The 15 Most Important Rugby Moments Of 2015

South Africa v Japan - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool B

We take a look back at the incredible year of 2015 and the key rugby moments from around the world, including this years World Cup…

15.Australia win the 2015 Rugby Championship

Australia bounced back after a tough 2014 to claim the Rugby Championship title in the build up to Rugby World Cup 2015.

14.Ireland retain the Six Nations title

After taking it down to the wire once again, Ireland retained their Six Nations crown despite late charges by England and Wales.

13.Sam Burgess returns to rugby league

After receiving a great deal of post World Cup criticism, Burgess made the controversial decision to return to Rugby League in Australia.

12.Richie McCaw announces his retirement from rugby

After captaining his side to a second World Cup title, Richie McCaw made the difficult decision to retire from all rugby at the end of 2015.

11.England appoint first foreign coach

The RFU made the decision to replace Stuart Lancaster with Eddie Jones after their disastrous World Cup exit.

10.Scottish hearts are broken in controversial circumstances

Scotland came within a single kick of making the World Cup semi finals for the first time after a controversial penalty from Craig Joubert.

9.Glasgow Warriors claim their first Pro12 title

Glasgow Warriors finally fulfilled their potential after they stormed to the Pro12 title in 2015 with a host of Scottish internationals in their ranks.

8.The Highlanders claim a maiden Super Rugby title

The Highlanders defied early season expectations to claim their maiden Super Rugby title after a hugely impressive year.

7.England become the first host nation not to make the World Cup quarter finals

For the first time ever, the host nation of the Rugby World Cup failed to make the knock-out rounds as England lost out to Wales and Australia.

6.The rugby world comes together to show support after the Paris attacks

After the Paris attacks, the rugby world comes together to show their support for the victims with games rearranged and victims commemorated.

5.The Six Nations wonder day

200 points in a single day of Six Nations action saw just about the most exciting final day of action in the competitions history.

4.Jerry Collins tragically passes away

The rugby world tragically lost Jerry Collins in June after his family were involved in a car crash in the South of France.

3.Jonah Lomu passing away

Yet more tragic news for rugby fans as it emerges that another All Blacks legend has passed away, and the world comes together to remember Jonah Lomu.

2.Japan beat South Africa at the World Cup

One of the defining moments of any World Cup, Japan claim a surprise victory over the Springboks which sparks the tournament into life.

1.The All Blacks retain the Rugby World Cup

The All Blacks become the first ever side to retain the William Webb Ellis trophy as they beat the Wallabies in the World Cup final.




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