Facts about the Rugby World Cup

2019 will mark the 9th edition of the Rugby World Cup, and just like the previous editions, this one will bring just as much excitement and delirium to every fan. The previous World Cup was held in England with New Zealand coming out with top honours.
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In celebration of this upcoming prestigious event, let’s take a look at some interesting Rugby World Cup facts.

Most successful rugby teams

New Zealand Haka

The All Blacks have been the most successful team with the most consistent ranking at #1 since the introduction of the IRB World Rankings. They have held the number 1 spot for a staggering 85% during this period.
In addition to their rankings dominance, they have won the prestigious tournament three times, namely in 1987, 2011 and 2015 tournaments.

How often is the World Cup held?

Webb Ellis statue

The Rugby World Cup is held every four years. The winners are handed the Webb Ellis trophy, Webb Ellis whom the cup is named after, is rumoured to have started running with the ball during a football game. As a result, the game of rugby was invented.


In their own league

Os du Randt

Only three players have won the Rugby World twice in their careers, Eales and Horan for Australia and Os du Randt for South Africa.

No try scored in the final

The Springboks

South Africa have won the World Cup twice and in both finals, they won without scoring a single try.

Who to watch in the 2019 World Cup tournament

The overwhelming favourites is New Zealand, can they add a fourth trophy to their tournament success? As always, England is in the mix having won the tournament in 2003 and reaching the finals in 1991 and 2007.
To round up the list; Australia, South Africa, Wales France and Argentina each possess a unique threat and none can be ruled out.

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Published: 06/07/2019