Rugby World Cup 2015

The 8th Rugby World Cup is set to kick-off on 18th September with England against Fiji and continues until 31st October. This year, it’s being hosted by England, with the final taking place at the Twickenham Stadium in London.

If you’re new to the world of rugby then you may be wondering what the deal is with the Rugby World Cup? Well, put simply, it’s the greatest prize in rugby and one of the world’s most admired competitions! It is controlled by World Rugby and takes place every four years. The first World Cup was in Australia and New Zealand in 1987, when 16 teams contested for the title. The competition has since grown and now 20 teams compete for the coveted Webb Ellis Cup, which was apparently named in honour of the sport’s founder William Webb Ellis, well so folklore says anyway.

This year there are four pools: pool A groups Australia, England, Wales, Fiji and Uruguay; pool B has South Africa, Samoa, Japan, Scotland and the USA; pool C sees New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga, Georgia and Namibia set against each other; while pool D groups France, Ireland, Italy, Canada and Romania. The matches are taking place in various cities across England, including London, Cardiff, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham, Leeds, Leicester, Gloucester, Exeter, Milton Keynes and Brighton, meaning that there is ample opportunity to catch a match or two. However, those in the UK who don’t manage to make a game can also catch up on all the action on ITV, who won the rights to show all the matches. Other television networks around the globe are also broadcasting the matches live.

Love rugby but can’t go to the World Cup matches? We still have a limited number of packages available for the RBS 6 Nations matches taking place in Italy, including Italy v England and Italy v Scotland.

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