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The Rugby World Cup is one of the premier international sporting events in the world. First contested in 1987, the Rugby World Cup is held every four years. The 1987 and 1991 editions of the Rugby World Cup were hosted by multiple nations. In 1987, Australia and New Zealand co-hosted the event and in 1991, the tournament games were played in the UK and France. Every year since 1991 the Rugby World Cup has been hosted by a single nation. The Rugby World Cup Champion is awarded the Webb Eillis Cup which is named after William Webb Ellis, who is often credited with inventing the game of Rugby. The size and scope of the Rugby World Cup has been on the rise since its inception. In 1987, 16 countries competed in the event. By 2011 the world cup had expanded to include 20 teams, with increased interest from countries in Africa, South America, and Eastern Europe.
2015 WORLD CUP RUGBY (RWC)
Dates: Fall 2015
2011 WORLD CUP RUGBY INFO:
Location: New Zealand
Dates: September - October 23, 2011
Stadiums: Eden Park, Mt Smart Stadium, AMI Stadium, Westpac Stadium, Carisbrook, Waikato Stadium, Mount Smart Stadium
Host Cities of New Zealand: Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Dunedin, Hamilton
HISTORY OF THE WORLD CUP RUGBY (RWC)
Most Championships: Australia has 2
First Year of Tournament: 1987
First RWC Champion: New Zealand All Blacks over France, 29-9