It’s almost mid-September and nearly time for kick-off at the Rugby World Cup 2015 in London. There are some very strong teams lined up to play off against each other, but of course only one will emerge victorious – which one will it be? Perhaps the teams creating the most buzz and hype will slide into obscurity while a lesser-known team strides forward to take the crown. That’s the magic of a world cup – anything could happen, just like Brazil’s ignominious 7-1 defeat by the German team in the 2014 soccer World Cup.
The match that spectators are most looking forward to seeing is England v Wales, with New Zealand v Argentina coming in a few steps behind. Not surprising – the English and Welsh teams are known to be hard to beat, seeing as Britain is the home of the game, whereas the New Zealand All Blacks are known around the world for their aggressive style and blood-chilling haka dance at the beginning of every game. Other teams to watch will include Ireland, South Africa, Japan and Australia – the Aussies and Kiwis have been battling it out for years, with one briefly coming out on top before the other swiftly defeats them, and so on as the cycle continues. Perhaps the World Cup will prove to be a more permanent deciding game?
After a survey of social media mentions, news articles and blogs, it turns out that an enormous 84% of fans posting online believe England will be the winners this year – with New Zealand trailing behind with just 9% of rugby fans believing in their World Cup bid. Harsh news for the All Blacks, indeed – but there’s no reason they can’t come from behind and steal the show. Other potential candidates for the Cup were Australia (4%), Ireland, South Africa and Wales (all at 1%).
Undoubtedly, many devoted fans are just as excited about visiting Twickenham Stadium, the home of rugby as well as the home turf of the England team. If they are looking for hotels near twickenham rugby stadium staying at the Park Grand London Heathrow, not far from the stadium. It’s only 10 minutes away by car and 25 minutes by public transport, making it an ideal place to stay if you are going to a match. There are a total of 10 matches taking place at Twickenham Stadium including the England games, as well as the quarter final, semi-final and final!
If you’re a rugby fan and you haven’t booked your World Cup accommodation yet, now is the time to get cracking. With just a couple of weeks to go, you still have time to snag one of the few remaining london city suites montcalm and get yourself a room near all the action. Fortunately, Twickenham Stadium is located very close to Heathrow Airport for an easy connection from airport to hotel to game – but London games will also be played at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, and at Wembley Stadium – also in west London but a little more central. No matter where you end up stashing your suitcase, there’ll be plenty of rugby action to keep you occupied. All hail the beautiful game!