Tyson Otto Pooper against the Kamikaze Kids. It sounds like something a Japanese anime artist might dream up, not the front line battle that could decide the fate of the Australia-England Rugby World Cup quarter-final. Two sets of openside flankers boasting the same ball-hunting modus operandi but hailing from vastly different backgrounds, will square off on Saturday. In the white corner are English tyros Sam Underhill, 23, and Tom Curry, 21, owners of just 28 combined caps and who started their first Test as a pairing less than two months ago.
This would be purely to indicate interest; no details had to be provided at this stage. Of the 10 nations that had expressed formal interest, many withdrew their candidacy in early Jamaica was the first to withdraw its candidacy.
Four confirmed bids was a record number for the Rugby World Cup. It was also claimed that the bid had a very strong chance of success due to the IRB's belief that the tournament might make a loss, therefore making it particularly important to ensure a profit, which was considered a strong point of England's proposed bid.
Les Bleus looked in total control at after tries from Gael Fickou and Antoine Dupont, with year-old fly-half Romain Ntamack converting both before kicking two penalties. However, the Pumas hit back soon after the restart when Guido Petti Pagadizavalgh bundled over from a line-out, before Argentina replacement hooker Julian Montoya touched down.
It was a slogan relevant to the then-current landscape of World Cup rugby, given that was the first time that the Rugby World Cup was hosted by a primarily non- English-speaking country. The Italian bid offered the largest cities and stadiums in the country and promised a fast domestic train system.
Rugby had been growing increasingly popular in Italy in recent years, with improved crowds at international matches. The Stadio Olimpico in Rome had been proposed as the venue to host the final and the first match of the tournament.
Milan and Naples were included as the other large venues. The entire list was a selection of large stadiums spread across the country. The strengths of a South African bid would be that it is in the same time zone as Europe, the wealthiest television market from a rugby perspective, that South Africa were the current World Cup holders, that they had successfully hosted the Rugby World Cup , won the Rugby World Cup and that they were in the process of building large new stadiums for the then-upcoming FIFA World Cup.
Venues[ edit ] After England were appointed tournament hosts on 28 July , the proposed stadia for the tournament were revealed. The final venues were confirmed, along with the tournament's schedule, on 2 May In , the IRB approved the use of the Millennium Stadium, despite being outside of the host country, due to its capacity and strategic location.
City agreed to let their stadium be used for the tournament but only for one match due to footballing commitments — down from the original three which were to be played at Old Trafford.