8 Must-Have Items For The Rugby World Cup

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The Rugby World Cup kicks off in September
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The Rugby World Cup kicks off in September

Counting Down To The Big Event

The countdown to the Rugby World Cup is well and truly under way. The action begins when hosts England taking on Fiji at Twickenham on Friday, September 18. The feast of rugby action culminates 48 games later at the same venue on Sunday, October 31. As the anticipation builds to the tournament, take a look at our guide to the must-have items you'll want to snap up so you're ready for the action...
An England rugby shirt
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An England rugby shirt

Getting Shirty

You'll want to look the part for the big event and that means getting your kit ready. The official tournament shirt isn't ready yet but England kit manufacturer Canterbury has produced some pretty timeless kits down the years if you fancy a slightly more affordable retro look. England fans might want to channel their inner Jonny Wilkinson by snapping up the shirt worn during that famous World Cup victory in Australia in 2003. eBay is a good place to snap up that  shirt or any retro shirt for the home nations.
There's a host of Rugby World Cup balls available
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There's a host of Rugby World Cup balls available

A New Ball Game

As the excitement builds you'll undoubtedly want to have a game of rugby yourself - whether it's a bit of fun with the kids in the garden or a proper game with your mates. There's a whole host of rugby balls available on eBay, whether you're after child-friendly softer versions or the real thing.
Check out the action live by snapping up a ticket
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Check out the action live by snapping up a ticket

Try To See It In Style

You might well think this is the ideal chance to see rugby's premier event live, with the action taking place at home this time, the first time it's been held in England outright after the then-Five Nations shared the responsibility back in 1991. Getting tickets can be tough but eBay's StubHub service offers a buying service that you can trust. Tickets for the high profile group games are already changing hands for several hundred pounds with demand high so act now to avoid missing out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The tournament promises to be a televisual treat
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The tournament promises to be a televisual treat

Seen On Screen

If you can't make the matches, never fear. The next best thing to being at the games themselves will be the excellent television coverage. If you want your experience of the tournament to be perfect then why not treat yourself to a brand new TV? Make sure you're watching the action in style with an HD set and get the latest Smart technology built in so that you can catch up with any of the live action that you've missed.
Deck your car out with flags for the tournament
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Deck your car out with flags for the tournament

Fly The Flag

You'll be wanting to show your patriotic pride during the world cup - and what better way that a car flag or two? Don't be shy, everyone will stick them on their vehicle once the sporting fervour kicks in, get started early and watch everyone else follow suit. If that's not enough to satisfy your national pride you might want to stick flags and bunting up around the house too.

FACTFILE: The Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup was first held in 1987, with joint hosts New Zealand walking away as champions. They regained the title last time out, in 2011, with another win on home soil after narrowly edging out the French in the final. The All Blacks are the bookies' favourites to retain their crown this October. Australia and South Africa both have two wins apiece while England earned a sole tournament win, on Australian soil, in 2003. This year's event will be the largest sporting event in the world in 2015 and is expected to attract a TV audience of about 4 billion viewers.
Prepare on your console with Rugby 15
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Prepare on your console with Rugby 15

Virtual Fun

How do you while away the hours before the tournament begins? Why not get stuck into some serious gameplay? Rugby 15 is the first rugby union video game to be released in a couple of years and offers PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita and PC users the chance to get a piece of the action with next generation graphics and chance to play Aviva Premiership action.
Snap up a beer fridge to keep your drinks cool
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Snap up a beer fridge to keep your drinks cool

Keep Your Cool

The perfect accompaniment to the action on your new television will be an ice cold beer. But you don't want to risk missing any of the action by trekking off into the kitchen every time you're in need of refreshment so why not invest in a beer fridge? Clear a small corner of the front room, plug it in, stock it up with your favourite beverage and you're away. Non-drinkers can store soft drinks in there too.
2003 captain Martin Johnson's story is the perfect pre-World Cup read
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2003 captain Martin Johnson's story is the perfect pre-World Cup read

Buy The Book

Get yourself in the mood by devouring as much information as you can about the game before the teams contest the Webb Ellis Cup. There's a host of good books around and, if you're a collector, it's well worth taking a look for signed items which are worth a little bit more. Wallow in nostalgia by re-living England's famous 2003 World Cup win and read the stories of the men who made history.
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