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Rugby World Cup key dates

The Rugby World Cup is an amazing spectacle and you wouldn't want to miss any of the action as your nation strives to be crowned the champions of the world. Follow your team every step of the way be it in the pub, at home or if you're lucky enough, in the stadium itself. The Rugby World Cup key dates listed below will assist you in ensuring you don't miss out on each stage of the tournament.

The group stage commences on 9th September with an opening ceremony which is shortly followed by hosts New Zealand against Tonga in Auckand. The game is due to start at 20:30 local time and 09:30 in England. There will be 40 games played across Pool's A, B and C and D with the top two teams of each pool qualifying for those elusive quarter final places. The final group games will be played on the 2nd of October before the quarter finals are due to start on the 8th where the winner of group C will play the runner up of group D in Wellington. These four matches will be played across 2 days with the winners required to then travel to Auckland for the semi-finals played on the 15th and 16th of October. The winner of each semi-final will remain in Auckland which then plays host for the final as both teams battle it out to be crowned the champions of the world.

Twenty teams will enter the tournament all hoping to grab hold of the Web-Ellis cup, the home crowd will be expecting huge exploits from New Zealand who go into the tournament as favourites but they will have to overcome stiff opposition in the shape of the likes of Australia, South Africa, France and not forgetting England who have fared so well in recent World Cups.

Make sure you make note of the key dates for your team to ensure you don't miss out on any of the action which will see the greatest players in the world battle it out for the ultimate prize in rugby.

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