There’s an useful piece running on PlanetRugby.com detailing everything rugby fans in the UK might want to know about the Rugby World Cup that kicks off in a little over six weeks time. We’ve tapped into it a little and then added a bit that will probably only be interesting to South African fans. [And we corrected some atrocious grammar in the process – Ed.]
So when does the tournament run?
It kicks off on Friday, September 20 when Japan looks to get its pool charge off to a positive start against Russia. The group stage runs until Sunday, October 13 and then it’s the quarter-finals on the weekend of October 19-20 before the semi-finals (October 26-27) and lastly the Bronze Final on Friday, November 1 and the Rugby World Cup Final on Saturday, November 2.
What times are the games scheduled?
All the matches take place during the day, South African time. The earliest kick-off is 06:45 and the latest is 12:45. So you may want to take a couple of days leave to catch some of the midweek games that interest you – or arrange to work from home that day if you can do so. But the first Saturday is “epic”. It begins with Australia v Fiji (06:45), then France v Argentina (09:15) and finally, the big one: New Zealand v South Africa (11:45).
Anything else that could be helpful?
During the pool stage there is a bonus-point system. Scoring four tries earns an extra point, as does losing seven or fewer points.