Hosted once every four years, the Rugby World Cup kicked off today, with hosts Japan taking on Russia in Tokyo.
Fans across the globe have been eagerly awaiting this year’s World Cup, where the top teams in the world will take each other on in the hopes of lifting the iconic trophy. We are expecting a thriller!
Held over the course of seven weeks, from 20 September to 2 November, the World Cup will be played across Japan at 12 venues. This is the ninth Rugby World Cup, and for the first time, the tournament is on the Asian continent.
The Rugby World Cup is the third largest sports event in the world after the Summer Olympics and the Football World Cup.
Twenty teams will compete in 48 matches for the Webb Ellis Cup. Teams are split up into four pools consisting of five teams. The top two teams will advance, and from there it will be knockout (quarter finals, semi-finals, bronze final and the final). Below are the British fixtures to watch out for:
- vs Tonga – Sunday, 22 September
- vs USA – Thursday, 26 September
- vs Argentina – Saturday, 5 October
- vs France – Saturday, 12 October
- vs Ireland – Sunday, 22 September
- vs Samoa – Monday, 30 September
- vs Russia – Wednesday, 9 October
- vs Japan – Sunday, 13 October
- vs Georgia – Monday, 23 September
- vs Australia – Sunday, 29 September
- vs Fiji – Wednesday, 9 October
- vs Uruguay – Sunday, 13 October
Neither Scotland nor Wales has won the World Cup, so maybe it will be their time to shine – or can England win it for a second time? Regardless of who takes it, we can expect a number of thrilling games as the best teams in the world battle it out on the field.
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