Ireland will take on Romania today to play their first game in the 2023 Rugby World Cup. The Pool B match will be at Stade de Bordeaux, on Saturday, 9 September, at 3:30 pm local time. Three of the world’s top-five countries – Ireland, South Africa, and Scotland – will go head-to-head in Pool B.
Here you can follow the Ireland vs Romania Rugby World Cup live stream, date, kick-off time, head-to-head, and how to watch on TV.
- Rugby World Cup 2023
- Ireland vs. Romania | Pool B
- Date: Saturday, 9 September 2023
- Kick-off Time: 3:30 pm local time (GMT+2) / 2:30 pm BST / 9:30 am ET
- Venue: Stade de Bordeaux, France
Ireland vs Romania Line-Ups
Ireland XV: Keenan; Earls, Ringrose, Aki, Lowe; Sexton (c), Gibson-Park; Porter, Herring, Furlong; McCarthy, Ryan; Beirne, O’Mahony, Doris
Replacements: Kelleher, Loughman, O’Toole, Henderson, Van der Flier, Murray, Crowley, Henshaw
Romania XV: Simionescu; Onutu, Tangimana, Tomane, Manumua; Vaovasa, Rupanu; Harting, Cojocaru, Gordas; Motoc, Iancu; Rosu, Neculau, Chirica (c)
Replacements: Bardasu, Savin, Gajion, Iftimiciuc, Ser, Conache, Boldor, Gontineac
Ireland have a perfect winning record against Romania, winning all 9 matches dating back to 1986.
The European sides met three times in the Rugby World Cup, in 1999, 2003, and 2015. Ireland scored over 40 times in all three matches.
How to Watch Ireland vs Romania Rugby World Cup on TV?
Ireland vs. Romania match in the RWC 2023 will be available live on ITV1 in the UK. In Ireland, fans can watch the match live on Virgin Media.
The live coverage will begin at 2:00 pm BST before the kick-off at 2:30 pm BST.
Fans can watch the Rugby World Cup matches on NBC in the United States. In Australia, fans can watch Rugby World Cup games on Stan Sport, and on Sky Sports NZ in New Zealand.
Here are the official TV and live-streaming broadcasters of the Rugby World Cup 2023 in different territories.
|Country||TV Channel||Live Stream|
|USA||NBC||Peacock, FuboTV, Sling|
|France||TF1, M6, France TV||MYTF1|
|New Zealand||Sky Sports NZ, Prime||Sky Go|
|Australia||Stan Sport, Nine||Stan App, 9Now|
|South Africa||SuperSport||DStv App|
|Ireland||RTE, Virgin Media||RTE Player|
|Italy||Sky Sports, RAI||Sky Go|
Ireland vs Romania Live Stream Free
Today’s Ireland vs Romania Rugby World Cup match live stream will be available on ITVX for free in the UK.
Here are the live-streaming options in different territories.
- UK: ITVX
- USA: Peacock, FuboTV, Sling Blue
- New Zealand: Sky Go
- Italy: Sky Go
- Australia: Stan App
ITVX is the streaming home for all of ITV, meaning fans can enjoy the Rugby World Cup 2023 live stream on ITVX.
You can easily download the app from your app store. You can watch ITVX for free, or buy a premium subscription for £5.99 a month or £59.99 a year. ITVX Premium lets you watch ad-free and download shows to your mobile device.
Peacock will provide the live stream of all 48 matches of the Rugby World Cup in the USA.
To access all of the content Peacock has to offer, you can sign up for a Peacock Premium subscription at $5.99 a month (+tax) or $59.99 per year (+tax).
Cord cutters can watch the Ireland vs Romania RWC match live stream on NBC through FuboTV. The FuboTV pro pack comes at $74.99 per month and offers a 7-day free trial.
World No. 1 Ireland will look for a favorable start in a difficult Pool B
The Six Nations Grand Slam winners Ireland came into the Rugby World Cup as the World’s No. 1 ranked team. The Oaks are handed a favorable start with their first game against minnows Romania, with Tonga to come next.
The difficult Pool B also includes the reigning world champions South Africa and Scotland, with only two spots available for the quarter-finals.
Ireland will look for a perfect star this evening. Ireland Rugby team has participated in every Rugby World Cup since the inaugural tournament in 1987, reaching quarter-finals in all but two tournaments.
Four years ago in the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Ireland’s Rugby World Cup journey ended in the quarter-finals, following their 46-14 defeat to New Zealand.
Romania have returned to the Rugby World Cup after missing out on the qualification four years ago.