So today is the day.... The Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off

Rugby World Cup 2015: 

The 2015 Rugby World Cup is scheduled to be the eighth Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial rugby union world championship. The tournament will be hosted by England from 18 September to 31 October. Twickenham Stadium in London will host the final.

England was chosen to host the competition in July 2009, beating rival bids from Italy, Japan and South Africa. The competition's organisers, Rugby World Cup Limited, had recommended England to the International Rugby Board (IRB; now known as World Rugby).

Of the 20 teams competing at the 2015 World Cup, 12 of them qualified by finishing in the top three places in their pools in the 2011 World Cup. The other eight teams qualified through regional competition. Of the 20 countries that competed in the previous World Cup in 2011, there was only one change – Uruguay replaced Russia.

Venues

After England were appointed tournament hosts on 28 July 2009, the proposed stadia for the tournament were revealed. The final venues were confirmed, along with the tournament's schedule, on 2 May 2013. Twelve of the stadia are located in England, while the Millennium Stadium is in Wales. In 2011 the IRB approved the use of the Millennium Stadium, despite being outside of the host country, due to its capacity and strategic location. Of the thirteen venues, two are dedicated rugby union grounds (Kingsholm Stadium and Sandy Park), two are national rugby stadiums (Twickenham and the Millennium Stadium), two are multi-purpose stadiums (Wembley Stadium and Olympic Stadium), and the remainder are association football grounds.

England and Wales Group Games - All Live on ITV

18 September 2015 England  v  Fiji Twickenham StadiumLondon
20 September 2015 Wales  v  Uruguay Millennium StadiumCardiff
23 September 2015 Australia  v  Fiji Millennium StadiumCardiff
26 September 2015 England  v  Wales Twickenham StadiumLondon
27 September 2015 Australia  v  Uruguay Villa ParkBirmingham
1 October 2015 Wales  v  Fiji Millennium StadiumCardiff
3 October 2015 England  v  Australia Twickenham StadiumLondon
6 October 2015 Fiji  v  Uruguay Stadium mkMilton Keynes
10 October 2015 Australia  v  Wales Twickenham StadiumLondon
10 October 2015 England  v  Uruguay Manchester City StadiumManchester

Scotland Group games - 

19 September 2015 South Africa  v  Japan Brighton Community StadiumBrighton
20 September 2015 Samoa  v  United States Brighton Community StadiumBrighton
23 September 2015 Scotland  v  Japan KingsholmGloucester
26 September 2015 South Africa  v  Samoa Villa Park, Birmingham
27 September 2015 Scotland  v  United States Elland RoadLeeds
3 October 2015 Samoa  v  Japan Stadium mkMilton Keynes
3 October 2015 South Africa  v  Scotland St. James' ParkNewcastle
7 October 2015 South Africa  v  United States Olympic Stadium, London
10 October 2015 Samoa  v  Scotland St. James' ParkNewcastle
11 October 2015 United States  v  Japan KingsholmGloucester

Ireland Group Games - 

19 September 2015 Ireland  v  Canada Millennium StadiumCardiff
19 September 2015 France  v  Italy Twickenham Stadium, London
23 September 2015 France  v  Romania Olympic Stadium, London
26 September 2015 Italy  v  Canada Elland RoadLeeds
27 September 2015 Ireland  v  Romania Wembley Stadium, London
1 October 2015 France  v  Canada Stadium mkMilton Keynes
4 October 2015 Ireland  v  Italy Olympic Stadium, London
6 October 2015 Canada  v  Romania Leicester City StadiumLeicester
11 October 2015 Italy  v  Romania Sandy ParkExeter
11 October 2015 France  v  Ireland Millennium StadiumCardiff

We will be following the RWC throughout the 6 weeks of bone crunching tackles, high octane, free-flowing rugby and giving our thoughts and views as the tournaments unfolds. 

We hope that you are as excited as we are. Best of luck to all of the home nations. 

Posted by James on September 18th 2015

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