The Rugby World Cup 2023 is on the horizon. The tenth edition of the biggest rugby union competition will take place across eight venues in France, from 8 Sep. to 28 Oct. in 2023.
Ireland Rugby team has participated in every Rugby World Cup since the inaugural tournament 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.
With the Rugby World Cup 2023 going underway in less than a month, it’s time to learn where you can watch the matches live. RTE and Virgin Media hold the Rugby World Cup broadcasting rights in Ireland.
Here we have you covered with a detailed watching guide about how to watch the Rugby World Cup in Ireland on TV and live stream online.
Which Channel Will Broadcast the Rugby World Cup 2023 in Ireland?
The Irish fans won’t miss a single action of this year’s Rugby World Cup. RTE and Virgin Media have the joint-broadcasting rights and will provide exclusive live coverage throughout the tournament.
- Virgin Media
RTE and Virgin Media are two broadcasting giants in Ireland. Fans can watch the Rugby World Cup on RTE and Virgin Media in Ireland.
Fans can watch all 48 matches live on TV through RTE and Virgin Media channels.
RTE will provide exclusive live coverage of 25 matches, including two of Ireland’s Pool Stage matches: Ireland vs Tonga on 16 Sep. at 8:00 pm BST, and Ireland vs South Africa, on 23 Sep. at 8:00 pm BST.
Moreover, RTE will broadcast Ireland’s semi-final match, should they reach, and the Rugby World Cup 2023 Final.
You can watch RTE on your TV through your cable TV network or satellite TV plan.
Virgin Media channels will provide exclusive live coverage of 24 matches, which include the Rugby World Cup 2023 final, Ireland’s quarter-final match (should they qualify), and two of Ireland’s Pool Stage matches:
Ireland vs Romania, on 9 Sep. at 2:30 pm BST, and Ireland vs Scotland, on 7 Oct. at 8:00 pm BST.
You can watch Virgin Media channels on your TV through your cable TV network or satellite TV plan.
How to Stream Rugby World Cup Live in Ireland
- RTE Player
- Virgin Media Player
RTE Player is the streaming home for all of RTE, meaning fans can enjoy the Rugby World Cup 2023 live stream on RTE Player.
Download the app from your app store and stream the matches according to the schedule.
Moreover, fans can watch Virgin Media channels online using the Virgin Media Player. Hence, the Rugby World Cup live stream in Ireland will be available on the Virgin Media Player.
Ireland Rugby World Cup 2023 Schedule
In this year’s Rugby World Cup, Ireland will play four matches in Pool B against South Africa, Scotland, Tonga, and Romania. Here are the dates and times in BST.
Ireland vs Romania
- Saturday, 9 September, 2:30 pm
- Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
Ireland vs Tonga
- Saturday, 16 September, 8:00 pm
- Stade de Beaujoire, Nantes
South Africa vs Ireland
- Saturday, 23 September, 8:00 pm
- Stade de France, Paris
Ireland vs Scotland
- Saturday, 7 October, 8:00 pm
- Stade de France, Paris
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