- The Rugby World Cup kicks off over the weekend with hosts Japan taking on Russia on Friday
- The highlight of the weekend takes place on Saturday when favourites All Blacks face the Springboks
- SABC has confirmed that it will not cover any of the games as it seems the public broadcaster could not afford the rights
Rugby fans are licking their lips as the World Cup finally kicks off over the weekend.
This year's tournament is one of the most highly anticipated due to the strong competition between the leading teams.
The tournament should commence with a bang following the opening ceremony as hosts Japan face Russia.
However, this will only be an appetiser as the highlight of the weekend takes place on Saturday as New Zealand take on South Africa.
The mighty All Blacks head into the tournament as favourites once again, but the Springboks are the dark horses and enter the competition on a high.
The matches will be broadcast on SuperSport, but the SABC has confirmed that it will not cover any games on TV or radio.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the national broadcaster may not have been in a position to afford the TV rights.
Jacaranda FM reported that SABC spokesperson, Vuyo Mthembu, confirmed that cost was the key factor.
The weekend's fixtures:
Friday 20 September
Japan v Russia - 12h45
Saturday 21 September
Australia v Fiji - 6h45
France v Argentina - 9h15
New Zealand v South Africa - 11h45
Sunday 22 September
Italy v Namibia - 7h15
Ireland v Scotland - 9h45
England v Tonga - 12h15
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