The 2015 Rugby World Cup Will Be the First Ever With No New Teams!

Rugby World Cup 2015

Believe it or not the Rugby World Cup in 2015 will the first ever to have absolutely no new teams making their tournament débuts in it.

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Previously to this every other World Cup has had at least one team making their first appearance in the tournament as below;

2015 teams:

  • Argentina – first appearance 1987
  • Australia – first appearance 1987
  • Canada – first appearance 1987
  • England – first appearance 1987
  • Fiji – first appearance 1987
  • France – first appearance 1987
  • Georgia – first appearance 2003
  • Ireland – first appearance 1987
  • Italy – first appearance 1987
  • Japan – first appearance 1987
  • Namibia – first appearance 1999
  • New Zealand – first appearance 1987
  • Romania – first appearance 1987
  • Samoa – first appearance 1991
  • Scotland – first appearance 1987
  • South Africa – first appearance 1995
  • Tonga – first appearance 1987
  • United States – first appearance 1987
  • Wales – first appearance 1987
  • Russia (2011) OR Uruguay (1999)

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Is this a sign of an established order in the upper echelons of international rugby or do you think we will be seeing more World Cup débutantes in the future?

*Thanks to SirCharlesTupperware on Reddit for the information.

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