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Rugby World Cup 2015

Host Nation : England
Dates: 18 September 2015 – 31 October 2015
No. of Nations : 20

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:

  • Italy
  • Japan
  • South Africa

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).

Bids:

Submission of interest:

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:

  • Australia
  • England
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Russia
  • Scotland
  • South Africa
  • Wales

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.

Final bids:

For the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the final nations are:

  • England
  • Japan
  • South Africa
  • Italy

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:

  • 2015 Rugby World Cup held in England
  • 2019 Rugby World Cup held in Japan

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.

Rugby World Cup Facts

Sport Rugby union
Instituted 1987
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)
Website www.rugbyworldcup.com

Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools

Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D
Australia
England
Wales
Oceania 1
Playoff winner
South Africa
Samoa
Scotland
Asia 1
United States
New Zealand
Argentina
Tonga
Georgia
Africa 1
France
Ireland
Italy
Canada
Romania

Attendance

Year Total attendance Matches Avg attendance % Change Stadium Capacity % of Capacity
1987 604,500 32 20,156 -- 1,006,350 60%
1991 1,007,760 32 31,493 +56% 1,212,800 79%
1995 1,100,000 32 34,375 +9% 1,423,850 77%
1999 1,750,000 41 42,683 +24% 2,104,500 83%
2003 1,837,547 48 38,282 -10% 2,208,529 83%
2007 2,263,223 48 47,150 +23% 2,470,660 92%
2011 1,477,294 48 30,777 -35% 1,732,000 85%

Revenue

Source 1987 1991 1995 1999 2003 2007 2011
Gate receipts (M £) -- -- 15 55 81 147 131
Broadcasting (M £) -- -- 19 44 60 82 93
Sponsorship (M £) -- -- 8 18 16 28 29

Rugby World Cup Records

by Team

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

by Individual

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

by Tournament

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


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