The SABC will not be broadcasting the Rugby World Cup. Photo: Armand Hough/African News Agency(ANA)

Cape Town - The South African Broadcasting Commission (SABC) has on Monday confirmed that it will not broadcast any matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup that are expected to be held in Japan.

According to a tweet by SABC sportscaster Thabiso Mosia, SABC could not reach an agreement with Multichoice/SuperSport over rugby broadcasts. 

MultiChoice owns both TV and radio rights.

The tournament is set to get underway on Friday when hosts Japan face Russia. The much-anticipated clash between the Springboks and the All Blacks takes place on Saturday.

The news was met with dismay from rugby fans who shared there displeasure on twitter.