RUCK.co.uk will have extensive coverage of the tournament, which kicks off in Japan next month…
15. BIG HITS!
This is a basic one – the potential for bone-crunching tackles. With the Rugby World Cup probably the most brutal team event in world sport, the hits will be more vicious than ever.
14. IT’S FREE TO WATCH ON ITV
One of the golden things about the Rugby World Cup is that there’s no Sky Sports or BT Sport subscription required. What better excuse have you got to invite the gang round, break out the beers (or preferred tipple) and chow down on a few sport-inspired snacks? Any excuse for a get-together is good with us…and the riotous thrill you’ll get from screaming at the TV will only make things better.null
13. RIDICULOUS FANCY DRESS
If you think the Six Nations produces some astounding fancy dress efforts, you just wait for the World Cup to get started.
Yes, there’ll be the usual Scotsmen in kilts, English loons dressed up as crusaders, Irish lads with novelty Guinness hats on and Welsh people wearing daffodils on their heads.
However, there’ll also be Australians in shorts riding inflatable kangaroos and New Zealanders dressed as giant kiwis to throw into the mix.
12. PRODIGIOUS DRINKING
We’re not trying to encourage you. We just know what you’re like.
The Rugby World Cup is a special sporting occasion. What do we like to do on special sporting occasions? Drink lots of beer.
11. POINTS, POINTS AND MORE POINTS
With international giants clashing with comparative minnows in every pool, there are bound to be some absolutely whopping scorelines – the World Cup inevitably throws up a few uneven matches and they’re always good fun to watch.
Uruguay will doubtlessly have 90 points put past them at least once. Keep an eye out for the Russia and Namibia – they’ll all be on the end of serious drubbings, too.