Rugby World Cup 2015

18 September – 31 October

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Prepare for a rich cacophony of Swing Lows, hakas, bone-jarring hits, and glorious tries: the 2015 Rugby World Cup is upon us!

It’s been four years since New Zealand lifted the Webb Ellis trophy in Auckland, banishing the demons of World Cups gone by and lifting the famous cup for the first time since 1987 – the year of the first ever Rugby World Cup. Now it’s England and Cardiff’s turn to host, with the final returning to Twickenham for the first time since 1991, when Australia edged out England to take the title.

These two familiar foes will do battle again in Pool A this year – cheerfully called the ‘Pool of Death’ thanks to Wales also being there! – but before that, the whole thing kicks off with England playing Fiji on Friday 18 September in the event’s grand opening ceremony at Twickenham.

That will be exciting enough, but after that expect thrills, spills, players dropping the pill and a few mouth-watering fixtures. Look out for the bookies’ tournament favourites the All Blacks facing Argentina at Wembley. Keep your eyes peeled for South Africa v Samoa at Villa Park. Marvel at France against Ireland at the Millennium Stadium. Watch in awe as South Africa and Samoa careen into each other. Kick back and watch as any of the action from Pool A unfolds.

It promises to be a spectacular event, laced with unpredictability. After all, at every World Cup there are shocks. Remember Samoa beating Wales in 1991? How about Argentina beating France twice in 2007 to finish the tournament in third place? We all recall the French tripping up the All Blacks in 1999 and 2007, don’t we?

The party doesn’t stop, either. With teams coming to the UK from Canada to Uruguay, Tonga to Japan and the mighty Eastern European forces of Romania and Georgia, this is a global celebration that spans from Exeter to Newcastle.

So follow us here at Rugby World. We’ll keep you updated on all the action – the shocks and the spankings – with all the news, analysis, reports, videos, and photos you need as you keep up with the runners and riders. Stick with us throughout what promises to be the biggest and boldest World Cup to date.

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