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RWC 2015 kick-off date named

2012-05-15 20:42

Dublin - The Rugby World Cup England is to host in 2015 will kick off on the compromise date of September 18, rugby union's governing body, the IRB, announced on Tuesday.

The decision, the IRB said, was the "result of an exhaustive and collaborative review process which culminated in the recommendation of September 18 by Tier 1 chairmen and chief executives last week as the most suitable start date within the September-October Rugby World Cup window".

England's Rugby Football Union (RFU) had wanted a September 4 start to the sport's showcase event, but the southern hemisphere unions preferred a September 25 kick-off to minimise disruption to the Rugby Championship, the tournament which is replacing the Tri-Nations after the inclusion of Argentina.

The IRB said the September 18 date would ensure a "tournament that will continue to showcase and fund the global game (and) delivery of a financially strong and competitive tournament".

Importantly, it added that it would mean "minimal collective financial impact on participating unions and other major international rugby competitions".

"A number of dates were considered, with each proposal accompanied by detailed analysis and research," the IRB said.

"September 18 was selected to maximise collective benefits for participating unions while ensuring the best-possible sporting and financial platform for an exceptional Rugby World Cup in England that will continue to drive forward the development of the global game."

The final of the 2015 World Cup will be played on October 31 at Twickenham.

AFP

Comments
  • Freddy - 2012-05-15 21:24

    One referee the 2015 Rugby World Cup can do without though: BRYCE LAWRENCE.

  • Priester - 2012-05-15 21:32

    With all the talent currently available and young players coming through I predict a very successful challenge for the Bokke!

  • Fred - 2012-05-15 21:41

    If referees are still center-stage, more important than the players and the game, I'm not watching.

      BlouJob - 2012-05-16 06:52

      Niemand vorseer jou nie.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-16 07:24

      I won't miss you either :) Pity you can't see the farce rugby officiating is, and how much better and stronger the sport would be were referees' Egos kept out of the way.

      Harold - 2012-05-16 07:46

      Egos and complicated rules.

  • Tokolos - 2012-05-16 05:32

    Please, Please, Please.... Just let us be in a different pool than the All Blacks and the Aussies. We want to meet them both in the quarter finals and semi'. Time for the BOKS to reclaim their status as true World Champions like we should have been in 2011.

      BlouJob - 2012-05-16 06:41

      Moenie worry nie Tokkie. Die Bulbokke sal hom deurhaak.

      Tokolos - 2012-05-16 08:08

      Ek stem Blou... Dit moet darem seker swaar wees vir 'n ander land om te weet hulle kom te staan teen ten minste 12 Blou Bulle uit die 15 Bokke wat opdraf. Dis genoeg om enige span se moraal te breek!!!

  • Charl - 2012-05-16 07:14

    All Blacks to be the first team to successfully defend the webb ellis trophy

      Harold - 2012-05-16 07:35

      It's not held in NZ this time. Sorry dude.

      Charl - 2012-05-16 07:39

      doesnt have to be in NZ

      Harold - 2012-05-16 07:49

      The IRB won't be able to make it so obvious next time, thus making it a lot toughter for the blue eyed boys of world rugby. After the Bryce debacle we all thought it was the end of the conspiracy, then we had to watch Craig Joubert blow France of the park in the final.

      Tokolos - 2012-05-16 08:05

      Sorry Charl... AB's won't be champs for the next 24 years until they host it again. They won't get away with the blatant cheating in another country like they did in 2011.

  • jacobisschoff84 - 2012-05-16 08:46

    Again in Currie Cup season, the then still to be without any Boks Lions might have another crack at the Currie Cup trophy in 2015! Shame

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