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Scrum international: A look at this year's Rugby World Cup

Every four years, countries send their biggest and best squads to compete in the Rugby World Cup. We take a look at this year's event and how the home nations stack up.

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SCRUM INTERNATIONAL

A Look At This Year’s Rugby World Cup


Every four years, countries send their biggest and best squad to compete in the Rugby World Cup. This year, the 20 squads that qualified descend on New Zealand for more than a month of competition in the run up to the 23 October final. We take a look at what this year’s event has in store and how the UK’s stars stack up.

2011 RUGBY WORLD CUP AT A GLANCE


20 Teams
48 Matches
45 Days
12 Match Venues

ATTENDING THE WORLD CUP


Teams
900 players and support staff will attend
1,388 match balls will be needed
97,800 meals will be eaten at team hotels

Visitors
95,000 visitors estimated
300,000 glasses are required at stadia
1 million punnets of chips will be sold


A LOOK BACK


Participating Countries
1987 16
2007 94

Attendance
1987 600,000
2007 2,240,000

Cumulative Average Global Audience
1987 230 million
2007 4.2 million


CHAMPION TALLY


Australia 2
South Africa 2
England 1
New Zealand 1


UK HEAD-TO-HEAD


Unless otherwise noted, data represents all historical Rugby World Cup games through 13 October, 2011.
 

SOURCES: INTERNATIONAL RUGBY BOARD, RUGBYWORLDCUP.COM, BBC, DAILY MAIL

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FOR REFERENCE ONLY
http://www.irb.com/rankings/analysis/index.html 9/5 CALCULATED
http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/destinationnewzealand/news/newsid=2058478.html#ticket+revenue+exceeds+times+lions+tour tickets sold
http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/mm/document/tournament/mediazone/02/05/76/34/20111008engvfra.pdf england weight/age
http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/mm/document/tournament/mediazone/02/05/76/30/20111008irevwal.pdf
ireland/wales weight/age
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/rugby_union/14741045.stm best performance
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/article-2035011/RUGBY-WORLD-CUP-2011-Australia-captain-James-Horwill-insists-age-issue.html - ages
http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/
http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/mm/Document/Tournament/Destination/02/04/73/70/RWC2011FactSheet-TournamentHistory.pdf
http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/mm/Document/Tournament/Destination/02/04/73/71/RWC2011FactSheet-TournamentInformation.pdf
 
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