All Blacks kick off 2019 Rugby World Cup against Springboks

Rugby World Cup 2019: New Zealand begin title defence against South Africa

Ireland handed quick turnaround against two toughest group opponents at 2019 Rugby World Cup

Asia's first Rugby World Cup takes place from 20 September to 2 November 2019. 2 tournament on Thursday, exactly two years out from the tournament final in Yokohama.

The All Blacks celebrate their 2015 World Cup win. "The recent evaluation report has stated categorically that "any of the three candidates could host a successful World Cup", added the former deputy prime minister and Ireland global. South Africa has won the sport's showcase tournament twice, including a famous 15-12 win over New Zealand in Johannesburg in 1995.

It means, after their opener with Scotland which will be one of the crucial games in determining first place in the group, Ireland will have just Monday to Friday to recover ahead of their battle with the host nation who have a kinder eight-day turnaround before the Irish game, having played a nicer opening fixture too.

The 2019 tournament will be the first held outside the traditional rugby-playing countries as the game seeks to broaden its global reach.

In Japan for Saturday's Test at Yokohama's International Stadium, which will host the World Cup final, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said the team would be well prepared with scouts already looking into the different locations.

Besides the thunderous clash between the All Blacks and Springboks‚ day two sees two-time champions Australia take on Fiji and three-time runners-up France against Argentina. France, a three-time finalist, will face Argentina in their opening match in what could be a decisive match for group standings.

Warren Gatland's Wales, meanwhile, come up against improving Georgia on September 23 in Tokyo.

"Brett Gosper, chief executive of World Rugby, said the schedule was created to maximise rest days and minimise travel time, calling it the "most balanced schedule" for teams in a bid to prioritise performance and competitiveness".

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, speaking in Seattle, reportedly said there was a risk that games in South Africa would be played in "half-empty stadia".

Tickets will go on sale in phases starting January 19th 2018, with some 1.8 million tickets expected to be available for the 48 matches.

After a 2015 World Cup schedule that made a mockery of the smaller nations, World Rugby vowed to bring some sort of balance to the time between each match at Japan 2019.

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