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View Poll Results: Who should host the 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cups?
2015: England - 2019: Italy 9 11.25%
2015: England - 2019: Japan 14 17.50%
2015: England - 2019: South Africa 5 6.25%
2015: Italy - 2019: Japan 12 15.00%
2015: Italy - 2019: South Africa 6 7.50%
2015: Japan - 2019: Italy 9 11.25%
2015: Japan - 2019: South Africa 5 6.25%
2015: South Africa - 2019: Italy 8 10.00%
2015: South Africa - 2019: Japan 12 15.00%
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Old July 27th, 2009, 02:40 PM   #181
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Dont deny Africa again!
I might have had a bit more sympathy if not for all those empty seats I saw on the TV on Saturday...
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Old July 27th, 2009, 03:03 PM   #182
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I might have had a bit more sympathy if not for all those empty seats I saw on the TV on Saturday...
Bloemfontein is a small town. Blame SARU.
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Old July 28th, 2009, 04:54 PM   #183
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No announcement yet - it was expected at 13:30 UTC but the ticker on the IRB website just reads "IRB Council still in discussions. More soon....".
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Old July 28th, 2009, 04:59 PM   #184
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"IRB Council voting now. Announcement expected around 15:30 Dublin time. More soon...."
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Old July 28th, 2009, 05:30 PM   #185
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Live announcement now at http://www.irb.com/rwcannouncements/index.html
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Old July 28th, 2009, 05:44 PM   #186
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Woohoo, big surprise regarding the results
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Old July 28th, 2009, 05:51 PM   #187
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happy for eng but i wanted SA to have it
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Old July 28th, 2009, 05:59 PM   #188
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Not at all impressed with England getting it again :/ It will be nice to see the world cup in Japan though.
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Old July 28th, 2009, 06:10 PM   #189
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Having it again? It will be 20 years and we are only 1 of a few nations that can host it and sell out all seats.
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Old July 28th, 2009, 06:11 PM   #190
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Not at all impressed with England getting it again :/
England has never been the sole host before - 1991 was co-hosted by five countries, and 1999 was hosted by Wales. There have only been 16 RWC games in England - 12 pool games and four knockout games.

Rugby World Cup games to date:

Australia - 59
France - 58
South Africa - 32
New Zealand - 21
Wales - 20
England - 16
Scotland - 15
Ireland - 12
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Old July 28th, 2009, 10:24 PM   #191
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Congratulations England. I am sure you will put on a great show!
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Old July 29th, 2009, 07:26 AM   #192
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Nice work England, and Japan! Would be keen if I have he money to go to both these events!
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Old July 29th, 2009, 10:44 AM   #193
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Looking to the future, which new countries might get to host the Rugby World Cup in the future? Italy should get the next one held in Europe, and if the game continues to grow in Russia (I fully expect them to qualify for 2011) they should have a good shout too. Germany, Portugal and Spain have the stadia too, but of them only Portugal have appeared in the finals before. Scotland, Ireland and Wales on the other hand don't have enough to go it alone, so would have to rely on a joint bid.

Canada doesn't have many large grass stadia - the USA is more than capable but doesn't have a big union and might struggle to fill seats with more than visiting fans. Argentina would be a good bet if they get a FIFA World Cup in the future and the stadium upgrade programme that will bring.

Jamaica apparently wanted to bid for 2015 or 2019 - I'll leave the wacky backy jokes for somebody else...
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Old July 30th, 2009, 11:18 AM   #194
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This is a good outcome. Japan is one of the best second tier nations (ie not in the six nations, trinations or argentina), giving them the 2019 world cup gives them 10 years to spend the time and money to develop the game in the country, and by the time they host it next I fully expect them to be better than some of the weaker six nations sides (italy and scotland). I only wish they had given a game to Korea instead of Singapore, the growth potential in the country is small, when compared to the possible growth in Korea.
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Old July 30th, 2009, 02:49 PM   #195
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This is a good outcome. Japan is one of the best second tier nations (ie not in the six nations, trinations or argentina), giving them the 2019 world cup gives them 10 years to spend the time and money to develop the game in the country, and by the time they host it next I fully expect them to be better than some of the weaker six nations sides (italy and scotland).
Actually, the IRB defines second tier nations as the following (with current IRB rankings):

Fiji (9)
Samoa (11)
Canada (13)
Japan (14)
Tonga (15)
USA (18)
Romania (19)

Scotland and Italy are 10th and 12th at the moment, but I'd be very surprised if Japan permanently overtake them within the next ten years...
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Old July 30th, 2009, 05:18 PM   #196
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Jamaica apparently wanted to bid for 2015 or 2019 - I'll leave the wacky backy jokes for somebody else...
Do they even have a team or do they play as the West Indies?
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Old July 31st, 2009, 12:20 AM   #197
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Do they even have a team or do they play as the West Indies?
Yes, but they're not very good - they lost 10-3 to Guyana at the very first stage of qualifying for the next Rugby World Cup, and they're currently ranked 84th in the IRB World Rankings. Trinidad and Tobago (ranked 48th) are traditionally the strongest Caribbean team.
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Old July 31st, 2009, 11:58 AM   #198
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Looking to the future, which new countries might get to host the Rugby World Cup in the future?
I reckon South Africa 2023 and Italy 2027. After that, its too far into the future for me to even speculate.
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Old July 31st, 2009, 03:39 PM   #199
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I reckon South Africa 2023 and Italy 2027. After that, its too far into the future for me to even speculate.
If the Japan world cup is a success, the next step to help the game grow is surely a World Cup in the USA.
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Old July 31st, 2009, 04:36 PM   #200
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thats what ive been thinking. let usa and canada have a joint bid. surely if it will grow the game over there if the wc is held there.
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