500 days until the Rugby World Cup

Date published: May 6 2014

As we reach the 500-day mark counting down to next year's Rugby World Cup in England, we want to get your thoughts on who will triumph.

As we reach the 500-day mark counting down to next year's Rugby World Cup in England, we want to get your thoughts on who will triumph.

The Rugby World Cup 2015 match ball has been projected onto City Hall in London to mark 500 Days to go (May 6, 2014).

England Rugby 2015, the Organising Committee for Rugby World Cup 2015, have announced the dates when up to 1 million tickets for all 48 matches will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday.

As for who will triumph next year, could the All Blacks become the first side to win back-to-back world titles?

Can the Springboks make history by becoming the first side to lift the William Webb Ellis cup three times?

What about Australia? Can Ewen McKenzie guide them to their third title?

Or do you think the winner will come from Europe – with England on home soil and improving under Stuart Lancaster, Ireland currently Six Nations champions, Wales being the form Northern Hemisphere side since 2011 or will France, finalists last time out, surprise us all again?

Let us know in the comments why you're excited about the RWC 2015 and who you think will win. Here's who our writers are tipping:

Ben Coles: England's arc of improvement and the fact that they're on home soil does make them an appealing prospect, as are Ireland after winning this year's Six Nations. But you have to go with New Zealand based on last year's unbeaten record and the depth of their squad. Australia have superstars (Folau, Cooper etc.), South Africa will be close, but the All Blacks have it all.

David Skippers: Judged on 2013's performances under coach Heyneke Meyer, South Africa are timing their run perfectly to win the 2015 Rugby World Cup. New Zealand might be the team to beat at the moment, but the Boks' biggest strength is their forward play. On the Northern Hemisphere's heavier fields, the Bok forwards will lay the foundation to their World Cup triumph.

Ross Hastie: With South Africa and New Zealand likely to face off in the semi-finals, the winner of Pool A is set to have a clear run to the final. If England can beat Australia in that group, you have to back them to win their play-offs at Twickenham. As Ben said, England's current upward curve makes them genuine title contenders but I still have my doubts about their ability to match big guns from the south. I'd love France to do well but the All Blacks are the complete package and should exposure the Boks' limitations (again) to edge that semi-final before outclassing England's backs in the final.