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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

News

More than 320,000 ticket applications for British & Irish Lions tour 2021

South African rugby fans came out in full force and applied for 323,964 tickets to attend the eight matches of next year’s tour of the British & Irish Lions.

News

SA participation in Guinness PRO14 with Monday night rugby planned

On August 25, PRO14 Rugby acknowledged that under current international travel restrictions it is not possible for South African teams to fulfil Guinness PRO14 fixtures until 2021.

Tournament news

SA Rugby U21 Champs scheduled for Johannesburg next month

The 2020 SA Rugby Under-21 Championship, featuring five provincial sides, will kick off on Sunday 4 October and will be played at one venue – Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg – culminating in the final on 30 October, SA Rugby announced on Wednesday.

Tournament news

Two trophies up for grabs when local rugby season resumes

South Africa’s seven franchises will battle it out for Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked and Currie Cup honours when the domestic season resumes next month, after a complete re-working of fixtures and competition structures has been forced by the six-month interruption.

News

Castle Lager Springbok Showdown to kick-start local season next month

The battle lines are being drawn for a Castle Lager Springbok Showdown, which will pit the best local stars and top, up-and-coming talent against each other on 3 October, as SA Rugby announced its plans today to reignite an exciting four-month local season.