Head for the Rugby World Cup try line: Where to watch the RWC in SA

Clubs, quads and offices around the country are logging their bets as the Rugby World Cup live in Japan is well underway.  

The much anticipated 2019 Rugby World Cup event started on Friday, 20 September and the final will be played on Saturday, 2 November - so with 48 games to enjoy, South Africans who love rugby - and even those who are not so into it - are getting ready for the fun.

But what will make this favourite national pastime even more fun as we aim to be in the final is catching the action in an environment that also offers great food and perfect viewing facilities.  So grab your chinas and head on over to one of these spots on local turf to watch the RWC.

Don't forget, you can always head on over to Sport24 for all the RWC action on the go.  

READ: The ins and outs of travelling around Japan for the Rugby World Cup 2019   

The official BOKTOWNS

The matches will be officially screened at these venues and for just R30, you can activate your Boktown membership and get a free beer, alcoholic or soft drink upon arrival. Click here to book ahead

  • Gold Reef City, Johannesburg
  • Black Rock, Newcastle
  • The Ridge, Witbank
  • Emnotweni Casino, Nelspruit
  • Garden Route, Mossel Bay
  • Goldfields Casino, Welkom
  • Weiveld, Pretoria
  • Quay Four, Cape Town
  • Suncoast Casino, Durban
  • Silverstar Casino, Krugersdorp
  • Montecasino, Johannesburg 

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Other legendary superfan spots

Barney’s Tavern - Port Elizabeth 

Barney’s Tavern is going all out for the RWC. Go early to secure a table with a good view of the big screens, and pocket on their specials. Check out their Bok Fan Packages and enjoy a few Springbokkie shots plus their famous snack Rugby Basket. 

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Molly Malone’s, Joburg

Head to this Fourways spot to catch all the rugby action and support our Boks all season long. With a mini fan park, delicious burger and beer specials, lots of loud cheering and spirit like you haven’t experienced, you’re sure to have a great time. They’ll be screening all of the 2019 Rugby World Cup games, and will be standing proudly to sing our anthem for the Springboks. Booking a table is essential, so call them on 011 467 8052 beforehand.

The Lounge at Melrose Arch, Joburg

Watch all the rugby action at Melrose Arch! Make your way to The Lounge on the Piazza and catch all the Springbok games live on the big screen. And if you’re in need of a refreshing ice-cold one, sit back and relax at the sophisticated pop-up bar-cum-lounge. Space is limited; drinks are for your own account and no alcohol will be served to under 18s. The Lounge is open from 10:00 to 14:00 for the South African games, as well as the semi-finals and final.

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Cafe Caprice - Cape Town 

An institution in its own right! Enjoy the rugby games while overlooking the very popular camps bay beach while enjoying their spectacular menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner options with great vibes and gorgeous people. Cafe Caprice will be open from 11am from Monday - Sunday. 

The Toads – Cape Town

There are three ‘Toads’ in the Cape; the Toad In The Village in Noordhoek, the Toad On The Road in Lakeside and the Toad & Josephine in Newlands. The owner, ex-Springbok Bob Skinstad says, “If you’re not in the stands, there’s no better place to watch the game” and we won’t argue with Bob. 

Forester's Arms (Forries) - Cape Town Foresters Arms has been going for more than 150 years and they've perfected the art of serving superfans. These guys are equipped with the best TV's, the best food, the best drink and the

Hudsons - Cape Town

A favourite amongst many, Hudsons will be serving up their incredible menu of burgers, pizzas as well as vegan offerings, nationwide. In addition, they will be open from 11am for all the big games (normally only open at 12) and they will be running incredible promotions in-store. Hudsons will be open from Monday - Saturday, 11am - 10pm. 

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DropKick Murphy's - Durban 

Only the Irish can maybe keep up with South Africans when it comes to parties, and the two come together at Dropkick Murphy's - Durban's premier Irish pub. It has enough TVs to get everyone riled up for the kick-off of the big event and an after-work Happy Hour to wash your worries down with a good ol' Guinness. Their kitchen is also open at all kinds of ungodly hours for the late-night party revellers.

 Beach Bums - Durban

Enjoy Durbz year-round warm weather at Beach Bums - where you can support your favourite team right on the beach. Their slogan perfectly encapsulates the mood - "where life is forever chilled" - and although it's family-friendly during the day, at night the party island DJs take over.

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