Which TV Channel to Follow Your Next Rugby World Cup Bets?
by Steve Ashfield | by François Boulogne
The 2023 Rugby World Cup pool stages reach an exciting climax in the next few days. We'll soon know the quarter-finals line-up with several places yet to be determined. There are some excellent games to bet on featuring countries such as Ireland, Scotland, Fiji, New Zealand, Italy, Argentina and Japan. Find out more on this page about what lies ahead for us.
Go to ITV For All the Rugby World Cup Action
From October 5 to 8, all eyes will be on the Rugby World Cup. We've seen some great games so far and some that were just totally one-sided. Now we're at the stage where quarter-finalists will be determined. If you're in the UK, then you need to watch ITV and ITVX to see the games live. Those channels do not require a subscription. If you can't see those games, don't forget our Sportytrader Livescore page which contains live text commentary and continually updated statistics. All there to help you with your bets.
Don't Miss Ireland v Scotland
On Saturday October 7, Pool B has the match of the weekend. The pool is topped by defending world champions South Africa who have earned 15 points from their four games. Ireland are in second place, a point behind the Springbok with Scotland a further four points adrift. Ireland are the number one ranked team in the world and have already beaten South Africa in this pool. Scotland lost to the Springboks but their Rugby World Cup hopes aren't over yet.
If they can win this match at the Stade de Francais,then a place in the last eight is theirs and this is a great match to bet on. Our betting experts will be previewing every single match of this tournament.
France Edging Towards the Last Eight
It's almost unthinkable but France could be knocked out of the Rugby World Cup on October 6. Well that's what the mathematic calculations say anyway as Les Blues take on Italy at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais. They have won all three of their games so far and who can forget their brilliant opening victory over New Zealand? Wins against Uruguay and Namibia have followed, the latter being an astonishing 96-0 win.
They face Italy in their final pool match and the Italians are third and only three points behind their opponents. A win will see them qualify for the last eight for the first time in their history. Read our betting tips on this game to see just how our experts feel about this great game. The day before this match, New Zealand take on Uruguay and if winning that game, France will need to beat Italy to win the pool. An exciting weekend lies ahead of us.
A Great Weekend for Fiji?
Not since 2007 has Fiji made it into the last eight of the Rugby World Cup. That 16 year wait could well come to an end this weekend. They are third in Pool C, a point behind Australia and four behind Wales. They began this tournament with a loss to Wales but since then have been in top form with a win over Australia and then last weekend defeating Georgia.
A win on Sunday October 8 against Portugal (who are bottom of the pool and already eliminated) at the Stadium de Toulouse will take them into the quarter-finals. That will mean the end of the road for Australia. If that does happen, it'll be the first time that the Wallabies have failed to get out of their pool. Fjji could even finish top of the pool if Wales (already qualified) fail to get a point against Georgia on Saturday October 7.
Pressure on Argentina
Finally, let's look at Pool D where England are the table toppers after three games. They are already in the last eigth and end the pool with a match against Samoa on October 7 at the Stade-Pierre-Mauroy. Samoa are fourth in the group but a surprise win and a draw between Argentina and Japan without any bonus points being earned would see them make an unlikely quarter-final appearance.
The big match this weekend is on October 8 as Japan face Argentina. The Pumas are in second place ahead of Japan but both sides have nine points. Argentina lost to England in their opening game but have since had victories over Samoa and Chile. Japan have also had those results so all eyes will be on the Stade de la Beaujoire to see just who will come out on top and reach the last eight. It's going to be a thrilling weekend of rugby, so follow it all on Sportytrader.