It’s almost time. The Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off on Friday 18 September at 8pm, with hosts England taking on those plucky Fijians at Twickenham, the home of rugby itself.
Can England repeat their heroics of 2003, when Wilko’s extra-time drop goal saw them lift the fabled Web Ellis? Or will Richie and Dan bow out from the international game by helping the All Blacks retain the trophy?
If you’ve no idea what we’re talking about, don’t worry. We’ve found some apps to help you get up to speed with all things rugby union. Plus, we’ve got some great advice on watching the big Rugby World Cup 2015 games live on your mobile device.
First of all, let’s kick off with the basics.
Rugby rules and regulations
World rugby: laws of the game (free on iOS) is a comprehensive app that covers all the rules and regulations of rugby union.
From offsides to penalty kicks and how to start a scrum (boy, is that a complicated process), it’s all here, with some handy videos and animation to make things clear.
There’s even a guide to the hand signals used by match officials – learning these could be a great way of showing off if you find yourself watching a match in a busy pub.
The best apps for Rugby World Cup 2015
We’ve already told you in no uncertain terms to download the Official Rugby World Cup mobile app. It looks like it’s going to be an essential piece of kit for rugby fans.
Another app we’re excited about is ITV's Rugby World Cup 2015 (free on iOS and Android).
This looks like it could be every bit as good as the official app, with video highlights, in-game clips, news and results.
And best of all… an awesome-sounding kicking/swiping game. It will appear live during matches, and let you take your kick from the same position as real-life penalties and conversions.
Can I watch the Rugby World Cup 2015 on my mobile?
Every match will be streamed live by ITV. Most of them will be on the main ITV channel, with a few being shown on ITV4. Check out the full fixture list and TV schedule here.
You’ll be able to watch Rugby World Cup 2015 matches live on your mobile device by using the ITV Player app (free on iOS and Android).
Once you’ve downloaded and installed the ITV Player app, launch it and select the channel you want to view at the top of the screen. Then all you need to do is tap ‘Watch Live’(at the top of the screen again).
Just make sure that you’re using Wi-Fi if possible before you start streaming, to avoid needlessly using loads of data.
We hope we’ve given you more than enough to give you World Cup Fever and enjoy all the action as it happens. Good luck to whichever team you’re supporting!