Rugby fans around the world are already looking forward to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. It is the first time in the event’s history that it will take place outside the traditional heartland of the sport, and the first time it will be held in Asia.
The 6-week tournament will kick off on September 20 and will finish with the final on November 2 in Yokohama Stadium. The fixtures will be played in twelve stadiums around Japan, providing rugby fans.
Japan 2019 will be the ninth Rugby World Cup and we have the perfect guide to have you ready, plus some events kindly sponsored by Heineken for the day…
Rugby Day Nutrition 101
Many players and coaches are big supporters of loading up on carbs and protein the night before watching a big game. Lucky for all you, fanatic rugby heads we have
you sorted … dig into our mouth-watering hefty, protein-packed burger with fries… mmm, yummy.
As for hydration, enjoy an ice-cold Heineken to wash it down.
Hydration is key so make sure upon awakening you head straight to one of our bars showing the matches and grab a juice or coffee while you look over the menu.
BREAKFAST, BALLS, AND BANTER
Make sure to consume plenty of protein and carbohydrate-heavy foods to keep you fuelled for the day such as our Irish Breakfast. Which includes everything you will need to be the best supporter on the day.
This should be a small meal to stock up on top of breakfast and to compliment your beer. Try our special house nachos. They will leave you replenished and ready to hit your support stance.
Grab your beer, get in position and COYBIG!
Rugby World Cup 2019 Fixtures
Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, Samoa
Fri 20 Sep Japan v Russia (Tokyo), 11.45am
Sun 22 Sep Ireland v Scotland (Yokohama), 8.45am
Tue 24 Sep Russia v Samoa (Kumagaya), 11.15am
Sat 28 Sep Japan v Ireland (Shizuoka), 8.15am
Mon 30 Sep Scotland v Samoa (Kobe), 11.15am
Thu 3 Oct Ireland v Russia (Kobe), 11.15am
Sat 5 Oct Japan v Samoa (Toyota), 11.30am
Wed 9 Oct Scotland v Russia (Shizuoka), 8.15am
Sat 12 Oct Ireland v Samoa (Fukuoka), 11.45am
Sun 13 Oct Japan v Scotland (Yokohama), 11.45am
New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Namibia, Canada
Sat 21 Sep New Zealand v South Africa (Yokohama), 10.45am
Sun 22 Sep Italy v Namibia (Osaka), 6.15am
Thu 26 Sep Italy v Canada (Fukuoka), 8.45am
Sat 28 Sep South Africa v Namibia (Toyota), 10.45am
Wed 2 Oct New Zealand v Canada (Oita), 11.15am
Fri 4 Oct South Africa v Italy (Shizuoka), 10.45am
Sun 6 Oct New Zealand v Namibia (Tokyo), 5.45am
Tue 8 Oct South Africa v Canada (Kobe), 11.15am
Sat 12 Oct New Zealand v Italy (Toyota), 5.45am
Sun 13 Oct Namibia v Canada (Kamaishi), 4.15am
England, France, Argentina, USA, Tonga
Sat 21 Sep France v Argentina (Tokyo), 8.15am
Sun 22 Sep England v Tonga (Sapporo), 11.15am
Thu 26 Sep England v USA (Kobe), 11.45am
Sat 28 Sep Argentina v Tonga (Osaka), 5.45am
Wed 2 Oct France v USA (Fukuoka), 8.45am
Sat 5 Oct England v Argentina (Tokyo), 9.00am
Sun 6 Oct France v Tonga (Kumamoto), 8.45am
Wed 9 Oct Argentina v USA (Kumagaya), 5.45am
Sat 12 Oct England v France (Yokohama), 9.15am
Sun 13 Oct USA v Tonga (Osaka), 6.45am
Australia, Wales, Georgia, Fiji, Uruguay
Sat 21 Sep Australia v Fiji (Sapporo), 5.45am
Mon 23 Sep Wales v Georgia (Toyota), 11.15am
Wed 25 Sep Fiji v Uruguay (Kamaishi), 6.15am
Sun 29 Sep Georgia v Uruguay (Kumagaya), 6.15am
Sun 29 Sep Australia v Wales (Tokyo), 8.45am
Thu 3 Oct Georgia v Fiji (Osaka), 6.15am
Sat 5 Oct Australia v Uruguay (Oita), 6.15am
Wed 9 Oct Wales v Fiji (Oita), 10.45am
Fri 11 Oct Australia v Georgia (Shizuoka), 11.15am
Sun 13 Oct Wales v Uruguay (Kumamoto), 9.15am
Where to watch the match you ask?
With our bars being name-dropped in articles written by ‘Lovin’Dublin’ and ‘The Irish Times’ with mentions like “best bar to watch the match” and “best bar to spend the day” we can assure you you’re heading to the right place when roaring on the boys in green with us.
It’s never too early for rugby, breakfast, and banter so we are opening a few of the
bars for the earlier Irish Games.
Bruxelles, The Old Mill, The Pennyhill, The Roost, Laurels, Palmerstown House, and An Poitin Still will have their doors open, ready to welcome you, diehard fans and serving a hearty breakfast to boot.
Keep watch… We’re sending our very own rugby correspondent over to Japan to Keep us in the know throughout the Rugby World Cup!
Lunch and drinks Stopped into this lovely bar for drinks lunch and a spot of rugby last Sunday. What a lovely experience . The staff were absolutely excellent friendly chatty and recommending what to eat from the menu. I even got a present of a hat to bring with me to Country to country festival in 3 Arena. Food was very good and prices were reasonable. Will be back to visit again soon X highly recommend this place !!!!!
Outstanding Service and Food! For our evening meal, we made a reservation at the Grand Central Café Bar. We were intrigued by the pictures that we saw on their website. It is housed in an old bank - steeped in history right on O’Connell Street. Our server, Joseph, went out of his way to make us feel especially welcome and attended to our every want and need. He was truly the consummate waiter.My husband started with a Dubliner, 10-year old, Irish Single malt whiskey. Then, we enjoyed a bottle of Paul Mas Merlot – very smooth and drinkable. For our entrees, I had the Lamb Shank that came with mashed potatoes, carrots and broccoli. I just love lamb shanks; so, I was in my element. My husband savoured the Atlantic salmon with mashed potatoes and broccoli. We were intrigued by what we thought were onion rings, but turned out to be just fried onion straws. They were crispy and good. For dessert, he chose the Baileys Irish Cream Cheesecake. It was truly a decadent way to end a delicious meal! Our total bill was € 77.
Great value and service Called in at Grand Central on a busy Saturday evening and a table was quickly made available for us by friendly front of house staff. The food was super good value for money and there was a good selection of beers at the bar. We both ordered lamb shank (€15) and it was really tasty. The staff were excellent, you could see how busy it was in the bar/restaurant area but they were all very attentive and friendly.