teams from 20 countries play for the title. The preliminary round is divided into four groups of five, of which the first two places qualify for the quarter-finals. The first three teams in each group are allowed to participate in the 2023 World Cup.
There are four points for a win and two for a draw. A team gets bonus points for four or more attempts – regardless of the final score. Or defeat with seven or fewer game point differentials.
In the event of a tie, the following decides:
- Direct comparison
- Better difference in game points,
- Better differences in tests.
- High number of game points
- Number of attempts
- Better place in world ranking
Who is participating?
Group A: Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, Samoa
Group B: New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Namibia, Canada
Group C: England, France, Argentina, America, Tonga
Group D: Australia, Wales, Georgia, Fiji, Uruguay
Who are your favorites?
New Zealand’s “All Blacks” could win the World Championship for the third and fourth time in a row. Above all, the team stands for a tough defense. Sunny Bill Williams is one of the biggest stars and faces inequality in the region. However, some top performers have recently resigned.
Hence South Africa is looking towards the title. But “Springbox” has been unrest recently: One of South Africa’s national team’s great future promises, Affive Dayanti, was tested positive for steroids during a training test. Eben Etzebeth is said to have physically assaulted a man at the airport.
World number one Ireland, Wales and England are also hoping for the title.
Who are the stars?
Agustin Crevy (Argentina), Michael Hooper, Will Genia (Australia), Maro Itoje, Billy Vunipola, Owen Farrell (England), Leon Nakrava, Semi Redradra, Josis Tisova (Fiji), Romain Ntamack (France), Tadg Furlong, Connor Murray , Johnny Sexton (Ireland), Sergio Paris (Italy), Michael Leach (Japan), Brody Retail, Sam Whitelock, Sam Kane, Kiran Reid, Budden Barrett, Sony Bill Williams, Rio Ioane (New Zealand), Johnny Gray, Finn Russell, Stuart Hogg (Scotland), Eben Etzebeth, Faf de Kerlak, Chazlin Kolbe (South Africa), Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Bigger, Liam Williams, Leah Hampney, George North (Wales)
How good is the German rugby team?
Not enough for the World Cup. The German team has not qualified for any of the finals held since 1987. This time the “Black Eagles” narrowly failed. In the decisive tournament, the German team lost to Canada.
Where can the games be seen on TV and Stream?
The ProSieben MAXX shows 31 games of the Rugby World Cup 2019 and is parallel in a live stream throughout the race. The remaining 48 World Cup games are live and exclusive.
- Sunday, September 22, 7:00 pm.
- Saturday, September 21, 6:30 am. Australia – Fiji, France – Argentina, New Zealand – South Africa
- Sunday, September 22, at 7:00 am. Italy – Namibia, Ireland – Scotland, England – Tonga
All other live games of Rugby-WM 2019 ProSieben ran more on MAXX. Here is an overview.
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