Category Archives: England 2015

World Cup team bases confirmed

Drawing closer: RWC2015

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.

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Fiji boss backs new eligibility rule

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan backs new IRB ruling which could see Rokocoko and Sivivatu playing for Fiji in the future. Photo: Skysports

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan backs new IRB ruling which could see Rokocoko and Sivivatu playing for Fiji in the future. Photo: Skysports

Fiji Sevens head coach Ben Ryan is firmly behind the new IRB Regulation 8 to allow players a second chance at international rugby.

A number of players capped by New Zealand and Australia but born in the Pacific Islands are hoping to represent the countries of their birth or ancestry at next year’s Rugby World Cup under the new rules.

Speaking exclusively to Planet Rugby, Ryan outlined the developments behind the regulation coming into action ahead of the Olympics in 2016.

“It’s all come about because IOC (International Olympic Committee) regulations for eligibility are different to the IRB, so the passport has become crucial,” said Ryan.

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Nadolo in doubt for Rugby World Cup

Contract dilemma may keep Nadolo from representing Fiji in next year's world cup. Photo: Getty Images

A dual contract dillemma may keep Nadolo from representing Fiji in next year’s world cup. Photo: Getty Images

Flying Fijian inside centre Nemani Nadolo is in doubt to don the national jumper at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, according to a story by Bleacher Report.

The report claims that his dual contract with the Crusaders in Super Rugby and Japanese side NEC Green Rockets will complicate matters on his availability next year.

This is the full story by syndicated columnist Tom Sunderland:

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Namibia seal RWC place

Namibia celebrate yesterday after winning the Africa Cup and a spot in Pool C of the RWC 2015. Photo: IRG

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.

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Simbas eye RWC debut

Kenya Simbas contest the ball against hosts Madagascar at  Antananarivo. Photo: IRB

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.

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Flying Fijians ready for take-off

Fiji have already featured at six Rugby World Cups and will now be looking to make the most of a tough assignment at RWC 2015. Photo: IRB

Fiji have already featured at six Rugby World Cups and will now be looking to make the most of a tough assignment at RWC 2015. Photo: IRB

On June 28, Fiji booked their place at Rugby World Cup 2015 with an emphatic 108-6 victory over the Cook Islands in Lautoka.

Fiji will now join England, Australia, Wales and the yet to be determined Playoff winner in Pool A. With all three of their confirmed pool phase opponents currently sitting in the top six of the IRB World Rankings, the Flying Fijians will no doubt be relishing the opportunity to pit themselves against some of the greatest sides in world Rugby.

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Fiji give Webb Ellis Cup fitting send-off

The Webb-Ellis Cup's next stop is Madagascar. Photo: IRB

The Webb-Ellis Cup’s next stop is Madagascar. Photo: IRB

The Webb Ellis Cup has completed the third leg of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour in Fiji, delivered in partnership with Land Rover and DHL.

The Trophy went on a three day visit to Fiji between June 26 & 28, celebrating Rugby in the lead up to Rugby World Cup 2015 which will be hosted in England and Cardiff next year. The Tour also coincided with an all-important RWC 2015 qualifier which saw Fiji beat the Cook Islands 108 – 6  to secure the Oceania 1 qualifier spot in Pool A alongside Australia, England, Wales and the Play Off winner, to be decided later this year.

Warm welcome

After a traditional Fijian welcome at the Ratu Navula Secondary School in Nadi, the Webb Ellis Cup visited schools, clubs and communities across the island, including remote locations Naivucini and Nadarivatu thanks to Land Rover’s least Driven Path initiative.  Former Fijian Internationals Viliame Satala and Alifereti Doviverata also joined the Tour, running coaching sessions, meeting locals, explaining the story of the Webb Ellis Cup and exciting youngsters ahead of next year’s tournament.

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