Zimbabwe at the Rugby World Cup

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Map of nations best results, excluding nations which unsuccessfully participated in qualifying tournaments.

Zimbabwe have made two Rugby World Cup appearances – in 1987 and 1991.

In the 1987 Rugby World Cup, Zimbabwe were invited as the African entrant. No other African countries were invited, as South Africa was disqualified from the tournament on the basis of the continuing racist apartheid regime.

However, Zimbabwe succeeded in getting through 1991 Rugby World Cup qualifying, and hosted the Africa qualifications. In more recent years, Namibia has tended to beat them in African qualifying rounds, and Ivory Coast has also got through.

Nation Number of appearances First appearance Most recent appearance Streak Best result
 Zimbabwe 2 1987 1991 2 No games won

By position[edit]

Matches[edit]

1987 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool 4 games –

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
 France 3 2 1 0 145 44 5
 Scotland 3 2 1 0 135 69 5
 Romania 3 1 0 2 61 130 2
 Zimbabwe 3 0 0 3 53 151 0
23 May 1987
Romania  21–20  Zimbabwe
Tries: Paraschiv
Toader
Hodorca
Pen: Alexandru (3)
Tries: Tsimba (2)
Neill
Con: Ferreira
Pen: Ferreira (2)

30 May 1987
Scotland  60–21  Zimbabwe
Tries: Tait (2)
Tukalo (2)
Duncan (2)
Paxton (2)
Oliver
Hastings
Jeffrey
Con: Hastings (8)
Try: Buitendag
Con: Grobler
Pen: Grobler (5)
Athletic Park, Wellington
Referee: David Burnett Republic of Ireland

2 June 1987
France  70–12  Zimbabwe
Tries: Modin (3)
Camberabero (3)
Charvet (2)
Rodriguez (2)
Durboca
Esteve
Laporte
Con: Camberabero (9)
Try: Kaulbach
Con: Grobler
Pen: Grobler (2)
Eden Park, Auckland
Referee: Derek Bevan Wales

1991 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool B games –

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
 Scotland 3 0 0 122 36 9
 Ireland 2 0 1 102 51 7
 Japan 1 0 2 77 87 5
 Zimbabwe 0 0 3 31 158 3
6 October 1991
Ireland  55–11  Zimbabwe
Tries: Robinson (4), Popplewell (2), Geoghegan, Curtis
Con: Keyes (4)
Pen: Keyes (5)
Tries: Dawson, Schultz
Pen: Ferreira
Landsdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: Keith Lawrence New Zealand

9 October 1991
Scotland  51–12  Zimbabwe
Tries: Tukalo (3), Turnbull, S. Hastings, Stanger, Weir, White
Con: Dods (5)
Pen: Dods (2)
Drop: Wylie
Tries: Garvey (2)
Con: Currin (2)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: Don Reordan United States

14 October 1991
Japan  52–8  Zimbabwe
Tries: Yoshida (2), Mashuho (2), Kutsuki (2), Horikoshi, Luaiufi, Matsuo
Con: Hosokawa (2)
Pen: Hosokawa (4)
Tries: Tsimba, Nguruve
Ravenhill, Belfast
Referee: Rene Hourquet France

1995 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Did not qualify.

1999 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Did not qualify.

2003 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Did not qualify.

2007 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Did not qualify.

Overall record[edit]

Country Pld W D L F A +/- %
 Romania 1 0 0 1 20 21 −1 0
 Ireland 1 0 0 1 11 55 −44 0
 Japan 1 0 0 1 8 52 −44 0
 France 1 0 0 1 12 70 −58 0
 Scotland 2 0 0 2 33 113 −80 0
TOTAL 6 0 0 6 105 373 −268 0

Hosting[edit]

So far Zimbabwe has not hosted any World Cup games.

References[edit]