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Rugby World Cup 2015 commemorated on Royal mail stamps

Rugby World Cup 2015 commemorated on Royal mail stamps

Royal Mail issued eight stamps featuring images of various key moves and set pieces within the Game to commemorate eight Rugby World Cup 2015 to be held from 18 September to 31 October 2015.

Various key moves featured on the stamps are the Tackle, Scrum, Try, Conversion, Pass, Drop Goal, Ruck and Line-Out.

The eight-stamp set conveys the physicality, excitement and skill of Rugby Union.

A special postmark featured on all UK stamped mail from Friday 18 to Saturday 19 September saying ‘Rugby World Cup 2015, 18 Sep – 31 Oct

Rugby World Cup 2015

Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off from 18 September 2015 when the hosts England play Fiji at Twickenham in the opening match.

Twenty world-class unions, divided equally into four pools, will compete at the Knock-out Stages, with the first two unions from each pool qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Over 44 days, a total of 48 matches will be played across every region of England along with Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

Rugby is a huge game in the UK with England alone accounting for almost 2000 separate clubs and over 1 million regular participants.

Rugby World Cup 2015 commemorated on Royal mail stamps
© Stamp Design Royal Mail Group Ltd (2015)

Tackle In Rugby Union a tackle occurs when the ball carrier is held by one or more opponents and brought to ground.

Scrum A scrum involves eight forwards from each team bound together. Its purpose is to restart a game after a minor rule infringement.

Try A try – worth five points in Rugby Union – is scored when a player reaches the opposing goal line and grounds the ball on or over the line.

Conversion A conversion kick is taken after a try is scored, from a point in line with where the ball was grounded.

Pass In a rugby pass the ball must be thrown from one player to another in either a backwards or lateral direction.

Drop Goal To score one, a player drops the ball to the ground, lets it bounce and kicks it over the bar between the posts, earning three points.

Ruck In a ruck one or more players from each team, on their feet and in physical contact, close around the ball on the ground.

Line-Out Consisting of three to eight players from each side, a line-out takes place when the ball has been kicked or knocked out of play.

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Rugby World Cup 2015 commemorated on Royal mail stamps
© Stamp Design Royal Mail Group Ltd (2015)

Title: Rugby World Cup 2015
Date of Issue: 18 September 2015
Country: Great Britain
Denominations: 2nd Class x 2, 1st Class x 2, £1.00 x 2, £1.52 x 22

Source: Royal mail

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