Archive for 2007
Saturday December 1, 2007 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The International Rugby Board (IRB) has announced today that the Rugby World Cup 2011 tournament in New Zealand will comprise 20 teams.
This mirrors the number of teams that played in the last three tournaments. The decision was taken at a Special Meeting of Council following a recommendation to the Council from the Rugby World Cup Limited Board.
Dr Syd Millar, IRB and RWC Limited Chairman said, “Prior to RWC 2007 the IRB stated that it would review the number of participating teams for future Rugby World Cups.”
“The reason for this review was to ensure that the tournament remains competitive and commercially attractive, that player welfare concerns are addressed and it continues to be the major promotional and financial vehicle for the continued expansion of the Game.” Read more
Sunday October 21, 2007 by Adam McBride
Rugby World Cup – France 2007 The South Africans have recaptured the title as the Champions of World Rugby, following their grinding defeat of England 15-6 at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday evening.
On an ice-cold frost bitten night in the French capital, the Springboks who previously won the Rugby World Cup in 1995, led from start to finish and mercifully put England to the sword for the second time during the seven-week long tournament.
The steady boot of fullback Percy Montgomery, with four penalty goals, and a touch of brilliance from fly-half Butch James almost saw the South Africans sealed the game inside the opening half. However, defiant defence from the English kept them at bay. Read more