Rugby World Cup 2015 Team Factfiles

POOL A

ENGLAND

World Cup Wins: 1 (2003)

Everyone will always remember 2003 when Jonny Wilkinson hit the winning drop goal against Australia. Good memories for some but horrible for others. Favourites? Can they deliver in 2015?

AUSTRALIA

World Cup Wins: 2 (1991, 1999)

Australia were the first team to win 2 rugby world cups. The world cup between their wins though went very badly as they recorded their biggest ever defeat. Not only did they lose 53-8 to the springboks but George Gregan and  David Campese got shown red.

WALES

World Cup Wins: 0

Wales recorded their highest finish in the 2011 world cup making it into the semi final but were beaten by France after a controversial red card to captain Sam Warburton. They have built since then so could they be contenders?

FIJI

World Cup Win: 0

Some people have come to know Fiji as underdogs but they were the surprise package in the 2011 beating the Wales, Samoa and Namibia but by too small margins to qualify for the knockout stages unfortunately. They may not have gone through but Joeli Veitayaki was named 3rd top try scorer for the tournament.

URUGUAY

World Cup Wins: 0

This will just be their 3rd world cup and they haven’t had the greatest of memories being smashed by England 111-0 in 2003 but will go into 2015 with confidence after beating Russia 36 – 27 to qualify for 2015.

POOL B

SOUTH AFRICA

World Cup Wins: 2 (1995, 2007)

The 1995 world cup was possibly the best world cup ever for springbok fans. Not only was the world cup in their country and they won and Nelson Mandela was at the final they also beat Uruguay 134 – 3 the highest ever world cup score.

SAMOA

World Cup Wins: 0

Samoa are known for their big ball carriers and pure strength but recently they have been known for running rugby and big victories. 2013 saw the Samoans go to Wales and beat them by 23 points.

SCOTLAND

World Cup Wins: 0

Scotland have progressed so much since the 2011 world cup with new players, a new manager and new sponsors. A tuff pool stands ahead of them but they will hopefully finish higher than 2011.

JAPAN

World Cup Wins: 0

Japan had a disappointing World Cup in New Zealand losing all of their games and having 0 points in the whole tournament. They play Scotland at Kingsholm so can they shine against the Scots at the home of Gloucester Rugby?

USA

World Cup Wins: 0

America will hope to improve on their position from 2011 and will also hope that key players like Northampton’s Samu Manoa and Saracen’s Chris Wyles can pull a trick or two out of the hat. Can they be successful this time round?

POOL C

NEW ZEALAND

World Cup Wins: 2 (1987, 2011)

New Zealand are the deserved reigning champions of the RWC. 2013 was  a very successful year for the All Blacks going unbeaten the whole time. The 2011 final was not the greatest one but the kiwis will always remember a world cup win. Surly they are challengers.

ARGENTINA

World Cup Wins: 0

Los Pumas have found their form recently and will try to play up to expectations in 2015. Picking up their first Rugby Championship win vs Australia will be a massive confidence booster for the Pumas. Will they be the surprise package of England 2015?

TONGA  

World Cup Wins: 0

Tonga have never been exceptional but in 2007 made it into the quarter final but narrowly missed out against South Africa who went on to win the tournament that year. Sione Kalamafoni of Gloucester and Aleki Lutui (captain) of Gloucester will hope that their team can do well like they did in their qualifying campaign.

GEORGIA

World Cup Wins: 0

2007 was a year to forget for Georgia not even qualifying for the world cup but huge relief when they featured in the 2011 WC but also it was disappointing as they struggled to find victory only just beating Romania by 2 points. Can they improve from 2011?

NAMIBIA

World Cup Wins: 0

  1. Namibia were the big underdogs. 2007. Underdogs. 2003. Worst performance ever smashed by New Zealand 211 – 6. Can They wipe away underdogs and change it to champions. Very, very big doubts but surely they are not the worst for 2015.

POOL D

FRANCE

World Cup Wins: 0

France’s 2011 world campaign was a very successful one making it into the final and narrowly missing out against a sensational New Zealand by 1 point (8-7.) A big pool consuming of Ireland and Italy could seem a bit of an Issue for the French. But could they dominate?

IRELAND

World Cup Wins: 0

Ireland didn’t show what they could do in New Zealand and in 2015 there will be no BOD (Brian O’Driscoll) so how will they fare. The 2014 Six Nations had Ireland name all over it but has the World Cup?

ITALY

World Cup Wins: 0

Still searching for their first Six Nations title and were handed the wooden spoon for the 5th time as Sergio Parisse (captain) was out injured. A strong Italian side that has not disturbed a team for years. Andrea Masi, Sergio Parisse and Hugo Campagnaro are all great player but recently have not shown their superiority and forced an Italian win. Hopefully they will improve before 2015.

CANADA

World Cup Wins: 0

Not the only American team in RWC 15 but some would say the weaker one. They’ve never really seemed to trouble big teams like England, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa and there has not been a drastic improvement since 2011.

ROMANIA

World Cup Wins: 0

Maybe they are the underdogs of 2015. Only just beating Kenya 25 – 23  from a last minutes conversion was a disappointing score line but they wouldn’t have cared as this match made confirmation of their place in England 2015. Are they the underdogs of 2015?    

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