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Japan vs Russia live stream: How to watch Rugby World Cup 2019 opening fixture online and on TV

Harry Latham-Coyle
Japanese fans gesture: AP

Japan and Russia kick off the 2019 Rugby World Cup today.

Six weeks of exciting rugby all starts here with the hosts against one of world rugby's minnows to kick things off in earnest.

They will go toe to toe in the capital city Tokyo on Friday morning.

It promises to be an exciting occasion and not one to be missed.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the big kick-off:

When does the tournament start?

The opening match follows the opening ceremony, with hosts Japan opening the tournament against Russia on Friday 20 September.

The match will start at 11:45 BST.

Where can I watch in the UK?

You can watch each game on ITV, while Indy Sport will have you covered with live blogs if you're on the move or at your desk. You can also stream the game on mobile devices and on your computer via the ITV website.

The Rugby World Cup begins on Friday (Getty)

Who is playing and what are the pools?

There are 20 teams competing in Japan and they are divided into four pools, with the top two progressing to the quarter-finals.

Pool A: Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, Samoa

Pool B: New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Namibia, Canada

Pool C: England, France, Argentina, United States, Tonga

Pool D: Australia, Wales, Georgia, Fiji, Uruguay

The favourites

New Zealand 5/4

South Africa 4/1

England 4/1

Ireland 9/1

Wales 9/1

Australia 12/1

France 33/1

Argentina 40/1

Scotland 50/1

Japan 150/1

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