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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|International Stadium Yokohama (Japan)

England

12 - 32

Springboks

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

New Zealand

40 - 17

Wales

27 Oct|International Stadium Yokohama (Japan)

Wales

16 - 19

Springboks

26 Oct|International Stadium Yokohama (Japan)

England

19 - 7

New Zealand

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

Japan

3 - 26

Springboks

Tournaments

News

“New focus” in Cell C Sharks camp with semi-final looming

Cell C Sharks head coach Sean Everitt said there is a new focus in the team as his charges turn their attention to the Carling Currie Cup semi-final against DHL Western Province in Cape Town next week Saturday.

News

Playing at Loftus a big boost for Vodacom Bulls

“Fortress Loftus” will await the Xerox Lions in the first Carling Currie Cup semi-final next Saturday, with Vodacom Bulls Director of Rugby Jake White saying they must use their home ground advantage to progress to the final.

Stat Attack

Steyn, Kitshoff dominate Carling Currie Cup stats

Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks Frans Steyn (Toyota Cheetahs) and Steven Kitshoff (DHL Western Province) showed why they are rated amongst the best players in the world by dominating the overall stats at the completion of this year’s regulation matches in the Carling Currie Cup.

News

Carling Currie Cup semi-final kick-off times confirmed

The Vodacom Bulls and Xerox Lions will meet in the first of the two Carling Currie Cup semi-finals on Saturday, 23 January, as SA Rugby announced the kick-off times on Tuesday.

News

Van Rooyen: “There will be more respect for points”

Xerox Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen predicted a tightly fought Carling Currie Cup semi-final against the Vodacom Bulls in Pretoria next week Saturday, saying there will be more respect for points as it is a playoff game.