The opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off on Friday, September 20 as nations from all across the globe compete for the Webb Ellis Cup in Japan.
The opening stage of the competition sees 20 teams attempt to battle their way out of four Pools – A, B, C and D. Each Pool contains five teams and only two can advance into the knockout rounds.
Ireland are in Pool A alongside Scotland, Japan, Russia and Samoa. This is one of the easier groups, with the Irish and Scotland the overwhelming favourites to advance.
The big question will be who finishes top because the runner-up will play the winner of Pool B in the quarter-finals and that is most likely to be New Zealand, who are the world champions. The opening match of Pool A – Ireland vs Scotland – will be enormous.
What are Ireland’s fixtures?
Ireland vs Scotland… International Stadium Yokohama… Sunday, September 22… 8.45am BST… (ITV)
Japan vs Ireland… Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa… Saturday, September 28… 8.15am BST… (ITV)
Ireland vs Russia… Kobe Misaki Stadium… Thursday, October 3… 11.15am BST… (ITV)
Ireland vs Samoa… Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium… Saturday, October 12… 11.45am BST… (ITV)
The Quarter-Finals are on October 19-20.
The Semi-Finals are on October 26-27.
The Bronze Final is on November 1.
RWC 2019 Final is on November 2.
Ireland, who face hosts Japan, Scotland Russia and Samoa in Pool A, will complete their preparations against Six Nations champions Wales on Saturday before they open their World Cup campaign against the Scots on Sept. 22.
Ireland | Rugby World Cup squad
Backs: R Kearney, C Farrell, J Larmour, K Earls, J Stockdale, A Conway, R Henshaw, B Aki, G Ringrose, J Sexton, J Carbery, J Carty, C Murray, L McGrath.
Forwards: C Healy, D Kilcoyne, R Best (capt), N Scannell, S Cronin, T Furlong, A Porter, John Ryan, James Ryan, I Henderson, J Kleyn, T Beirne, CJ Stander, P O’Mahony, J van der Flier, J Conan, R Ruddock.