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It’s almost Rugby World Cup time again!

The Rugby World Cup (RWC) comes around every 4 years and kicks off next week, with the first game of the tournament between hosts Japan and newcomers Russia on Friday 20 September.  It is the first time ever that Japan are hosting the RWC, and who will forget their memorable win over the Boks is the last World Cup…. (actually better we do forget!)

 

 

The RWC was first played in 1987 and was won by the All Blacks (New Zealand). South Africa did not play in 1987 or 1991 due to the sports isolation of the apartheid era. 

 

 

What amazing memories so many of us have of the 1995 RWC played in South Africa and won by the Boks in that historic game against the All Blacks at Ellis Park on 24 June 1995 when they won 15 – 12 in extra time via the famous Joel Stransky drop goal!  Madiba magically used this to show us what our true Rainbow Nation was all about.

 

The Previous RWC winners are:

Team

Champions

Quarterfinals

New Zealand

3 (1987, 2011, 2015)

1 (2007)

Australia

2 (1991, 1999)

2 (1995, 2007)

South Africa

2 (1995, 2007)

2 (2003, 2011)

England

1 (2003)

3 (1987, 1999, 2011)

 

So from the above South Africa are the 2nd most successful team in RWC history by having won the title in 30% of the tournaments that we have playing in. The All Black by comparison have won 37,5% of the tournaments they have competed in, so we are hot on their heels, GO the Boks!!

 

The Boks start their campaign with a massive game again current world No. 1 and reigning Champions, the All Blacks on Saturday 21 September 2019.  The Boks will have a good reason to show some confidence against the All Blacks and they have won 1 (in Wellington), drawn one (in Wellington) and lost only one (by 2 points at Loftus) in the last 3 games against the All Blacks in 2018 and 2019. This is their best performance against the All Blacks in many years. They also go into the tournament in good form having won 4 of their last 5 games (against Japan, Argentina x2 and Australia) and drawn 1 against New Zealand. 

This will give them confidence and they will know that they can do it this year again.

 

Skybet.com still however rates the All Blacks as favourites to win the 2019 RWC, followed by the Springboks, England, Ireland, Wales and Australia.

 

 

 

Let’s ALL Support the Boks by wearing our Bok Supporters rugby jerseys and kit every Friday during the TWC and also on every day that they play!

 

 

 

 

Here are The Boks games in the Pool stages of this World Cup:

Saturday, 21 September 2019 11:45 vs New Zealand

Saturday, 28 September 2019 11:45 vs Namibia

Friday, 4 October 2019 11:45 vs Italy

Tuesday, 8 October 2019 12:15 vs Canada

DStv have the TV broadcasting rights, so click here to find out how to watch the RWC this year!

Here is the Full Schedule (All times shown are in  SA Standard time)

When

Who

Where

Friday 20 September

12:45

 

Japan v Russia

 

Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo

Saturday 21 September

06:45

 

Australia v Fiji

 

Sapporo Dome, Sapporo

09:15

France v Argentina

Tokyo Stadium Tokyo

11:45

New Zealand v South Africa

International Stadium Yokohama

Sunday 22 September

07:15

 

Italy v Namibia

 

Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka

Sunday 22 September

07:15

 

Italy v Namibia

 

Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka

09:45

Ireland v Scotland

International Stadium Yokohama,

12:15

England v Tonga

Sapporo Dome, Sapporo

Monday 23 September

12:15

 

Wales v Georgia

 

City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi

Tuesday 24 September

12:15

 

Russia v Samoa

 

Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Saitama

Wednesday 25 September

07:15

 

Fiji v Uruguay

 

Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium

Thursday 26 September

09:45

 

Italy v Canada

 

Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium

12:45

England v USA

Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobi City

Saturday 28 September

06:45

 

Argentina v Tokyo

 

Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka

09:15

Japan v Ireland

Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka

11:45

South Africa v Namibia

City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi

Sunday 29 September

07:15

 

Georgia v Uruguay

 

Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Saitama

09:45

Australia v Wales

Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo

Monday 30 September

12:15

 

Scotland v Samoa

 

Kobe Misake Stadium, Kobe City

Wednesday 2 October

09:45

France v USA

Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium,

12:15

New Zealand v Canada

Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture

Thursday 3 October

07:15

 

Georgia v Fiji

 

Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka

12:15

Ireland v Russia

Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City

Friday 4 October

11:45

 

South Africa v Italy

 

Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka

Saturday 5 October

07:15

 

Australia v Uruguay

 

Oita Stadium, Oita

10:00

England v Argentina

Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo

12:30

Japan v Samoa

City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi

Sunday 6 October

06:45

 

New Zealand v Namibia

 

Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo

09:45

France v Tonga

Kumamoto Stadium, Kumamoto

Tuesday 8 October

12:15

 

South Africa v Canada

 

Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City

Wednesday 9 October

06:45

 

Argentina v USA

 

Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Saitama

09:15

Scotland v Russia

Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka

11:45

Wales v Fiji

Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture

Friday 11 October

12:15

 

Australia v Georgia

 

Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka

Saturday 12 October

06:45

 

New Zealand v Italy

 

City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi

10:15

England v France

International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa

12:45

Ireland v Samoa

Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium

Sunday 13 October

05:15

 

Namibia v Canada

 

Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Iwate

07:45

USA v Tonga

Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka

10:15

Wales v Uruguay

Kumamoto Stadium, Kumamoto

12:45

Japan v Scotland

International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa

Saturday 19 October

09:15

Winner Pool C v Runner-up Pool D

 

Oita Stadium, Oita

12:15

Winner Pool B v Runner-up Pool A

Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo

Sunday 20 October

09:15

Winner Pool D v Runner-up Pool C

Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture

12:15

Winner Pool A v Runner-up Pool B

Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo

Saturday 26 October

10:00

Winner Quarter Final 1 v Winner Quarter Final 2

International Stadium, Yokohama, Kanagawa

Sunday 27 October

11:00

Winner Quarter Final 3 v Winner Quarter Final 4

International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa

Friday 1 November

11:00

Loser Semi Final 1 v Loser Semi Final 2

Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo

Saturday 2 November

11:00

RWC FINAL 2019

International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa

 

 

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