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2015 Rugby World Cup
2015 Rugby World Cup.svg
Tournament details
Host nation  England
Dates 18 September – 31 October (44 days)
No. of nations 20 (96 qualifying)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  New Zealand
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Australia
Third-place Bronze medal blank.svg  South Africa
Tournament statistics
Matches played 48
Attendance 2,477,805 (51,621 per match)
Top scorer(s) Argentina Nicolás Sánchez (97)
Most tries New Zealand Julian Savea (8)

The 2015 Rugby World Cup was the eighth Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial rugby union world championship. The tournament was hosted by England[nb 1] from 18 September to 31 October.[1] New Zealand won the cup over runners-up Australia, with South Africa defeating Argentina to take third place.

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 was the first World Cup with no new teams to the tournament.

In the knockout stage, this was the first Rugby World Cup where no Northern Hemisphere team got beyond the quarter-finals.[4]

On 31 October, at Twickenham, New Zealand won the title, becoming the first team to retain their title, and the first to win for a third time.[5]


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.[6] Argentina had been reported in early 2008 as having given preliminary consideration to bidding,[7] 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.[8] Russia withdrew in February 2009 to concentrate on bidding for the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens,[9] Australia and Ireland withdrew in spring 2009 due to financial reasons.[10][11] Scotland withdrew in April 2009 after they were unable to secure co-hosting partners for the tournament.[12] Wales was the last nation to officially pull out after they failed to submit a bid by 8 May 2009,[13] but Wales backed England's bid and some games will be played at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.[14]

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.[8]

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.[15][16] RWCL chairman Bernard Lapasset revealed the result on 28 July 2009 at IRB headquarters.[15]


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.[17] It was hoped that the 2015 World Cup would add to Britain's "Decade of Sport" (including the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2014 Commonwealth Games).

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.[18] 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.[15]


Italy stated its desire to host,[19] 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.[20] Japan was seen as a favourite to host after finishing as runner-up in the bidding for the 2011 event.[20] 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,[21] and in May 2009 South Africa delivered its application to the IRB.[22] 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.[23] 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.[24] 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.[25]

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.[26] 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.[27] Etihad Stadium, as it is known for football sponsorship purposes, will be called 'Manchester City Stadium' by organisers for the duration of the tournament.[28]

London London London Cardiff (Wales)
Wembley Stadium Twickenham Olympic Stadium Millennium Stadium
51°33′21″N 0°16′47″W / 51.55583°N 0.27972°W / 51.55583; -0.27972 (Wembley Stadium) 51°27′22″N 0°20′30″W / 51.45611°N 0.34167°W / 51.45611; -0.34167 (Twickenham Stadium) 51°32′19″N 0°00′59″W / 51.53861°N 0.01639°W / 51.53861; -0.01639 (Olympic Stadium (London)) 51°28′40″N 3°11′00″W / 51.47778°N 3.18333°W / 51.47778; -3.18333 (Millennium Stadium)
Capacity: 90,000 Capacity: 81,605 Capacity: 56,000 Capacity: 74,154
Wembley Stadium 2015 RWC.jpg 2015 Rugby World Cup, Australia vs. Wales (21485242524).jpg Olympic Stadium (London) rugby layout.jpg Millennium Stadium RWC2015.jpg
Newcastle Manchester
St James' Park Manchester City Stadium
Capacity: 52,409 Capacity: 55,097[29]
54°58′32″N 1°37′18″W / 54.97556°N 1.62167°W / 54.97556; -1.62167 (St James' Park) 53°28′59″N 2°12′1″W / 53.48306°N 2.20028°W / 53.48306; -2.20028 (City of Manchester Stadium)
St James Park.jpg City of Manchester Stadium East Stand.jpg
Birmingham Leeds
Villa Park Elland Road
Capacity: 42,785 Capacity: 37,914
52°30′33″N 1°53′5″W / 52.50917°N 1.88472°W / 52.50917; -1.88472 (Villa Park) 53°46′40″N 1°34′20″W / 53.77778°N 1.57222°W / 53.77778; -1.57222 (Elland Road)
Villa Park.jpg Elland Road, East Stand.jpg
Leicester Brighton Milton Keynes Gloucester Exeter
Leicester City Stadium Brighton Community Stadium Stadium mk Kingsholm Stadium Sandy Park
52°37′13″N 1°8′32″W / 52.62028°N 1.14222°W / 52.62028; -1.14222 (Leicester City Stadium) 50°51′42″N 0°4′59.80″W / 50.86167°N 0.0832778°W / 50.86167; -0.0832778 (Brighton Community Stadium) 52°00′34″N 00°44′00″W / 52.00944°N 0.73333°W / 52.00944; -0.73333 (Stadium MK) 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)
Capacity: 32,312 Capacity: 30,750 Capacity: 30,717 Capacity: 16,500 Capacity: 12,300
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Source: The Telegraph[30]

Team bases[edit]

The 41 venues that acted as team bases for the competing nations were announced on 26 August 2014.[31] 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.[32]

Qualified teams[edit]

Twenty teams played in the final tournament. They are listed below, along with their pre-tournament positions in the World Rugby Rankings.[33] The list of teams is the same as in the 2003 tournament.


Seedings for the pools of the 2015 World Cup were based on the teams' 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.[34] 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.

Draw criticism[edit]

The timing of the draw drew criticism due to its distance from the tournament.[35] By the time of the pool match between England and Wales on 26 September, pool A contained the 2nd, 3rd and 4th (Australia, England and Wales) ranked teams in the world.[36] Following England's elimination at the pool stage after defeats by Australia and Wales—making them the first sole host nation and the first former champion not to reach the knockout stage[37]—Wales coach Warren Gatland noted that "Everyone is making a thing about the first home country to hold a World Cup to miss out on the quarter-finals, but the stupid thing, as we all know, is why was the World Cup draw done three years ago? That's just ridiculous as far as I am concerned. If they had followed the football model, then we wouldn't be in this position. There are other people outside this who need to have a look at themselves and why those decisions were made, and you have got to feel sorry for the people involved and who this has affected".[38] The chief executive of World Rugby Brett Gosper subsequently acknowledged criticisms, saying "We’ll look at that next time to see if it’s possible to make the draw closer to the tournament".[39]

Pool stage[edit]

The first round, or pool stage, saw the 20 teams divided into four pools of five teams, using the same format that was used in 2003, 2007, and 2011. Each pool was a single round-robin of ten games, in which each team played one match against each of the other teams in the same pool. Teams were awarded four points for a win, two points for a draw and none for a defeat. A team scoring four tries in one match scored a bonus point, as did a team that lost by fewer than eight points.[40]

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 received automatic qualification to the 2019 Rugby World Cup (Japan has already automatically qualified as hosts).[41]

Tie-breaking criteria

If two or more teams were tied on match points, the following tiebreakers will apply:[42]

  1. The winner of the match between the two teams;
  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.

If three teams are tied on points, the above criteria will be used to decide first place in the Pool, and then the criteria will be used again (starting from criteria 1) to decide second place in the Pool.

Key to colours in pool tables
Advanced to the quarter-finals and qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup
Eliminated but qualified for 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]

England vs. Australia at Twickenham Stadium, London. Australia won 33-13.
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 Australia 4 4 0 0 17 141 35 +106 1 17
 Wales 4 3 0 1 11 111 62 +49 1 13
 England 4 2 0 2 16 133 75 +58 3 11
 Fiji 4 1 0 3 10 84 101 –17 1 5
 Uruguay 4 0 0 4 2 30 226 –196 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  47–15  Uruguay Stadium mk, Milton Keynes
10 October 2015 Australia  15–6  Wales Twickenham Stadium, London
10 October 2015 England  60–3  Uruguay Manchester City Stadium, Manchester

Pool B[edit]

South Africa vs USA at the Olympic Stadium, London. South Africa won 64–0.
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 South Africa 4 3 0 1 23 176 56 +120 4 16
 Scotland 4 3 0 1 14 136 93 +43 2 14
 Japan 4 3 0 1 9 98 100 –2 0 12
 Samoa 4 1 0 3 7 69 124 –55 2 6
 United States 4 0 0 4 5 50 156 –106 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  64–0  United States Olympic Stadium, London
10 October 2015 Samoa  33–36  Scotland St. James' Park, Newcastle
11 October 2015 United States  18–28  Japan Kingsholm, Gloucester

Pool C[edit]

New Zealand vs Argentina at Wembley Stadium, London. New Zealand won 26-16.
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 New Zealand 4 4 0 0 25 174 49 +125 3 19
 Argentina 4 3 0 1 22 179 70 +109 3 15
 Georgia 4 2 0 2 5 53 123 –70 0 8
 Tonga 4 1 0 3 8 70 130 –60 2 6
 Namibia 4 0 0 4 8 70 174 –104 1 1
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  16–17  Georgia Sandy Park, Exeter
9 October 2015 New Zealand  47–9  Tonga St. James' Park, Newcastle
11 October 2015 Argentina  64–19  Namibia Leicester City Stadium, Leicester

Pool D[edit]

Ireland vs. Canada at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Ireland won 50-7.
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 Ireland 4 4 0 0 16 134 35 +99 2 18
 France 4 3 0 1 12 120 63 +57 2 14
 Italy 4 2 0 2 7 74 88 –14 2 10
 Romania 4 1 0 3 7 60 129 –69 0 4
 Canada 4 0 0 4 7 58 131 –73 2 2
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  15–17  Romania Leicester City Stadium, Leicester
11 October 2015 Italy  32–22  Romania Sandy Park, Exeter
11 October 2015 France  9–24  Ireland Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Knockout stage[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
17 October – Twickenham Stadium        
  South Africa  23
24 October – Twickenham Stadium
  Wales  19  
  South Africa  18
17 October – Millennium Stadium
      New Zealand  20  
  New Zealand  62
31 October – Twickenham Stadium
  France  13  
  New Zealand  34
18 October – Millennium Stadium    
    Australia  17
  Ireland  20
25 October – Twickenham Stadium
  Argentina  43  
  Argentina  15 Third place
18 October – Twickenham Stadium
      Australia  29   30 October – Olympic Stadium
  Australia  35
  South Africa  24
  Scotland  34  
  Argentina  13


17 October 2015
16:00 BST (UTC+01)
South Africa  23–19  Wales
Try: Du Preez 75' m
Con: Pollard (0/1)
Pen: Pollard (5/7) 9', 13', 17', 21', 62'
Drop: Pollard 52'
Report Try: G. Davies 18' c
Con: Biggar (1/1) 19'
Pen: Biggar (3/4) 15', 47', 64'
Drop: Biggar 40'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 79,572
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

17 October 2015
20:00 BST (UTC+01)
New Zealand  62–13  France
Try: Retallick 11' c
Milner-Skudder 23' c
Savea (3) 29' c, 38' m, 59' c
Kaino 50' m
Read 64' c
Kerr-Barlow (2) 68' c, 71' c
Con: Carter (7/9) 12', 25', 31', 60', 65', 68', 72'
Pen: Carter (1/1) 7'
Report Try: Picamoles 36' c
Con: Parra (1/1) 37'
Pen: Spedding (1/1) 9'
Parra (1/2) 15'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 71,619
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

18 October 2015
13:00 BST (UTC+01)
Ireland  20–43  Argentina
Try: Fitzgerald 26' c
Murphy 44' c
Con: Madigan (2/2) 27', 45'
Pen: Madigan (2/4) 20', 53'
Report Try: Moroni 3' c
Imhoff (2) 10' c, 73' c
Tuculet 69' c
Con: Sánchez (4/4) 5', 10', 70', 74'
Pen: Sánchez (5/6) 13', 22', 51', 64', 77'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 72,316
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)

18 October 2015
16:00 BST (UTC+01)
Australia  35–34  Scotland
Try: Ashley-Cooper 9' m
Mitchell (2) 30' m, 43' c
Hooper 40' m
Kuridrani 64' c
Con: Foley (2/5) 44', 65'
Pen: Foley (2/2) 54', 80'
Report Try: Horne 18' c
Seymour 59' m
Bennett 74' c
Con: Laidlaw (2/3) 19', 75'
Pen: Laidlaw (5/5) 14', 21', 34', 47', 69'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 77,110
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)


24 October 2015
16:00 BST (UTC+01)
South Africa  18–20  New Zealand
Pen: Pollard (5/5) 3', 11', 21', 39', 58'
Lambie (1/1) 69'
Report Try: Kaino 6' c
Barrett 52' c
Con: Carter (2/2) 9', 53'
Pen: Carter (1/2) 60'
Drop: Carter 46'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 80,090
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)

25 October 2015
16:00 GMT (UTC+00)
Argentina  15–29  Australia
Pen: Sánchez (5/5) 7', 24', 36', 45', 55'
Report Try: Simmons 2' c
Ashley-Cooper (3) 10' c, 32' m, 72' c
Con: Foley (3/4) 3', 11', 73'
Pen: Foley (1/2) 48'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 80,025
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

Bronze final[edit]

30 October 2015
20:00 GMT (UTC+00)
South Africa  24–13  Argentina
Try: Pietersen 6' c
Etzebeth 43' m
Con: Pollard (1/2) 7'
Pen: Pollard (4/5) 14', 33', 40', 48'
Report Try: Orlandi 80' c
Con: Sánchez (1/1) 80'
Pen: Sánchez (1/1) 52'
Drop: Sánchez 42'
Olympic Stadium, London
Attendance: 55,925
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)


31 October 2015
16:00 GMT (UTC+00)
New Zealand  34–17  Australia
Try: Milner-Skudder 39' c
Nonu 42' m
Barrett 79' c
Con: Carter (2/3) 40', 80'
Pen: Carter (4/4) 8', 27', 36', 75'
Drop: Carter 70'
Report Try: Pocock 53' c
Kuridrani 64' c
Con: Foley (2/2) 54', 65'
Pen: Foley (1/1) 14'
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 80,125
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)


During the 2015 World Rugby Awards, Japan's final try and victory against South Africa was named the World Cup best match moment, while Rugby World Cup sponsors Société Générale unveiled their dream team, made up of the best performing players of the Tournament.[43]

2015 Rugby World Cup dream team[44]


Each country was 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 was also a stand-down period of 48 hours before the new player was allowed to take the field. Hence, a replacement player called into a squad on the eve of a game would not be permitted to play in that game.[45]

Match officials[edit]

On 7 April 2015, World Rugby named twelve referees, seven assistant referees and four television match officials to handle the pool stage games.[46] The referees appointed to the World Cup with their union in brackets are as follows:


Top points scorers
Player Team Points
Nicolás Sánchez  Argentina 97
Handré Pollard  South Africa 93
Bernard Foley  Australia 82
Dan Carter  New Zealand 82
Greig Laidlaw  Scotland 79
Ayumu Goromaru  Japan 58

The top point scorer of the entire tournament was Argentine fly-half Nicolás Sánchez with 97, from one try, 13 conversions, 20 penalties and two drop goals.[47] New Zealand wing Julian Savea scored the most tries, eight, equalling the record for one tournament set by his compatriot Jonah Lomu and South African Bryan Habana.[48]

Media coverage[edit]

ITV Sport was 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.[49] It showed every match from the tournament live in the UK on ITV or ITV4.[50]

Country or region Broadcaster Broadcasting
Africa1 SuperSport[51][52] All 48 matches broadcast live
 Argentina ESPN Extra All 48 matches broadcast live.
TV Pública All Argentina matches, plus opening, semi-final and final matches.
 Australia Fox Sports[51][52] All 48 matches broadcast live[53]
Nine Network[51][52] All Australian matches, some other pool games and all knockout games free-to-air live
Tivibu Spor 45 matches live (excluding Tonga v Georgia, Wales v Fiji and France v Canada at the pool stage)
 Brazil ESPN Brasil[51][54] All 48 matches broadcast live
 Canada TSN[51][55] All 48 matches live on either TSN, TSN2 or TSN.ca
RDS[51][55] Rights to a select number of matches in French
Central America2
South America3
ESPN[51][54] At least 16 matches (all Argentina and Uruguay matches, plus all knockout stages matches with the bronze final and the final).
 Czech Republic
Pragosport/Česká televize[51] All 48 matches broadcast live
 Fiji Fiji TV[51][56] All 48 matches broadcast live
FBC TV[56] All 48 matches broadcast live free to air
France France and French Overseas Territories TF1[51][57] 21 matches, including all French matches, the best pool stage matches, all quarter-finals, both semi-finals, the bronze final and the final
Canal+[51][57] 27 matches that will not be broadcast by TF1
 Georgia 1TV[51] All 48 matches broadcast live[53]
 Hungary Digi Sport[51] More than 40 matches broadcast live
 India Sony SIX All 48 matches broadcast live
 Ireland TV3[51][58] & 3e. All 48 matches broadcast live. TV3 began broadcasting in HD just before the competition.
 Israel Sport1 TBA
 Italy Sky Sport[51][59] 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 J Sports[51] All 48 matches broadcast live
Nippon TV[51] Japanese commentary of all Japanese pool-stage matches, 2 quarter-finals, both semi-finals, the bronze final and the final.
NHK[51] 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.
 Latvia Best 4 Sport TV[51] All 48 matches live or on delay and repeat
 Netherlands RTL 7[60] Total of 24 matches live
 New Zealand Sky Sport[52] All 48 matches broadcast live
 Poland Polsat Sport[61] All 48 matches broadcast live or on delay
 Portugal Sport TV[51] All 48 matches broadcast live
 Romania Digi Sport[62] All 48 matches broadcast live
 Russia Peretz[63] More than 30 matches broadcast delay on TV and live on internet
 Samoa Sky Pacific (Fiji TV)[51] All 48 matches broadcast live
South Asia Sony SIX[64][65] All 48 matches broadcast live with sister channel Sony Kix.[65]
 Sri Lanka Channel Eye[66] All 48 matches live or on delay and repeat (Free to air)
 South Africa SABC[67]
29 live matches, including all South African matches, and 7 delayed matches
All 48 matches broadcast live with repeats and highlights
 Spain Canal+ Deportes (Movistar+)[69][70] All 48 matches broadcast live
 Tonga Sky Pacific (Fiji TV)[51] All 48 matches broadcast live
 United Kingdom ITV Network[52] All 48 matches live on either ITV, STV (Scotland), UTV (Northern Ireland) or ITV4
BBC Radio[71] Live radio commentary for all 48 games.
Radio Cymru broadcast live commentary of all Wales games in Welsh[72]
S4C[73] All Wales matches live in Welsh, the opening match, one quarter-final and one semi-final, the bronze final and the final
 United States Universal Sports
NBC[74] & Univision
All 48 matches live online in the US for a cost of $199.99.
Live coverage of nine matches between the two broadcasters – four USA pool matches, opening match, both semi-finals, bronze final and the final.
 Uruguay Teledoce Only Uruguay matches

1 Except British Indian Ocean Territory - Chagos Archipelago, Cape Verde, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, North Africa, Réunion, Somalia, South Sudan and Tristan da Cunha.
2 Except Belize.
3 Except Brazil and South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands.

Television network Country or Region Broadcasting
Canal+ Africa Francophone Central and West Africa All 48 matches live on Canal+ Sport 3
Eurosport[75] Austria, Belgium, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland 20 matches live, including opening match and final
Fox Sports Asia[76] 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[51] 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


OSN[51] Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Tunisia, UAE All 48 matches broadcast live or on delay
TF1[51] Monaco 21 matches, including all French matches, the best pool stage matches, all quarter-finals, both semi-finals, the bronze final and the final
Viaplay, Viasat[77] Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden All 48 matches broadcast live on OTT Service Viaplay, with selected games on Viasat Sport


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.[79] IGN rated the game 1.5/10, calling it "unbearable".[80]


Ticket prices were announced in November 2013 with general sale applications launching in September 2014.[81] Adult ticket prices started at £15 for pool matches and children's tickets were available from £7 at 41 of the 48 matches. Tickets for the World Cup final ranged from £150 to £715.[82]

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.


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