An idiot's guide to rugby with Jean Smyth and Jeremy Harris

The 2015 Rugby World Cup kicks off on Friday, 18 September, where 20 teams representing 20 countries go head-to-head to be crowned the rugby champions for the next 4 years.

If you're not a ruby fan, or simply don't understand the game, the next few weeks could prove to be challenging.

To help you get a grasp of the beloved game, and one of the most highly-anticipated sports tournaments of the year, CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson brings you a special "dummies guide to rugby".

She enlisted the help of two of our top EWN sports anchors – Jeremy Harris and Jean Smyth, who is also the EWN Sports Editor.

The duo answer questions such as the following:

  • What is a try and how many points does it get a team?
  • What is a conversion – and how many points does it score?
  • What is a drop goal – and how many points can that get you?
  • What is the difference between a ruck and a maul?

Listen to the full conversation from The Pippa Hudson Show:

The 20 teams are divided into four pools and South Africa is in Pool B, alongside Samoa, Scotland, Japan and the USA.

The opening ceremony takes at 7.45pm on Friday, followed by the first match, where hosts England take on Figi.

Some interesting facts about the Springboks team competing in the Rugby World Cup 2015:

Download all the Rugby World Cup match fixtures from the EWN website.

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