Indyplus Rugby Union: Rugby World Cup 2015 fixtures


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England 2015 have announced the full schedule and ticket pricing for the showcase tournament which will see the hosts play away from Twickenham for the first time since 2009.

The host kick-off the tournament at Twickenham Stadium on Friday September 18 when they take on the Oceania 1 qualifier, which is likely to be Fiji as long as they beat the Cook Islands in the final round of qualifying.

They will then play their next two matches at the same venue, with the two crunch games against Wales and Australia going a long way to deciding England’s fate in the tournament. The Welsh will arrive at HQ on Saturday September 26, while the match against the Wallabies will take place a week later.

However, their final group match will take place at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, which will represent the first time England have played in the country away from Twickenham since their 36-11 victory over Argentina in February 2009.

Should Stuart Lancaster’s side progress to the quarter-finals, they will return to Twickenham to face one of South Africa, Samoa or Scotland unless the Asia 1 or America 2 qualifiers can pull off a major upset.

A semi-final appearance will certainly be at the home of English rugby as Twickenham hosts both semi-finals on the weekend of October 24/25, before the showpiece match as the final takes place a week later on Saturday October 31.