South African Rugby Team Ready to Depart to Compete for the Greatest Trophy: the Webb Ellis Cup
The 2015 Rugby World Cup is definitely the year’s show piece event that everyone is talking about as countries around the World prepare for a joust at Rugby World Cup glory. The world’s top 20 teams are all set for six-week tournament to compete for Rugby’s greatest trophy: the Webb Ellis Cup.
The tournament is scheduled to be the eighth Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial rugby union world championship. It will be hosted by England in London from 18 September to 31 October 2015. England was selected for hosting the competition in July 2009, beating rival bids from Italy, Japan and South Africa.
There will be 20 teams competing at the 2015 World Cup and out of which, 12 teams have qualified by finishing in the top three places in their pools in the 2011 World Cup. The other eight teams have been qualified through regional competition.
A Sneak Peak into the Rugby History in South Africa
The South Africa national rugby union team is also known as the Springboks, which represents South Africa in rugby union. The Springboks play in green and gold jerseys with white shorts, and their emblems are the Springbok and the Protea.
The team has played their first Test match against a British Isles touring team in 30 July 1891in port Elizabeth. Springbok’s first victory was on 5 September 1896 against the British Lions at Newlands in Cape Town.
Although, South Africa has played a crucial role inthe creation of the Rugby World Cup competition, the Springboks did not compete in the first two World Cups in 1987 and 1991 due top anti-apartheid sporting boycotts of South Africa.
Springboks made debut in 1995, when the tournament was hosted by democratic South Africa. During the tournament, the Springboks defeated the All Blacks 15–12 in the final, which is now remembered as proud moment in South Africa’s rugby history. Springboks again ruled the line in 2007 World Cup tournament, after which they were promoted to first place in the IRB World Rankings.
Springboks have also competed in the annual Rugby Championship, along with southern-hemisphere counterparts Argentina, Australia and New Zealand and have won the championship three times in the sixteen years. The team has also played several test matches against the various rugby-playing nations. Springboks are currently ranked second in the world by the International Rugby Board. Interestingly, Springboks have the best overall win rate in Rugby World Cup history as they have won 25 of 29 matches (86.2 per cent).
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