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Rugby World Cup 2011After the success of its inaugural tournament back in 1987, the Rugby Union World Cup is now considered one of the most important sporting tournaments in the world. Held every four years, the Rugby World Cup is contested by 20 nations who are put in four groups of five teams each. The winner of the tournament is awarded the Webb Ellis trophy. The most successful World Cup nations have been South Africa and Australia who have won two tournaments each.

The next Rugby World Cup, the seventh in its history, will be staged in New Zealand over seven weekends between 9 September and 23 October 2011. The final will be played at Auckland’s Eden Park.

After considerable speculation, it was announced in November 2007 that the Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand would again feature 20 teams rather than the 16 team format that had been mooted.

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Rugby World Cup Articles

Are the All Blacks setting themselves up for a World Cup tumble?

Are the All Blacks setting themselves up for a World Cup tumble?

by , 3 Dec 2014

There has to be questions asked of Steve Hansen as coach of New Zealand. Yes I know the All Blacks have a great record under Mr Hansen, but when you compare the last two seasons the All Blacks, to my dismay, have regressed. • In 2012 The All Blacks averaged 33 points with a differential […]

Wallabies’ World Cup selection race open

by , 1 Dec 2014

The Wallabies’ Rugby World Cup selection race remains wide open after they slumped to their worst European tour performance in almost a decade. Saturday’s 26-17 loss to England at Twickenham left Australia with just six wins and one draw from 14 matches in 2014, with the Wallabies losing three spring tour Tests for the first […]

World Cup dream dwindling for Nick Cummins

by , 7 Nov 2014

Australia’s hopes of having Nick Cummins available for next year’s World Cup appear slim, with the 27-year-old’s Japanese club continuing to play hard ball over a possible loan deal. Cummins was released from his Australian Rugby Union contract on compassionate grounds earlier this year so he could sign a more lucrative two-year deal with Coca-Cola […]

Russia’s possession game defeats Uruguay’s brute force

by , 2 Oct 2014

Russia closed in on a back-to-back World Cup qualification as repechage winners in a tensely fought match against Uruguay in Krasnoyarsk on Saturday. The Bears overtook their South American rivals on the IRB World Rankings, rising to 19th place. From what I saw, the two sides couldn’t have been any more dissimilar in playing styles. […]

RWC tickets go on sale

by , 12 Sep 2014

Tickets for next year’s Rugby World Cup in England will go on sale on Friday, with those for popular matches to be distributed via a ballot, organisers confirmed on Thursday. Prices for adults start at STG15 ($A27) — STG7 for children — and rise to STG715 ($A1,300) for the best seats for the final at […]

Nick Cummins leaves Western Force and Aussie Rugby

Nick Cummins leaves Western Force and Aussie Rugby

by , 4 Jul 2014 Popular article!

Western Force and Wallabies winger Nick Cummins has signed a deal with Japanese club Coca Cola West Red Sparks for the 2014/15 season. Cummins could miss the 2015 Super Rugby season and be ineligible for Wallabies selection for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, but the CEO of Rugby WA Mark Sinderberry said it’s hoped the […]

SPIRO: Here come Japan and Scotland in new IRB world order

SPIRO: Here come Japan and Scotland in new IRB world order

by , 25 Jun 2014

There is one more major Test to come before the international rugby June series, that generally matches northern hemisphere sides against southern hemisphere sides, finishes. That Test is on the weekend, when South Africa play a resurgent Scotland side. The main results, however, are in. The latest IRB World Rankings reflect the rise of Japan […]

The Rugby World Cup must expand to 32 teams

The Rugby World Cup must expand to 32 teams

by , 18 Jun 2014

Much debate has arisen surrounding the Rugby World Cup’s format. Some call for a reduction to 16 sides to shorten the group stage, others want it expanded to 32 sides aligning it with the FIFA World Cup. The arguments in favour of a reduction make sense – we lose the minnows, and with them the […]

Rugby World Cup final time change

by , 3 May 2014

Organisers of next year’s Rugby World Cup in England said Friday the tournament final would take place an hour earlier than previously scheduled as they announced several changes to the fixture schedule. England 2015 chiefs said the final at Twickenham, the national rugby stadium in south-west London, would now kick-off at 4pm local time on […]

SPIRO: What is behind O’Neill’s resignation from RWC Ltd?

SPIRO: What is behind O’Neill’s resignation from RWC Ltd?

by , 6 Mar 2014

The resignation of John O’Neill from the board of the Rugby World Cup Ltd, the organisation that actually organises the Rugby World Cup tournament, was big news in world rugby but hardly reported in Australia. This is a pity because, I believe, there are serious implications for Australian rugby in what has happened. The Guardian […]

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