2015 Rugby World Cup

8th Rugby World Cup

The 2015 Rugby World Cup was the 8th Rugby World Cup tournament. It was played in England from 18 September to 31 October.[1] Scotland won the tournament over Australia to win their 3rd title.[2] 20 nations competed in the tournament.

2015 Rugby World Cup
Tournament details
Host countryEngland
Dates18 September – 31 October
Teams20 (96 qualifying) (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)13 (in 11 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsScotland Scotland (3rd title)
Runners-upAustralia New Zealand
Third place South Africa
Fourth place Argentina
2011
2019

Host nationEdit

On 28 July 2009, the International Rugby Board chose England as the host for the 205 tournament, and Japan for the 2019 competition.[3] Italy,[4] Japan[5] and South Africa[6] all wanted to host the tournament.

VenuesEdit

The final venues and schedule were all confirmed on on 2 May 2013.[7]

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: 85,000 Capacity: 56,000 Capacity: 74,154
       
Newcastle Manchester
St James' Park Manchester City Stadium
Capacity: 52,409 Capacity: 55,097[8]
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)
   
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)
   
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
         

TeamsEdit

 
     Country qualified for World Cup      Country failed to qualify      Country not an IRB member

12 of these teams qualified just from playing well in the last tournament, and the other 8 played in regional tournaments to qualify.

Asia

Africa

South America

North America

Europe

Oceania

Pool stageEdit

Pool AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts Qualification
1   Australia 4 4 0 0 17 141 35 +106 1 17 Advanced to the quarter-finals and qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup
2   Wales 4 3 0 1 11 111 62 +49 1 13
3   England 4 2 0 2 16 133 75 +58 3 11 Qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup
4   Fiji 4 1 0 3 10 84 101 –17 1 5
5   Uruguay 4 0 0 4 2 30 226 –196 0 0

Pool BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts Qualification
1   South Africa 4 3 0 1 23 176 56 +120 4 16 Advanced to the quarter-finals and qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup
2   Scotland 4 3 0 1 14 136 93 +43 2 14
3   Japan 4 3 0 1 9 98 100 –2 0 12 Qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup
4   Samoa 4 1 0 3 7 69 124 –55 2 6
5   United States 4 0 0 4 5 50 156 –106 0 0

Pool CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts Qualification
1   New Zealand 4 4 0 0 25 174 49 +125 3 19 Advanced to the quarter-finals and qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup
2   Argentina 4 3 0 1 22 179 70 +109 3 15
3   Georgia 4 2 0 2 5 53 123 –70 0 8 Qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup
4   Tonga 4 1 0 3 8 70 130 –60 2 6
5   Namibia 4 0 0 4 8 70 174 –104 1 1

Pool DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts Qualification
1   Ireland 4 4 0 0 16 134 35 +99 2 18 Advanced to the quarter-finals and qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup
2   France 4 3 0 1 12 120 63 +57 2 14
3   Italy 4 2 0 2 7 74 88 –14 2 10 Qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup
4   Romania 4 1 0 3 7 60 129 –69 0 4
5   Canada 4 0 0 4 7 58 131 –73 2 2

Knockout stageEdit

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
17 October — London (Twickenham)        
   South Africa  23
24 October — London (Twickenham)
   Wales  19  
   South Africa  18
17 October — Cardiff
     New Zealand  20  
   New Zealand  62
31 October — London (Twickenham)
   France  13  
   New Zealand  34
18 October— Cardiff
     Scotland  35
   Ireland  20
25 October — London (Twickenham)
   Argentina  43  
   Argentina  15 Third place
18 October — London (Twickenham)
     Scotland  29  
   Australia  35    South Africa  24
   Scotland  36      Argentina  13
30 October — London (Olmypic)

StatisticsEdit

 
Nicolás Sánchez was the top point-scorer.
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

OverallEdit

  • Total number of points scored: 2,439
  • Average points per match: 50.8
  • Total number of tries scored: 271 (including 6 penalty tries)
  • Average tries per match: 5.65
  • Total number of braces: 26
  • Total number of hat-tricks: 8
  • Total number of conversions missed: 77
  • Total number of conversions scored: 194
  • Conversion success rate: 71.6%
  • Total number of penalty goals missed: 64
  • Total number of penalty goals scored: 227
  • Penalty goal success rate: 78.0%
  • Total number of drop goals scored: 8
  • Total number of penalty tries awarded: 6

ReferencesEdit

  1. "September 18 start date for RWC 2015". International Rugby Board. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  2. "New Zealand retain Rugby World Cup with ruthless display against Australia". Guardian. 31 October 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  3. "England 2015 will be best Rugby World Cup ever, says RFU chief Francis Baron". Daily Telegraph. London. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  4. Bates, Rupert (2 September 2007). "Diego Dominguez ready for Rugby World Cup". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  5. Japan joins England and South Africa in bidding for Rugby World Cup, guardian.co.uk, 8 May 2009
  6. "30,000 Tickets More on Sale for Rugby WC 2015". mattsports.co.uk.
  7. "RWC 2015 venues and schedule announced". rugbyworldcup.com. International Rugby Board. 2 May 2013. Archived from the original on 7 May 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  8. "Manchester City stadium to become Premier League's third largest". ESPN. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2015.

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