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    The Rugby World Cup is a men's rugby union tournament 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. 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 twenty teams have taken part. Japan will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup and France will host in 2023.



    Qualifying tournaments were introduced for the second tournament, where eight of the sixteen places were contested in a twenty-four-nation tournament.Peatey (2011) p. 59. The inaugural World Cup in 1987, did not involve any qualifying process; instead, the 16 places were automatically filled by seven eligible International Rugby Football Board (IRFB, now World Rugby) member nations, and the rest by invitation.Peatey (2011) p. 34.In 2003 and 2007, the qualifying format allowed for eight of the twenty available positions to be filled by automatic qualification, as the eight quarter finalists of the previous tournament enter its successor. The remaining twelve positions were filled by continental qualifying tournaments.NEWS, Doin' it the Hard Way, Rugby News, 38, 9, 2007, 26, Positions were filled by three teams from the Americas, one from Asia, one from Africa, three from Europe and two from Oceania. Another two places were allocated for repechage. The first repechage place was determined by a match between the runners-up from the Africa and Europe qualifying tournaments, with that winner then playing the Americas runner-up to determine the place.NEWS, Doin' it the Hard Way, Rugby News, 38, 9, 2007, 27, The second repechage position was determined between the runners-up from the Asia and Oceania qualifiers.The current format allows for 12 of the 20 available positions to be filled by automatic qualification, as the teams who finish third or better in the group (pool) stages of the previous tournament enter its successor (where they will be seeded).NEWS,weblink BBC News, Rankings to determine RWC pools, 22 February 2008, 13 February 2013, NEWS, AB boost as World Cup seedings confirmed,weblink 13 February 2013,, 22 February 2008, NZPA, The qualification system for the remaining eight places is region-based, with a total eight teams allocated for Europe, five for Oceania, three for the Americas, two for Africa, and one for Asia. The last place is determined by an intercontinental play-off.NEWS,weblink Caribbean kick off for RWC 2011 qualifying,, 3 April 2008, 13 February 2012, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 5 September 2011,


    The 2015 tournament involved twenty nations competing over six weeks.WEB,weblink Fixtures, 21 July 2015, World Rugby, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 15 August 2015, There were two stages, a pool and a knockout. Nations were divided into four pools, A through to D, of five nations each.WEB, World Rugby, Tournament Rules,weblink 21 July 2015, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 1 February 2016, The teams were seeded before the start of the tournament, with the seedings taken from the World Rankings in December 2012. The four highest-ranked teams were drawn into pools A to D. The next four highest-ranked teams were then drawn into pools A to D, followed by the next four. The remaining positions in each pool were filled by the qualifiers.NEWS,weblink 2015 Rugby World Cup seedings take shape,, 13 April 2014, 20 November 2012, AAP, Nations play four pool games, playing their respective pool members once each. A bonus points system is used during pool play. If two or more teams are level on points, a system of criteria is used to determine the higher ranked; the sixth and final criterion decides the higher rank through the official World Rankings.The winner and runner-up of each pool enter the knockout stage. The knockout stage consists of quarter- and semi-finals, and then the final. The winner of each pool is placed against a runner-up of a different pool in a quarter-final. The winner of each quarter-final goes on to the semi-finals, and the respective winners proceed to the final. Losers of the semi-finals contest for third place, called the 'Bronze Final'. If a match in the knockout stages ends in a draw, the winner is determined through extra time. If that fails, the match goes into sudden death and the next team to score any points is the winner. As a last resort, a kicking competition is used.


    File:2011 Rugby World Cup Wales vs Samoa (6168183024).jpg|right|upright=1.35|thumb|alt=A player holds a ball in front of two opposing groups of eight players. Each group is crouched and working together to push against the other team.|A scrum between Samoa (in blue) and Wales (in red) during the 2011 World Cup]]Prior to the Rugby World Cup, there was no truly global rugby union competition, but there were a number of other tournaments. One of the oldest is the annual Six Nations Championship, which started in 1883 as the Home Nations Championship, a tournament between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It expanded to the Five Nations in 1910, when France joined the tournament. France did not participate from 1931 to 1939, during which period it reverted to a Home Nations championship. In 2000, Italy joined the competition, which became the Six Nations.WEB,weblink A brief history of the Six Nations rugby tournament, 6 Nations Rugby, 31 October 2007,weblink" title="">weblink 8 November 2007, Rugby union was also played at the Summer Olympic Games, first appearing at the 1900 Paris games and subsequently at London in 1908, Antwerp in 1920, and Paris again in 1924. France won the first gold medal, then Australasia, with the last two being won by the United States. However rugby union ceased to be on Olympic program after 1924.WEB,weblink History of Rugby in the Olympics, World Rugby, 9 November 2014, 21 July 2015, WEB,weblink Rugby and the Olympics, Richards, Huw, 26 July 2012, 13 April 2012, ESPN, {{efn|However an exhibition tournament did take place at the 1936 Games. Rugby will be reintroduced to the Olympics in 2016, but as men's and women's seven-a-side rugby (Rugby Sevens).}}The idea of a Rugby World Cup had been suggested on numerous occasions going back to the 1950s, but met with opposition from most unions in the IRFB. The idea resurfaced several times in the early 1980s, with the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) in 1983, and the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) in 1984 independently proposing the establishment of a world cup.Collins (2008), p. 13. A proposal was again put to the IRFB in 1985 and this time successfully passed 10–6. The delegates from Australia, France, New Zealand and South Africa all voted for the proposal, and the delegates from Ireland and Scotland against; the English and Welsh delegates were split, with one from each country for and one against.WEB,, The History of RWC,weblink 25 April 2006,weblink" title="">weblink 14 April 2006, yes, The inaugural tournament, jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand, was held in May and June 1987, with sixteen nations taking part.Peatey (2011) p. 31. New Zealand became the first ever champions, defeating France 29–9 in the final.Peatey (2011) p. 42. The subsequent 1991 tournament was hosted by England, with matches played throughout Britain, Ireland and France. This tournament saw the introduction of a qualifying tournament; eight places were allocated to the quarter-finalists from 1987, and the remaining eight decided by a thirty-five nation qualifying tournament. Australia won the second tournament, defeating England 12–6 in the final.Peatey (2011) p. 77.In 1992, eight years after their last official series,{{efn|Against England in 1984.Harding (2000), p. 137}} South Africa hosted New Zealand in a one-off test match. The resumption of international rugby in South Africa came after the dismantling of the apartheid system, and was only done with permission of the African National Congress.Peatey (2011) p. 78. With their return to test rugby, South Africa were selected to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup.Peatey (2011) p. 82. After upsetting Australia in the opening match, South Africa continued to advance through the tournament until they met New Zealand in the final.Peatey (2011) p. 87.Harding (2000), pp. 159–160 After a tense final that went into extra time, South Africa emerged 15–12 winners,Peatey (2011) p. 99. with then President Nelson Mandela, wearing a Springbok jersey, presenting the trophy to South Africa's captain, Francois Pienaar.Harding (2000), p. 168The tournament in 1999 was hosted by Wales with matches also being held throughout the rest of the United Kingdom, Ireland and France. The tournament included a repechage system,WEB,weblink Rugby World Cup history: The Wizards from Oz in 1999, Sky Sports, 11 September 2015, 14 October 2018, alongside specific regional qualifying places,WEB,weblink 1999 World Cup Qualifiers, CNN Sports Illustrated, 14 October 2018,weblink" title="">weblink 3 May 2014, yes, and an increase from sixteen to twenty participating nations.NEWS,weblink RWC #15: Ireland suffer play-off misery against Argentina, Madden, Patrick, The Irish Times, 4 September 2015, 14 October 2018, Australia claimed their second title, defeating France in the final.NEWS,weblink Wallaby siege mentality secures Holy Grail, Kitson, Robert, The Guardian, 8 November 1999, 14 October 2018, The 2003 event was hosted by Australia, although it was originally intended to be held jointly with New Zealand. England emerged as champions defeating Australia in extra time. England's win was unique in that it broke the southern hemisphere's dominance in the event. Such was the celebration of England's victory, that an estimated 750,000 people gathered in central London to greet the team, making the day the largest sporting celebration of its kind ever in the United Kingdom.NEWS,, England honours World Cup stars,weblink 2006-05-03, 2003-12-09, The 2007 competition was hosted by France, with matches also being held in Wales and Scotland. South Africa claimed their second title by defeating defending champions England 15–6. The 2011 tournament was awarded to New Zealand in November 2005, ahead of bids from Japan and South Africa. The All Blacks reclaimed their place atop the rugby world with a narrow 8–7 win over France in the 2011 final.In the 2015 edition of tournament, hosted by England, New Zealand once again won the final, this time against established rivals, Australia. In doing so, they became the first team in World Cup history to win three titles, as well as the first to successfully defend a title. It was also New Zealand's first title victory on foreign soil.


    The Webb Ellis Cup is the prize presented to winners of the Rugby World Cup, named after William Webb Ellis. The trophy is also referred to simply as the Rugby World Cup. The trophy was chosen in 1987 as an appropriate cup for use in the competition, and was created in 1906 by Garrard's Crown Jewellers.NEWS, Second World Cup exists, Snedden confirms,weblink 13 February 2013, New Zealand Herald, 18 August 2011, NEWS, Quinn, Keith, Keith Quinn: Back-history of RWC – part three,weblink 13 February 2013, TVNZ, 30 August 2011, The trophy is restored after each game by fellow Royal Warrant holder Thomas Lyte.WEB,weblink Friday Boss: Kevin Baker of silversmiths Thomas Lyte, BBC News, WEB,weblink Thomas Lyte,, The words 'The International Rugby Football Board' and 'The Webb Ellis Cup' are engraved on the face of the cup. It stands thirty-eight centimetres high and is silver gilded in gold, and supported by two cast scroll handles, one with the head of a satyr, and the other a head of a nymph.WEB, The History of the Webb Ellis Cup,weblink Sky Sport New Zealand, 13 February 2013, In Australia the trophy is colloquially known as "Bill" — a reference to William Webb Ellis.

    Selection of hosts

    Tournaments are organised by Rugby World Cup Ltd (RWCL), which is itself owned by World Rugby. The selection of host is decided by a vote of World Rugby Council members.WEB, Official Website of the Rugby World Cup,weblink, 14 April 2007,weblink" title="">weblink 2 February 2007, NEWS, England awarded 2015 Rugby World Cup,weblink 13 February 2013, ABC News Australia, 29 July 2009, AFP, The voting procedure is managed by a team of independent auditors, and the voting kept secret. The allocation of a tournament to a host nation is now made five or six years prior to the commencement of the event, for example New Zealand were awarded the 2011 event in late 2005.The tournament has been hosted by multiple nations. For example, the 1987 tournament was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. World Rugby requires that the hosts must have a venue with a capacity of at least 60,000 spectators for the final.NEWS, New Zealand came close to losing Rugby World Cup 2011,weblink 13 February 2013, Rugby Week, 12 December 2008, Host nations sometimes construct or upgrade stadia in preparation for the World Cup, such as Millennium Stadium – purpose built for the 1999 tournament – and Eden Park, upgraded for 2011.WEB, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Virtual Tourist,weblink 23 February 2007, The first country outside of the traditional rugby nations of SANZAAR or the Six Nations to be awarded the hosting rights was Japan, who will host the 2019 tournament. France will host the 2023 tournament.

    Tournament growth

    Media coverage

    Organizers of the Rugby World Cup, as well as the Global Sports Impact, state that the Rugby World Cup is the third largest sporting event in the World, behind only the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics,WEB,weblink Rugby World Cup 2015 Official Hospitality, RWC Ltd, 2014-12-04, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 2014-12-07, NEWS,weblink Olympics and World Cup are the biggest, but what comes next?, BBC Sport, 2014-12-04, although other sources question whether this is accurate.NEWS,weblink Rugby World Cup: Logic debunks outrageous numbers game, 2011-10-23, New Zealand Herald, 2017-04-03, en-NZ, 1170-0777, Reports emanating from World Rugby and its business partners have frequently touted the tournament's media growth, with cumulative worldwide television audiences of 300 million for the inaugural 1987 tournament, 1.75 billion in 1991, 2.67 billion in 1995, 3 billion in 1999,WEB, Rugby World Cup 2003,,weblink 2006-04-25,weblink" title="">weblink April 15, 2006, yes, 3.5 billion in 2003,WEB, Visa International Renews Rugby World Cup Partnership,,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 2006-04-27, 2006-04-25, and 4 billion in 2007.WEB,weblink Potential Impact of the Rugby World Cup on a Host Nation, 2008, 12 April 2014, Deloitte & Touche, 5, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 13 April 2014, The 4 billion figure was widely dismissed as the global audience for television is estimated to be about 4.2 billion.WEB,weblink Digital Divide: Global Household Penetration Rates for Technology, VRWorld, 2011-01-26, 2015-09-01, However, independent reviews have called into question the methodology of those growth estimates, pointing to factual inconsistencies.NEWS,weblink Filling the Cup – cost $500m and climbing, Nippert, Matt, New Zealand Herald, APN New Zealand, 2010-05-02, 2014-12-02, The event's supposed drawing power outside of a handful of rugby strongholds was also downplayed significantly, with an estimated 97 percent of the 33 million average audience produced by the 2007 final coming from Australasia, South Africa, the British Isles and France.NEWS,weblink Logic debunks outrageous numbers game, Burgess, Michael, New Zealand Herald, APN New Zealand, 2011-10-23, 2014-12-02, Other sports have been accused of exaggerating their television reach over the years; such claims are not exclusive to the Rugby World Cup.While the event's global popularity remains a matter of dispute, high interest in traditional rugby nations is well documented. The 2003 final, between Australia and England, became the most watched rugby union match in the history of Australian television.NEWS, Derriman, Phillip, 2006-07-01, Rivals must assess impact of Cup fever, Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax,weblink 2006-07-01,


    {{See also|List of sports attendance figures}}{| class="wikitable sortable" style="text-align: center;"weblink International Rugby Board, 21 July 2015, !scope="col"|Year!scope="col"|Host(s)!scope="col"|Total attendance!scope="col"|Matches!scope="col"|Avg attendance!scope="col"|% change in avg att.!scope="col"|Stadium capacity!scope="col"|Attendance as % of capacity1987 Rugby World Cup>1987{{flagiconAustralia{{flagicon>NZL}} New Zealand604,5003220,156 — 1,006,350 60%1991 Rugby World Cup>1991{{flagiconEngland{{flagicon>WAL}} Wales{{flagiconFrance{{flagicon>IRE}} Ireland{{flagicon|SCO}} Scotland1,007,7603231,493 +56% 1,212,800 79%1995 Rugby World Cup>1995{{flagicon|RSA}} South Africa1,100,0003234,375 +9% 1,423,850 77%1999 Rugby World Cup>1999{{flagicon|WAL}} Wales1,750,0004142,683 +24% 2,104,500 83%2003 Rugby World Cup>2003{{flagicon|AUS}} Australia1,837,5474838,282 –10% 2,208,529 83%2007 Rugby World Cup>2007{{flagicon|FRA}} France2,263,2234847,150 +23% 2,470,660 92%2011 Rugby World Cup>2011{{flagicon|NZL}} New Zealand1,477,2944830,777 –35% 1,732,000 85%2015 Rugby World Cup>2015{{flagicon|ENG}} England2,477,8054851,621+68%2,600,74195%2019 Rugby World Cup>2019{{flagicon|JPN}} JapanTo be determined48To be determined2023 Rugby World Cup>2023{{flagicon|FRA}} FranceTo be determined48To be determined">

    Revenue {| class"wikitable" style"text-align: center;"|+ Revenue for Rugby World Cup tournaments

    !scope="col"|Source!scope="col"|1987!scope="col"|1991!scope="col"|1995!scope="col"|1999!scope="col"|2003!scope="col"|2007!scope="col"|2011!scope="col"|2015!scope="col"|2019! scope="row" |Gate receipts (M £) -- --155581147131 -- --! scope="row" |Broadcasting (M £) -- --1944608293 -- --! scope="row" |Sponsorship (M £) -- --818162829 -- --Notes:
    • The host union keeps revenue from gate receipts. World Rugby, through RWCL, receive revenue from sources including broadcasting rights, sponsorship and tournament fees.



    Tournaments {| class"wikitable" style"font-size:90%; width: 100%; text-align: center;"

    ! rowspan="2" style="width:5%;"|Year! rowspan="2" style="width:12%;"|Host(s)!colspan=3|Final!colspan=3|Bronze Final!width=1% rowspan=12 style="background: #ffffff"|!rowspan=2 width=4%|Number of teams!width=15%|Winner!width=8%|Score!width=15%|Runner-up!width=15%|3rd place!width=8%|Score!width=15%|4th place1987 Rugby World Cup>1987{{flagiconNew Zealand {{flagicon>Australia}} Australia{{ru-big>New Zealand}}1987 Rugby World Cup Final>29–9France}}Wales}}1987 Rugby World Cup#Third-place play-off>22–21Australia}}|16 style="background: #D0E6FF;"1991 Rugby World Cup>1991{{flagicon|EUR}} Europe{{ru-big>Australia}}1991 Rugby World Cup Final>12–6England}}New Zealand}}1991 Rugby World Cup#Third-place play-off>13–6Scotland}}|161995 Rugby World Cup>1995{{runionflag|RSA}}{{ru-big>South Africa}}1995 Rugby World Cup Final>15–12(aet)New Zealand}}France}}1995 Rugby World Cup#Third-place play-off>19–9England}}|16 style="background: #D0E6FF;"1999 Rugby World Cup>1999{{runionflag|WAL}}{{ru-big>Australia}}1999 Rugby World Cup Final>35–12France}}South Africa}}1999 Rugby World Cup#Third-place play-off>22–18New Zealand}}|202003 Rugby World Cup>2003{{runionflag|AUS}}{{ru-big>England}}2003 Rugby World Cup Final>20–17(aet)Australia}}New Zealand}}2003 Rugby World Cup#Third-place play-off>40–13France}}|20 style="background: #D0E6FF;"2007 Rugby World Cup>2007{{runionflag|FRA}}{{ru-big>South Africa}}2007 Rugby World Cup Final>15–6England}}Argentina}}2007 Rugby World Cup knockout stage#Bronze Final - France vs Argentina>34–10France}}|202011 Rugby World Cup>2011{{runionflag|NZL}}{{ru-big>New Zealand}}2011 Rugby World Cup Final>8–7France}}Australia}}2011 Rugby World Cup knockout stage#Bronze final>21–18Wales}}|20 style="background: #D0E6FF;"2015 Rugby World Cup>2015{{runionflag|ENG}}{{ru-big>New Zealand}}2015 Rugby World Cup Final>34–17Australia}}South Africa}}(2015 Rugby World Cup knockout stage#Bronze Final: South Africa vs Argentina>24–13)Argentina}}|202019 Rugby World Cup>2019{{runionflag|JPN}}To be determinedTo be determined20 style="background: #D0E6FF;"2023 Rugby World Cup>2023{{runionflag|FRA}}To be determinedTo be determined

    Performance of nations

    (File:Rugby world cup countries best results and hosts rev1.png|thumb|right|Map of nations' best results (excluding qualifying tournaments).){{See also|National team appearances in the Rugby World Cup}}Twenty-five nations have participated at the Rugby World Cup (excluding qualifying tournaments). Of the eight tournaments that have been held, all but one have been won by a national team from the southern hemisphere.NEWS, Rugby News, Only the Strong Survive, 38, 9, 32–33, 2007, The southern hemisphere's dominance has been broken only in 2003, when England beat Australia in the final.Thus far the only nations to host and win a tournament are New Zealand (1987 and 2011) and South Africa (1995). The performance of other host nations includes England (1991 final hosts) and Australia (2003 hosts) finishing runners-up. France (2007 hosts) finished fourth, while Wales (1999 hosts) failed to reach the semi-finals. Wales became the first host nation to be eliminated at the pool stages in 1991, while, England became the first solo host nation to be eliminated at the pool stages in 2015. Of the twenty-five nations that have ever participated in at least one tournament, eleven of them have never missed a tournament.{{efn|Argentina, Australia, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales and Canada are the nations that have never missed a tournament, playing in all seven thus far. South Africa has played in all five in the post-apartheid era. Romania failed to qualify for 2019.}}">

    Team records {| class"wikitable sortable" style"width:100%;"

    !width=13%|Team!width=15%|Champions!width=15%|Runners-up!width=13%|Third!width=13%|Fourth!width=16%|Quarterfinals!width=8%|Top 8 {{abbr|Apps|Appearances}}! {{rh}} |{{nowrap|{{ru|NZL}}}}3 (1987 Rugby World Cup>1987, 2011 Rugby World Cup, 2015 Rugby World Cup>2015)1 (1995 Rugby World Cup>1995)2 (1991 Rugby World Cup>1991, 2003)1 (1999 Rugby World Cup>1999)1 (2007 Rugby World Cup>2007)|8! {{rh}} |{{ru|AUS}}2 (1991 Rugby World Cup>1991, 1999)2 (2003 Rugby World Cup>2003, 2015)1 (2011 Rugby World Cup>2011)1 (1987 Rugby World Cup>1987)2 (1995 Rugby World Cup>1995, 2007)|8! {{rh}} |{{ru|RSA}}2 (1995 Rugby World Cup>1995, 2007)| –2 (1999 Rugby World Cup>1999, 2015)| –2 (2003 Rugby World Cup>2003, 2011)|6! {{rh}} |{{ru|ENG}}1 (2003 Rugby World Cup>2003)2 (1991 Rugby World Cup>1991, 2007)| –1 (1995 Rugby World Cup>1995)3 (1987 Rugby World Cup>1987, 1999 Rugby World Cup, 2011 Rugby World Cup>2011)|7! {{rh}} |{{ru|FRA}}| –3 (1987 Rugby World Cup>1987, 1999 Rugby World Cup, 2011 Rugby World Cup>2011)1 (1995 Rugby World Cup>1995)2 (2003 Rugby World Cup>2003, 2007)2 (1991 Rugby World Cup>1991, 2015)|8! {{rh}} |{{ru|WAL}}| –| –1 (1987 Rugby World Cup>1987)1 (2011 Rugby World Cup>2011)3 (1999 Rugby World Cup>1999, 2003 Rugby World Cup, 2015 Rugby World Cup>2015)|5! {{rh}} |{{ru|ARG}}| –| –1 (2007 Rugby World Cup>2007)1 (2015 Rugby World Cup>2015)2 (1999 Rugby World Cup>1999, 2011)|4! {{rh}} |{{ru|SCO}}| –| –| –1 (1991 Rugby World Cup>1991)6 ({{tooltip>details1987 Rugby World Cup>1987, 1995 Rugby World Cup, 1999 Rugby World Cup>1999, 2003 Rugby World Cup, 2007 Rugby World Cup>2007, 2015}})|7! {{rh}} |{{ru|IRE}}| –| –| –| –6 ({{tooltip>details1987 Rugby World Cup>1987, 1991 Rugby World Cup, 1995 Rugby World Cup>1995, 2003 Rugby World Cup, 2011 Rugby World Cup>2011, 2015}})|6! {{rh}} |{{ru|FIJ}}| –| –| –| –2 (1987 Rugby World Cup>1987, 2007)|2! {{rh}} |{{ru|SAM}}| –| –| –| –2 (1991 Rugby World Cup>1991, 1995)|2! {{rh}} |{{ru|CAN}}| –| –| –| –1 (1991 Rugby World Cup>1991)|1

    Records and statistics

    File:Gavin Hastings.jpg|thumb|right|alt=A middle-aged man wearing a suit and tie holding the Scottish flag.|Gavin HastingsGavin HastingsThe record for most points overall is held by English player Jonny Wilkinson, who scored 277 over his World Cup career.Peatey (2011) p. 243. Grant Fox of New Zealand holds the record for most points in one competition, with 126 in 1987; Jason Leonard of England holds the record for most World Cup matches: 22 between 1991 and 2003. Simon Culhane holds the record for most points in a match by one player, 45, as well as the record for most conversions in a match, 20.WEB,weblink All Time RWC Statistics, International Rugby Board, 12 April 2014, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 2 December 2014, Marc Ellis holds the record for most tries in a match, six, which he scored against Japan in 1995.Peatey (2011) p. 244.All Black Jonah Lomu is the youngest player to appear in a final – aged 20 years and 43 days at the 1995 Final.Peatey (2011) p. 245. Lomu shares 2 records with South African Bryan Habana. Most tries in a tournament (8): Lomu in 1999 and Habana in 2007 and total world cup tournament tries, both scored 15. The record for most penalties in a match is 8, held by Matt Burke, Gonzalo Quesada, Gavin Hastings and Thierry Lacroix, and the record for most penalties in a tournament, 31, is held by Gonzalo Quesada. South Africa's Jannie de Beer kicked five drop-goals against England in 1999 – an individual record for a single World Cup match.The most points scored in a game is 145 — by the All Blacks against Japan in 1995, while the widest winning margin is 142, held by Australia in a match against Namibia in 2003.Peatey (2011) p. 242.A total of 16 players have been sent off (red carded) in the tournament. Welsh lock Huw Richards was the first, while playing against New Zealand in 1987. No player has been red carded more than once.

    See also


    Printed sources

    • BOOK, Collins, Tony, Ryan, Greg, The Changing Face of Rugby: The Union Game and Professionalism since 1995, 2008, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 'The First Principle of Our Game': The rise and fall of amateurism: 1886–1995, 978-1-84718-530-3,
    • Davies, Gerald (2004). The History of the Rugby World Cup Sanctuary Publishing Ltd. {{ISBN|1-86074-602-0}}.
    • Farr-Jones, Nick, (2003). Story of the Rugby World Cup, Australian Post Corporation. {{ISBN|0-642-36811-2}}.
    • BOOK, Harding, Grant, Williams, David, The Toughest of Them All: New Zealand and South Africa: The Struggle for Rugby Supremacy, 2000, Penguin Books, Auckland, New Zealand, 978-0-14-029577-1,
    • THESIS, Martin, Gerard John, The Game is not the Same – a History of Professional Rugby in New Zealand, 2005, Auckland University of Technology,
    • BOOK, Peatey, Lance, In Pursuit of Bill: A Complete History of the Rugby World Cup, New Holland Publishers, 2011, 978-1-74257-191-1,
    • THESIS, Phillpots, Kyle, The Professionalisation of Rugby Union, 2000, University of Warwick,weblink
    • JOURNAL, Williams, Peter, 2002, Battle Lines on Three Fronts: The RFU and the Lost War Against Professionalism, The International Journal of the History of Sport, 19, 4, 114–136, 10.1080/714001793,





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