Rugby World Cup

Saturday, 1 October 2011, 5:30AM – 11:58PM

Rugby World Cup 2011 fixtures: Saturday 1 – Friday 7 October. 

Saturday 1 October: 0530 – 0800 



Saturday 1 October: 0800 – 1130 


It’s one of the most anticipated match ups of the group stages as six nations rivals England and Scotland meet in Pool B. England took the spoils 22-16 in the Calcutta cup at Twickenham earlier this year, but it’s all to play in Auckland with quarter final spots up for grabs. Steve Rider is joined in the studio by Sean Fitzpatrick, Lawrence Dallaglio and Thom Evans with commentary from Nick Mullins, Phil Vickery and Scott Hastings. 


Sunday 2 October: 0030 – 0305 


Craig Doyle introduces live coverage of the Rugby World Cup Pool B clash between Argentina and Georgia. Argentina were narrowly beaten by England in their opening match, but still hoped to be in contention for a quarter-final place going into their final Pool match with Georgia. 


Sunday 2 October: 0305 – 0530 


Craig Doyle is joined by former New Zealand World Cup winner Sean Fitzpatrick plus Gareth Thomas and Thom Evans for the All Blacks’ final Pool A match against Canada. The host nation and pre-tournament favourites will want to enter the knockout stages on the back of a good performance as they step up their bid for only their second World Cup triumph 


Sunday 2 October: 0530 – 0800 


Wales end their Pool D fixtures against Fiji hoping to avenge their defeat to the Pacific Islanders at the same stage of the tournament in 2007, and seal a place in the 2011 Rugby World Cup quarter finals. Steve Rider is joined by Gareth Thomas, Michael Lynagh and Girvan Dempsey in the studio. 


Sunday 2 October: 0800 – 1100 


Italy stand between Ireland and top place in Pool C after their famous win over Australia eased their path to the quarter finals. Steve Rider presents, with former Ireland international Girvan Dempsey, Gareth Thomas & Michael Lynagh providing the expert analysis. Commentary is from Nick Mullins and Alan Quinlan. 


Saturday 8 October: 0530 – 0800 


Steve Rider presents live action from the Rugby world cup. It’s the quarter final stage and 8 teams remain in the hunt to lift the William Webb Ellis trophy.

Saturday, 24 September 2011, 4:15AM – 12:00PM

Here are the Rugby World Cup 2011 games: Saturday 24 to Friday 30 September. 


Saturday 24 September: 6-9.10am 


Steve Rider is joined by Lawrence Dallaglio and Sean Fitzpatrick for live coverage of England’s pool B game against Romania in Dunedin. Martin Johnson’s men are firm favourites, but they will be wary of a Romanian side who gave Scotland a run for their money on the opening weekend. With commentary from Nick Mullins. 


Saturday 24 September: 9.10am-12pm 


It’s the most eagerly awaited clash of the pool stages as the hosts New Zealand take on their bogey side France. The French shocked the rugby world in 1999 when they famously dumped the All Blacks out of the competition and they repeated the trick at the Millennium Stadium in 2007. Steve Rider presents live coverage of this group A game with analysis from Lawrence Dallaglio, Sean Fitzpatrick and Francois Pienaar. Kick off at 9.30am. 


Sunday 25 September: 5.30-8am 


Craig Doyle presents live coverage of Ireland’s penultimate Group C match with World Cup debutants Russia in Rotorua. Brian O’Driscoll and Co cannot afford any slip-up as they look to close in on a place in the quarter-finals. Commentary from Simon Ward. Kick off at 6am. 


Sunday 25 September: 8-11am 


Argentina provide the opposition for Scotland as Andy Robinson’s men continue their Pool B campaign. Steve Rider is joined in the studio by former Scotland international Thom Evans, Francois Pienaar & Girvan Dempsey. Nick Mullins provide the commentary in Wellington. Kick off at 8.30am. 


Monday 26 September: 7.15-9.30am 


Craig Doyle is joined by guests Gareth Thomas and Francois Pienaar for coverage of Wales against Namibia in Pool D. The Welsh suffered opening game heartache against the South Africans, but will be looking to get maximum points today against a Namibian side whose star player, Jacques Burger, turns out for Saracens in the Aviva Premiership. With commentary from Martin Gillingham. Kick off at 7.30am.

Friday, 9 September 2011, 8:30AM – 11:30AM


Friday 9 September: 8.30am – 9.15am 

The 2011 Rugby World Cup begins in Auckland with the traditional opening ceremony as New Zealand welcomes the world back to the country, after hosting the first ever competition in 1987. 

Steve Rider presents coverage of the event, and is joined by three World Cup winners in Sean Fitzpatrick, Francois Pienaar and Lawrence Dallaglio. 


Friday 9 September: 9.15am – 11.30am: New Zealand vs Tonga 

Steve Rider presents coverage of the opening match of the Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Tonga, as the All Blacks look to justify their favourites tag and win the Webb Ellis Trophy on home soil. 

Also in the studio are 3 World Cup winners – New Zealand’s Sean Fitzpatrick, South Africa’s Francois Pienaar and Lawrence Dallaglio, a winner with England in 2003.

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