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
The finals of the 2015 RWC will be a battle of the Tasman Sea, as the Wallabies defeated Argentina 29-15 at Twickenham to face New Zealand next Saturday. Australia scored four tries, three from an Adam Ashley-Cooper hat trick to hold off a persistent Argentina side that survived on five penalties.
The Wallabies stormed out 7-0 on an intercepted ball from the opportunistic Simmons who dove happily... Read More
The All Blacks advanced into their second consecutive RWC final, defeating archrival South Africa 20-18 in a wet and sodden trench warfare, slugfest. New Zealand trailed 12-7 at the half, having conceded four penalties to the sure boot of Handre Pollard, the talented Boks' fly half.
At the start, the All Blacks trailed 3-0, then led on a short try from Jerome Kaino off an up in the air toss from... Read More
The final betting odds have been posted for the 2015 RWC, and, to no one’s surprise, the betting establishments in the UK predict an All Blacks vs. Wallabies final.
The odds on winning the title follow:
New Zealand 3/5
South Africa 8-1
New Zealand have been the favorite from the first wagering postings of the event. The bettors who favored England and/or Ireland... Read More
The two RWC semi-finals this weekend bring together four teams familiar with their Rugby Championship opponents. In most years, these nations play two games home and away but in this RWC year, they met only once in the official event.
Historically, there exists a disparity in the won and loss record, Australia is 18-5-1 against Argentina since 1979. New Zealand is 52-35-3 against South Africa, a... Read More