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Ireland’s World Cup Sqaud


The Ireland coaching team have named their 31-player squad for the Rugby World Cup 2015 in England.


The squad is made up of 17 forwards and 14 backs and will be captained by Paul O’Connell, who is the most capped player in the group with 103 caps.

Two notable omissions in the backs are veterans Andrew Trimble, who has struggled with injury, and Gordon D’Arcy, who was set to retire after the Rugby World Cup.

The squad has a total of 1043 caps across the 31 players. Seventeen players will make their tournament debuts at Rugby World Cup 2015 – Darren Cave, Luke Fitzgerald, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, Chris Henry, Robbie Henshaw, Paddy Jackson, Dave Kearney, Ian Madigan, Jack McGrath, Jordi Murphy, Peter O’Mahony, Jared Payne, Richardt Strauss, Devin Toner, Nathan White and Simon Zebo.

Conor Murray and Eoin Reddan are the only two scrum-halves in the squad while Cian Healy is included despite having not featured in the warm-up matches due to injury.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt confirmed that the process of selecting the squad was a difficult one.

“The players have worked incredibly hard over the past two months,” he said.

“Sunday was a difficult and very long day for the coaching team and an anxious one for many players.

“There were some very tight decisions, particularly in the back three and it was also a challenge to make sure that key positions were covered as much as a squad of 31 players allows.

“A number of players were very unlucky to miss selection. We know from observing past World Cups that it’s important for us to keep track of their performances because some of them are likely to be involved in the tournament.”

Ireland are in Pool D alongside Canada, Romania, Italy and France. Ireland’s first game of the tournament comes against the Canadians at the Millennium Stadium Cardiff on September 19.

Ireland’s Rugby World Cup squad:

Forwards: Rory Best, Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Iain Henderson, Chris Henry, Jack McGrath, Jordi Murphy, Sean O’Brien. Paul O’Connell (c), Peter O’Mahony, Mike Ross, Donnacha Ryan, Richardt Strauss, Devin Toner, Nathan White

Backs: Tommy Bowe, Darren Cave, Keith Earls, Luke Fitzgerald, Robbie Henshaw, Paddy Jackson, David Kearney, Rob Kearney, Ian Madigan, Conor Murray, Jared Payne, Eoin Reddan, Jonathan Sexton, Simon Zebo

England World Cup Sqaud


Former rugby league star Sam Burgess has been included in England’s final 31-man squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup. 

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England head coach Stuart Lancaster has opted for Burgess and young Exeter Chiefs back Henry Slade ahead of Northampton’s Luther Burrell in his group of centres.

In the other close battles, George Kruis is in ahead of Dave Attwood, while Ben Morgan has held off a late charge from Nick Easter to make the final group. Kieran Brookes is in as the fifth prop ahead of Alex Corbisiero.

The 31-strong group of 17 forwards and 14 backs – drawn from eight Premiership clubs – will open their campaign against Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on Friday 18 September.

Lancaster said: “It’s really positive that we have such depth and options to choose from. Selection wasn’t easy and it is tough to leave anyone out but it’s important to stress that the players not in this group are still part of our wider squad and could come in at any point.

“After ten weeks in camp we have made our final selection of players and we believe we have a great group to take us into the tournament. With three weeks to go before we play Fiji we feel we are in good shape as we head into next Saturday’s game against Ireland.

“As the excitement builds around the tournament we are looking forward to the country getting behind England and we know this group of players will represent the nation with pride.”

England’s Rugby World Cup squad: Joe Marler, Mako Vunipola, Kieran Brookes, Dan Cole, David Wilson, Tom Youngs, Rob Webber, Jamie George, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, George Kruis, Geoff Parling, Chris Robshaw (c), Tom Wood, James Haskell, Billy Vunipola, Ben Morgan, Ben Youngs, Richard Wigglesworth, Danny Care, George Ford, Owen Farrell, Brad Barritt, Sam Burgess, Jonathan Joseph, Henry Slade, Jack Nowell, Anthony Watson, Jonny May, Mike Brown, Alex Goode.

A look at Rugby World Cup – Pool B




With 22 days to go before the start of the Rugby World Cup in England, Benedict Chanakira looks at Pool B of the World Cup which include the Springboks.



By: Benedict Chanakira (BC)



Bokkie 1


Group B

The group which is quite complex. The Samoans have the unknown factor, with the slanders managing to push the springboks all the way last World Cup.

There will be expectation the South Africans win the group. They are two time winners and will be able to match up and beat their opponents. South Africa are going to be wary of Samoa more than the Scots after they managed to be pushed all the way by the side.

The US and Japan are likely to face off each other for the elusive group win, while the Scotland-Samoa game will decide who makes the final 8.

South Africa- One of the favourites of the tournament. Don’t talk about the form guide, when you get into the heat of the World Cup, very few survive. The big question is; will the blend between the old and young players be enough to see the 2007 Champions go over the line again and claim their third World Cup?

No side in the World is better suited to Northern hemisphere conditions than the Springboks’ game which will need to be executed accurately. Under Meyer the Springboks have no managed to win the Rugby Championship and will do well to show their hand in the early stages. It is a fairly winnable group on paper.

However the game is not played on paper and the Boks will be hoping they do not suffer any injuries against the physical Samoans who they faced in 2011 and pushed them all the way. The most significant thing is the trust within the group is very strong, the reliance and hope that Fourie du Preez pulls through is strong.

From what I have seen, heard and had explained by an inside source means the legend number 9 will come out and deliver.

Key Player- Willie le roux. The mercurial Sharks player has the opportunity to play in the World Cup. He will be the key factor for the Springboks in attack and has managed to rescue them on several occasions in the dreaded NH conditions.

Look back to a clash against Scotland which so the man literally, singlehandedly dismantle the Scottish. Now Willie can be one of two things, brilliant on the day or woeful . Over to you Willie!

The big question- How will the Meyer’s four year tenure be defined? A high percentage and what else?

Samoa- They pride themselves in the physical aspect of the game of rugby. Samoa are also hard defenders with an aspect of the unorthodox attack.

Samoa have the ability to upset and with the Scottish and South Africans standing in their path this group could turn up being a lively fight. With this said they struggle to impose themselves over 80 minutes.

The Samoans have had a very good preparation and will be confident in their attack but if any of their opponents need any confidence, they must look at how Fiji exposed them in the Pacific Nations Cup!

Key Player- Tim Nanai-Williams. The Chiefs man will be one to watch. If there is any space and this man gets the ball it could be trouble for the opposition. With the size, power and speed in their side Tim’s added intelligence will bolster the side remarkably!

The big question- Will they prevail against the South Africans and Scottish?

Scotland- Inconsistent. The Scots have managed to be competitive and in most occasions but they have nothing to show for it. On any day with all their players fit the side can be counted.

They have a very balanced pack and with the additions of WP Nel and Josh Strauss who will add much needed quality and nous. Vern Cotter has added some quality to the side and it is paramount the Scots avoid the shame of 2011 and miss out on the quarter finals.

They have the ability to surprise and if anything they have been doing in their warm up games is to be taken seriously; one will realise on a good day a  full strength Scotland side could topple any of the teams in this group. They will need to beat South Africa or Samoa. Their bruising loose forwards could be the first step towards that as they continue to show their variety!

Key player- Dave Denton. The versatile loose forward will be keen to catch up on missed games. Scotland have massive depth in the loose forward department and with Denton amongst their ranks will do well to utilise the big ball carrier and exceptional defender who has a knack for big hits occasionally.

The big question- Can they be consistent?

What do they say? Alex Shaw; – ‘Five losses from five games in the Six Nations was a big blow to a Scottish side which seemed to be improving. They are unlikely to challenge South Africa in Pool B and will probably face off with Samoa for the runners up spot and a place in the quarter-finals.

That match could prove one of the most compelling at the RWC, but regardless of the outcome, this competition could be seen as one for development for Scotland, especially with young talents like Jonny Gray and Rob Harley in the squad.’

Japan- Will they have any Japanese born players? The Japanese league is flooding with International stars and I do doubt the quality of play there on occasion as time and time again stars return to Super Rugby or Test rugby a bit off the pace. It is believed to improve players and very few players have been proof of that.

The Japanese continue to improve and will also look to target the American game for a win. The benefit of having a Super rugby winner among their ranks in the form of Fumiaka Tanaka will help their case. Michael Leitch also has some experience playing for the Chiefs in Super rugby and also having a starring role.

Japanese players will be well conditioned and will have the fight right to the end. They showed impressive morale and silky backline play in 2011. They should be able to continue their preparations towards Rugby World Cup 2019 in this World Cup.

Key Player- Fumiaka Tanaka. Having the privilege to play with the best scrumhalf in the world will certainly improve the Japanese half back. Quick service, darting runs and despite being dim unitive Tanaka boasts a great pass and a sharp eye. The Japanese team will be looking to the man for some magic.

The big question- Will they be able to impose themselves physically?

USA- The Eagles are slowly getting the hang of the game. It is a great sight to see sides like New Zealand, England and Australia looking to tour and play a few games in the US.

The more exposure they receive, the more they will adapt and get used to the intensity. They face a huge task to make the quarter final but will do well to collect a win. They will probably focus on the clash against Japan who are fast improving.

Key Player- Chris Wyles. The Saracens player will be the focal point of the American attack. Their most capped full back he brings a wealth of experience to the Eagles. The Connecticut born player is a try machine as he managed to star for Saracens last season crossing the white wash 13 times.

The big question- Does Todd Clever still have what it takes to dominate?


South Africa & Scotland to progress (Samoa could make me regret this.) 



Argentina name Rugby World Cup Squad


LA PLATA, ARGENTINA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, the Argentina captain leads out his team during the Rugby Championship match between Argentina and the New Zealand All Blacks at Estadio Ciudad de La Plata on September 29, 2012 in La Plata, Argentina.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
LA PLATA, ARGENTINA – SEPTEMBER 29: Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, the Argentina captain leads out his team during the Rugby Championship match between Argentina and the New Zealand All Blacks at Estadio Ciudad de La Plata on September 29, 2012 in La Plata, Argentina. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The Pumas managed to lose 26-12 to South Africa in what was a trial for some of the players. In this squad there are twelve players under the age of 23 for the Pumas, who if they struggle at this World Cup, could be a bigger threat come 2019.

Average age / caps in 2007 ARG RWC squad for tight five – 30 yrs / 27 caps ;2011 – 29  years old  / 26 caps and in 2015 – 25 years old  / 19 caps.

Argentina Rugby World Cup squad

Forwards: Matthias Alemanno, Marcos Ayerza, Agustin Creevy, Matias Diaz, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, Mariano Galarza, Ramiro Herrera, Facundo Isa, Thomas Lavanini, Juan Manuel Leguizamón, Paul Matera, Julian Montoya, Lucas Noguera, Javier Ortega Desio, Guido Petti Pagadizabal, Leonardo Senatore, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.

Backs: Horacio Agulla, Marcelo Bosch, Cordero Santiago, Thomas Cubelli, Jerónimo de la Fuente, Lucas González Amorosino, Santiago González Iglesias, Juan Martin Hernandez, Juan Imhoff, Martin Landajo, Matías Moroni, Nicolas Sanchez, Juan Pablo Socino, Joaquín Tuculet.

Meyer could be in until 2019!




So reports suggest Meyer could be in the Springbok hot seat until Rugby World Cup 2019. The news has been prominent since last season and has surfaced once again this year at a time which is the toughest in Heyneke Meyer’s tenure.

This is not new, Springbok coaches always feel the heat before the World Cup and this is nothing new. The call if true could be the right one. South Africa are definitely not ready for a foreign coach and the uproar from the politicians could further complicate the life of that man.

A look around the local fraternity and you are likely to not find any candidates as well that are ripe enough. Meyer has only been bettered as a coach by only three other stalwarts as Springbok coach.

Meyer has selected 17 players of color in his tenure and managed to bring in several exciting young players over the years. He was pivotal in the transforming of the Blue Bulls a few years ago and a further four years could be a step in the right direction for the Springboks despite his recent results.

This is something that has benefited New Zealand in a continuation of a coaching set up. Meyer is one of the best coaches in the country, if not the best.

The clock is ticking…



The deciding week in the Rugby Championship. South Africa will go into the last test having all but secured third spot on the log unless they succumb to a shock loss. Will Pieter-Steph du toit feature in the fourth game with the former Sharks lock having managed to get a few minutes against the Lions in the warm up game. The giant lock was impressive, dominant at lineout time, solid in defense and had a great break to cap off a decent night on the park. One has to hope he will feature for the Springboks and manage to get the same chance as Lood de jager had (missed most of the rugby this year but managed to step up in a Test match) and take it. The match against Argentina will be an opportunity for Meyer to have a look at several more options and it would be even better to try out some combinations. Will Jean de Villiers get the opportunity to win back his jumper? Had the skipper been fit the Springboks would not have been privileged to have Damien and Jesse in the midfield. That in itself is a positive from a fan’s perspective. His injury that is. What I do know is that Jean’s leadership will be the most important asset the Springboks get this week. It will be time for the skipper to prove the doubters wrong and step up to the plate; question is for who? Jan Serfontein is also believed to be recovered and all of a sudden Meyer has the difficult task of picking not just a squad but a best XV.

Argentina will present a physical onslaught and will require the very best from our player; our forwards more so. With Jannie and Francois Louw it will be an opportunity for several players to get a shot at the 31 man squad.


It is also expected Fourie du Preez and Willem Alberts more importantly will be back and a decision whether they will feature will be made later in the week. They are likely to receive much needed game time as they look to be ready for the England show piece. All hopes of the Springboks final showing will be on the shoulders of the returning stars. Argentina will not only be two dead rubber tests but they will tell Bok fans where exactly they stand with the World Cup on the horizon. The Springboks have managed to improve every game this year but it’s not good enough to dominate games over 60 minutes only. Goodness, even Wales have managed to perfect that art. They have managed to dominate against every powerhouse side but still lost. At the end of the day it counts for nothing! The next two weeks will be pivotal for all four nations. It will be the performance that is needed for Argentina and South Africa while Australia and New Zealand will be aiming for the crown. Will New Zealand be able to make it 19 from 21 win in the Rugby Championship? Will they claim every Rugby Championship title since its inception?

A funny story in somewhat has popped out of the New Zealand camp with the All Blacks looking to take their innovation levels to a new level by taking two half backs only to the world Cup. That would mean, take Aaron Smith and TJ Perenara and have Colin Slade cover the third slot. Why? Steve believes it could allow the All Blacks to take more back line options to the World Cup. This is something the men in black are considering, it looks like they were impressed by the Highlanders five-eighth Lima Sopoaga. Only time will tell if Colin Slade will actually be considered an option in this position. With Hooper cleared to face the All Blacks it will be an interesting match this weekend. It would also good be good to see the All Blacks give Beauden Barrett a run at Fly half and they could also throw in Patrick Osborne into the cauldron with the persistent injury to Cory Jane. With Steve Hansen believed to be willing to gamble on Nehe Milner-Skudder who was battling with a rib injury in one of the two tests against Australia. The All blacks are looking solid going into the World Cup and have the most balanced and assured side.

Australia may need to work on several aspects of their game such as their kickers who all have been shocking. The Australian scrum has improved but it will not worry their Pool A opponents who will see some creeks in that pack. A positive for the Wallabies will be the return of Kane Douglas. They are in desperate need of second row reinforcement as they will likely call on James Horwill this weekend with the injury to Rob Simmons.  The countdown to Rugby World Cup 2015 continues, and there will be a lot more questions answered in the next few weeks.

Ruggaworld chats to Romanian star Andrei Radoi









Romania will be at the Rugby World Cup in 2015. They will feature a few new faces but will aim to make a difference once again. A few great tries in 2011 saw them gain some new fans. Benedict Chanakira managed to chat to Andrei Radoi who is one of the Romanian stars.

BC – Hello Radoi Andrei, how are you?

AR – I am well thank you.

BC – Who is Radoi Andrei?

AR – Right now a tired Romanian international. *chuckles* It has been a great few days in camp. I play rugby for the Timisoara Saracens.

BC – Growing up, who was your favourite player?

AR – The New Zealand legend, Kevin Mealamu.

BC – How has your domestic season gone?

AR – I got the opportunity to play in the English National 1 league. I was at the Ealing Trailfinders and we got promoted to the Championship. I then signed a deal with the Romanian Timisoara Saracens. They are part of the Saracens Global network.

BC – Tell us about rugby in Romania, how is it?

AR – Its growing and holds a strong tradition among the locals. We have qualified in all the Rugby World Cups and that is a huge achievement for us. We are proud of it.

BC – How is the World Cup preparations coming?

AR – The preparations are going well and it has been 10 days since we started. We have 10 more days of camp to go. We have lots of work to do but we are getting there slowly to be as prepared as we can for the World Cup.

BC – Who do you feel is the best rugby player in the World?

AR – Richie McCaw

BC – What do you think can be done to further develop rugby in Romania?

AR – Have the children fall in love with the game. To have them also watch the sport will go a long way.

BC – What is your favourite TV Series?


BC – What music do you listen to?

AR – I enjoy the local Romanian music. it is very good.



Mehrtens expect All Blacks to defend World Cup


All Blacks legend Andrew Mehrtens has predicted that RWC 2015 will be the biggest and best tournament yet. All Blacks legend Andrew Mehrtens won just about every honour there is to win in the game – except a Rugby World Cup winner’s medal.


Twice the fly-half suffered disappointment on the biggest stage of them all, in 1995 and 1999, as the All Blacks failed to justify their pre-tournament favourites’ tag.

As reigning champions and the number one ranked team in the world, a status they have enjoyed for over five years, Steve Hansen’s men will be expected to do what no other side has done and successfully defend the Webb Ellis Cup when the Rugby World Cup kicks off later this year – even if their past European campaigns have ended prematurely.

Mehrtens, though, says the competition is tougher now than it ever was in his glittering 70-cap career and predicts that any one of five teams can realistically win the tournament, with a few shocks thrown in along the way.

“I think they (The All Blacks) are definitely good enough to defend their title, whether they will or not is obviously another matter,” he said. “The great thing is that it is going to be a genuine World Cup; there are a lot of teams going in there who will have a lot of confidence.

“Teams like Australia aren’t traditionally short of confidence. At the moment they have been living through a pretty lean period in their rugby in terms of the trans-Tasman rivalry with the All Blacks but they are still very dangerous and have a lot of good players.

“South Africa clearly have history on their side and have big strong guys and every motivation to do well.

“I think playing at home – and the resources they can put into their rugby – makes England a huge threat. The club scene there is really advancing in terms of the player’s skill levels and there’s more of an attacking attitude, and that can only help the national team.

“Then you’ve got to look at Ireland and how well they’ve been doing lately. They have shown a lot of cohesion and passion, as you’d expect from Ireland, but it is being very well channelled at the moment under Joe Schmidt.

“You can never count the French out, maybe not over three games from the quarters through to the final, but on their day they can beat anyone.

“I think it is going to be the best tournament ever and thankfully I’m going to be over in the UK following it for two months.”


Having missed out in 1991, the All Blacks returned to the northern hemisphere eight years later with high hopes and heavy hype.

“We landed in Heathrow on ‘NZ1’, which had our front row emblazoned on the front of the plane. It was exciting times,” Mehrtens recalls.

The profile of the tournament then, though, was nothing compared to that enjoyed by RWC 2015, where all manner of records from TV broadcast figures to tickets sold are expected to be broken.

“In the 16 years since I last played in it the World Cup has grown and grown,” said Mehrtens.

“A huge amount of Kiwis will be coming across to the mother country, it is a chance for them to not only support the All Blacks – hopefully right through to the final – but also be a part of what I’m sure will be a sensational event.”

Namibia going to England 2015


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Namibia Rugby

At the beginning of a gripping day, the Namibians were outside hopefuls at best to qualify for the RWC, but Zimbabwe’s 28-10 win against Kenya, denying the Kenyan’s a losing bonus point, while failing to secure a bonus point of their own, left the door ajar for the seasoned Rugby World Cup campaigners. 

Source:   Breaking News 

Namibia, going into the final day of the 2014 C.A.R Division 1A Champions in Antananaravivo, 3rd on the log ran out on the field and knew they had to win Madagascar with a bonus point by scoring more than 4 tries and have a points difference in the match of 53 points.

Determined to finish the tournament in first place, Namibia demolished  Madagascar 89-10 which saw them book a fifth successive  place at the RWC and also be crowned African Champions 2014.

As the dust settled in Antananarivo, Zimbabwe emerged as the team who will progress to the Repechage where they will play Russia for a place in the Repechage Final. 

The results also broke Kenyan hearts. Kenya looked certain to progress at least to the Repechage at the beginning of the day, having defeated Namibia earlier in the round-robin competition, but were left to rue what might have been. 

At the end, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Kenya all finished on 10 points, but Namibia claimed the title by virtue of having a superior points difference (+76 compared to Zimbabwe +49 and Kenya +23). CAR President Aziz Bougja pointed to the strides that African nations are making on the world stage. He said: “We have witnessed one of the most compelling, and certainly the most dramatic African Cups of recent times, which really does underscore the continued progress that our Unions are making.

The CEO of the Namibia Rugby Union, Sybrand de Beer had the following to say: “It is indeed a huge achievement to qualify for the RWC, but the way the guys did it today was outstanding. After losing the first game and winning the second game without a bonus point, we had to hope Zimbabwe win Kenya and no one score any bonus points in their match on the final day.

That happened and we still had a chance to qualify for the RWC if we were able to beat Madagascar by earning a bonus point and have a points difference of 53 points. Before the match this almost seemed impossible to do for most people, but the team climbed in and played like a team that wanted to qualify for the RWC and make their country proud.

They achieved the goal before the first 40 minutes of play by leading 63-0 at halftime. That is a sign of the character of the team and exclaim the enormous talent we have in this team. I am a very proud man today and want to thank all the support the team and NRU received from the sponsors, spectators, government, SARU and the IRB.

This was a team effort and everyone played a part. Lastly but most important, I want to thank our heavenly Father for the way He helped us this week. A lot of people prayed non stop this week and He once again did not let us down. All glory to Him.”

R12k for RWC final ticket


_46123226_wcuptrophy_pa226Ticket prices for the 2015 Rugby World Cup final in England will range from £150 to £715, organisers announced on Wednesday.

The match at Twickenham on October 13 will begin at 21:00 SA time, with group games ranging from 13:00 to 21:00, quarter-finals taking place at 15:00 or 18:00, and semi-finals kicking off at 18:00.

Organisers England 2015 have announced that over one million of the total 2.3 million tickets will go on sale at £100 or less, with 500 000 retailing for £50 or less.

Ticket prices for adults will begin at £15, with £7 tickets available for children at 41 of the 48 matches.

“Our key priority is ensuring we give the teams a balanced and equitable schedule, which we believe we have achieved,” said England 2015 chief executive Debbie Jevans.

“We have consulted with all our transport providers, our venues and host cities and we feel that we have put together a schedule that takes into account all of the needs of our stakeholders.

“Now that fans have the final piece of the jigsaw, they can start to plan their tournament, be it in stadia or watching from home, and make this a truly memorable celebration of rugby.”

The first batch of tickets, numbering around 500 000, will be distributed in May via clubs affiliated to the Rugby Football Union, with tickets going on general sale the following September.

Gatland marks RWC 2015 countdown


Two years from tomorrow the IRB Rugby World Cup will kick-off in England and Wales.

By:Luke Broadley WRU National Squad Media Manager

Wales head coach Warren Gatland is predicting an exciting two years ahead as the countdown begins to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Rugby’s showpiece tournament will kick-off two years today (September 18th) with eight of the competition’s matches, including two quarter-finals, to be played at the Millennium Stadium.

It will be the fourth time Cardiff welcomes the Rugby World Cup to Wales after staging matches in 1991, hosting the 1999 tournament and staging four matches during the 2007 competition which was hosted by France. Wales will play two of their pool matches at the Millennium Stadium and Gatland is looking forward to welcoming the World Cup to Wales.

“It’s an exciting time with the World Cup just two years away,” said Gatland. “There is a lot of rugby to play before but we will be working hard in the build-up as we have some unfinished business in the competition.

“We are in a tough group alongside England and Australia but from our experiences the tougher the better as if you make it out of the group you are in a good position for the knock-out stages. It’s fantastic that the Millennium Stadium has eight games and the atmosphere in Cardiff will be great and we are really excited about playing two of our pool games in front of our home supporters.”

Welsh Rugby Union Group Chief Executive Roger Lewis said: “The prospect of the Rugby World Cup coming back to the Millennium Stadium is great for Welsh rugby and great for Wales. Wales will have hosted RWC matches more times than any other nation in the rugby world, playing significant parts in 1991, 1999, 2007 and now hosting eight matches, including two quarter-finals, in 2015.

“As well as welcoming Wales for two fixtures, the stadium will be hosting some of the world’s other top rugby nations including Australia, New Zealand, France and Ireland. This feast of rugby action will deliver a huge economic boost to Welsh rugby and Wales and allow us to showcase the very best of our nation to the rest of the world.

“It has been an extraordinary year for Welsh rugby and after the success of our Rugby World Cup 2015 bid, which was won after three years of hard work and collaboration with our friends at the Rugby Football Union.”

The Rugby World Cup is one of the world’s biggest sporting events with a global TV audience in excess of four billion. There will be a total of 48 matches played, with 20 nations competing over 44 days, and the Millennium Stadium will host six pool phase matches and two quarter-finals at RWC 2015;
September 19 Ireland v Canada
September 20 Wales v Play-Off Winner
September 23 Australia v Oceania 1
October 1 Wales v Oceania 1
October 2 New Zealand v Europe 1
October 11 France v Ireland
October 17 Quarter-final 1; Winner Pool C v Runner-up Pool D
October 18 Quarter-final 3; Winner Pool D v Runner-up Pool C

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The World’s Schools in Union


Ruggaworld today launches an exciting Facebook campaign whereby we ask school kids and coaches and parents from around the world to post a picture of their first team rugby jersey on our Facebook page.

We will then compile a ‘digital quilt’ from all these thousands of jerseys, that we will donate to the IRB in the hope that they can print a giant Billboard to celebrate the 2015 World Cup.

We today ask that you, our readers, get the ball rolling and get as many jerseys loaded up here:

You can do so by telling anyone you know about this campaign and by tweeting and facebooking about it. The campaign will run until February 2015 and we hope to get at least 5000 pictures of jerseys loaded up!

You can help us achieve that and help us create something truly unique. We thank you in advance for your support!

Boks draw Samoa (again), Scots for RWC 2015


The Springboks were drawn with Samoa and Scotland in Pool B for the Rugby World Cup in 2015. The Pool Allocation Draw took place in London on Monday afternoon.