With the 2015 Rugby World Cup now upon us, we’ve decided to take a look at the sporting history of the countries taking part where we have holiday parks:
Seven home wins in a row for tournament hosts England leave them in a good position ahead of their opener against Fiji, and coach Stuart Lancaster will be hopeful of taking the title away from holders New Zealand. They have won the Rugby World Cup on one occasion, the famous 2003 victory over Australia in which Jonny Wilkinson stunned the hosts in the final moments of extra-time to seal his (and the team’s) place in rugby history. Sadly it couldn’t be repeated four years later when South Africa ran out 15-6 victors.
England group fixtures:
Friday 18 September – Fiji
Saturday 26 September – Wales
Saturday 3 October – Australia
Saturday 10 October – Uruguay
Injuries to Leigh Halfpenny and Rhys Webb left Wales hurting just over a week before the start of the World Cup knowing they will now be missing two of their key players for the tournament. In that game against Italy, Warren Gatland’s side went on to secure a less than convincing 23-19 victory which won’t have filled fans with hope ahead of their ‘Group of Death’ which contains England and Australia.
Wales group fixtures:
Sunday 20 September – Uruguay
Saturday 26 September – England
Thursday 1 October – Fiji
Saturday 10 October – Australia
Things have been looking on the up for Scotland since they failed to win any games at the Six Nations earlier this year as they secured a record breaking 48-7 win over Italy in their penultimate World Cup warm-up game. Scotland’s best performance in the competition came 24 years ago in 1991 when they were beaten 9-6 by England in the semi-finals.
Scotland group fixtures:
Wednesday 23 September – Japan
Sunday 27 September – USA
Saturday 3 October – South Africa
Saturday 10 October – Samoa