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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