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SABC will broadcast these 16 Rugby World Cup matches.
Images via Twitter: @sabcsport/ @springboks

Rugby World Cup details: SABC viewers can watch THESE 16 matches

Here are all the details of the Rugby World Cup matches you can expect to watch on SABC, including dates and times and the channel…

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SABC will broadcast these 16 Rugby World Cup matches.
Images via Twitter: @sabcsport/ @springboks

The Rugby World Cup is officially here, and according to the SABC, it is accessible to many South Africans. This means that many non-DSTV subscribers will be able to watch the tournament – and the Springboks defend their title.

But while there are snags thanks to load shedding, limited viewing, and Multichoice’s decision to omit Open View subscribers, the deal has brought hope to many SA households.

According to the SABC, they secured the rights with the help of partners Hollywoodbets and South African Breweries.

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In a brief statement on Thursday, 7 September, the SABC announced that it would broadcast 16 out of 48 matches in the Rugby World Cup.

The public broadcaster struck a last-minute sub-licencing deal with Multichoice.

According to the statement, SABC will air “a total of 16 matches may be broadcast by the SABC, including the opening ceremony and opening match, all matches that the Springboks participate in, two quarterfinal matches, one semifinal, the bronze final, the final and the closing ceremony”.

The public broadcaster added that should the Springboks not make it to the finals; they will still honour their agreement.

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According to the Rugby World Cup site, 48 matches will played between 8 September and 28 October in nine stadiums around France.

Springboks vs. Scotland
2019 Rugby World Cup Champions, The Springboks. Photo: SA Rugby website

SABC 2 will broadcast 16 out of the 48 matches,

They will include all four matches played by the Springboks.

Here is a list of confirmed matches:

Friday, 8 September: France vs New Zealand at 21:15 (Opening match)

Sunday, 10 September: SA vs Scotland at 17:45

Saturday, 17 September: SA vs Romania at 15: 00

Saturday, 23 September: SA vs Ireland at 21:00

1 October: SA vs Tonga at 21: 00

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Two quarter-final matches TBC (possible dates 14 and 15 October)

One semi-final TBC (possible dates 20 or 21 October)

One third-place play-off : 21:00 on Friday, 27 October 2023

The final match: 21:00 on Saturday, 28 October 2023