Rugby World Cup

Wallabies drawn with England and Wales

Tuesday December 4, 2012 by  

The Australian Wallabies have been drawn alongside England and Wales in Group A at the Rugby World Cup 2015 following the allocation draw held in London overnight.

Using the official IRB World Rankings, the Wallabies seeded third after November’s Test matches will play tournament hosts England for the first time in the group stage since the opening edition of Rugby World Cup in 1987.

Wales meanwhile will meet the Wallabies for the third time in the RWC group stage after they were paired up at the 1991 and 2007 tournaments. Read more

Long List of Potential Venues named

Monday October 8, 2012 by  

England Rugby 2015 (ER 2015), the tournament organiser for Rugby World Cup 2015, has today announced the long list of 17 potential match venues for consideration to host the 48 Rugby World Cup 2015 matches.

The venues selected comprise some of sport’s most iconic stadia with the best facilities from 15 different cities across England and Wales.

Confirmation comes after approval from the Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) Board and follows an extensive and thorough evaluation process, undertaken by ER 2015 in collaboration with tournament owners RWCL, host broadcaster ITV and commercial stakeholders. Read more

RWC 2015 Draw to add Extra Dimension

Monday May 21, 2012 by  

Rugby World Cup Limited has announced that the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool Allocation Draw will take place in London on December 3.

As for the 2011 tournament, the 12 automatically qualified teams will be seeded based on the IRB World Rankings on December 3, 2012 and positioned into three bands of four teams. The teams will then be randomly drawn by band into the four pools that will comprise Rugby’s showcase event in England in 2015.

RWCL Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “The format of seeding teams for the Rugby World Cup Pool Allocation Draw using the IRB World Rankings is a credible, succinct and proven method that reflects form, stimulates interest and is backed by our Unions. Read more

ARU welcomes new RWC financial model

Thursday May 17, 2012 by  

Australian Rugby Union has praised the International Rugby Board for building a new and fairer financial model around the next Rugby World Cup in 2015.

The impact on ARU of a reduced domestic Test season last year ahead of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand was a $16 million revenue shortfall.

ARU Managing Director and CEO John O’Neill AO said at the time balance sheet burdens of such magnitude were unsustainable for Australia – and for its SANZAR partners New Zealand and South Africa. Read more

IRB and Unions sanction Global Law Trials

Wednesday May 16, 2012 by  

The International Rugby Board and its Member Unions have sanctioned a global trial of five aspects of Law amendments following an extensive process of consultation and evaluation.

The trial, approved by the IRB Council at its Annual Meeting in Dublin on Tuesday, will commence at the start of the next season in each hemisphere (August 2012 in the north and January 2013 in the south) and will be applicable to both international and domestic competition.

Aspects of Law approved for trial include limiting the time that the ball is available at the back of a ruck and the positioning of taking a quick throw-in. In addition to the suite of five Laws approved for global trial, three additional trials will operate during 2012. Read more

September start date for Rugby World Cup 2015

Wednesday May 16, 2012 by  

Rugby World Cup 2015 in England will kick off in 1,221 days time after the IRB Council approved September 18 as the start date for Rugby’s showcase event.

The announcement is a key aspect of tournament preparation and enables tournament owners Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL), Tournament Organisers England Rugby 2015 Limited (ER 2015) and Unions to advance preparations for what is expected to be the biggest-ever Rugby World Cup, delivering a forecasted record boost to the global Game.

The decision, made at the Annual Meeting of the IRB Council in Dublin, is the result of an exhaustive and collaborative review process which culminated in the recommendation of September 18 by Tier 1 Chairmen and Chief Executives last week as the most suitable start date within the September-October Rugby World Cup window. Read more

Wallabies finish RWC ranked Second

Tuesday October 25, 2011 by  

The Wallabies have ended Rugby World Cup 2011 ranked second on the International Rugby Board’s official world rankings after defeating Wales last Friday night in the Bronze Medal match.

Only the undefeated tournament winners and host nation New Zealand are ahead of Tri Nations champions Australia on the world rankings.

The Wallabies maintained their world ranking after starting the year in second spot, apart from a period of less than a month lying third behind the All Blacks and Springboks. Read more

Lapasset Hails “Exceptional” Rugby World Cup

Monday October 24, 2011 by  

Rugby World Cup 2011 has been hailed an “exceptional event” and an “outstanding success” by Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman Bernard Lapasset.

The Frenchman also stated that the tournament has achieved the key goals of furthering the profile of Rugby and New Zealand around the world.

New Zealand’s 8-7 victory over France in the Rugby World Cup 2011 Final brought down the curtain on a tournament that achieved all ticketing, sponsorship and broadcast targets as over 100,000 international fans joined New Zealanders in attending matches at Rugby’s showcase event. Read more

All Blacks reclaim Webb Ellis

Sunday October 23, 2011 by  

New Zealand are the World Champions of Rugby again after a thrilling 8-7 victory over France in the Rugby World Cup Final at Eden Park Stadium in Auckland this evening.

Ranked number one in the World, it was fitting that after a 24 year wait that the trophy would return to New Zealand against the same nation in which it was first claimed in the inaugural 1987 tournament, and at the same venue.

Eden Park came alive with a sea of black and adoring chants from the passionate locals who came in their droves to witness the historic moment, one that it will saviour and no doubt cherish after many years of disappointment – some at the hands of the French. Read more

Wallabies claim bronze

Friday October 21, 2011 by  

The Australian Wallabies have salvaged something from their Rugby World Cup 2011 campaign with a 21-18 victory over Wales at Eden Park Stadium in Auckland this evening.

A 76th minute try to Wallaby number eight Ben McCalman all but iced the bronze medal for the Australians despite an injury time reply by Welsh fullback Leigh Halfpenny.

The Wallabies dominated possession and territory in the second half, but were made to work for their drought breaking victory at Auckland’s premier Rugby Stadium. Read more