Ultimate Guide to the Rugby World Cup 2015 in London

Information verified correct on December 8th, 2016

Whether you're heading over to the UK for the Rugby World Cup 2015 or watching it from the comfort of your home – here is everything you need to know to get the most out of the 2015 World Rugby Cup

Who is Australia playing in the pool games? What are the odds of them making it out of the group stages? With the Rugby World Cup 2015 fast approaching there is so much information out there and it can be overwhelming. This guide is designed to give you all the information you need to know about the Rugby World Cup 2015 in one place.

What time is the Rugby World Cup Final? Australia vs New Zealand

Rugby World Cup final – Australia vs New Zealand

Venue: Twickenham

Date: Saturday, 31 October

Kick-off: 16:00 GMT

Rugby World Cup final time in Australia: What time is the Rugby World Cup 2015 being played around the world?

CountryDateTime
Argentina (ST)Saturday, October 31, 20151:00 PM
Australia (ACDT)Sunday, November 1, 20152:30 AM
Australia (AEDT)Sunday, November 1, 20153:00 AM
Australia (AEST)Sunday, November 1, 20152:00 AM
Australia (AWST)Sunday, November 1, 201512:00 AM
Canada (MDT)Saturday, October 31, 201510:00 AM
Canada (PDT)Saturday, October 31, 20159:00 AM
Canada (ADT)Saturday, October 31, 20151:00 PM
Canada (NDT)Saturday, October 31, 20151:30 PM
Canada (EDT)Saturday, October 31, 201512:00 PM
Canada (CST)Saturday, October 31, 201510:00 AM
England GMT)Saturday, October 31, 20154:00 PM
Fiji (DST)Sunday, November 1, 20155:00 AM
France (CET)Saturday, October 31, 20155:00 PM
Georgia (ST)Saturday, October 31, 20158:00 PM
Ireland (GMT)Saturday, October 31, 20154:00 PM
Italy (CET)Saturday, October 31, 20155:00 PM
Japan (ST)Sunday, November 1, 20151:00 AM
Namibia (DST)Saturday, October 31, 20156:00 PM
New Zealand (DST)Sunday, November 1, 20155:00 AM
Romania (EET)Saturday, October 31, 20156:00 PM
Samoa (DST)Sunday, November 1, 20156:00 AM
Scotland (GMT)Saturday, October 31, 20154:00 PM
South Africa (ST)Saturday, October 31, 20156:00 PM
Tonga (ST)Sunday, November 1, 20155:00 AM
Uruguay (ST)Saturday, October 31, 20151:00 PM
USA (CDT)Saturday, October 31, 201511:00 AM
USA (DST)Saturday, October 31, 20158:00 AM
USA (EDT)Saturday, October 31, 201512:00 PM
USA (HST)Saturday, October 31, 20156:00 AM
USA (MDT)Saturday, October 31, 201510:00 AM
USA (PDT)Saturday, October 31, 20159:00 AM
Wales (GMT)Saturday, October 31, 20154:00 PM

The Pools

The Rugby World Cup 2015 pools are broken up into four groups:

Group A

  • Australia (5), England (4), Wales (6), Fiji (12), Uruguay (20)
  • Rankings points total – 47

Group B 

  • South Africa (2), Samoa (10), Scotland (8), Japan (11), United States (16)
  • Rankings points total – 47

Group C 

  • New Zealand (1), Argentina (9), Tonga (13), Georgia (15), Namibia (23)
  • Rankings points total – 61

Group D

  • France (7), Ireland (3), Italy (14), Canada (18), Romania (17)
  • Rankings points total – 59

The Draw

The Rugby World Cup 2015 will feature 48 games and runs from the 19 September 2015 through to the 31 October 2015, providing rugby fans worldwide with six straight weeks of hard hitting World Cup Rugby action. The group stages kick off on 19 September 2015 and concludes on 11 October 2015. The finals series start on 17 October 2015 and culminate with the Final at Twickenham Stadium on 31 October 2015.

The Odds

Team
Odds
New Zealand$2.50
England$5.00
South Africa$6.50
Ireland$9.00
Australia$8.00
Wales$21.00
France$19.00
Argentina$81.00
Scotland$201.00
Samoa$301.00
Italy$1001.00
Namibia$5001.00
Fiji$1001.00
Romania$5001.00
Canada$2001.00
Japan$1001.00
Georgia$2001.00
Tonga$1001.00
USA$3001.00
Uruguay$5001.00

*Odds sourced from Sportsbet.com.au on 12/08/2015

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The Stadiums

Brighton Community Stadium Brighton Community Stadium

Brighton Community Stadium, also known as  American Express Community Stadium or The Amex, is a UK stadium located near the iconic Brighton Beach.

  • Matches: South Africa vs Japan (19/09/2015),South Africa vs Japan (20/09/2015)
  • Location: Falmer, Brighton, East Sussex, England
  • Capacity: 30,750
  • Record attendance: 30,278
  • Surface: Grass
  • Roof: Open air

Elland Road

Elland Road is the historic home of Leeds United A.F.C. since the club's foundation in 1919.

  • Matches: Italy vs Canada (26/09/2015), Scotland vs USA (27/09/2015)
  • Location: Elland Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
  • Capacity: 37,914
  • Record attendance: 40,287
  • Surface: Grass
  • Roof: Open air

Kingsholm Stadium

Kingsholm Stadium is a rugby union stadium in Gloucester and has an enviable history when it comes to international rugby, hosting it’s first match way back in October 1891.A giant 7 at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester, marks seven days to the start of J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s Series.

  • Matches: Tonga vs Georgia (19/09/2015), Scotland vs Japan (23/09/2015), Argentina vs Georgia (25/09/2015), USA vs Japan (11/10/2015)
  • Location: Gloucester, England
  • Capacity: 16,500
  • Record attendance: n/a
  • Surface: Grass
  • Roof: Open air

Leicester City StadiumLeicester City Stadium

Leicester City Stadium, also known as King Power Stadium, is the 19th largest stadium by capacity in England, and is the home ground for Premier League team Leicester City.

  • Matches: Argentina vs Tonga (04/10/2015), Canada vs Romania (06/10/2015), Argentina vs Namibia (11/10/2015)
  • Location: Filbert Way, Leicester, England
  • Capacity: 32,262
  • Record attendance: 32,488
  • Surface: Desso GrassMaster
  • Roof: Open air

Manchester City StadiumManchester Stadium

Manchester City Stadium is the home of Manchester City and it’s 10 October 2015 matchup between England and Uruguay, will be its first international rugby union match.

  • Matches: England vs Uruguay (10/10/2015)
  • Location: Etihad Campus, Manchester, England
  • Capacity: 55,000 [add tool tip] approx pending completion
  • Record attendance: 47,435
  • Surface: Desso GrassMaster
  • Roof: Open air

Millennium StadiumMillennium Stadium

Millennium Stadium (Cardiff) is the new home of Welsh rugby and it is the second largest sports venue in the world with a fully retractable roof.

  • Matches: Ireland vs Canada (19/09/2015), Wales vs Uruguay (20/09/2015), Australia vs Fiji (23/09/2015), Wales vs Fiji (01/10/2015), New Zealand vs Georgia (02/10/2015), France vs Ireland (11/10/2015), Quarter Final 2 (17/10/2015), Quarter Final 3 (18/10/2015)
  • Location: Westgate Street, Cardiff, Wales
  • Capacity: 74,500
  • Record attendance: 74,576
  • Surface: Desso
  • Roof: Retractable

The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic ParkThe Stadium

Reopened especially for the Rugby World Cup 2015, The Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will play host to its first ever international rugby match.

  • Matches: France vsRomania (23/09/2015), New Zealand vs Namibia (24/09/2015, Ireland vs Italy (04/10/2015), South Africa vs USA (07/10/2015), Bronze Final (30/10/2015)
  • Location: Olympic Park Stratford, London, England
  • Capacity: 54,000
  • Record attendance: n/a
  • Surface: Grass (Desso)
  • Roof: Open air

Sandy ParkSandy Park

Sandy Park is the home ground of Exeter Chiefs and is hosting three Rugby World Cup 2015 matchups from pools C and D.

  • Matches: Tonga vs Namibia (29/09/2015), Namibia vs Georgia (07/10/2015), Italy vs Romania (11/10/2015)
  • Location: Exeter, Devon, England
  • Capacity: 12,500
  • Record attendance: 12,642
  • Surface: Open air
  • Roof: Desso Grassmaster

St James' ParkSt James Park

St James' Park (Newcastle) is the home of Premier League club Newcastle United F.C. and will host three games of the 2015 Rugby world Cup.

  • Matches: South Africa vs Scotland (03/10/2015), New Zealand vs Tonga (09/10/2015), Samoa vs Scotland (10/10/2015)
  • Location: St James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Capacity: 52,405
  • Record attendance: 68,386
  • Surface: Grass
  • Roof: Open air

Stadium MKStadium MK

World Cup Rugby 2015 brings rugby to Stadium MK, which is the home of the Milton Keynes Dons Football Club.

  • Matches: France vs Canada (01/10/2015), Samoa vs Japan (03/10/2015), Fiji vs Uruguay (06/10/2015)
  • Location: Denbigh, Milton Keynes, England
  • Capacity: 30,500
  • Record attendance: 27,411
  • Surface: Desso GrassMaster
  • Roof: Open air

TwickenhamTwickenham

Twickenham is the largest dedicated rugby union stadium, so it is little wonder why the Rugby World Cup 2015 scheduled 10 of it matches in these hallowed halls. Matches: England vs Fiji (18/09/2015), France vs Italy (19/09/2015), England vs Wales (26/09/2015), England vs Australia (03/10/2015), Fiji vs Uruguay (10/10/2015), Quarter Final 1 (17/10/2015), Quarter Final 4 (18/10/2015), Semi Final 1 (24/10/2015), Semi Final 2 (25/10/2015), 2015 Rugby World Cup Final (31/10/2015)

  • Location: Whitton Road, Twickenham, England
  • Capacity: 82,000
  • Record attendance: 82,319
  • Surface: Grass
  • Roof: Open air

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Villa ParkVilla Park

Villa Park has been the home of Aston Villa Football Club since 1897 and is hosting its first rugby match in over 60 years for the Rugby World Cup 2015.

  • Matches: South Africa vs Samoa (27/09/2015), Australia vs Uruguay (27/09/2015)
  • Location: Trinity Road, Birmingham, England
  • Capacity: 42,682
  • Record attendance: 42,788
  • Surface: Desso GrassMaster
  • Roof: Open air

Wembley StadiumWembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium is one of the most recognisable stadiums in the world and has played host to a raft of sorting events over the years. While the Rugby World Cup 2015 matches will be the first Rugby World Cup games held at Wembley Stadium, it does hold the a world record attendance of 84,068 for a rugby match.

  • Matches: New Zealand vs Argentina (20/09/2015), Ireland vs Romania (27/09/2015)
  • Location: London, England
  • Capacity: 90,000
  • Record attendance: 89,874
  • Surface: Desso GrassMaster
  • Roof: Partially retractable

Tour Wembley Stadium


The Fixtures

Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool A

DateMatchupStadiumResult
18/09/2015England vs FijiTwickenham Stadium, LondonTBD
20/09/2015Wales vs UruguayMillennium Stadium, CardiffTBD
23/09/2015Australia vs FijiMillennium Stadium, CardiffTBD
26/09/2015England vs WalesTwickenham Stadium, LondonTBD
27/09/2015Australia vs UruguayVilla Park, BirminghamTBD
01/10/2015Wales vs FijiMillennium Stadium, CardiffTBD
03/10/2015England vs AustraliaTwickenham Stadium, LondonTBD
06/10/2015Uruguay vs FijiStadium MK, Milton KeynesTBD
10/10/2015Australia vs WalesTwickenham Stadium, LondonTBD
10/10/2015England vs UruguayManchester City Stadium, ManchesterTBD

Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool B

DateMatchupStadiumResult
19/09/2015South Africa vs JapanBrighton Community Stadium, BrightonTBD
20/09/2015Samoa vs United StatesBrighton Community Stadium, BrightonTBD
23/09/2015Scotland vs JapanKingsholm, GloucesterTBD
26/09/2015South Africa vs SamoaVilla Park, BirminghamTBD
27/09/2015Scotland vs United StatesElland Road, LeedsTBD
03/10/2015Samoa vs JapanStadium MK, Milton KeynesTBD
03/10/2015South Africa vs ScotlandSt. James' Park, NewcastleTBD
07/10/2015South Africa vs United StatesOlympic Stadium, LondonTBD
10/10/2015Samoa vs ScotlandSt. James' Park, NewcastleTBD
11/10/2015United States vs JapanKingsholm, GloucesterTBD

Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool C

DateMatchupStadiumResult
19/09/2015Tonga vs GeorgiaKingsholm, GloucesterTBD
20/09/2015New Zealand vs ArgentinaWembley Stadium, LondonTBD
24/09/2015New Zealand vs NamibiaOlympic Stadium, LondonTBD
25/09/2015Argentina vs GeorgiaKingsholm, GloucesterTBD
29/09/2015Tonga vs NamibiaSandy Park, ExeterTBD
02/10/2015New Zealand vs GeorgiaMillennium Stadium, CardiffTBD
04/10/2015Argentina vs TongaLeicester City Stadium, LeicesterTBD
07/10/2015Namibia vs GeorgiaSandy Park, ExeterTBD
9/10/2015New Zealand vs TongaSt. James' Park, NewcastleTBD
11/10/2015Argentina vs NamibiaLeicester City Stadium, LeicesterTBD

Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D

DateMatchupStadiumResult
19/09/2015Ireland vs CanadaMillennium Stadium, CardiffTBD
19/09/2015France vs ItalyTwickenham Stadium, LondonTBD
23/09/2015France vs RomaniaOlympic Stadium, LondonTBD
26/09/2015Italy vs CanadaElland Road, LeedsTBD
27/09/2015Ireland vs RomaniaWembley Stadium, LondonTBD
01/10/2015France vs CanadaStadium MK, Milton KeynesTBD
04/10/2015Ireland vs ItalyOlympic Stadium, LondonTBD
06/10/2015Canada vs RomaniaLeicester City Stadium, LeicesterTBD
11/10/2015Italy vs RomaniaSandy Park, ExeterTBD
11/10/2015France vs IrelandMillennium Stadium, CardiffTBD

Who's made the squad?

Australia

BACKS

Adam Ashley-Cooper, Kurtley Beale, Quade Cooper, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Matt Giteau, Rob Horne, Samu Kerevi, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Lealiifano, Drew Mitchell, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Nick Phipps, Henry Speight, Matt Toomua, Joe Tomane, Nic White.

FORWARDS

David Pocock, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Scott Sio, Rob Simmons, Will Skelton, James Slipper, Toby Smith, Wyclif Palu, Ben McCalman, Sean McMahon, Dean Mumm, Stephen Moore, Sekope Kepu, Rory Arnold, Dave Dennis, James Hanson, Scott Fardy, Tetera Faulkner, James Horwill, Scott Higginbotham, Greg Holmes, Michael Hooper.

Rugby World Cup merchandise and fangear

Cheer and support your team from the sidelines in your team's colours by shopping for your team's jersey, shorts, scarves and whatever else you'd like to add to your kit. A full lot of clothes for each participating country can be found on Goodscore with free shipping attached, too. But because we're Aussie supporters, here's our top looks for the Cup.

Wallabies 2014/15 Ladies' Reversible Jacket
Rebel Sport
Wallabies Sceanie
Rebel Sport
Wallabies 2015 Men's Replica Jersey
Rebel Sport
Wallabies 2015 Indigo Blue Training Tank Size Lge
Goodscore
Wallabies 2015 Men's Long Sleeve Polo
Rebel Sport
Wallabies 2015 Mens Home Test Jersey Size Med
Goodscore

Rugby World Cup tickets

Need an excuse to fly up to London? Tickets to the Rugby World Cup is more than a valid excuse get thee to the UK. Viagago is a world renowned marketplace for event tickets and is a hidden gem where you can snap up Category A tickets to some of the biggest games. At the time of writing (8 July 2015), prices are starting from $100. Good luck!

Rugby World Cup 2015 Tickets


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