Today all 20 teams competing in the 2015 Rugby World Cup are here and they are ready to kick off.
They’ve been flying in over the last week with Fiji the first to arrive on September 9th. All the teams are basking in the British Autumn weather preparing for the battles they face in the coming 6 weeks.
In 2003 when England won the RWC against Australia in Australia is a moment every Englishman remember, Jonny Wilkinson’s drop kick that sank Australia in the closing seconds to clinch Martin Johnson’s side they first RWC win in history, it put Rugby firmly back on the map for much of Great Britain. Being a Leicester Tigers fan, I had the chance to visit their Welford Road stadium and have my picture taken with the Webb Ellis Cup. It was a wonderful feeling as a rugby fan and a great experience to be a part of.
12 years on, the Cup is coming back to the UK where it will once again war will rage across the country for the chance to be Rugby World Champions.
For a sport born out of a small Warwickshire Town called Rugby, it has become a British staple of playing fields all over the country. But as a sport, Rugby is been played all over the world. The conception of the Rugby World Cup in 1987 has seen major powerhouse of the Rugby world claim glory, except France, but we won’t dwell on that! Scotland and Wales are no small contenders and the Wales vs England matches have been a national past time in recent years.
The current and first ever world champions – New Zealand, also known as the All-Blacks always incredible to watch. South Africa and Australia who have also both won the Rugby World Cup twice are on top form, England on home soil hope to join each of these with their own double while France who have been runner’s up a record 3 times, will be hoping to end that streak.
13 stadiums around the country will host 54 games over the next 6 weeks and that spirit of the 2012 London Olympics is coming back to the Great Britain.
Where can you find out about the tournament?
The official website is the best resource – http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/
Where can you watch the games?
In the UK it is being shown on ITV but you can see here where it is being shown around the world.
We also have fanzones in the UK which people can visit and soak in the atmosphere. Details of them are here.
Can I still buy tickets?
Have a look here – there seem to be some still available (18/09/15)