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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

Tournament news

Irish teams continue Guinness PRO14 dominance

Irish sides continued to dominate the Guinness PRO14 tournament despite heroics by South African players in games as round three saw a clean sweep for the four sides from the Emerald Isle.

Tournament news

Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked Review – Round 3

The two Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked matches that were played this weekend could not have been more different, with the Vodacom Bulls laying down a marker in Pretoria on Saturday, and the DHL Stormers sneaking through in Nelspruit on Friday.

Match report

Xerox Lions into SA Rugby U21 Champs final as pool stages wrap up

The Xerox Lions will meet the Vodacom Blue Bulls in the final of the SA Rugby U21 Championship at Emirates Airline Park on Friday 30 October, after the Johannesburg outfit booked their final berth with a convincing 54-19 victory over DHL Western Province on Sunday.

News

Emirates Lions v Toyota Cheetahs match called off

The Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked match between Emirates Lions and Toyota Cheetahs scheduled for Emirates Airlines Park this afternoon has been called off in line with COVID-19 protocols.

Match report

Dominant pack sets up big win for Vodacom Bulls in Pretoria

With their pack in full cry, the Vodacom Bulls laid down a massive marker in Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked when they beat the Cell C Sharks by 41-14 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday evening.