Host-Nation and World No. 3 France Takes on No. 4 New Zealand All Blacks at 3:15 p.m. ET Live Exclusively on Peacock Tomorrow
More Than 100 Hours of Live Rugby World Cup Coverage Features Every Match Streaming Live on Peacock for Only $5.99/Month; Select Matches Live on CNBC
2023 Rugby World Cup Final Presented Live on Saturday, October 28, at 3 p.m. ET on Peacock and CNBC; NBC to Present Encore Coverage on Sunday, October 29
STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 7, 2023 – NBC Sports’ presentation of the 2023 Rugby World Cup from France – featuring every match live on Peacock – begins tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 8, with host-nation and World No. 3 France taking on World No. 4 New Zealand at 3:15 p.m. ET live exclusively on Peacock.
Friday’s match marks the first time France and New Zealand will face each other in the Rugby World Cup since 2015, when the All Blacks defeated France, 62-13, in the quarterfinals en route to winning the championship. France was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Rugby World Cup; the host-nation has finished as runners-up at the World Cup three times (2011, 1999, 1987). New Zealand finished in third place in 2019 and has won the tournament a record-tying three times (2015, 2011, 1987).
Peacock will stream all 48 matches of the 2023 Rugby World Cup live from Sept. 8-Oct. 28, presenting more than 100 hours of live coverage from France. To learn more about the 2023 Rugby World Cup on Peacock, which is available for $5.99/month, click here.
In addition, CNBC will present 15 matches live over the course of the tournament, and NBC will air encores of four matches (including two quarterfinal matches and the final). NBC Sports’ full 2023 Rugby World Cup match schedule is below.
Current World No. 2 South Africa won the 2019 Rugby World Cup, defeating England in the final from Japan, marking the country’s third World Cup title and moving into a tie with New Zealand for the most Rugby World Cup titles. South Africa kicks off its 2023 World Cup campaign against Scotland this Sunday, Sept. 10, at 11:30 a.m. ET live on Peacock and CNBC.
World No. 1 Ireland, winners of the 2023 Six Nations Championship, open their World Cup play this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. ET against Romania live on Peacock.
This year’s tournament will be hosted by France, as the country prepares to host the 2024 Olympics in July of next year in its capital city of Paris. All Rugby World Cup matches will be held throughout the country at Stade de France, Stade de Toulouse, Stade de Marseille, OL Stadium, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Stade de Bordeaux, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Stade de Nice, and Stade de la Beaujoire.
Group stage play, beginning with the opening match on Sept. 8, through Oct. 8, consists of four pools of five with each team playing the other four teams in their pool. The two top teams in each pool will qualify for the quarterfinals, which will be played on Oct. 14 and 15. The four quarterfinal winners will then advance to the semifinals (Oct. 20 and 21), with the two winners advancing to the final to be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, from Stade de France.
Participating teams in this year’s Rugby World Cup include: New Zealand, France, Italy, Uruguay, Namibia (Pool A); South Africa, Ireland, Scotland, Tonga, Romania (Pool B); Wales, Australia, Fiji, Georgia, Portugal (Pool C); and England, Japan, Argentina, Samoa, and Chile (Pool D).
Following are the World Rugby men’s rankings heading into the tournament:
Former USA Rugby captain Dan Lyle and Alex Corbisiero, who played internationally for England, will serve as studio hosts. Lyle was the captain of Team USA in the 1999 Rugby World Cup and was also a member of the team in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Corbisiero represented England in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
In addition to all 48 matches of the 2023 Rugby World Cup streaming live, Peacock’s expansive programming offers the most live sports of any streamer in the United States, including live coverage of Sunday Night Football, Olympic Games, Premier League, Notre Dame Football, NASCAR, NTT IndyCar Series, Big Ten football, and much more. Peacock also offers daily sports programming on the NBC Sports channel.
For commercial establishments looking to show the 2023 Rugby World Cup, it is available through Peacock Sports Pass. Peacock Sports Pass offers commercial establishments in the US access to select events from Peacock’s exclusive live sports content library, including the Rugby World Cup, Premier League, Big Ten football and basketball, and much more. To subscribe or to find out more information about Peacock Sports Pass, click here.
How to Watch – Friday, September 8 – Sunday, October 29 (all times ET):
- Streaming: Peacock (LIVE), NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
- TV: CNBC (LIVE), NBC
2023 RUGBY WORLD CUP SCHEDULE
|Fri., Sept. 8||France v. New Zealand||3:15 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Sept. 9||Italy v. Namibia||7 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sat., Sept. 9||Ireland v. Romania||9:30 a.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Sept. 9||Australia v. Georgia||Noon p.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Sept. 9||England v. Argentina||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sun., Sept. 10||Japan v. Chile||7 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sun., Sept. 10||South Africa v. Scotland||11:30 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sun., Sept. 10||Wales v. Fiji||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Thurs., Sept. 14||France v. Uruguay||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Fri., Sept. 15||New Zealand v. Namibia||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Sept. 16||Samoa v. Chile||9 a.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Sept. 16||Wales v. Portugal||11:30 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sat., Sept. 16||Ireland v. Tonga||3- p.m.||Peacock|
|Sun., Sept. 17||South Africa v. Romania||9 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sun., Sept. 17||Australia v. Fiji||11:30 a.m.||Peacock|
|Sun., Sept. 17||England v. Japan||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Wed., Sept. 20||Italy v. Uruguay||11:45 a.m.||Peacock|
|Thurs., Sept. 21||France v. Namibia||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Fri., Sept. 22||Argentina v. Samoa||11:45 a.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Sept. 23||Georgia v. Portugal||8 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sat., Sept. 23||England v. Chile||11:30 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sat., Sept. 23||South Africa v. Ireland||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sun., Sept. 24||Scotland v. Tonga||11:30 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sun., Sept. 24||Wales v. Australia||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Wed., Sept. 27||Uruguay v. Namibia||11:45 a.m.||Peacock|
|Thurs., Sept. 28||Japan v. Samoa||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Fri., Sept. 29||New Zealand v. Italy||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Sept. 30||Argentina v. Chile||9 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sat., Sept. 30||Fiji v. Georgia||11:30 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sat., Sept. 30||Scotland v. Romania||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sun., Oct. 1||Australia v. Portugal||11:30 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sun., Oct. 1||South Africa v. Tonga||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Thurs., Oct. 5||New Zealand v. Uruguay||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Fri., Oct. 6||France v. Italy||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Oct. 7||Wales v. Georgia||9 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sat., Oct. 7||England v. Samoa||11:30 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sat., Oct. 7||Ireland v. Scotland||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sun., Oct. 8||Japan v. Argentina||7 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sun., Oct. 8||Tonga v. Romania||11:30 a.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sun., Oct. 8||Ireland v. Scotland||Noon||NBC*|
|Sun., Oct. 8||Fiji v. Portugal||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Oct. 14||Quarterfinal||11 a.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Oct. 14||Quarterfinal||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sun., Oct. 15||Quarterfinal||11 a.m.||Peacock|
|Sun., Oct. 15||Quarterfinal||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Fri., Oct. 20||Semifinal||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Oct. 21||Semifinal||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Fri., Oct. 27||Third Place Match||3 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Oct. 28||Final||3 p.m.||Peacock, CNBC|
|Sun., Oct. 29||Final||Noon||NBC*|