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RUGBY WORLD CUP

The Rugby World Cup is contested every four years between the top international teams. The tournament was first held in 1987, when the tournament was co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia. In 2019, the tournament was held in Japan, where the Springboks lifted the Webb Ellis Cup for the third time.

The history

The winners are awarded the Webb Ellis Cup, named after William Webb Ellis, the Rugby School pupil who, according to a popular legend, invented rugby by picking up the ball during a football game. Four countries have won the trophy; New Zealand three times, Australia and South Africa each twice, and England once. New Zealand are the current champions, having defeated Australia in the final of the 2015 tournament in England. The tournament is administered by World Rugby, the sport's international governing body. Sixteen teams were invited to participate in the inaugural tournament in 1987, however since 1999, 20 teams have taken part. Japan hosted the 2019 Rugby World Cup and France will host in 2023. In 1987, New Zealand won on home soil. In 1991, Australia were crowned champions in England, and the Springboks won the tournament in South Africa in 1995, followed by victories in 2007 (in France) and 2019 (in Japan).

Rugby World Cup 2019 table
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Japan
4 4 0 0 115 62 53 13 7 19
2
Wales
4 4 0 0 136 69 67 17 9 19
3
England
4 3 0 1 119 20 99 17 2 17
4
Ireland
4 3 1 0 121 27 94 18 2 16
5
Australia
4 3 1 0 136 68 68 20 6 16
6
New Zealand
4 3 0 1 157 22 135 22 1 16
7
France
4 3 0 1 79 51 28 9 5 15
8
Springboks
4 3 1 0 185 36 149 27 3 15
9
Italy
4 2 1 1 98 78 20 14 11 12
10
Argentina
4 2 2 0 106 91 15 14 13 11
11
Scotland
4 2 2 0 119 55 64 16 8 11
12
Fiji
4 1 3 0 110 108 2 17 14 7
13
Tonga
4 1 3 0 67 105 -38 9 13 6
14
Georgia
4 1 3 0 65 122 -57 9 18 5
15
Samoa
4 1 3 0 58 128 -70 8 15 5
16
Uruguay
4 1 3 0 60 140 -80 6 22 4
17
Namibia
4 0 3 1 34 175 -141 3 27 2
18
Canada
4 0 3 1 14 177 -163 2 26 2
19
Russia
4 0 4 0 19 160 -141 1 24 0
20
USA
4 0 4 0 52 156 -104 7 23 0

Pool A
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Japan
4 4 0 0 115 62 53 13 7 19
2
Ireland
4 3 1 0 121 27 94 18 2 16
3
Scotland
4 2 2 0 119 55 64 16 8 11
4
Samoa
4 1 3 0 58 128 -70 8 15 5
5
Russia
4 0 4 0 19 160 -141 1 24 0

Pool B
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
New Zealand
4 3 0 1 157 22 135 22 1 16
2
Springboks
4 3 1 0 185 36 149 27 3 15
3
Italy
4 2 1 1 98 78 20 14 11 12
4
Canada
4 0 3 1 14 177 -163 2 26 2
5
Namibia
4 0 3 1 34 175 -141 3 27 2

Pool C
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
England
4 3 0 1 119 20 99 17 2 17
2
France
4 3 0 1 79 51 28 9 5 15
3
Argentina
4 2 2 0 106 91 15 14 13 11
4
Tonga
4 1 3 0 67 105 -38 9 13 6
5
USA
4 0 4 0 52 156 -104 7 23 0

Pool D
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Wales
4 4 0 0 136 69 67 17 9 19
2
Australia
4 3 1 0 136 68 68 20 6 16
3
Fiji
4 1 3 0 110 108 2 17 14 7
4
Georgia
4 1 3 0 65 122 -57 9 18 5
5
Uruguay
4 1 3 0 60 140 -80 6 22 4

There are currently no fixtures available.

Results

02 Nov|Nissan Stadium (International), Yokohama (Japan)

England

12 - 32

Springboks

01 Nov|Tokyo Stadium (Ajinomoto), Tokyo (Japan)

New Zealand

40 - 17

Wales

27 Oct|Nissan Stadium (International), Yokohama (Japan)

Wales

16 - 19

Springboks

26 Oct|Nissan Stadium (International), Yokohama (Japan)

England

19 - 7

New Zealand

20 Oct|Tokyo Stadium (Ajinomoto), Tokyo (Japan)

Japan

3 - 26

Springboks

Tournaments

Team announcement

Nkosi to start for Cell C Sharks at Loftus Versfeld

Cell C Sharks head coach Sean Everitt has named a vastly changed team to take on the Vodacom Bulls in Saturday’s Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked round two clash at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, with Springbok flyer Sbu Nkosi back on the wing.

Team announcement

Meyer replaces Pienaar for Toyota Cheetahs’ Joburg jaunt

Tian Meyer will replace the Toyota Cheetahs' injured skipper and scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar in the Free Staters starting team for Saturday's Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked third round encounter with the Emirates Lions in Johannesburg, with Junior Pokomela taking over as captain.

Team announcement

Kriel to lead Emirates Lions in place of injured Jantjies

The Emirates Lions were dealt a big blow in the build-up to their Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked match against the Toyota Cheetahs in Johannesburg when regular skipper Elton Jantjies was forced to withdraw with a calf injury he sustained in training earlier in the week.

Team announcement

Marcel van der Merwe back for the Vodacom Bulls

Big Marcel van der Merwe will get his first Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked start since returning to Pretoria from France earlier this year, when the Vodacom Bulls host the Cell C Sharks at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Preview

Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked Preview – Round 3

The Phakisa Pumas and the DHL Stormers kick off the third round of Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked action at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Friday. The match starts at 19h00 and is the first encounter at this level between these two sides.