Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2015: Remaining Schedule, Latest Groups on Thursday

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistOctober 1, 2015

Australia's Sekope Kepu acknowledges the crowd after their 65-3 win in the Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Uruguay at Villa Park, Birmingham, England, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)
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The pool stage of the Rugby World Cup 2015 has begun to take shape after the first week of competition, with some of the sport's titans coping more capably with the pressure placed upon them.

Hosts England have already tasted defeat at the hands of Wales, and South Africa are no longer considered certainties to top Pool B following their early fall at the hands of Japan.

Thankfully, we have a whole month of the tournament remaining, during which time fans can only hope the 2015 contest continues to live up to the already lofty expectations set in place.

Read on for a breakdown of the tournament's remaining fixture schedule, along with some of the top tournament headlines looking at this weekend's matches and beyond.

Remaining Rugby World Cup 2015 Schedule
DateTime (BST)HomeAwayVenue
October 18 p.m.FranceCanadaStadium MK, Milton Keynes
October 28 p.m.New ZealandGeorgiaMillennium Stadium, Cardiff
October 32:30 p.m.SamoaJapanStadium MK, Milton Keynes
October 34:45 p.m.South AfricaScotlandSt James' Park, Newcastle
October 38 p.m.EnglandAustraliaTwickenham, London
October 42:30 p.m.ArgentinaTongaLeicester City Stadium, Leicester
October 44:45 p.m.IrelandItalyOlympic Stadium, London
October 64:45 p.m.CanadaRomaniaLeicester City Stadium, Leicester
October 68 p.m.FijiUruguayStadium MK, Milton Keynes
October 74:45 p.m.South AfricaUSAOlympic Stadium, London
October 78 p.m.NamibiaGeorgiaSandy Park, Exeter
October 98 p.m.New ZealandTongaSt James' Park, Newcastle
October 102:30 p.m.SamoaScotlandSt James' Park, Newcastle
October 104:45 p.m.AustraliaWalesTwickenham, London
October 108 p.m.EnglandUruguayManchester City Stadium
October 11NoonArgentinaNamibiaLeicester City Stadium, Leicester
October 112:30 p.m.ItalyRomaniaSandy Park, Exeter
October 114:45 p.m.FranceIrelandMillennium Stadium, Cardiff
October 118 p.m.USAJapanKingsholm Stadium, Gloucester
October 174 p.m.B1A2Twickenham, London
October 178 p.m.C1D2Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
October 181 p.m.D1C2Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
October 184 p.m.A1B2Twickenham, London
October 244 p.m.Winner QF1Winner QF2Twickenham, London
October 254 p.m.Winner QF3Winner QF4Twickenham, London
October 308 p.m.Loser SF1Loser SF2Olympic Stadium, London
October 314 p.m.Winner SF1Winner SF2Twickenham, London

Pool Standings

Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool A
Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool B
2South Africa2101784037
5United States2002326400
Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool C
1New Zealand2200843019
2 Tonga2101453826
3 Argentina2101703515
4 Georgia2101266404
5 Namibia2002359300
Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D

Pool of Death's First-Place Booby Prize

It's not an original notion at this advanced stage, but interesting nonetheless, that it may actually be more beneficial for any of England, Australia or Wales to take second place in Pool A rather than win the lot.

It would be entirely cynical to suggest any team would ever throw a match on purpose, but following on from Japan's surprise victory over the Springboks, Ross Harries of BBC Scrum V floated the idea:

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It makes some sense due to the fact that Scotland, having claimed 10 points from a possible 10, are positioned to win Pool B and could even still do so if they lost to South Africa at St. James' Park on Saturday.

One would imagine Fiji's hopes of progressing have been dusted off after failing to claim even a point from England or Australia, but Wales may yet consider them a threat after broadcaster Phil Steele praised their addition to Pool A:

The Scots are undoubtedly playing some attractive rugby while we only really saw anything close to the Springboks best in their 46-6 win over Samoa, but one fact remains: Most teams would still rather risk facing Scotland than South Africa.

That's especially the case for England and Wales, who triumph over their northern rivals on nearly an annual basis, but still we're soon to see one rugby giant depart the competition at the first hurdle.

Of course none of the Pool A front-runners might dare meddle in such a risky game of chance, but Pool A's runner-up finish may all of a sudden not look that unappealing.

Scotland's Hopes in the Balance

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And a lot of those simmering questions will be answered when Scotland and South Africa meet in their northeast climate this Saturday for a fixture that always looked likely to decide the Pool B victor.

Except now it's Vern Cotter's men who are in the ascendancy, and former Scotland centre talisman Gavin Hastings says his old team need "the game of their lives" if they're to beat the Boks, per

They can win it, but they've got to play the game of their lives and eliminate the errors. We have seen both against Japan and the USA, that they create opportunities but they've made errors. South Africa will put Scotland under pressure for a full 80 minutes, and it is how they deal with that because they are not going to find enough space.

Scotland have been delightful to watch for periods of the tournament thus far, but one thing that's blighted their efforts is a slow start, with all 10 of their tries thus far having come in the second half.

The squad was hit with the news that Grant Gilchrist had been ruled out of the World Cup this week, but Planet Rugby's Ben Coles believes replacement Blair Cowan always deserved his place in the squad:

Scotland are in a strangely strong position in that they already sit three points ahead of Heyneke Meyer's squad and with superior points difference, meaning even a loss with a bonus point (or two) could keep them at the top this weekend.

But the European hopefuls and their masses of fans have come to expect far more than that now, and with a heavy Scottish following sure to be present in Newcastle, Saturday's showdown could be one for the history books.