The wait is almost over, the Rugby World Cup is set to return to its roots. As hosts, much is expected from England. Under the stewardship of Stuart Lancaster, the Red Rose are playing a more attractive and expansive style of rugby which has seen them installed as second favourites to win the tournament – with New Zealand odds-on to defend their title.
However, there’ll be 19 other teams standing in the way of both sides and the coveted Web Ellis Trophy. Home Nations Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will all be expected to put on a good show. This really promises to be one of the most tightly contested World Cups ever.
Can Robshaw and co replicate the magic of 2003? There’s only one way to find out, follow every try, every tackle live on ITV. There are 48 games in total to sink your teeth into with live coverage and in-depth analysis on ITV and ITV4.
The opening game see’s England square up against Fiji at Twickenham (coverage begins Friday at 7:25pm on ITV with kick-off at 8pm). While the final takes place at the same venue on Saturday 31 October. You don’t have to miss a minute of the action.
ITV boast an impressive line-up to lead their coverage – a who’s who of Rugby legends. Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Jason Robinson and Sir Clive Woodward will all be pundits in the studio. The stellar names continue with George Gregan, Gareth Thomas and Brian O’Driscoll, Sir Ian McGeechan, Francois Pienaar, Sean Fitzpatrick, Michael Lynagh, David Flatman and England Women World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi the other pundits, while John Inverdale presents. Nick Mullins, Jon Champion, Miles Harrison, Martin Gillingham, Geordan Murphy, Scott Hastings, and Shane Williams will be commentating.
Be sure to tune in. This isn’t just a tournament; it’s a celebration of rugby.