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2015 Rugby World Cup
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Tournament details
Host nation  England
Dates 18 September – 31 October
No. of nations 20 (96 qualifying)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 28
Attendance 1,395,072 (49,824 per match)

The 2015 Rugby World Cup is the eighth Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial rugby union world championship. The tournament is hosted by England[nb 1] from 18 September to 31 October.[1] Twickenham Stadium in London will host the final.

England was chosen to host the competition in July 2009, beating rival bids from Italy, Japan and South Africa. The competition's organisers, Rugby World Cup Limited, had recommended England to the International Rugby Board (IRB; now known as World Rugby).[nb 2][3]

Of the 20 teams competing at the 2015 World Cup, 12 of them qualified by finishing in the top three places in their pools in the 2011 World Cup. The other eight teams qualified through regional competition. Of the 20 countries competing in the World Cup in 2011, there was only one change – Uruguay replaced Russia. This is the first World Cup since 1987 with no new teams. For the first time in the history of the competition, the sole host nation England, was knocked out of the competition in the pool stages.


Submission of interest[edit]

The International Rugby Board (IRB) requested that any member unions wishing to host this tournament or the 2019 Rugby World Cup should indicate their interest by 15 August 2008. This would be purely to indicate interest; no details had to be provided at this stage. A record ten unions indicated formal interest in hosting the 2015 and/or the 2019 events: Australia, England, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Russia, Scotland, South Africa and Wales.[4] Argentina had been reported in early 2008 as having given preliminary consideration to bidding,[5] but did not ultimately formally indicate an interest in bidding.

Of the 10 nations that had expressed formal interest, many withdrew their candidacy in early 2009. Jamaica was the first to withdraw its candidacy.[6] Russia withdrew in February 2009 to concentrate on bidding for the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens,[7] Australia and Ireland withdrew in spring 2009 due to financial reasons.[8][9] Scotland withdrew in April 2009 after they were unable to secure co-hosting partners for the tournament.[10] Wales was the last nation to officially pull out after they failed to submit a bid by 8 May 2009,[11] but Wales backed England's bid and some games will be played at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.[12]

Final bids[edit]

The final nations that bid for the right to host the 2015 Rugby World Cup were England, Japan, South Africa and Italy. Four confirmed bids was a record number for the Rugby World Cup.[6]

On 28 July 2009, the IRB confirmed that England would host the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and Japan would host the 2019 event, having voted 16–10 in favour of approving the recommendation from Rugby World Cup Ltd (RWCL) that England and Japan should be named hosts.[13][14] RWCL chairman Bernard Lapasset revealed the result on 28 July 2009 at IRB headquarters.[13]


In September 2007, The Guardian reported that the Rugby Football Union had decided to submit a bid. BBC News reported in February 2009 that the intent was for a solo bid from the RFU, but with the possibility of some matches being played in Scotland, Wales or Ireland.[15] It was hoped that the 2015 World Cup would add to Britain's "Decade of Sport" (including the 2012 Summer Olympics).

It was also claimed that the bid had a very strong chance of success due to the IRB's belief that the 2011 tournament might make a loss, therefore making it particularly important to ensure a profit, which was considered a strong point of England's proposed bid.[16] The chief executive of the Rugby Football Union, Francis Baron, said that the tournament would target sales of 3 million tickets. England's package was projected to generate £300m for the IRB – £220m in commercial returns from broadcasting, sponsorship and merchandising, and the £80m tournament fee.[13]


Italy stated its desire to host,[17] and an Italian bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2015 or 2019 was confirmed on 20 July 2008. Italy declared that it wanted to host "For the Enlargement of the Frontiers of Our Sport". It was a slogan relevant to the then-current landscape of World Cup rugby, given that 2007 was the first time that the Rugby World Cup was hosted primarily by a non-English-speaking country.

The Italian bid offered the largest cities and stadiums in the country and promised a fast domestic train system. The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) also included the importance of the population and the growth of rugby since Italy joined the Six Nations in 2000 as reasons for hosting a World Cup. Rugby had been growing increasingly popular in Italy in recent years, with improved crowds at international matches.

The Stadio Olimpico in Rome had been proposed as the venue to host the final and the first match of the tournament. Milan and Naples were included as the other large venues. The entire list was a selection of large stadiums spread across the country. Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, France was also included as the tenth proposed venue.


Main article: 2019 Rugby World Cup

The Japan Rugby Football Union officially submitted its tender to the IRB in May 2009.[18] Japan was seen as a favourite to host after finishing runner-up in the bidding for the 2011 event.[18] Japan was seen as having a lot to offer rugby's growth in Asia. Its population of 127 million, its large economy, and its ability to place rugby before a new Asian audience made it a front-runner for hosting rights. Furthermore, rugby in Japan has developed a following, and with 126,000 registered players, Japan has more players than some of the Six Nations. Japan's Top League is a showcase for Japanese rugby, and there is excitement about Japan's entry into the RWC. Japan's experience in co-hosting the 2002 FIFA World Cup was seen as a boost, with Japan already possessing the necessary stadiums and infrastructure.

South Africa[edit]

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) had confirmed its intent to bid for the 2015 tournament,[19] and in May 2009 South Africa delivered its application to the IRB.[20] South Africa had previously made an unsuccessful bid to host the 2011 RWC. The strengths of a South African bid would be that it is in the same time zone as Europe, the wealthiest television market from a rugby perspective, that South Africa were the current World Cup holders, that they had successfully hosted the 1995 Rugby World Cup, won the 2007 Rugby World Cup and that they were in the process of building large new stadiums for the then-upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup.


After England were appointed tournament hosts on 28 July 2009, the proposed stadia for the tournament were revealed. The final venues were confirmed, along with the tournament's schedule, on 2 May 2013.[21] Twelve of the stadia are located in England, while the Millennium Stadium is in Wales. In 2011 the IRB approved the use of the Millennium Stadium, despite being outside of the host country, due to its capacity and strategic location.[22] Of the thirteen venues, two are dedicated rugby union grounds (Kingsholm Stadium and Sandy Park), two are national rugby stadia (Twickenham and the Millennium Stadium), two are multi-purpose stadia (Wembley Stadium and Olympic Stadium), and the remainder are association football grounds.[23]

Proposed venues that did not make the final selection were the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, Coventry's Ricoh Arena, St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, Pride Park Stadium in Derby, Anfield in Liverpool and Bristol's Ashton Gate.[24] In April 2013 Old Trafford was withdrawn from consideration by its owners, Manchester United F.C., citing commitments to hosting rugby league and its Grand Final and concerns about pitch degradation. The RWCL then approached neighbouring Manchester City about leasing their home stadium as a replacement. City agreed to let their stadium be used for the tournament but only for one match due to footballing commitments – down from the original three which were to be played at Old Trafford.[25] Etihad Stadium, as it is known for football sponsorship purposes, will be called 'Manchester City Stadium' by organisers for the duration of the tournament.[26]

London London Cardiff (Wales) Manchester London
Twickenham Wembley Stadium Millennium Stadium Manchester City Stadium Olympic Stadium
51°27′22″N 0°20′30″W / 51.45611°N 0.34167°W / 51.45611; -0.34167 (Twickenham Stadium) 51°33′21″N 0°16′47″W / 51.55583°N 0.27972°W / 51.55583; -0.27972 (Wembley Stadium) 51°28′40″N 3°11′00″W / 51.47778°N 3.18333°W / 51.47778; -3.18333 (Millennium Stadium) 53°28′59″N 2°12′1″W / 53.48306°N 2.20028°W / 53.48306; -2.20028 (City of Manchester Stadium) 51°32′19″N 0°00′59″W / 51.53861°N 0.01639°W / 51.53861; -0.01639 (Olympic Stadium (London))
Capacity: 81,605 Capacity: 90,000 Capacity: 74,154 Capacity: 55,097 (est.)[27] Capacity: 54,000
Twickehnam Pitch.jpg Wembley Stadium interior.jpg Inside the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.jpg City of Manchester Stadium East Stand.jpg London Olympic Stadium Interior - April 2012.jpg
Newcastle Birmingham
St. James' Park Villa Park
Capacity: 52,409 Capacity: 42,785
54°58′32″N 1°37′18″W / 54.97556°N 1.62167°W / 54.97556; -1.62167 (St James' Park) 52°30′33″N 1°53′5″W / 52.50917°N 1.88472°W / 52.50917; -1.88472 (Villa Park)
St James' Park, 23 October 2012 (2).jpg Villa Park.jpg
Leeds Leicester
Elland Road Leicester City Stadium
53°46′40″N 1°34′20″W / 53.77778°N 1.57222°W / 53.77778; -1.57222 (Elland Road) 52°37′13″N 1°8′32″W / 52.62028°N 1.14222°W / 52.62028; -1.14222 (Leicester City Stadium)
Capacity: 37,914 Capacity: 32,312
Elland Road, East Stand.jpg The Walkers Stadium, Leicester - geograph.org.uk - 143206.jpg
Gloucester Exeter Milton Keynes Brighton
Kingsholm Stadium Sandy Park Stadium mk Brighton Community Stadium
51°52′18″N 2°14′34″W / 51.87167°N 2.24278°W / 51.87167; -2.24278 (Kingsholm Stadium) 50°42′33.51″N 3°28′3.26″W / 50.7093083°N 3.4675722°W / 50.7093083; -3.4675722 (Sandy Park) 52°00′34″N 00°44′00″W / 52.00944°N 0.73333°W / 52.00944; -0.73333 (Stadium MK) 50°51′42″N 0°4′59.80″W / 50.86167°N 0.0832778°W / 50.86167; -0.0832778 (Falmer Park)
Capacity: 16,500 Capacity: 12,300[28] Capacity: 30,717 Capacity: 30,750
Kingsholm in 2007.jpg Sandy Park 3 - geograph-376587.jpg Mk stadium upgraded.jpg AmexPanorama (cropped).jpg

Source: The Telegraph[29]

Team bases[edit]

The 41 venues that will act as team bases for the competing nations were announced on 26 August 2014.[30] All prospective team bases were subject to a rigorous selection process which included an expansive and detailed programme of site visits as well as liaison with the competing Rugby World Cup 2015 teams. A team base will consist of an outdoor and indoor training facility, a swimming pool, gym and hotel and will be used by the competing teams in the lead up to and during the World Cup.


As the host nation, England qualified automatically, as did all of the teams that finished in the top three of their pools at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The qualification process for the remaining teams incorporated existing regional competitions such as the European Nations Cup.[31]

Qualified teams[edit]

A total of 20 teams are playing in the final tournament. They are listed below, along with their pre-tournament positions in the World Rugby Rankings.[32] The list of teams is the same as in the 2003 tournament.


Seeding for each group for the 2015 World Cup were based on their respective IRB Rankings. The draw, hosted by Will Greenwood, was conducted on 3 December 2012 in London, and used the World Rankings as of that day, just after the 2012 end-of-year rugby union internationals, which finished on 1 December 2012.[33] The 12 automatic qualifiers from 2011, were allocated to their respective bands based on their rankings;

  • Band 1, made up of the top 4 automatic qualifiers, (1–4)
  • Band 2, made up of the next 4 automatic qualifiers, (5–8)
  • Band 3, made up of the next 4 automatic qualifiers (9–12)

The remaining 8 qualifying places were allocated to Bands 4 and 5, based on previous World Cup playing strength;

  • Band 4, made up of Oceania 1, Europe 1, Asia 1 and Americas 1
  • Band 5, made up of Africa 1, Europe 2, Americas 2 and play-off winner

This meant the 20 teams, qualified and qualifiers, were seeded thus:

The draw saw a representative randomly draw a ball from a pot, the first drawn ball goes to Pool A, the second Pool B, the third Pool C and the fourth Pool D. The draw began with Pot 5, drawn by All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, followed by Pot 4, drawn by RWC 2015 Ambassador Maggie Alphonsi, then Pot 3, drawn by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Pot 2, drawn by the then Chief Executive for RWC 2015 Debbie Jevans, and finally Pot 1, drawn by IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset.

Pool stage[edit]

The first round, or pool stage, sees the 20 teams divided into four pools of five teams, using the same format that was used in 2003, 2007, and 2011. Each pool is a single round-robin of ten games, in which each team plays one match against each of the other teams in the same pool. Teams are awarded four points for a win, two points for a draw and none for a defeat. A team scoring four tries in one match scores a bonus point, as will a team that loses by fewer than eight points.[34]

Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D


 South Africa
 United States

 New Zealand


The teams finishing in the top two of each pool will advance to the quarter-finals. The top three teams of each pool will receive automatic qualification to the 2019 Rugby World Cup (Japan has already automatically qualified as hosts).

Tie-breaking criteria

If two or more teams were tied on match points, the following tiebreakers will apply:[35]

  1. The winner of the match between the two teams (would not apply if more than two teams were tied);
  2. Difference between points scored for and points scored against in all pool matches;
  3. Difference between tries scored for and tries scored against in all pool matches;
  4. Points scored in all pool matches;
  5. Most tries scored in all pool matches;
  6. Official World Rugby Rankings as of 12 October 2015.
Key to colours in pool tables
Advanced to the quarter-finals and qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup
Assured Top 3 finish and qualification for the 2019 Rugby World Cup
Cannot qualify for the quarter-finals but may still automatically qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup
Cannot qualify for the quarter-finals and cannot automatically qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Pld = Number of games played; W = Number of games won; D = Number of games drawn; L = Number of games lost; TF = Number of tries scored (Tries For); PF = Number of points scored in the game (Points For); PA = Number of points scored against the team (Points Against); +/- = The difference PF - PA; BP = Bonus (pool) points ; Pts = Total number of (pool) points.

Pool A[edit]

Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 Australia 3 3 0 0 17 126 29 +97 1 13
 Wales 3 3 0 0 11 105 47 +58 1 13
 England 3 1 0 2 6 73 72 +1 2 6
 Fiji 3 0 0 3 3 37 86 –49 0 0
 Uruguay 2 0 0 2 0 12 119 –107 0 0
18 September 2015 England  35–11  Fiji Twickenham Stadium, London
20 September 2015 Wales  54–9  Uruguay Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
23 September 2015 Australia  28–13  Fiji Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
26 September 2015 England  25–28  Wales Twickenham Stadium, London
27 September 2015 Australia  65–3  Uruguay Villa Park, Birmingham
1 October 2015 Wales  23–13  Fiji Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
3 October 2015 England  13–33  Australia Twickenham Stadium, London
6 October 2015 Fiji  v  Uruguay Stadium mk, Milton Keynes
10 October 2015 Australia  v  Wales Twickenham Stadium, London
10 October 2015 England  v  Uruguay Manchester City Stadium, Manchester

Pool B[edit]

Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 South Africa 3 2 0 1 13 112 56 +56 3 11
 Scotland 3 2 0 1 11 100 60 +40 2 10
 Japan 3 2 0 1 6 70 82 –12 0 8
 Samoa 3 1 0 2 3 36 88 –52 0 4
 United States 2 0 0 2 3 32 64 –32 0 0
19 September 2015 South Africa  32–34  Japan Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton
20 September 2015 Samoa  25–16  United States Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton
23 September 2015 Scotland  45–10  Japan Kingsholm, Gloucester
26 September 2015 South Africa  46–6  Samoa Villa Park, Birmingham
27 September 2015 Scotland  39–16  United States Elland Road, Leeds
3 October 2015 Samoa  5–26  Japan Stadium mk, Milton Keynes
3 October 2015 South Africa  34–16  Scotland St. James' Park, Newcastle
7 October 2015 South Africa  v  United States Olympic Stadium, London
10 October 2015 Samoa  v  Scotland St. James' Park, Newcastle
11 October 2015 United States  v  Japan Kingsholm, Gloucester

Pool C[edit]

Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 New Zealand 3 3 0 0 18 127 40 +87 2 14
 Argentina 3 2 0 1 13 115 51 +64 2 10
 Tonga 3 1 0 2 8 61 83 –22 2 6
 Georgia 3 1 0 2 3 36 107 –71 0 4
 Namibia 2 0 0 2 4 35 93 –58 0 0
19 September 2015 Tonga  10–17  Georgia Kingsholm, Gloucester
20 September 2015 New Zealand  26–16  Argentina Wembley Stadium, London
24 September 2015 New Zealand  58–14  Namibia Olympic Stadium, London
25 September 2015 Argentina  54–9  Georgia Kingsholm, Gloucester
29 September 2015 Tonga  35–21  Namibia Sandy Park, Exeter
2 October 2015 New Zealand  43–10  Georgia Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
4 October 2015 Argentina  45–16  Tonga Leicester City Stadium, Leicester
7 October 2015 Namibia  v  Georgia Sandy Park, Exeter
9 October 2015 New Zealand  v  Tonga St. James' Park, Newcastle
11 October 2015 Argentina  v  Namibia Leicester City Stadium, Leicester

Pool D[edit]

Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 Ireland 3 3 0 0 14 110 26 +84 2 14
 France 3 3 0 0 12 111 39 +72 2 14
 Italy 3 1 0 2 3 42 66 –24 1 5
 Canada 3 0 0 3 5 43 114 –71 1 1
 Romania 2 0 0 2 2 21 82 –61 0 0
19 September 2015 Ireland  50–7  Canada Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
19 September 2015 France  32–10  Italy Twickenham Stadium, London
23 September 2015 France  38–11  Romania Olympic Stadium, London
26 September 2015 Italy  23–18  Canada Elland Road, Leeds
27 September 2015 Ireland  44–10  Romania Wembley Stadium, London
1 October 2015 France  41–18  Canada Stadium mk, Milton Keynes
4 October 2015 Ireland  16–9  Italy Olympic Stadium, London
6 October 2015 Canada  v  Romania Leicester City Stadium, Leicester
11 October 2015 Italy  v  Romania Sandy Park, Exeter
11 October 2015 France  v  Ireland Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Knockout stage[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
17 October – Twickenham Stadium        
 Winner of Pool B  
24 October – Twickenham Stadium
 Runner-up of Pool A    
17 October – Millennium Stadium
 Winner of Pool C  
31 October – Twickenham Stadium
 Runner-up of Pool D     
18 October – Millennium Stadium    
 Winner of Pool D  
25 October – Twickenham Stadium
 Runner-up of Pool C    
    Third place
18 October – Twickenham Stadium
          30 October – Olympic Stadium
 Winner of Pool A  
 Runner-up of Pool B    


17 October 2015
16:00 BST (UTC+01)
Winner of Pool B v Runner-up of Pool A

17 October 2015
20:00 BST (UTC+01)
Winner of Pool C v Runner-up of Pool D

18 October 2015
13:00 BST (UTC+01)
Winner of Pool D v Runner-up of Pool C

18 October 2015
16:00 BST (UTC+01)
Winner of Pool A v Runner-up of Pool B


24 October 2015
16:00 BST (UTC+01)
Winner of quarter-final 1 v Winner of quarter-final 2

25 October 2015
16:00 GMT (UTC+00)
Winner of quarter-final 3 v Winner of quarter-final 4

Bronze final[edit]

30 October 2015
20:00 GMT (UTC+00)
Loser of semi-final 1 v Loser of semi-final 2


31 October 2015
16:00 GMT (UTC+00)
Winner of semi-final 1 v Winner of semi-final 2


Each country is allowed a squad of 31 players for the tournament. These squads were to be submitted to World Rugby by a deadline of 31 August 2015. Once the squad was submitted, a player could be replaced if injured, but would not be allowed to return to the squad. There is also a stand-down period of 48 hours before the new player is allowed to take the field. Hence, a replacement player called into a squad on the eve of a game will not be permitted to play in that game.[citation needed]

Match officials[edit]

On 7 April 2015, World Rugby named twelve referees, seven assistant referees and four television match officials to handle the group stage games.[36] The referees appointed to the World Cup with their union in brackets are as follows:


Media coverage[edit]

ITV Sport will be the UK and worldwide host broadcaster for the 2015 event, having signed a deal in 2011 to broadcast the 2011 and 2015 RWC tournaments. ITV won the rights after outbidding rivals including the BBC and Sky Sports.[37] It will show every match from the tournament live in the UK on ITV or ITV4.[38]

Participating nations[edit]

Country Television network Broadcasting
Argentina Argentina ESPN Extra All 48 matches broadcast live.
ESPN[39][40] At least 16 matches (all Argentina and Uruguay matches, plus all knock-out stages matches with the bronze final and the final).
TVP All Argentina matches, plus opening, semi-final and final matches.
Australia Australia Fox Sports[40][41] All 48 matches broadcast live[42]
Nine Network[40][41] All Australian matches free-to-air live
Canada Canada TSN[40][43] All 48 matches live on either TSN, TSN2 or TSN.ca
RDS[40][43] Rights to a select number of matches in French
Fiji Fiji Fiji TV[40][44] All 48 matches broadcast live
FBC TV[44] All 48 matches broadcast live free to air
France France and French Overseas Territories TF1[40][45] 21 matches, including all French matches, the best pool stage matches, two quarter-finals, both semi-finals, the bronze final and the final
Canal+[40][45] 27 matches that will not be broadcast by TF1
Georgia (country) Georgia 1tv[40] All 48 matches broadcast live[42]
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
( Ireland)
TV3[40][46] All 48 matches broadcast live. TV3 will begin broadcasting in HD just before the competition.
Italy Italy Sky Sport[40][47] All 48 matches broadcast live, and delay at 11 pm of Italy matches, a quarter-final, a semi-final and the final on MTV8
Japan Japan J Sports[40] All 48 matches broadcast live
Nippon TV[40] Japanese commentary of all Japanese pool-stage matches, 2 quarter-finals, both semi-finals, the bronze final and the final.
NHK[40] Free to air coverage of 16 matches, including all Japanese matches, the opening match, 2 quarter-finals, both semi-finals, the bronze final and the final.
Namibia Namibia SuperSport[40] All 48 matches broadcast live
New Zealand New Zealand Sky Sport[41] All 48 matches broadcast live
Romania Romania Digi Sport[48] All 48 matches broadcast live
Samoa Samoa Fiji TV[40] All 48 matches broadcast live
South Africa South Africa SuperSport[41] All 48 matches broadcast live
SABC[49] 29 live matches, including all South African matches, and 7 delayed matches
Tonga Tonga Fiji TV[40] All 48 matches broadcast live
United Kingdom United Kingdom
( England,  Northern Ireland,  Scotland,  Wales)
ITV Network[41] All 48 matches live on either ITV (England and Wales), STV (Scotland), UTV (Northern Ireland), or ITV4
BBC Radio[50] Will stream live radio commentary for all 48 games.
Radio Cymru[51] will stream live radio commentary for all Wales games in Welsh
S4C[52] All Wales matches live in Welsh, the opening match, one quarter-final and one semi-final (regardless if Wales qualifies), the bronze final and the final
United States United States Universal Sports
Live coverage of nine matches between the two broadcasters – four USA pool matches, opening match, both semi-finals, bronze final and the final. UniversalSports.com will live stream all 48 matches online in the US for a cost of $199.99.
Uruguay Uruguay ESPN[39] At least 16 matches (all Argentina and Uruguay matches, plus all knock-out stages matches with the bronze final and the final)
Teledoce Only Uruguay matches

Non-participating nations[edit]

Television network Country(s) Broadcasting
Best 4 Sport TV[40] Latvia All 48 matches live or on delay and repeat
Canal+ Africa Francophone Central and West Africa All 48 matches live on Canal+ Sport 3
Channel Eye[53] Sri Lanka All 48 matches live or on delay and repeat (Free to air)
ESPN Latin America[39][40] Chile, Paraguay, Ecuador, Bolivia, Falkland Islands, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, French Guiana, Caribbean, Colombia and Mexico At least 16 matches (all Argentina and Uruguay matches, plus all knock-out stages matches with the bronze final and the final)
ESPN Brasil[39][40] Brazil All 48 matches broadcast live
Eurosport[54] Austria, Belgium, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland 20 matches live, including opening match and final
Fox Sports Asia[55] Cambodia, China (Via STAR Sports), Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Korea (Via STAR Sports Korea), Macau, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia All 48 matches broadcast live
Fiji TV[40] Cook Islands, East Timor, Solomon Islands, Niue, Nauru, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Northern Marianas, Tokelau, Tahiti, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, American Samoa, Marshall Islands, Palau and Federated States of Micronesia. Papua New Guinea, Wallis and Futuna, Nouvelle Calédonie, Îles Éparses, Polynésie Française. All 48 matches broadcast live


Canal+ Deportes (Movistar+)[56][57] Spain All 48 matches broadcast live
OSN[40] Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Tunisia, UAE All 48 matches broadcast live or on delay
Peretz[58] Russia more 30 matches broadcast delay on TV and live on internet
Polsat Sport[59] Poland All 48 matches broadcast live or on delay
Pragosport/Česká televize[40] Czech Republic, Slovakia All 48 matches broadcast live
RTL 7[60] Netherlands Total of 24 matches live
Sony SIX[61][62] Bangladesh, India, Pakistan All 48 matches broadcast live with sister channel Sony Kix.[62]
Sport TV[40] Portugal All 48 matches broadcast live
SuperSport[40] Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Socotra, Swaziland, St Helena and Ascension, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. All 48 matches broadcast live
TF1[40] Monaco 21 matches, including all French matches, the best pool stage matches, two quarter-finals, both semi-finals, the bronze final and the final
Tivibu Spor Azerbaijan, Turkey 45 matches live (excluding Tonga v Georgia, Wales v Fiji and France v Canada at the Group stage)
Sport1 Israel TBA
Viaplay, Viasat[63] Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden All 48 matches broadcast live on OTT Service Viaplay, with selected games on Viasat Sport
Digi Sport[40] Hungary More than 40 matches broadcast live


Video game[edit]

The officially-licensed Rugby World Cup 2015 video game was released on 4 September 2015 on PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.[65] IGN rated the game 1.5/10, calling it "unbearable".[66]


Ticket prices were announced in November 2013 with general sale applications launching in September 2014.[67] Adult ticket prices start at £15 for pool matches and children's tickets will be available from £7 at 41 of the 48 matches. Tickets for the World Cup final range from £150 to £715.[68]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Although England, with its governing body the Rugby Football Union, is officially the sole "host nation" of the tournament, some matches are played in Cardiff, Wales.
  2. ^ The IRB became World Rugby on 19 November 2014.[2] However, the 2015 World Cup retains its IRB branding, given the proximity of the rebrand to the event, and as merchandise was already available with IRB branding at the time of the name change. The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be the first to use full World Rugby branding.


  1. ^ "September 18 start date for RWC 2015". International Rugby Board. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "IRB to change name to World Rugby" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "England set to get 2015 World Cup". BBC Sport. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  4. ^ BBC Sport, IRB confirm 2015 & 2019 host bids, 25 August 2008, http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/rugby_union/7564403.stm
  5. ^ "Argentina se postuló para organizar el Mundial 2015". rugbytime.com (RugbyTime.com). 26 February 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  6. ^ a b IRB, England and Japan handed Rugby World Cups, 28 July 2009, http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/rugbyworldcup2019/news/newsid=2053414.html
  7. ^ "Russia keen to bid for RWC Sevens 2013". IRB.com (International Rugby Board). Retrieved 15 February 2009. 
  8. ^ "Ireland opt out of 2015 bidding". BBC Sport. 1 May 2009. Archived from the original on 4 May 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2009. 
  9. ^ "Australia ends 2015 World Cup bid". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 20 April 2009. Archived from the original on 23 April 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2009. 
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