After 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 New Zealand, South Africa and Australia who have won two tournaments each. England have won one tournament.
The 2015 Rugby World Cup, the eighth in the competition’s history, will be held in England between the 18 of September and 31 October, 2015. The final will be played at London’s iconic Twickenham Stadium.
England edged out challenges from Italy, South Africa and Japan to secure hosting rights for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The competition will again feature 20 nations competing on rugby union’s biggest stage – interestingly, it is the same 20 nations that competed in the 2003 World Cup.