RTÉ Sport will televise 14 live matches from Rugby World Cup 2019, including all of Ireland’s matches, the knockout stages and a daily highlights show.

RTÉ and eir sport have reached a sub-licencing agreement between the two broadcasters in relation to Rugby World Cup 2019.

Today’s announcement sees RTÉ secure TV rights to broadcast 14 live matches. This will include all of Ireland's games, all knockout stages and the final, as well as 16 nights of highlights.

Joe Schmidt's team are among the favourites to win the tournament next autumn in Japan after a historic first win on home soil over New Zealand on Saturday.

As the primary rights holder eir sport will broadcast all 48 games live, including all of Ireland’s matches, and a daily highlights show.

RTÉ’s 14 live games and 16 nights of highlights will be broadcast free-to-air on RTÉ2 and also on RTÉ Player live and on-demand. Beginning with Ireland v Scotland, all of Ireland’s pool games will be broadcast live as well as all knockout and final placing matches including the final on Saturday 2 November.

Declan McBennett, group head of RTÉ Sport said: "The Rugby World Cup looks set to be a very exciting tournament next autumn and we are delighted to come to this agreement with eir sport to ensure that Irish audiences have a free-to-air front row seat to such significant games including all of Ireland’s games, the knockout stages and the final, on TV and online."

Susan Brady, managing director of consumer and small business at eir commented: "We are delighted to have come to this agreement with RTÉ which again shows the changing nature of the sports broadcasting landscape in Ireland where we’re happy to work together to give Irish sports fans the best possible choice and content.

"We’re really looking forward to the Rugby World Cup and fans won’t miss a single minute of the action live from all 48 games on eir sport including every Ireland game and the knock out stages."

Follow Ireland v USA via our liveblog on RTÉ.ie/sport and the News Now app, watch live on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player or listen to live commentary on RTÉ Radio 1 this Saturday (kick-off 6.30pm)