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Rugby World Cup final to start an hour early


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Article Published: Saturday 3 May 2014


Rugby World Cup organisers have announced that the next Rugby World Cup final in England next year will kick off an hour earlier than previously scheduled as well as several other changes.

England 2015 chiefs said the final at Twickenham, the national rugby stadium in south-west London, would now kick-off at 4pm local time (1600GMT) on October 31 instead of 5pm, with all Twickenham quarter-finals and semi-finals also starting an hour earlier.

In a statement, England 2015 said,"Following further consultation with international broadcasters changes to the schedule have been agreed, delivering earlier evening kick-off times for attending fans and a stronger global broadcast platform for rugby's showcase event."

All pool matches that were scheduled to kick-off at 5pm local time (1600GMT) will now begin at 4:45pm (1545GMT).

There are further changes, with France's match against Italy on September 19 now at 8pm (1900GMT) and South Africa's game on the same day kicking off at 4:45pm (1545GMT).

Wales's game on October 1 is now at 4:45pm (1545GMT) with France's match against Canada later in the day in Milton Keynes, north of London, now at 8pm (1900GMT).

Clocks in the UK go back one hour from British Summer Time to GMT on Sunday, October 26.

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