Rugby World Cup 2015 is the greatest tournament in the rugby-playing universe, with 20 countries from across the globe congregating in England for a memorable competition. The fun begins in London with the opening ceremony, at the home of the English game, Twickenham. With any international event, the colourful fans are as much a spectacle as the games themselves, and some of the biggest followings will be reserved for South Africa and Australia. Here’s where you’ll be able to find them around the city.
Two-time Rugby World Cup winners South Africa (1995 and 2007) will be looking for their supporters to raise the roof at their group games against Japan, Samoa, USA and Scotland. Any fans in the capital who couldn’t secure tickets should make their way to The Orange Bull Sports Bar (which was previously called The Aardvark). Here you find yourself surrounded by your fellow countrymen. By far the most South African pub in London, all World Cup games will be televised here. With a distinctly Afrikaans flavour, you’ll feel right at home in this Bermondsey venue where you’ll find English lagers alongside the Afrikaans national tipple. If that doesn’t transport you back to the motherland, regular live performances by South African artists will have you dancing around the spit braai.
Australia will also boast an impressive following, due largely to the huge ex-pat community in London. Rugby World Cup 2015 promises to provide England’s Australian community with the perfect excuse for a party, and there’s no better place to watch all the matches than The Slug, in Wimbledon. The modest pub claims to be “probably the best sports bar in the world,” and is home to eight big screens. The 200,000 Australians who live in London tend to reside in the west of the city, especially in Earl’s Court, Hammersmith, Fulham, Shepherd’s Bush, and Putney. So, if you want to be surrounded by fellow Australian fans in a sea of yellow and green, this is your best bet.
The home nations are also well represented at Rugby World Cup 2015. Scotland’s football fans, the Tartan Army, are universally welcomed wherever they travel due to their good humour and friendly behaviour. And the Scots are just as passionate about their rugby team too, so Newcastle, Leeds, and Gloucester can look forward to an invasion of kilts and smiling faces. Just head for the nearest pub and you’re sure to find Scotland fans! But wherever you are in England during the action, you will surely be surrounded by fellow rugby-lovers the world-over.