Drawing closer: RWC2015
The 41 team bases selected for use at Rugby World Cup 2015 have been confirmed by the tournament organisers.
The 20 teams participating in the tournament, taking place in England and in Cardiff between September 18 and October 31, will be based across England and Wales
The search for team bases was launched via an open tender process in April 2013 and just under 100 bids were received.
Namibia celebrate yesterday after winning the Africa Cup and a spot in Pool C of the RWC 2015. Photo: IRB
Namibia yesterday qualified for Rugby World Cup 2015 after claiming the Confederation Africaine de Rugby Division 1A title in dramatic fashion in Antananarivo.
Needing to win their final match against Madagascar by 53 points, the 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011 participants produced an inspired performance to run out 89-10 winners, claim the Africa Cup and a place alongside New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga and Georgia in Pool C at England 2015.
At the beginning of a gripping day, the Namibians were outside hopefuls at best, but Zimbabwe’s 28-10 win against Kenya, denying the Kenyan’s a losing bonus point, while failing to secure a bonus point of their own, left the door ajar for the seasoned Rugby World Cup campaigners.
Kenya Simbas (green) contest the ball against hosts Madagascar at Antananarivo. Photo: IRB
The Simbas yesterday dominated Madagascar, running in 34 points and conceding none in their second qualification tie in the Rugby World Cup qualifying tournament in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
With one game remaining on Sunday versus the Zimbabwe Sables, there is an air of expectation that the Simbas will qualify for the England Rugby World Cup 2015.
Coach Jerome Paarwater should be ecstatic with his squad. They have scored plenty of tries, showed composure when under the pump, and now have two wins from two games and a very strong points difference of +41, with one tie remaining.