[17] New Zealand became the first-ever champions, defeating France 29–9 in the final. 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 last place is determined by an intercontinental play-off. [53], "RWC" redirects here. They have beaten three countries three times; Australia, France and the United States. England hosted and crashed out famously in the group stage while New Zealand became the first side ever to win as defending champions, lifting the trophy at Twickenham. The winning team is declared world champion and receives the Webb Ellis Cup. We and our partners will store and/or access information on your device through the use of cookies and similar technologies, to display personalised ads and content, for ad and content measurement, audience insights and product development. Read more: England Rugby World Cup squad 2019 – in full. France qualified for the final by virtue of beating Australia 24-30 in Sydney, while New Zealand triumphed over Wales 49-6. It is the big stage that rugby players from all over the world dream of reaching. Nephew Ben Cohen helped England win the Rugby World Cup in 2003. For example, the 1987 tournament was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. [2] If the score is a draw after 80 minutes of regular play, an additional 20-minute period of play, called extra time, is added. [56], A total of 16 players have been sent off (red carded) in the tournament. Their worst record is against South Africa, who have defeated them in four of their five encounters. Here is everything you need to know about the previous winners. England responded and scored three penalties by fly-half Jonny Wilkinson and a try by winger Jason Robinson to achieve a 14–5 lead at half-time. The tournament is administered by World Rugby, the sport's international governing body. [9][10] The teams were seeded before the start of the tournament, with the seedings taken from the World Rankings in December 2012. The 2003 final, between Australia and England, became the most watched rugby union match in the history of Australian television.[50]. [10], Prior to the Rugby World Cup, there was no truly global rugby union competition, but there were a number of other tournaments. [4] Another two places were allocated for repechage. England defeated France in their semi-final 14-9, to attempt to defend their title. [8], The 2015 tournament involved twenty nations competing over six weeks. They extended their lead before half-time when prop Tony Daly scored a try, which was converted by Lynagh. [43], 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,[44] 3.5 billion in 2003,[45] and 4 billion in 2007. Accordingly, all future World Cups for men and women will officially bear the "Rugby World Cup" name. [12], 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. The 2007 competition was hosted by France, with matches also being held in Wales and Scotland. [5] France are the only team to appear in a final without ever winning one, losing all three finals they have contested. For the current women's World Cup in union, see, The Webb Ellis Cup is awarded to the winner of the men's Rugby World Cup, The opening ceremony of the 2019 tournament. In its short history, just four teams have emerged victorious in the Rugby World Cup. 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. The class of 1966 still remain the only England side to lift a trophy at a major tournament. The tournament included a repechage system,[27] alongside specific regional qualifying places,[28] and an increase from sixteen to twenty participating nations. [32][33] The trophy is restored after each game by fellow Royal Warrant holder Thomas Lyte. England had a try disallowed in the first minutes of the second half, when Mark Cueto was adjudged to be in touch before scoring. [17], New Zealand reached the final again in 2015, where they faced Australia at Twickenham. © 2020 Associated Newspapers Limited. For other uses, see, This article is about the men's rugby union tournament. [52] All Black 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. [26], The tournament in 1999 was hosted by Wales with matches also being held throughout the rest of the United Kingdom, Ireland and France. South Africa won 37-13 in their semi-final and defeated England 6-15 in the Stade de France, thanks to a Percy Montgomery kicking display. "Typhoon Hagibis impact on Rugby World Cup 2019 matches", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=England_at_the_Rugby_World_Cup&oldid=964836326, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, As a result of inclement weather caused by, This page was last edited on 27 June 2020, at 21:32. However, New Zealand lost in the semi-final to France, 43-31, meaning that Les Bleus would face Australia in the final. Check out all the latest Rugby World Cup news on RUCK! 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. New Zealand equalized in the 55th minute with a drop goal by Mehrtens, and as no further points were scored, the final went into extra time for the first time. Fly-half Michael Lynagh opened the scoring for Australia with a penalty in the 27th minute. [15] The host team scored the first points of the match, with a try in the 15th minute through prop Tony Woodcock. England achieved 2003 Rugby World Cup glory 15 years to the day on Thursday Thursday, November 22, 2018 marks 15 years to the day that Sir Clive Woodward's England … The first major sporting event to take place in South Africa following the end of apartheid, it was also the first World Cup in which the nation had been permitted to compete. Here the teams with the most Rugby World Cup titles since 1987. 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. We are the leading rugby union news and content network delivering you the latest news, views and all the moves in Rugby Union. Australia triumphed 35-12 in the Millennium Stadium final in Cardiff, to become the first country to lift the trophy twice. The remaining twelve positions were filled by continental qualifying tournaments. Australia would not defend their trophy however, as England became the first northern hemisphere side to win a Rugby World Cup in Australia. The 2003 Rugby World Cup Final was the final match in the 2003 Rugby World Cup, the fifth Rugby World 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. 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. However an exhibition tournament did take place at the. Tournaments are organised by Rugby World Cup Ltd (RWCL), which is itself owned by World Rugby. If you find that your World Cup history is a little rusty, or indeed you are just in need of a quick refresher, we have you covered. However rugby union ceased to be on Olympic program after 1924. The wikilinks in the "Final score" column point to the article about that tournament's final game. Following this, New Zealand controlled the match and tries from David Kirk, John Kirwan and the goal kicking of Fox extended their lead to 29–3. The record for most points overall is held by English player Jonny Wilkinson, who scored 277 during his World Cup career. [29] Australia claimed their second title, defeating France in the final. Welsh lock Huw Richards was the first, while playing against New Zealand in 1987. Nine minutes later, New Zealand's third-choice fly-half Aaron Cruden went off injured and was replaced by Stephen Donald, who had only been called into the squad following injuries to first-choice fly-halves Dan Carter and Colin Slade. The tournament was first held in 1987, when the tournament was co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia. The selection of host is decided by a vote of World Rugby Council members. The tournament has been hosted by multiple nations. 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. The host team opened the scoring in the 14th minute, following a drop goal by fly-half Grant Fox. The Rugby World Cup, held in Japan this year for the first time, sees 20 teams representing their countries in the pursuit of rugby union global …