Planet Rugby’s Quiz of 2015

Date published: December 19 2015

We’ve come together here at Planet Rugby to test those memories with a quick quiz of 30 questions covering the events of the year gone by, before you get ready to tuck into that Christmas feast.

As you know it’s been quite a year for rugby union with the World Cup and everything else… but how much of it do you remember?

Ready? Let’s start with the Six Nations. (All answers can be found at the bottom of the page.)

Planet Rugby's Quiz of 2015

1) The 2015 Six Nations top points scorer and top try scorer play together for the same club. For three points, name each player and the club in question.

2) Who scored the first try of the 2015 Six Nations?

3) How many homegrown coaches were in charge of their respective countries for the 2015 Six Nations?

4) Scotland finished bottom of the Six Nations table in 2015 for the …….. time.

5) England fell short of winning the Six Nations when they only defeated France by 20 points, but what was the winning margin they required?

6) Wales thrashed Italy by a margin of 41 points on that final day to break the record for their biggest previous winning margin over the Azzurri, previously set in which year?

7) Against Ireland, Sam Warburton became Wales’ most-capped captain of all time with 34, taking whose record?

8) Ireland of course became back-to-back champions, but they did so for the first time outright since which year?

Now, onto the Rugby World Cup.

9) Sonny Bill Williams famously gave his World Cup winner’s medal to young supporter Charlie Lines after the final, but why?

10) Which nation was participating in their first World Cup since 2003?

11) 14 stadiums were used across the UK for all the matches, but which was the biggest and the smallest?

12) The first try of the 2015 Rugby World Cup was in fact scored by no one – what happened?

13) Karne’s Hesketh historical try for Japan to defeat South Africa came in which minute?

14) Australia scored the most tries in one match at the RWC, but against who and how many?

15) Canada’s DTH van der Merwe became the first player to produce what achievement in the RWC group stages?

16) Bryan Habana, Adam Ashley-Cooper and Jack Nowell were all among the players to score hat-tricks in the RWC, but how many trebles were scored overall?

17) Which player, and from which country, finished with the highest kicking accuracy of any player in the tournament (from a minimum of ten attempts) at 92%?

18) Georgia’s Mamuka Gorgodze was named man of the match on two occasions, but against which teams?

Here are some general questions from across the globe's domestic competitions.

19) Worcester and Bristol were separated by one point at the end of their two-legged Championship play-off final, but what was the score?

20) Which side played in the Aviva Premiership final for the first time since 2004?

21) Canterbury bounced back to win the ITM Cup against Auckland, but how many times have they now won the competition?

22) The 2015 Currie Cup try scorer with 11, Jamba Ulengo, plays for which team?

23) Who became the PRO12 champions for the first time in their history by defeating Munster 31-13 in the final?

24) Stade Français were crowned Top 14 champions after defeating Clermont in the final, but where did they finish at the end of the regular season?

And last but not least, a look at Super Rugby and the Rugby Championship.

25) Juan Imhoff’s hat-trick for Argentina against South Africa was historic, but why?

26) Karmichael Hunt’s debut Super Rugby season wasn’t a success but he did produce one score for the Reds, but was it a try, conversion, penalty or drop goal?

27) Combining the five teams, which country produced the fewest wins in Super Rugby in 2015?

28) Lima Sopoaga was the top points scorer in Super Rugby, but who was second?

29) Which team finished bottom of the Rugby Championship/Tri-Nations for the first time in their history?

30) Richie McCaw became the most-capped Test player of all time in which game this year? 



1) George Ford/Jonathan Joseph, Bath – 2) Rhys Webb – 3) Two – 4) Fourth – 5) Twenty-six – 6) 1999 – 7) Ryan Jones – 8) 1949 – 9) He was tackled by security running onto the pitch – 10) Uruguay – 11) Wembley (90,000), Sandy Park (12,300) – 12) Penalty Try – 13) 84th – 14) Uruguay, 11 tries – 15) Four tries in four consecutive group games –  16) Nine – 17) Theuns Kotzé (Namibia) – 18) Tonga, New Zealand – 19) 59-58 – 20) Bath – 21) Twelve – 22) Blue Bulls – 23) Glasgow Warriors – 24) Fourth – 25) First hat-trick against South Africa in a Test match – 26) A penalty – 27) Australia –  28) Bernard Foley – 29) South Africa – 30) Against Australia at Eden Park