Sporting fans rejoice, the Rugby World Cup is upon us! Kicking off on the 18th of September, this six week sporting bonanza is coming to an English town near you. Whether you want to support your team, or simply enjoy watching your favourite game played at its most dynamic and beautiful, it is time to get ready for the Rugby World Cup 2015. As the third most popular sporting event in the world, after the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics, this is sure to be a truly excellent show; well worth the attention of even casual fans.
The 2015 Rugby World Cup takes place in twelve stadiums spread throughout England.The twelves stadiums are: Twickenham Stadium, London; Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton; Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester; Elland Road, Leeds; Leicester City Stadium, Leicester; St James’ Park, Newcastle upon Tyne; Stadium MK, Milton Keynes; Wembley Stadium, London; Olympic Stadium, London; Villa Park, Birmingham; Sandy Park Exeter; Manchester City Stadium, Manchester; Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. As you can see, there is a full spread of England; North, Midlands, South, West, and London. A tour of the stadiums is a fine way to experience much of the best that England has to offer.
As is typical, twenty teams are competing for the World Cup trophy, organised into four pools of five teams. Each team will fight the other teams in their pool once, and the results will determine who can proceed to the next stage. The teams competing this year are: in Pool A we have Australia, England, Wales, Fiji, Uruguay; in Pool B we have South Africa, Samoa, Japan, Scotland, the United States of America; in Pool C there is New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga, Georgia, Namibia; and in Pool D we have France, Ireland, Italy, Canada, and Romania. It is sure to be a fantastic series with interesting match ups in each pool.
With the kickoff looming so soon it is getting much harder to get hold of tickets for the games; although some games do still have tickets available on the Rugby World Cup website. A recent program that allows people to resell their tickets, if they can’t make it for any reason, through official channels is doing really well too. If the telly screen just isn’t good enough, be sure to keep an eye on listings and see if some seats become available for your favourite match ups.
Where to Stay
Picking a place to stay can be quite tricky when the stadiums are spread so widely around the country. If you are only attending a single game then a hotels near twickenham stadium with parking is the best choice. If you are in it for the long run however, you should pick a centralised home base to stay. Most of England can be reached within a fairly prompt train ride from London, and the busy streets and vibrant night life make it the perfect place to keep you busy when the games aren’t running. A West End hotel, close to Paddington Railway Station and Kings Cross Station, provides the perfect spot for a home away from home while you enjoy the 2015 Rugby World Cup.