Rugby World Cup 2015 Facts

By Kathryn Slade Preseli hills from Bluestone

There are less than 4 days left before the Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off! I am particularly excited because I will be volunteering at the Millennium Stadium on match days. I am a lover of all things rugby and will be cheering on Wales when I have the chance. Over the next few weeks I will be blogging about my volunteering experience but to spark some excitement here are some fun facts and figures about the Rugby World Cup!

  • 11 cities
  • 13 venues
  • 20 nations
  • 44 days
  • 48 matches
  • 100 spin bikes
  • 142 the biggest margin of victory in a Rugby World Cup in 2003
  • 200 kicking tees
  • 600 players
  • 3,840 minutes of rugby
  • 6000 volunteers
  • 82,000 number of seats at Twickenham Stadium
  • 2.3 million tickets
  • The inaugural Rugby World Cup was held on May 21, 1987.
  • The same whistle is blown for the opening game of every Rugby World Cup tournament. It was first used in 1905 by Gil Evans, a Welsh referee overseeing a game between England and New Zealand.
  • Both times South Africa have won the competition they haven’t registered a single try in the final.
  • There are 4 sets of brothers competing in this year Rugby World Cup. England have two of them with the Vunipola brothers Billy and Mako as well as the Young brothers Ben and Tom. Scotland have the Gray brothers Jonny and Richie. Samoa have the 3 Pisi brothers in the same team - George, Tusi and Ken.

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