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YOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO THE RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015

With the much anticipated Rugby World Cup, the third largest global sporting event, on the way we thought we’d give you some facts to ensure you can keep up with all the Rugby talk that will inevitably take over the news, social media and pub chats in the coming weeks!

  • For the first time since 1999the Rugby World Cup returns to the UK (with England and Wales sharing hosting duties)
  • The tournament begins on Friday 18th September with England vs Fiji
  • Rugby World Cup 2015 is on track to be the biggest RWC to date following an increase in ticket capacity to 45 million.
  • 48 gameswill be played in total between 20 teams at 13 venues across the UK including the Olympic Stadium.
  • It is the eighthRugby World Cup.
  • New Zealandare the reigning champions and firm favourites to win for a record third time with England and South Africa not far behind them!
  • England, particularly, are a threat to the All Blacks’ chances of winning having the advantage of playing in front of the home crowd.
  • For those looking for a dark horse, theIrish have been the best side in Europe for the last couple of years.
  • Twickenham, the Home of England Rugby, will host 10 of the matches including the final on Halloween. Twickenham has a capacity of 82,000and is the largest dedicated Rugby Union venue in the world.

Also here are some facts about the home teams!

England

Automatically qualified as hosts and their world ranking is 4th.

World Cup Record
1987 Semi-finals
1991 Runners-up
1995 Fourth
1999 Quarter-finals
2003 Winners
2007 Runners-up
2011 Quarter-finals

Coach
Stuart Lancaster took over from Martin Johnson and has encouraged a hard-working ethic with discipline prized above all else. 

Did you know?
England hold the record for most drop-goals in the history of the RWC, 20. That’s seven more than any other side with 14 of these coming from the infamous Jonny Wilkinson (remember 2003!?).

Wales

Wales finished second in their 2011 World Cup pool to qualify for 2015, ranking 5th in the world.

World Cup Record
1987 Third
1991 Pool
1995 Pool
1999 Quarter-finals
2003 Quarter-finals
2007 Pool
2011 Semi-finals

Coach
New Zealander Warren Gatland, who also led the successful British and Irish Lions tour to Australia in 2013, has been coach since 2007.

Wales’ George North holds the record of youngest ever try scorer at a RWC, when he scoredtwo off the bench against Namibia in 2011 aged 19 years, 166 days.

Scotland

Finished third in their 2011 pool, which meant they were eliminated from the competition but automatically qualified for this World Cup.

World Cup Record
1987 Quarter-finals
1991 Fourth
1995 Quarter-finals
1999 Quarter-finals
2003 Quarter-finals
2007 Quarter-finals
2011 Pool

Coach
Kiwi Vern Cotter took over last year after an eight-year spell at Clermont.

Scotland hold the joint record for most penalty goals scored in a Rugby World Cup match, Gavin Hastings notched up eight against Tonga in 1995.

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Information from the Telegraph 10th June 2015 – Rugby World Cup 2015: everything you need to know in 100 seconds

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