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Rugby World Cup 2015 England – Travel Packages & Tours

From $425 AUD per person
Date 18 Sep, 2015 31 Oct, 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015 travel packages & tours

Sportsnet Holidays are excited to announce that we have been appointed as an Official Travel Agent oRugby World Cup 2015 (RWC 2015)! Scheduled to be staged in England between the dates of 18 September and 31 October 2015, Sportsnet is one of only a very select group of travel agents worldwide that have been approved by Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) and Rugby Travel and Hospitality (RTH) to sell official Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets & travel packages and Rugby World Cup 2015 tours.

Rugby World Cup 2015 is shaping up to be the biggest Rugby World Cup since the Tournament’s inception in 1987. This is no small part due, of course, to the Game returning to its home nation, England and more specifically its home venue – the awe-inspiting Twickenham Stadium! Even now, just thinking about the Wallabies’ scheduled third pool match against the old enemy England at Twickenham Stadium is enough to send shivers down your spine!

As to who will eventually triumph and hold the Webb Ellis Cup aloft as Rugby World Cup 2015 champions is anyone’s guess – can New Zealand get the job done away from home soil as it has so struggled to do so in the past? Will the wave of pressure pressure from the expectant home crowd sink or carry England? Are South Africa the fading force that many are writing them off to be, or are they merely biding their time? And finally, do the up-and-coming, new-generation of wallabies have the mettle to take it to the big boys on the world’s biggest stage?

Join Sportsnet Holidays in England & Wales in 2015 to be there LIVE and find out first hand!


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Rugby World Cup 2015 Facts

The Rugby World Cup 2015 Draw

Things to do in England

Things to remember

The Stadiums



The Rugby World Cup tournament was first held in 1987 and was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand with 16 nations taking part in the competition. New Zealand became the first RWC Champions after defeating France 29-9 in the final. The second RWC tournament, hosted by England, saw the introduction of a qualifying tournament which involved 35 nations. Australia was the winner of this tournament, defeating England 12-6 in the final. In 1999, the RWC tournament was increased to a 20 nation competition and saw Australia take their second championship. In 2003, England emerged as the tournament champions, becoming the first team from the northern hemisphere to win the Rugby World Cup. Of the 7 Rugby World Cup tournaments held so far, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa have each won the tournament twice, with England having won once.

Webb Ellis CupThe winning team of the Rugby World Cup is awarded the Webb Ellis Cup; named after William Webb Ellis, the Rugby School pupil (Rugby, Warwickshire, England) credited for the invention of Rugby Union after he picked up a ball during a soccer game. The trophy – also referred to simply as the Rugby World Cup – was chosen for the first RWC in 1987, but was actually crafted in 1906. It stands 38cm high and is silver gilded in gold, supported by two cast scroll handles. Here in Australia, the trophy is colloquially known as “Bill” in reference to William Webb Ellis.

When the Rugby World Cup was first held in 1987, it attracted an audience of 300 millions viewers worldwide. Four years later, the RWC hosted by England reached 1.75 billions viewers. By 2007, the RWC had reached an audience of over 4 billion people and had become the world’s third-largest sports event, surpassed only by the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics!

The International Rugby Board (IRB) ranking system uses a 0-100 point scoring system, with the top ranked team generally having a score of around 90 points. This ranking system employs a points exchange system – what one side gains, the other loses. These exchanges  are based on the match result, the ranking of each team and the margin of victory. Points exchanges are doubled during the Rugby World Cup Finals to recognise the importance of the event. Currently, the top four ranked teams in order are: New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and England.

RWC 2015 Official Match BallThe Official RWC Gilbert ball was designed with performance and players in mind. The ball’s striking artwork and colours are emphasised on the ends of the ball to enhance visibility for passing. Bold colours along the seams also provide bold kickers with strong visual references. As with previous Rugby World Cups, the new ball will be in use for over a year in both domestic and international matches to ensure that almost every professional player in the world will be familiar with the ball leading into the tournament.

- With a Rugby World Cup career spanning 4 tournaments from 1999 to 2011, English player Jonny Wilkinson holds the record for the most points scored overall. Jonny scored 277 points over his RWC career.

- Scoring 126 points in the 1987 Rugby World Cup, All Black Grant Fox still holds the record for most points scored in a single competition.

- English player Jason Leonard has played the most RWC matches, notching up 22 between 1991 and 2003

- All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu holds the record for the most career tries with 15 scored between 1995 and 1999. He is also tied for the record for the most tries in a single tournament, scoring 8 in the 1999 RWC.

- The most points scored in a single game is held by New Zealand. The All Blacks scored 145 points against Japan in 1995.

- The widest winning margin is held by Australia. The Wallabies defeated Namibia 142-0 in the 2003 World Cup.



Rugby World Cup 2015 EnglandThe 20 team competition is comprised of four pools, each containing five countries. Seedings for the draw are based on the current (at the time of the draw in 2012) IRB world rankings. The 20 teams are split into 5 Bands, each containing 4 teams with Band One containing the top 4 ranked teams, Band Two containing the next 4 etc. A Band One country is drawn for each pool followed by Band Two, Band Three etc.

The 2015 Rugby World Cup Draw was completed in December 2012. However, 3 teams are yet to be decided: an Oceania Qualifier, an African Qualifier and the winner of the Repechage Qualification Play-Off.

For each Rugby World Cup, there are 12 teams who automatically qualify to compete. In order to automatically qualify, the team must have finished amongst the top 3 teams of their pool during the previous World Cup tournament. In addition to this, the host nation will automatically qualify for the tournament. The remaining positions are decided through a series of regional qualifiers including Oceania, Europe, Asia, Americas and Africa.

For all the details of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Draw, please click HERE



RWC 2015 EnglandWhere to start? London is packed with tourist attractions and places to see. To get a birds-eye-view of the city, be sure to visit the London Eye on the River Thames. There are plenty of historic buildings to see including: Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. If art and history interest you, there’s a plethora of options including: the British Museum, the National Gallery and the Natural History museum just to name a few. If you just want to get up close to as many celebrities and famous faces as possible, make sure you visit Madame Tussauds. Of course, there’s also plenty of places to shop including: Oxford Street, Bond Street and Mayfair, and the largest urban shopping centre in Europe: Westfield London.

Another city full of tourist attractions, Cardiff is a city of sport, culture and entertainment. Visit one of the many castles around Cardiff including: Cardiff Castle, Castell Coch and Caerphilly Castle. For more history and art, the National Museum Cardiff, the Chapter Arts Centre, the National Roman Legion Museum and are just a few options. If you’re a sci-fi fan then get down to the BBC Wales Studios at Cardiff Bay and visit the Doctor Who Experience. For your adrenaline hit, be sure to visit Cardiff International White Water or have a tree top adventure at Go Ape Margam.

Home of Manchester United FC, no football fan should miss the National Football Museum. Alternatively, you could take a tour of one of the sports stadiums like Old Trafford. If you want to soak up some culture, be sure to visit the People’s History Museum along with the Manchester Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery or Cornerhouse. For an amazing view of the city, take a ride on the 60m high Wheel of Manchester. Don’t forget to visit the world famous Chester Zoo and take a ride on the Zoofari monorail. In need of some retail therapy? Don’t go past the granite and marble lined intu Trafford Centre.

A city renowned for it’s shopping, there is plenty of retail therapy on offer from Mailbox to the Jewelry Quarter to the 850 year old Bullring Markets. For something different, check out the National SEA LIFE Centre or the chocoholics favorite: Cadbury World! For history and culture, be sure to visit Warwick Castle, Coventry Cathedral and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. You can also visit the Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum and the Thinktank Science Garden at the amazing Millennium Point.



The Rugby World Cup is held over England’s Autumn and weather can vary from quite cold to warm in some areas. Sportsnet suggest to pack clothes which cater for these varying temperatures.

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Rugby World Cup 2015For Stadium Seating Maps please click HERE

Brighton Community Stadium, Hove
Full name: American Express Community Stadium
Capacity: 30,750
Built: December 2008
Opened: July 2011
Construction cost: £93 million
Field dimensions: 105m x 69m
Tenants: Brighton & Hove Albion FC
Matches: South Africa v Asia 1; Samoa v USA

Elland Road, Leeds
Full name: Elland Road Football Stadium
Capacity: 37,914
Built: 1987
Opened: 1897
Renovated: 1920′s, 1953, 1971, 1994, 2006, 2011-2012
Construction cost: Not available
Field dimensions: 105m x 68m
Tenants: Leeds United FC
Matches: Italy v Canada; Scotland v USA

Kingsholm Stadium, London
Capacity: 16,115
Built: 1891
Opened: 1891
Tenants: Gloucester Rugby Club
Matches: Tonga v Georgia; Soctland v Japan; Argentina v Georgia; USA v Japan

Leicester City Stadium, Leicester
Full name: King Power Stadium
Capacity: 32,264
Construction started: 2002
Opened: 2002
Field dimensions: 102m x 67m
Tenants: Leicester City FC
Matches: Argentina v Tonga; Canada v Romania; Argentina v Africa 1

Manchester City Stadium, London
RWC 2015 EnglandFull name: Etihad Stadium
Capacity: 48,000
Construction started: December 1999
Opened: 2003
Construction cost: £154 million
Expanded: 2002-2003
Field dimensions: 105m x 68m
Tenants: Manchester City FC
Matches: England v Play-Off Winner

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Capacity: 74,154
Construction started: 1997
Opened: June 1999
Construction cost: £121 million
Field dimensions: 120m x 79m
Tenants: Welsh National Football Team, Welsh National Rugby Union Team
Matches: Ireland v Rugby; Wales v Play-Off Winner; Australia v Oceania 1; Wales v Oceania 1; New Zealand v Georgia; France v Ireland; QF2: Winner Pool C v Runner-Up Pool D; QF3: Winner Pool D v Runner-Up Pool C

Olympic Stadium, London
Full name: The Stadium Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Capacity: 54,000
Construction started: 2007
Opened: 2011
Renovated: 2013
Construction cost: £483 million
Tenants: West Ham United FC
Matches: France v Romania; New Zealand v Africa 1; Ireland v Italy; South Africa v USA; Bronze Final: Runner-UP SF1 v Runner-UP SF2

Sandy Park, Exeter
Capacity: 12,300
Opened: September 2006
Construction cost: £15 million
Tenants: Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club:
Matches: Tonga v Africa 1; Africa 1 v Georgia; Italy v Romania

St James’ Park, Newcastle
Capacity: 52,409
Opened: 1892
Expanded: 1998 – 2000
Field dimensions: 105m x 68m
Tenants: Newcastle United FC
Matches: South Africa v Scotland; New Zealand v Tonga; Samoa v Scotland

Stadium MK, Milton Keynes
Rugby World Cup 2015Full name: Stadium:MK
Capacity: 30,717
Construction started: February 2005
Opened: November 2007
Field dimensions: 105m x 68m
Tenants: Milton Keynes Dons FC
Matches: France v Canada; Samoa v Japan; Oceania 1 v Play-Off Winner

Twickenham Stadium, London
Unofficial names: The Cabbage Patch, Headquarters; Catsle Greyskull; Twickers
Capacity: 81,605
Opened: October 1909
Field dimensions: 125m x 70m
Tenants: England National Rugby Union team
Matches: England v Oceania 1; France v Italy; England v Wales; England v Australia; Australia v Wales; QF1: Winner Pool B v Runner-Up Pool A; QF4: Winner Pool A v Runner-Up Pool B; SF1 Winner QF1 v Winner QF2; SF2: Winner QF3 v Winner QF4; Final: Winner SF1 v Winner SF2

Villa Park, Birmingham
Capacity: 42,785
Opened: 1907
Construction cost: £25 million (adjusted for inflation)
Field dimensions: 105m x 68m
Tenants: Aston Villa FC
Matches: South Africa v Samoa; Australia v Play-Off Winner

Wembley Stadium, London
Unofficial names: The Venue of Legends, New Wembley
Capacity: 92,256
Built: September 2002
Opened: March 2007
Cost: £889 million (adjusted for inflation)
Field dimensions: 125m x 68m
Matches: New Zealand v Argentina; Ireland v Romania


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