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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

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 […]

How to expand the IRB Rugby World Cup

How to expand the IRB Rugby World Cup

by , 1 Feb 2014

As every four years, Uruguay’s national rugby union team is taking a very long route to qualify for the 2015 IRB Rugby World Cup. The Teros beat Chile and Brazil in the South American qualifier last May. Next March we will face the United States for the Americas two spot, which is possible to win […]

SPIRO: The case of Ben Mowen and RWC 2015

SPIRO: The case of Ben Mowen and RWC 2015

by , 12 Jan 2014 Popular article!

Simon Poidevin, one of the great loose forwards in rugby history, made the observation after the 1991 Rugby World Cup tournament that players would shape their careers, particularly the end of them, by the Rugby World Cup cycle. He did this himself by retiring after the glory of RWC 1991. He went on to make […]

How the minnow nations qualify for the Rugby World Cup

How the minnow nations qualify for the Rugby World Cup

by , 1 Jan 2014

I have a strange interest in following minnow nations in a number of sports including rugby union. I thought I’d put this to good use by doing a write up of the qualification situation for the 2013 Rugby World Cup. The number in brackets is each teams world ranking as of 31/12/2013. Americas Teams remaining: […]

England, Wales in last WC games for Wallabies

by , 28 Nov 2013

The Wallabies will face major rivals England and Wales in their final two pivotal group games in the `pool of death’ at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The International Rugby Board and Cup organisers on Wednesday announced the schedule and venues for the showpiece tournament, which sees Australia kick off their campaign in Cardiff on […]

Rugby World Cup ticket prices revealed

by , 28 Nov 2013

Ticket prices for the 2015 Rugby World Cup final in England will range from STG150 ($A268) to STG715 ($A1,277), organisers announced on Wednesday. The match at Twickenham on October 13 will begin at 20:00 local time (1900GMT), with group games ranging from 12:00 to 20:00, quarter-finals taking place at 14:00 or 17:00, and semi-finals kicking […]

Wallabies to run World Cup gauntlet

by , 28 Nov 2013

The reasons for the Wallabies’ desire to make another tough, extended five-week European tour in 2014 have been highlighted by their cut-throat draw for the 2015 World Cup. The schedule and venues for rugby’s showpiece tournament were announced late Wednesday night (AEDT), with Australia to run the gauntlet from their third pool game against host […]

SPIRO: Who can catch the All Blacks after their unbeaten year?

SPIRO: Who can catch the All Blacks after their unbeaten year?

by , 27 Nov 2013 Popular article!

On Sunday morning, my cousin rang me and asked if it was true the All Blacks had just beaten Ireland on time. “No Jim,” I told him, “that was the Kiwis beating England in the Rugby League World Cup semi-final.” We chatted about how unlikely it was the All Blacks would need an over-time try […]

Early tip: Wallabies to win the World Cup

Early tip: Wallabies to win the World Cup

by , 26 Nov 2013

There are moments in a rugby season where you are faced with no alternative but to change your perception, opinion or argument in regards to a particular player, coach or team. This is when the wisest of us redirect our thoughts to the new evidence presented and it is sadly when the stubborn among us […]

What about international tournaments between World Cups?

What about international tournaments between World Cups?

by , 26 Nov 2013

Given the improvement of tier two nations, is it time to introduce new international knockout tournaments on a four year cycle between Rugby World Cups? I would suggest a European Cup and a tournament for the rest of the world (name suggestions welcome). The international rugby calendar is the same every year outside of World […]


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