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2015 Rugby World Cup is all set to start on 18th September. It would be the eighth International Rugby world cup. The event is scheduled after every four years and this year it would be held at England. The event will begin from 18th September and will finish with finals to be played on 31st October. Englad is all set to host the event after beating other rival bidders like Italy, Japan and South Africa. The final venues and match schedule was already finalized on 2nd may 2013. Out of number of stadiums available in England, 12 stadiums were selected as venues for Rugby World Cup 2015. The competition and class of this event would be very high and expected to have huge fan following from around the world.
Rugby World Cup 2015 will comprise of 20 teams competing each other for the title. 12 teams were able to qualify for this event by finishing in the top three places during 2011 Rugby world cup. Rest of the eight teams got their qualification after a regional competition held some time back. Russia has not been able to qualify for the event this year as it was able to compete in 2011 WC. Uruguay has managed to qualify for the event. Twenty competing teams are as follows: Argentina, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, England, Fiji, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Namibia, Romania, Somoa, Scotland, South Africa, Tonga, United States, Uruguay and Wales. 41 venues have been selected as the team base for each of the nations which will be competing in Rugby World Cup 2015. The team bases were announced on 26th Aug 2014. The team bases would comprise of training facilities for competing nations both indoor and outdoor. It will also be having swimming pool, gyms and hotel rooms
Rules for Squad declaration for each time
Before the start of event on 18th September, every team has to confirm its team composition by naming its 31 member squad. Most of the teams have decided and last date of finalizing their squad is 31st August 2015. Only the players mentioned in the list would be able to take part in the event. In case of severe medical injuries or unavoidable circumstances, there is chance that player could be replaced. However, in such cases, the player will not get the chance to get back into the team. Any replacements need to be announced in prior and it would take 72 hours for any new player to take the field. Any replaced player will not be allowed to play in the same immediate game.
Squads of Individual Competing teams
As the final date of announcement of squads is 31st August, many teams have not even finalized their 31 member squad. The reason for this could be to allow testing some of the new players and see how they perform in the training sessions. However some of the teams have already declared their final squad and some have named their training squad. Let’s take a look at the teams in each pool and their squad details. With these below details, you would be able to figure about team composition.
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Pool A Squad:
Team Australia has yet to announce their 31 member squad. England has declared their 50 man training squad on 20th May. In the recent announcements on 7th August, Chris Ashton, Lee Dickson, Kyle Eastmond, Matt Kvesic, Matt Mullan, Semesa Rokoduguni and Marland Yarde were removed from the squad list. Head coach of England would be Stuart Lancaster. Fiji has also announced their training squad as preliminary announcements. They are planning to select the final squad from this 38- member training squad. Making a cut to Rugby World Cup this time around, Team Uruguay has also announced its 31 member preliminary squad. 47 man training squad was announced by team Wales and they recently replaced their injured player Tom James on 2nd August.
Pool B consists of Japan, Samoa, Scotland and South Africa. Japan has named its training squad of 39 men on 7th August 2015. On the other hand, Samoa finalized and named its 31 member team squad for Rugby World Cup 2015 on 11th August and considers it to be final declaration. Scotland named its 46 men training squad on 2nd June and recently added John Hardie in the squad. South Africa has also named its 36 man squad for training which would be same as the squad which played for Rugby Championship. USA has also declared its 50 member squad.
This pool contains Argentina, Georgia, Namibia and Tonga. Argentina, Tonga and New Zealand have yet to declare their squads for training or for world cup. Georgia has named 41 member training team for the 2015 world cup. Namibia also declared its 50 man squad on 18th June.
The final Pool D consists of teams like Canada, France, Ireland. Italy and Romania. Canada declared their squad of 35 members for 2015 Rugby World Cup on 5th August. It was a tentative squad and expected to remain the same. France and Ireland have also declared their training squad of 36 man and 45 man respectively. Italy also named its 40 man squad for world cup. Romania declared its training squad of 36 members.
Rugby world cup is around the corner with only few days left. Now teams have lesser time to finalize their final squad as well with deadline of 31st August after which they can move to their team bases. Many teams have started devising strategies and team composition very cleverly while some teams are looking to finalize their best team composition a bit late. Hard training sessions are already ongoing in the teams with training squads. It would be exciting to see how teams form their final squad. No matter how the teams form their squad, the whole competition would be looking very exciting already. With only few days left to declare the final squad, all teams are now looking to play their best side for Rugby World Cup 2015.