The first Rugby World Cup has drawn to an epic ending with a multitude of records set and broken in the process.
The World Rugby boss has declared the Boks as the “rightful winners” of the 2019 World Cup tournament, which saw South Africa wallop England 32-12 with star performances from Makazole Mapimpi, to name a few.
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Now that the tournament has wrapped up, this is perfect time to reflect on some outstanding individual and team performances at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
What Records Were Broken?
Japan has hosted one of the best Rugby World Cups in recent years, and the fans surely came out in their numbers. With just under a 100% attendance record across the stadiums accumulating to roughly 1.84 million tickets being sold, it’s not hard to see how this tournament was a huge success.
In addition, 1.4 million fans turned out in the numbers at designated fanzones with over 400,000 international visitors relishing the atmosphere that Japan’s best cities had to offer. The success of this event has seen the 2019 World Cup rise to the top of global sports spectacles.
The 2019 Rugby World Cup also saw a sharp spike in new rugby participants with more than 1.8 million new engagements. This drastic uptake is a result of the World Rugby’s Impact Beyond legacy programme, which was part of a group of community upliftment outreaches that would latch on to the success of the tournament.
Social Media has also played a mammoth role in sharing the tournament’s content making it one of the most talked about sporting event in the world, so much so that this year’s event eclipsed the 2015 viewership record, peaking at over 50 million.
A special mention to the teams outside of the Six Nations and Rugby Championship who made sure this tournament was not as straight forward as many may have thought. Each time went for the full 80 minutes and left everything on the pitch. The winning margin between all the top tear sides and the rest was reduced to only 30 points.
This show the standard of improvement and evidence that the gap is truly closing between the elite teams and the rest of the rugby fraternity.
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