Published on July 30th, 2015 | by Rob Stebbings0
Just 50 Days To Go Until The Rugby World Cup!
In just 50 days time, the eighth Rugby World Cup will begin when England, as the host nation, take on Fiji at Twickenham in their opening Pool A fixture.
Since it was first held in 1987 when co-hosts Australia and New Zealand welcomed the top international teams from around the world to the inaugural competition, the Rugby World Cup has become an eagerly anticipated event played every four years.
Previous winners of the Rugby World Cup
In the previous seven Rugby World Cup tournaments, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa have each emerged as the champions on two occasions each whilst England famously beat Australia 20 points to 17 in the 2003 final held in Sydney when a drop goal by Jonny Wilkinson sealed a dramatic last gasp victory after the match went into extra time.
New Zealand was the first, and most recent winners of the Rugby World Cup having defeated France 8-7 in the 2011 final on home soil in Auckland. The All Blacks will have high hopes of retaining the Webb Ellis Cup which will once again be awarded to the winners when the final is held at the Twickenham Stadium in London on 31st October.
Festival of rugby across 13 venues
A total of 48 matches at 13 different venues from Exeter in the south-west to Newcastle in the north-east will be held during the 2015 Rugby World Cup as 20 teams compete in the prestigious competition. Although England is officially the sole host nation of the tournament having been chosen as the host nation beating rival bids from Italy, Japan and South Africa, some matches will be played in Cardiff as well.
Indeed, England and Wales will meet eachother in their Pool A match held on Saturday 26th September at the Twickenham Stadium which will be one of the most eagerly anticipated group games of what promises to be a memorable festival of rugby.
50 days and counting!