Tuesday, July 07, 2015

A "truncated" look ahead to the #RWC2015 warmups



And so it begins.

Super Rugby has had its all-New Zealand final, and just a few days later, the All Blacks kick off the pre-World Cup test series with an historic visit to Samoa.  Talk about no rest for the wicked!!!

Over the past week or so the official test jerseys have been revealed for some of the competing nations...we understand the Irish one is to be launched next week, though we reckon by imagining the English Canterbury one in green and of course with an IRFU logo you'd just about have it.

There's also the "small" matter of the so-called 2015 "Rugby Championship" to be played between now and the World Cup, but this year the schedule has been "truncated" to four instead of six rounds, only three of which actually count toward the standings.  No, I don't get it either.

Anywho...it all starts from tonight as the 73 days between now and the big kickoff are filled, and here at HoR Manor we'll be keeping an eye on the progress of all the top protagonists.

For the table below we have featured the pre-RWC2015 matches for the Six Nations, the Rugby Championship nations, plus Canada and Romania.  Ireland's pool opponents are featured in light green.

One thing's for sure...when we play Canada in our first Pool D fixture on September 19 at the Millennium Stadium, our opponents won't be able to say they're not prepared!  That's quite a busy schedule they have set for themselves.

Bring it on!!!  JLP

Wed Jul 8Samoa v New ZealandApia
Sat Jul 11South Africa v World XVCape Town
Fri Jul 17New Zealand v ArgentinaChristchurch
Sat Jul 18Canada v JapanSan Jose
Australia v South AfricaBrisbane
Fri Jul 24Canada v TongaBurnaby
Sat Jul 25Argentina v AustraliaMendoza
South Africa v New ZealandEllis Park
Wed Jul 29Canada v SamoaToronto
Sat Aug 1Uruguay v ArgentinaMontevideo
Mon Aug 3Pacific Nations Cup playoffsBurnaby
Sat Aug 8Wales v IrelandMillennium Stadium
South Africa v ArgentinaDurban
Australia v New ZealandSydney
Sat Aug 15Argentina v South AfricaTBD
Yorkshire Carnegie v RomaniaLeeds
Ireland v ScotlandAviva Stadium
New Zealand v AustraliaAuckland
England v FranceTwickenham
Sat Aug 22Italy v ScotlandTurin
France v EnglandStade de France
Edinburgh v RomaniaTBC
Canada v USAOttawa
Sat Aug 29Scotland v ItalyMurrayfield
Canada v Glasgow WarriorsHalifax, NS
Ireland v WalesAviva Stadium
Wed Sep 2Canada v GeorgiaHersham
Sat Sep 5France v ScotlandStade de France
USA v AustraliaChicago
Leicester Tigers v ArgentinaWelford Road
Romania v TongaTBC
England v IrelandTwickenham
Wales v ItalyMillennium Stadium
Sun Sep 6Canada v FijiTwickenham Stoop
source = WorldRugby.org
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