RUGBY WORLD CUP
The 2015 Rugby World Cup tournament runs from 18 September to 31 October 2015 in England and Wales.
Rugby World Cup
The Rugby World Cup started in England on 18 September 2015 with the final on 31 October. It promises to be as exciting as the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. We sure hope so! Although the opening England game was marred by refs stopages, an early upset of South Africa by Japan has certainly created a big stir and interest!
The All Blacks are the overwhelming 2015 World Cup favorites, at least according to betting sites UK, which give NZ the biggest winning odds through the board. England comes right after, so they are likely to put up a strenuous fight to try to snatch victory from the current cup holders, NZ. South Africa, Australia and Ireland are predicted to compete for a place in the semi-finals while France, Wales and Argentina are picked to see their dreams of victory crushed at the quarter-finals. Uruguay and Namibia are widely regarded as likely to come bottom.
Last time, the 2011 Rugby World Cup started in Auckland with the New Zealand vs Tonga game on 9th September 2011. 200,000 people swarmed the Auckland Waterfront to celebrate the opening. More celebrated in other cities and towns nationwide. 20 teams competed in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
There were some big upsets during the pool games - Ireland beating Australia, and Tonga beating France! Some sensational rugby from some of the minow teams with some close shaves for the other top teams too. Wales certainly gave South Africa a run too with a 17-16 result at final whistle (SA won).
So the Quarter final places were decided - South Africa, England, Argentina and Ireland had to go home. It was France vs Wales in one semi final and New Zealand vs Australia in the other. Both big matches between old rivals.
New Zealand and France met in the final on 23 October. Final result New Zealand 8 France 7. Congratulations to the All Blacks as the 2011 winners of the World Cup.