How can I make the most of my stay in the UK at the Rugby World Cup?
Guys I’m updating this as we go through our 6 week journey of the Rugby World cup 2015 so keep checking in for the scores and updates. I’m upset over England’s early exit but looking forward to seeing Australia or New Zealand win the cup- they seem to be the best performers as we near the pool completion stages!
You may only be here a week or you might be here for 2 months and even stay for 2 years. We believe you’ll love London and whether you are staying in London or travelling to London this guide is designed to help you.
Games are spread all over the UK as indicated in the guide below but we believe the majority of fun will be had in London where the majority of people will be!
Making the most of your UK Experience for us covers:
- The Rugby – fixtures and team performances
- The Social Side – enjoying London’s complete social experience
- Tourism – places to go, things to see
- Career and job opportunities – discovering career or job opportunities in London
Under these four topics we want to help you gain valuable tips on how to enjoy your time over the Rugby World Cup period in London.
Here are all the fixtures from Friday 18th September when England commence there campaign at Twickenham to the World cup final Saturday October 31st at Twickenham.
Fri September 18th 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool A, Match 1 – ENGLAND V FIJI
Kick off:20:00 – Twickenham, London :result 35-11 steady start for England with a bonus point we would have taken that at the start. However the England pack were disapointing in the set piece especially the scrum and will have to be a lot better against Wales and Australia if they are to win the pool.
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool C, Match 2 – TONGA V GEORGIA
Kick off:12:00 – Kingsholm, Gloucester: result 10-17 surprise result for Georgia
Sat September 19th 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool D, Match 3 – IRELAND V CANADA
Kick off:14:30 – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff : result 50-7 predictable
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool B, Match 4 – SOUTH AFRICA V JAPAN
Kick off:16:45 – Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton result 32-34 Astonishing! biggest upset in rugby world cup history ever! Well done Eddie Jones coach and winner with Australia!
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool D, Match 5 – FRANCE V ITALY
Kick off:20:00 – Twickenham, London Result 32-10 predictable France look much improved
Sun September 20th 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool B, Match 6 – SAMOA V USA
Kick off:12:00 – Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton Result :25-16 good for Samoa
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool A, Match 7 – WALES V URUGUAY
Kick off:14:30 – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff result:54-9 Wales took further injuries and disruption to the squad could be running low on strength for the big England game.
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool C, Match 8 – NEW ZEALAND V ARGENTINA
Kick off:16:45 – Wembley Stadium, London result: 26-16 good Argentinian performance prevented NZ gaining the bonus point but should just wake the “All Blacks” up!
Wed September 23rd 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool B, Match 9 – SCOTLAND V JAPAN
Kick off:14:30 – Kingsholm, Gloucester result 45-10
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool A, Match 10 – AUSTRALIA V FIJI
Kick off:16:45 – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff result 28-13
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool D, Match 11 – FRANCE V ROMANIA
Kick off:20:00 – The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London result 38-11
Thu September 24th 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool C, Match 12 – NEW ZEALAND V NAMIBIA
Kick off:20:00 – The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London result 58-14 Watched this New Zealand look slick but a good try from Namibia from the back of a line out a second maul and the the backs running the ball created a memorable Namibian try.
Fri September 25th 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool C, Match 13 – ARGENTINA V GEORGIA
Kick off:16:45 – Kingsholm, Gloucester result 54-29
Sat September 26th 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool D, Match 14 – ITALY V CANADA
Kick off:14:30 – Elland Road, Leeds result 23-18
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool B, Match 15 – SOUTH AFRICA V SAMOA
Kick off:16:45 – Villa Park, Birmingham result 46-6
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool A, Match 16 – ENGLAND V WALES
Kick off:20:00 – Twickenham, London result 25-28 A loss for England and a real tragedy which set up our early exit needing to beat Australia
Sun September 27th 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool A, Match 17 – AUSTRALIA V URUGUAY
Kick off:12:00 – Villa Park, Birmingham result 65-3
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool B, Match 18 – SCOTLAND V USA
Kick off:14:30 – Elland Road, Leeds result 39-16
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool D, Match 19 – IRELAND V ROMANIA
Kick off:16:45 – Wembley Stadium, London result 44-10
Tue September 29th 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool C, Match 20 – TONGA V NAMIBIA
Kick off:16:45 – Sandy Park, Exeter RESULT 35-21
Thu October 1st 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool A, Match 21 – WALES V FIJI
Kick off:16:45 – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff RESULT 23-13 close game but Wales came through meaning England had to beat Australia!
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool D, Match 22 – FRANCE V CANADA
Kick off:20:00 – Stadium MK, Milton Keynes result 41-18
Fri October 2nd 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool C, Match 23 – NEW ZEALAND V GEORGIA
Kick off:20:00 – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff result 43-10
Sat October 3rd 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool B, Match 24 – SAMOA V JAPAN
Kick off:14:30 – Stadium mk, Milton Keynes result 5-26
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool B, Match 25 – SOUTH AFRICA V SCOTLAND
Kick off:16:45 – St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne result 34-16
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool A, Match 26 – ENGLAND V AUSTRALIA
Kick off:20:00 – Twickenham, London result 13-33 England well beaten a disgrace everyone I was with was so upset but the Wales loss a week earlier made this a probability.
Sun October 4th 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool C, Match 27 – ARGENTINA V TONGA
Kick off:14:30 – Leicester City Stadium, Leicester result 45-16
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool D, Match 28 – IRELAND V ITALY
Kick off:16:45 – The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London result 16-9
Tue October 4th 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool D, Match 29 – CANADA V ROMANIA
Kick off:16:45 – Leicester City Stadium, Leicester Result 15-17
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool A, Match 30 – FIJI V URUGUAY
Kick off:20:00 – Stadiummk, Milton Keynes result 45-17
Wed October 7th 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool B, Match 31 – SOUTH AFRICA V USA
Kick off:16:45 – The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London result 64-nil
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool C, Match 32 – NAMIBIA V GEORGIA
Kick off:20:00 – Sandy Park, Exeter result 16-17
Fri October 9th 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool C, Match 33 – NEW ZEALAND V TONGA
Kick off:20:00 – St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne Result 47-09
Sat October 10th 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool B, Match 34 – SAMOA V SCOTLAND
Kick off:14:30 – St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne result 33-36
Rugby World Cup 2015,Pool A, Match 35 – AUSTRALIA V WALES
Kick off:16:45 – Twickenham, London result 15-06
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool A, Match 36 – ENGLAND V URUGUAY
Kick off:20:00 – Manchester City Stadium, Manchester result 60-3
Sun October 11th 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool C, Match 37 – ARGENTINA V NAMIBIA
Kick off:12:00 – Leicester City Stadium, Leicester result 64-19
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool D, Match 38 – ITALY V ROMANIA
Kick off:14:30 – Sandy Park, Exeter Result 32-22
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool D, Match 39 – FRANCE V IRELAND
Kick off:16:45 – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Result 9-24
Rugby World Cup 2015, Pool B, Match 40 – USA V JAPAN
Kick off:20:00 – Kingsholm, Gloucester Result 18-28
LIFE AFTER THE POOL STAGES AND ENGLANDS RECORD EARLY HOST NATION EXIT
Sat October 17th 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Quarter Finals, Match 41 – QF1: WINNER POOL B V RUNNER-UP POOL A
Kick off:16:00 – Twickenham, London SOUTH AFRICA V WALES
I predict a battle but a South Africa win RESULT 23-19 A massive battle as predicted and we felt sorry for Wales with all their injuries
Rugby World Cup 2015, Quarter Finals, Match 42 – QF2: WINNER POOL C V RUNNER-UP POOL D
Kick off:20:00 – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff NEW ZEALAND V FRANCE
We see this as a New Zealand romp! RESULT 62-13 As predicted a New Zealand romp with France loosing their 10 and talisman early on.
Sun October 18th 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Quarter Finals, Match 43 – QF3: WINNER POOL D V RUNNER-UP POOL C
Kick off:13:00 – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff IRELAND V ARGENTINA
Perhaps just Argentina because of Irish injuries RESULT20-43 Result as predicted but not the scale of the Irish defeat Argentina where fantastic!
Rugby World Cup 2015, Quarter Finals, Match 44 – QF4: WINNER POOL A V RUNNER-UP POOL B
Kick off:16:00 – Twickenham, London AUSTRALIA V SCOTLAND
Australia to win by a mile! RESULT 35-34 My prediction was correct but not by a mile the closest game yet with a refereeing mistake over the last minute penalty wrongly gifting the game to South Africa.
NOW WE HIT THE SEMI FINALS WITH ALL RUGBY ACTIVITY AT TWICKENHAM AND A FOCUS ON LONDON SOCIALLY!
Remember there are some fantastic club matches to watch in London. Do see the bottom of this blog (scroll down).
Sat October 24th 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Semi Finals, Match 45 – WINNER QF1 V WINNER QF2
Kick off:16:00 – Twickenham, London SOUTH AFRICA V NEW ZEALAND
We predict an easy win for New Zealand who have hit form and South Africa have struggled all year relatively!
Sun October 25th 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Semi Finals, Match 46 – WINNER QF3 V WINNER QF4
Kick off:16:00 – Twickenham, London ARGENTINA V AUSTRALIA
Prediction this could be close however Australia have the pedigree and track record to win this while Argentina have hit the best form of their lives a close one but Australia to win through! RESULT:
Fri October 30th 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Bronze Final, Match 47 – LOSER SF1 V LOSER SF2
Kick off:20:00 – The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
Sat October 31st 2015
Rugby World Cup 2015, Final, Match 48 – WINNER SF1 V WINNER SF2
Kick off:16:00 – Twickenham, London
Early Prediction of an Australia New Zealand final.
Read more at: http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/fixtures
The pools looked pretty interesting with the home nations gaining some considerable advantage with games in their own stadia or “local stadia.”
First match: Friday, 18 September 20:00, England v Fiji, Twickenham Stadium, London
BITE’s prediction: England to top, Australia to make it and Wales to Flop! With Uruguay winless- looking like a dodgy prediction already as England loose narrowly to Wales!
Mid competition original Prediction in tatters England out the first team knocked out of Rugby World Cup 2015, Wales look likely to go through as runners up Australia top the group
yep England flopped not Wales !
First Match: Saturday, 19 September 16:45, South Africa v Japan, Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton
BITE’s prediction: South Africa to top, Scotland to flop and Samoa to surprise the group. US winless!
Despite South Africa loosing to Japan it looks like South Africa to top Scotland second US winless SA Scotland are top two
First Match: Saturday, 19 September 12:00, Tonga v Georgia, Kingsholm, Gloucester
BITE’s prediction: New Zealand to top, Argentina to scrape it and Namibia to flop winless
Mid contest on course for accurate prediction! New Zealand look strong despite all the press ..they are holding back some of their cards!
Yes pretty good prediction
First Match: Saturday, 19 September 14:30, Ireland v Canada, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
BITE’s prediction: Ireland to top, Canada to flop and France to qualify, no one winless
Mid contest prediction on course the big game is Ireland France but Canada flop and are winless already!
Spot on except Canada were bottom and winless!
Only time will tell on our predictions but the structure and organisation in the game makes it easier to predict the outcome than soccer!
Scroll back up now for the knockout stages and predictions- the quarter ,semi bronze and World cup finals!
Do see where to watch the games on a large screen in a brilliant atmosphere in London on our sister website’s blog
2. The Social Side
The traditional place to meet at Twickenham before the game is The Cabbage Patch pub opposite the station and a great place for banter before each game, but get there early because it becomes uncomfortably busy.
Often a better option is the Albany pub which as you cross the road you can see from the bridge and is a 100 yard work around the side road adjacent to the cabbage patch. 1 Queen’s Rd, Twickenham TW1 4EZ Tel: 020 8891 1777
Afterwards either head into Richmond or Clapham and the south London / Central London area for the pubs and clubs. You have Ruby Blue and Zoo Bar in Leicester Square plus Tiger Tiger and Jewel bar in Piccadilly or the vibrant area that is Soho with all its clubs and pubs.
Having been to Richmond in the last few days the Set up at Richmond rugby club/ Richmond Athletic ground is pretty exciting with lots of atmosphere and I’d really recommend the London Welsh ground Old Deer Park to watch the England Wales game this Saturday on the big screens!
The Sun inn at Richmond just opposite Richmond athletic ground and down a little alley opposite the station is a shrine to rugby and full of interesting pictures, whilst the Orange tree pub opposite the station is a rugby watering hole and meeting place supporting my favorite charity the wooden spoon the rugby charity for children!
IF YOU DON’T HAVE A TICKET TRY THE FANZONES WITH THEIR LARGE SCREEN TV’S!
I visited the Richmond FANZONE at Old Deer Park on Saturday to watch the England Wales game.Everything was fantastic except the England result! Three large screens and free admission, a big top tent Land rover experience, stash shops for gear plenty of food three bars and all 5 minutes walk from Richmond station…. you can’t miss it unless you’re at the ground itself.
Now have seen England Australia at the Richmond Fanzone excellent experience despite the result the bars are a bit slow so top tip take some embty flasksto put extra beer in so it is not kicked over.Then buy the evenings beer at your first visit to the bar!
I’ve also been to the Olympic Park Fan zone -ace! and I’m going to the Cardiff site on Thursday for Wales Fiji and back to Richmond next Saturday for England Australia!
Where do we start you’d need a full 8 weeks to see everything in London! There is the River Thames and all its tours from Richmond and Twickenham down to Greenwich and the maritime museum and observatory or going up stream to Windsor and its famous Castle, if the flag’s flying be on your best behaviour, the Queen’s in residence.
Traditionally in London there is Buckingham Palace, the Natural History and Science museums with free entry plus many more such as the Victoria and Albert. The numerous art galleries for the cultured are free such as the Tate Modern, Tate Britain and the National Gallery. Madame Tussauds Wax museum is fun for celebrity spotting and the Theatre District near Leicester Square and Covent Garden with its world famous opera house are close by.
Just outside London the major theme parks are Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures with great fun for adults and kids alike….. come to think of it most Rugby players are just big kids!
4. Career and job opportunities
Most people in the UK, gain a job with the help of an agency and generally they advertise their positions on job boards. The other big opportunity is networking and it’s a must to get yourself a profile on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com.
It’s clear there are plenty of job opportunities for those who can legally work in London and the UK and we are not all starving on the streets or resenting every visitor. The exact opposite we need well skilled experienced people to work in London so post Rugby World cup 2015 why not stay and enjoy the great overseas experience by basing yourself in London and experiencing Europe.
One of the best general boards out there for your London job search has over 20,000 jobs is: http://jobs.biteconsulting.co.uk/ and our own career site should be helpful:
BITE Consulting – primarily IT, Telco, Accountancy and finance plus professional Interim consultants and managers: www.biteconsulting.co.uk
Get a UK Job – good overall help on finding a job in the UK: www.GetaUKjob.com
Watch this space for more to come.