Australia qualified for a place in the 2016 Rio Olympic sevens by marching through the Oceania Tournament in Auckland, NZ, conceding only 7 points. They defeated Tonga 50-0 in the final; the loser had previously upset Samoa 41-5 in the semis. Both Tonga and Samoa will have one last opportunity in the qualifying round repechage.
The Wallabies, who had finished fifth in last year's HSBC... Read More
The 2015 Rugby World Cup in England is considered a sensational success measured by all metrics. Record breaking ticket sales and stadium attendance. Record breaking worldwide television viewership. Greater media coverage for print and broadcast.
Based on preliminary data, the event:
Attracted more than 464 million visitors versus 380 million for France 2007;
Contributed $1,320 billion in direct... Read More
The past RWC provided disappointing outcomes for many teams. For some, expectations were high for quarter and semi final advancement with hopes for a place in the finals. For squads with less lofty ambitions, two or three pool wins would have constituted success.
Here is an arbitrary list ranking the nations by discontent.
Disappointing Results (11)
1.Ireland - The Irish had never made it to the... Read More
The results of the 2015 Rugby World Cup are in the books. Here’s a post-tournament appraisal of the teams.
Positive Performances (9)
1.Japan – At the outset of the RWC no one anticipated that Japan would go 3-1, starting off with the international rugby upset of all time, a thrilling, come from behind victory over powerhouse South Africa. To appreciate this result, remember that the Brave... Read More
Some of the tallies and statistics of the successful RWC.
2.47 million tickets sold
1 million people attended a fanzone
Wembley Stadium twice exceeded attendance for a world cup match
25 million in Japan watched the Brave Blossoms beat Samoa
98% of all tickets were sold
£250 million ($387.5) million) revenue generated by England 2015 (Operator of the RWC)
£80 ($124 million) million returned to... Read More
New Zealand, which many call the greatest team ever, beat arch rival Australia 34-17 to win their second consecutive Rugby World Cup before a packed house at Twickenham. Ahead 16-3 at the break, and then 21-3 in the second half, the All Blacks seemed destined for an easy second period and the chance to hoist the William Webb Ellis trophy. But the Wallabies scored on a push over try with New... Read More
South Africa secured the RWC 2015 third place Bronze medal defeating Argentina 24-13. The Boks lead from the start and were up 16-0 at the break. Los Pumas committed many errors in the first half that led to three penalty goals from Handre Pollard.
In the second half, South Africa led 24-6 with a few minutes to play. But Argentina continued to pound toward the line, eventually scoring at the 80th... Read More
The final RWC 2015 betting odds for the two matches are:
Bronze – Friday, October 30 (Televised free on Universal Sport at 3:30 p.m. ET)
South Africa to win = 3/10
Argentina to win = 3/1
Final - Saturday, October 31 (Televised free on NBC at noon ET)
New Zealand to win = 2/5
Australia to win = 5/2
At the start of the 2007 RWC in Paris, few anticipated that Argentina would go 4-0 in Pool play, beating host France and also Ireland. The Pumas continued undefeated defeating Scotland 19-13 in the quarterfinal round before losing to eventual tournament winner, South Africa in the semis. Argentina rugby had arrived on the big stage and performed admirably.
In the Bronze medal match, Argentina... Read More
Australia and New Zealand. Neighbors in the Antipodes, and rivals in all sports for a century or more. Troops that fought together under the ANZAC name, most memorably at Churchill’s World War I debacle at Gallipoli. Flags of their fathers resemble each other; Union Jacks in the cantons, and stars of the Southern Cross. (New Zealand will display a newly designed flag in 2016).
The All Blacks and... Read More