Fewer than 90 minutes after finally seeing off Georgia in a stuttering final Pool D match, the Australia players piled on to the team coach then drove through the night to the coastal town 85km south west of Tokyo to see out the worst of Typhoon Hagibis in familiar and comfortable surroundings. Despite pundits questioning everything from coach Michael Cheika's selection and gameplan to the players' handling skills and discipline, Kerevi insists spirits could not be higher in camp. The outside-centre pointed out that Australia stuck to their expansive, ball-in-hand strategy despite the torrential rain and gusting wind. This is basically home for us, being here is awesome. We understand you can't tell a typhoon to go away.
Gathering them is the tricky part. Unfortunately, not all of us have put enough pennies away to make the trip to the Land of the Rising Sun but at least we have our televisions. Given a number of broadcasters will be broadcasting games and not all of them are showing every single game, a little studying is required to ensure you can crawl out of bed late and be in front of the box on time for kick-off.
Since Eir Sport won the rights for the tournament, the state broadcaster will only broadcast 14 games this year. That's because they have a sub-licensing agreement with Eir but, importantly, they will be showing all of Ireland's games. In addition, they will host all four of the tournament's quarter-finals, both semi-finals and the third-place play-off and final.
The station already showed live coverage of the opening game of the tournament between Japan and Russia and they will also have coverage of France's third game in Pool C against Tonga.
However, if you want to watch the rest of the pool games you will need to look elsewhere. Advertisement What other broadcasters are showing games?
Eir Sport are showing all games from this year's competition. ITV will also show the majority of the games, though a few of the games including tier 2 nations have been demoted to ITV4. What pundits will be appearing across the various channels?
Conor Morris and Liam Toland will be the main commentary team. Hugh Cahill and Donal Lenihan will make-up the main commentary team.
Alan Quinlan will also feature on commentary. How do I access the ITV channels? However, subscribers do have access to ITV4.