Updated: January 2018
The 2015 Rugby World Cup will be taking place in England between the dates of 18th September and 31st October. Although England are officially recognised as being the host nation, there will also be matches taking place in Cardiff, Wales.
In total, there are 13 different stadia being used throughout the tournament, including three in London. The final will be played at Twickenham, with the Olympic Stadium holding the Bronze final. Other venues include Manchester City Stadium, Villa Park, Kingsholm Stadium and Sandy Park.
A total of 20 teams have qualified for the tournament and they have been split in to four different pools, each containing five teams. Each team plays every other team within their pool once and the top two teams from each pool will progress to the quarter-finals. Once in to the quarter-finals, the tournament enters the knockout phase.
Rugby World Cup - 20 teams
September 17th - October 31st, 2015
Pools B and C should be comfortably won by South Africa and New Zealand respectively, with Scotland and Argentina likely to join them in the quarter-finals. Pool D also looks fairly straight forward for France and Ireland, although Italy do have the potential to cause a shock there. However, the toughest pool to predict is definitely Pool A, where Australia, England and Wales will be competing for two qualifying places. When you consider that England have played in the final of the 2003 and 2007 World Cup's, winning one of them, Australia played in the 2003 final and Wales played Australia in the Bronze final of 2011, it really begins to hit home how tough Pool A really is.
Coming in to the tournament, New Zealand are the defending champions, having won the 2011 Rugby World Cup and will be confident of defending their title this year. However, as it stands, no nation has yet defended the World Cup successfully and New Zealand will be making history if they manage to do so. With home advantage, England are also being backed to do well but with their pool looking tough, there's a chance they could fail to even make the knockout stages. With that in mind, the likes of South Africa and Ireland could prove to be very dangerous outsiders and cause a shock by making the final.
The 2015 Rugby World Cup is set to be one of the biggest sporting events of the year and it all kicks off on the 18th September, when England face Fiji at Twickenham.