Rugby World Cup 2019 schedule - New Zealand dates, times

Every four years comes the tournament that brings New Zealand to a halt, dominating kitchen chat at work and providing the basis for endless amounts of small talk - the one and only Rugby World Cup.

This edition sees the William Webb Ellis Cup heading to Japan - 'The Land of the Rising Sun' - where the four-hour time difference is relatively accommodating for Kiwi viewers.

You'll certainly be looking at a few late ones on a school night, but surely that's a price worth paying to follow the All Blacks quest for an historic third-straight title - or whatever other side you may be invested in.

As far as the defending champions go, their pool fixtures will be spread across four locations - Yokohama City, Oita Prefecture, Tokyo, and Toyota City.

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Rugby World Cup 2019 schedule
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The first stop comes in Yokohama City, where the All Blacks begin their campaign with undoubtedly their toughest contest of the pool rounds against old foes South Africa on Saturday, September 21 at 9:45pm (NZT) in Yokohama City.

They'll then enjoy a long 11-day layoff, before taking on Canada on Wednesday, October 2 at 11:15pm in Oita Prefecture. Start working angles on your boss ASAP for a late start the next day.

A quick four-day turnaround follows, before they square off with minnows Namibia on Sunday, October 6 at 5:45pm in Tokyo. Time it for your Sunday roast.

Finally, the All Blacks head to Toyota City to battle Italy on Saturday, October 12 at 5:45pm to round out their pool schedule.

Barring any unprecedented upset - the likes of which would constitute a national disaster - the men in black would then advance to the quarter-final stage, as either the winners or runners-up of Pool B.

From there, you'll need refer to your fandangled new wall guide. Give it pride of place on your fridge or in your office cubicle.

Oh, and enjoy the rugby.


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