2011 Rugby World Cup opening fixtures

It's almost here, in around a fortnights time the rugby world cup in New Zealand will begin and it's certainly shaping up to be a mesmerising occasion. The teams competing are just about completing their preparation and will soon make the trip over to New Zealand where the real work begins as they hope the next time they arrive back home in their home country, the World Cup will accompany them.

The early favourites for the tournament are New Zealand with other pundits suggesting that the likes of Australia and holders South Africa are also in with a great shout of being crowned champions. They will all be looking to hit the ground running in their opening pool games and lay down a marker for the other teams to follow for the rest of the tournament. The full details of the opening fixtures are listed below.

Pool A:

09/09 New Zealand vs Tonga    Auckland

10/09 France vs Japan   Auckland

Pool B:

10/09 Scotland vs Romania   Invercargill

10/09 Argentina vs England   Dunedin

Pool C:

11/09 Australia vs Italy   Auckland

11/09 Ireland vs USA   New Plymouth

Pool D:

10/09 Figi vs Namibia    Rotorua

11/09 South Africa vs Wales   Wellington

The 2011 rugby world cup fixtures listed above are for the opening few days of the tournament, if you wish to see the full fixture list for the pool stage of the tournament then visit rugbyworldcup.com and select fixtures.

The talking is almost done, soon the players will have to leave the talking on the fields as the highlight of the rugby calendar descends upon the beautiful country of New Zealand.

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