Rugby World Cup

Wallabies Semi sets Ratings record

Monday October 17, 2011 by  

The Wallabies’ Rugby World Cup semi-final against the All Blacks in Auckland last night attracted a massive nationwide television audience of 3.234 million people – smashing the all-time Pay TV viewership record for Fox Sports and topping the free-to-air ratings on Channel Nine.

No Rugby match since the World Cup final in 2003 has delivered an audience of the same magnitude.

The tournament decider in Sydney eight years ago was watched by more than four million Australians.

The highest rating match since 2003 was a Test against England in 2006 which drew almost 1.9 million viewers. Read more

All Blacks end Wallabies campaign

Sunday October 16, 2011 by  

New Zealand has progressed to the Rugby World Cup 2011 Final with a clinical display to oust the Australians 20-6 at Eden Park Stadium in Auckland this evening.

With the weight of the nation riding them through, the All Blacks were led by an all-round team effort along with the hard working winger Corey Jane, named player of the match, and forward Keven Mealamu to end the Wallaby campaign.

An auspicious first kick by Quade Cooper ensured the Wallabies were the back foot from the word go, a position in which they were never able to recover from with penalties in the breakdown and handling errors. Read more

French break Welsh hearts

Saturday October 15, 2011 by  

France is the first team into the Rugby World Cup 2011 Final after breaking Welsh hearts in a thrilling 9-8 victory at Eden Park Stadium in Auckland this evening.

Flanker Julien Bonnaire was named player of the match for his defensive agility in a French side that was forced to defend against a determined 14-man Welsh outfit for majority of the game.

Wales meanwhile lost two key forwards’, Adam Jones after just eight minutes to a calf injury then, had what has team management outraged, the skipper Sam Warburton was sent off for a lifting tackle in the 18th minute. Read more

Wallabies named to take on the All Blacks

Friday October 14, 2011 by  

The fitness of fullback Kurtley Beale, who is recovering from a strain in his left hamstring, will determine whether Australia fields an unchanged starting XV in Sunday night’s much anticipated Rugby World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in Auckland.

The Australian selectors have chosen to delay until the final moment a decision on Beale’s fitness as he continues his recovery, with the mercurial NSW Waratahs playmaker bracketed alongside the multi talented Adam Ashley-Cooper for the position, in the line-up announced today.

Ashley-Cooper is similarly bracketed at centre, alongside the Queensland Reds Anthony Fainga’a, who will slot into the midfield in a flow on effect should Beale ultimately be ruled out, and Ashley-Cooper line up at fullback. Read more

Big Benn backs Wallabies in RWC Semi

Friday October 14, 2011 by  

NSW Waratahs and international prop Benn Robinson has backed the Wallabies to progress to the tournament decider when Australia faces New Zealand on Sunday night at Eden Park.

Robinson, who was tragically ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury, believes that the Wallabies now have the belief they can take down the number one ranked team in Rugby on the world’s biggest stage.

“I think that win in Brisbane did a lot for the boys’ confidence,” said Robinson. “That match showed that when there is something on the line that we could come out and take down New Zealand. Read more

Tier One Unions endorse 20-team format

Monday October 10, 2011 by  

Delivering a Rugby World Cup 2015 tournament format and window that continues to maximise the growth and prosperity of the global Game was the focus for delegates attending an IRB Tier 1 Chairmen and Chief Executives meeting in Auckland on October 10.

With Rugby World Cup 2011 on track to be a resounding success, the meeting was a key step in the Rugby World Cup review process as recommended at the IRB Economics of Rugby Conference in May 2011.

Agenda topics for consideration included the tournament format, the number of participating teams, the match schedule and rest periods and the ongoing review of the RWC commercial model and distribution of revenues. Read more

Wallabies survive South African onslaught

Sunday October 9, 2011 by  

The Australian Wallabies have progressed to the Rugby World Cup Semi Finals with a thrilling 11-9 victory over South Africa at the Wellington Regional Stadium this evening.

A penalty goal eight minutes from the final whistle by James O’Connor proved to be the crucial play that enabled the Wallabies to reach the last four when defeat seemed likely following the ruthless attacking play by the Springboks who dominated the possession and territory.

David Pocock was named player of the match, working tirelessly in defence to help withstand the fierce South Africans eager to maintain their status as World Champions after winning the 2007 tournament. Read more

Wales knock Ireland out

Saturday October 8, 2011 by  

Wales has advanced to the Rugby World Cup 2011 Semi Finals with a commanding 22-10 victory over Ireland at the Wellington Regional Stadium this evening.

Defying the critics, the Welsh record the memorable 12-point victory to advance to the Semi Finals for the first time since the inaugural RWC tournament in 1987 – held in Australia and New Zealand.

Mike Phillips was named man of the match though it could have gone to up to at least half a dozen of his Welsh teammates. Read more

Wallabies name team to face South Africa

Friday October 7, 2011 by  

The clearing of a number of injuries has allowed Australia to return almost in its entirety to the combination which opened its Rugby World Cup campaign, after the Wallabies side was announced today for Sunday’s quarter-final against South Africa in Wellington.

Australia kicked off the tournament with a commanding 32-6 win over Italy and all of those starters apart from centre Anthony Fainga’a, who returns from injury via the bench, reappear in the run on list for this weekend’s sudden death encounter with the defending Rugby World Cup champions.

Fullback Kurtley Beale, winger Digby Ioane and inside centre Pat McCabe all return, after coming off the injured list, amongst a raft of changes from the run on side which featured last Saturday when Australia out-classed a gallant Russia 68-22 in its final Pool C match in Nelson. Read more

More than one million fans attend Pool matches

Monday October 3, 2011 by  

Nearly 1.1 million fans have passed through the gates of Rugby World Cup 2011 stadia with all 40 Pool matches of Rugby’s showcase event now completed, Tournament organisers announced today.

The official attendance stands at 1.07 million after the final eight matches of the Pool phase were completed over the weekend. Nearly a quarter of a million fans alone attended the weekend’s matches, which included four sell outs.

Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) Chairman Bernard Lapasset said that the strong attendance across all of the venues is testament to the way that New Zealanders across the country have backed the Tournament and all the participating teams. Read more