Host Nation : England
Dates: 18 September 2015 – 31 October 2015
No. of Nations : 20 (102 qualifying)
The 2015 Rugby World Cup is held from 18 September to 31 October 2015 in England and is the eighth Rugby World Cup in the rugby union world championship. The final match will be conducted in Twickenham Stadium in London. In July 2009, England was decided to conduct the match and beating competitor bids from:
Including England, these three countries offered formal bids to conduct the tournament. This is being suggested by the competition's organizers to the International Rugby Board (IRB). On 28 July 2009, the result of this match was released by Bernard Lapasset at IRB headquarters. He worked as a chairman of RWCL (Rugby World Cup Limited).
The International Rugby Board desires that any member unions wishing to host this match or the 2019 Rugby World Cup should express their interest by 15 August 2008. This would be purely to indicate interest; no details had to be provided at this stage. In 2015 and 2019 events, ten unions expressed formal interest in hosting. Those unions are:
In 2008, Argentina had noticed as having given preliminary consideration to bidding, but did not show any interest in bidding. The above 10 nations expressed normal interest but suddenly many of them withdrew their candidacy in 2009. For the first time Jamaica was withdraw its candidacy. Then Russia also withdrew its candidacy for 2013 Rugby World Cup. In spring 2009 Australia and Ireland withdrew because of financial issues. Next in April 2009, Scotland also withdrew its candidacy because they were unable to maintain co-hosting partners for this competition. Wales was the last nation to formally pull out after they failed to submit a bid by 8 May 2009. But Wales participated in some games and those will be conducted at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.
For the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the final nations are:
These Four selected bids were a record number for the Rugby World Cup. On 28 July 2009, the International Rugby Board (IRB) decided two things those are:
The IRB voted 16–10 to the benefit of accepting the proposal from Rugby World Cup Ltd (RWCL) that both England and Japan should be named as hosts.
|Number of Teams||20|
|Region||Worldwide (International Rugby Board)|
|Holders||New Zealand (2011)|
|Most Titles||New Zealand (2 titles)
Australia (2 titles)
South Africa (2 titles)
|Pool A||Pool B||Pool C||Pool D|
|Year||Total attendance||Matches||Avg attendance||% Change||Stadium Capacity||% of Capacity|
|Gate receipts (M £)||--||--||15||55||81||147||131|
|Broadcasting (M £)||--||--||19||44||60||82||93|
|Sponsorship (M £)||--||--||8||18||16||28||29|
Most points scored in a single match: 145 - New Zealand (145 – 17) Japan in year 1995, 142 - Australia (142–0) Namibia in year 2003 and 134 - South Africa (134 – 3) Uruguay in year 2005
Biggest winning margins in a single match: 142 - Australia (142–0) Namibia in year 2003, 131 - South Africa (134 – 03) Uruguay in year 2005 and 128 - New Zealand (145 – 17) Japan in year 1995
Most tries in a single match: 22 - Australia vs Namibia in year 2003, 21 - New Zealand vs Japan in year 1995 and South Africa vs Uruguay in year 2005
Most overall points in final stages: 277 - England's Jonny Wilkinson in year 1999, 2003, 2007,2011 and 227 - Scotland's Gavin Hastings in year 1987, 1991, 1995
Most points in a Rugby World cup: 126 - New Zealand's Grant Fox in year 1987, 113 - England's Jonny Wilkinson in year 2003 and 112 - France's Thierry Lacroix in year 1995
Most points in a match: 45 - New Zealand's Simon Culhane v Japan in year 1995.
Youngest try scorer in a match: 19 years - 2 tries by Wales's George North v Namibia in year 2011.
Most overall tries in final stages: 15 - New Zealand's Jonah Lomu in year 1995-99
Most tries in one competition: 8 - New Zealand's Jonah Lomu in year 1999 and South Africa's Bryan Habana in year 2007
Most tries in a match: 6 - New Zealand's Marc Ellis v Japan in year 1995 and South Africa's Tonderai Chavanga v Uruguay in year 2005.
Most conversions in one Rugby World cup tournament: 30 - New Zealand's Grant Fox in year 1987
Most conversions in a match: 20 - New Zealand's Simon Culhane v Japan in year 1995
Most overall penalties in final stages: 58 - England's Jonny Wilkinson in year 1999 - 2011
Most penalties in a Rugby World cup tournament: 31 - Argentina's Gonzalo Quesada in year 1999
Most penalties in a match: 8 - South Africa's Morne Steyn v New Zealand in year 2005, Australia's Matt Burke v South Africa in year 1999,
Argentina's Gonzalo Quesada v Samoa in year 1999, Scotland's Gavin Hastings v Tonga in year 1995 and France's Thierry Lacroix v Ireland in year 1995
Most overall drop goals in final stages: 14 - England's Jonny Wilkinson(1999-2011).
Most drop goals in Rugby World cup tournament: 8 - England's Jonny Wilkinson in year 2003.
Most drop goals in a match: 5 - South Africa's Jannie de Beer v England in year 1999.
Most appearances in Rugby World cup: 22 - England's Jason Leonard (1991-2003)
Oldest player to appear in a World cup Final: 36 years - New Zealand,'s Brad Thorn v France in year 2011.
Oldest player to appear in a match: 40 years - Uruguay's Diego Ormaechea v South Africa in year 1999.
Youngest player to appear in a match: 19 years - America's Thretton Palamo v South Africa in year 2007
Youngest player to appear in a Rugby World Cup Final: 20 years - New Zealand's Jonah Lomu v South Africa in year 1995
Youngest player to win a Rugby World Cup Final: 20 years - South Africa's Francois Steyn v England in year 2007
Top points scorers: 126 – New Zealand's Grant Fox in year 1987, 68 – Ireland's Ralph Keyes in year 1991, 112 – France's Thierry Lacroix in year 1995, 102 – Argentina's Gonzalo Quesada in year 1999, 113 – England's Jonny Wilkinson in year 2003, 105 – South Africa's Percy Montgomery in year 2007 and 62 – South Africa's Morne Steyn in year 2011
Top try scorers: 6 – New Zealand's Craig Green, John Kirwan New Zealand in year 1987, Australia's David Campese, France's Jean-Baptiste Lafond in year 1991, England's Chris Ashton, France's Vincent Clerc in year 2011, 7 – New Zealand's Jonah Lomu, New Zealand's Marc Ellis in year 1995, New Zealand's Doug Howlett, New Zealand's Mils Muliaina in year 2003 and 8 - New Zealand's Jonah Lomu in year 1999, South Africa 's Bryan Habana in year 2007
Most points in a match: 74 - New Zealand (74-13) Fiji, 55 - Ireland (55-11) Zimbabwe, 101 - New Zealand (101 - 3) Italy and England (101-10) Tonga, 108 - New Zealand (108 - 13) Portugal, 87 – South Africa (87 - 0) Namibia
Biggest winning margin in a match: 64 - New Zealand (70-6) Italy, 44 - Ireland (55-11) Zimbabwe and Japan (52-8) Zimbabwe, 98 - New Zealand (101 - 3) Italy, 95 - New Zealand (108 - 13) Portugal and 87 - South Africa (87 - 0) Namibia
Most tries in a match: 13 - France (70-12) Zimbabwe), 6 - France (33-9) Fiji, 14 - New Zealand (101 - 3) Italy, 16 - New Zealand (108 - 13) Portugal
and 12 - New Zealand (79-15) Canada), South Africa (87-0) Namibia and Wales (81-7) Namibia