Records and statistics of the Rugby World Cup
|277||Jonny Wilkinson||England||19||1||28||58||14||1999, 2003, 2007,2011|
|227||Gavin Hastings||Scotland||13||9||39||36||–||1987, 1991, 1995|
|195||Michael Lynagh||Australia||15||4||36||33||2||1987, 1991, 1995|
- Key: App = Appearances. Con = conversions. Pen = penalties. Drop = drop goals.
|126||Grant Fox||New Zealand||1987|
Most points in a match by a player
Youngest try scorer in a World Cup game
Most overall tries in final stages
Most tries in one competition
Most tries in a match by a player
Most conversions in one tournament
Most conversions in a match
Most overall penalties in final stages
Most penalties in one tournament
Most penalties in a match
- Morne Steyn South Africa 8 (v New Zealand, 2011)
- Matt Burke Australia 8 (v South Africa, 1999)
- Gonzalo Quesada Argentina 8 (v Samoa, 1999)
- Gavin Hastings Scotland 8 (v Tonga, 1995)
- Thierry Lacroix France 8 (v Ireland, 1995)
Most overall drop goals in final stages
Most drop goals in one tournament
Most drop goals in a match
Longest drop goal
Oldest player to appear in a World Cup Final
Oldest player to appear in a World Cup match
Youngest player to appear in a World Cup match
- Thretton Palamo, USA, aged 19 years, 8 days (v South Africa, 30 September 2007)
Youngest player to appear in a World Cup Final
Youngest player to win a World Cup Final
|Year||Top points scorers||Top try scorers||Team records|
|1987||Most points in a match||74||New Zealand (74-13 v Fiji)|
|Biggest winning margin||64||New Zealand (70-6 v Italy)|
|Most tries in a match||13||France (70-12 v Zimbabwe)|
|1991||Most points in a match||55||Ireland (55-11 v Zimbabwe)|
|Biggest winning margin||44|| Ireland (55-11 v Zimbabwe)
Japan (52-8 v Zimbabwe)
|Most tries in a match||6||France (33-9 v Fiji)|
|1995||Most points in a match||*145||145 – New Zealand
|Biggest winning margin||128|
|Most tries in a match||21|
|1999||*8– Jonah Lomu New Zealand||Most points in a match||101|| New Zealand (101-3 v Italy)
England (101-10 v Tonga)
|Biggest winning margin||98||New Zealand (101-3 v Italy)|
|Most tries in a match||14||New Zealand (101-3 v Italy)|
|2003||Most points in a match||142||142– Australia
|Biggest winning margin||*142|
|Most tries in a match||*22|
|2007||*8– Bryan Habana South Africa||Most points in a match||108||108 – New Zealand
|Biggest winning margin||95|
|Most tries in a match||16|
|2011||Most points in a match||87||87– South Africa
|Biggest winning margin||87|
|Most tries in a match||12|| New Zealand (79-15 v Canada)
South Africa (87-0 v Namibia)
Wales (81-7 v Namibia)
A * denotes a record across all tournaments
Each coach to have won the World Cup to date has been a national of the country he coached to the title. In the case of England, which is part of the United Kingdom and also one of the four Home Nations within the context of rugby, their Cup-winning coach was also an Englishman.
- Brian Lochore New Zealand (1987)
- Bob Dwyer Australia (1991)
- Kitch Christie South Africa (1995)
- Rod MacQueen Australia (1999)
- Clive Woodward England (2003)
- Jake White South Africa (2007)
- Graham Henry New Zealand (2011)
- David Kirk New Zealand (1987)
- Nick Farr-Jones Australia (1991)
- Francois Pienaar South Africa (1995)
- John Eales Australia (1999)
- Martin Johnson England (2003)
- John Smit South Africa (2007)
- Richie McCaw New Zealand (2011)
Note that under the current points system of rugby union, and assuming that all individual scores had been the same, France would have beaten Scotland 23-22 in the 1987 match.
- Ivory Coast 0 - 89 Scotland (1995)
- Canada 0 - 20 South Africa (1995)
- Spain 0 - 48 Scotland (1999)
- Namibia 0 - 142 Australia (2003)
- England 0 - 36 South Africa (2007)
- Romania 0 - 42 Scotland (2007)
- Scotland 0 - 40 New Zealand (2007)
- Namibia 0 - 30 Georgia (2007)
- Namibia 0 - 87 South Africa (2011)
- Fiji 0 - 66 Wales (2011)
- Eden Park in Auckland is the only stadium to date to host the Rugby World Cup Final twice, with the 1987 and 2011 finals having been held there..
- The record for the city that has been a part of most Rugby World Cups is currently three and is shared by three cities that hosted matches in 1991, 1999 and 2007—Cardiff, Edinburgh and Toulouse. If the definition of "city" includes its metropolitan area, Paris has also hosted matches in the same tournaments. The city of Paris hosted matches in 1991, its adjacent suburb of Saint-Denis hosted matches in 1999, and both cities hosted matches in 2007. In 2015, Cardiff will become the first city to participate in a fourth tournament.
- Three match-ups have occurred twice in the same World Cup:
- 2007 Argentina defeated France in the opening match 17-12, and went on to beat them 34-10 in the third place playoff.
- 2007 South Africa beat England 36-0 in the group stages, and went on to play them in the Final, winning 15-6.
- 2011 New Zealand defeated France 37-17 in the group stages, and went on to play them in the Final, winning 8-7.
- Jonny Wilkinson, with 15 points in 2003 and 6 in 2007, is the only player to have scored points in two Rugby World Cup Finals.
- Six players have won the World Cup twice: John Eales, Dan Crowley, Phil Kearns, Jason Little, Tim Horan (all for Australia in 1991 and 1999) and Os du Randt (for South Africa in 1995 and 2007). All won once in the amateur era and once in the professional era (the 1995 World Cup was the final major event of the amateur era).
- Two nations have reached a Rugby World Cup Final having previously lost a game in that tournament: England in 1991 and 2007, and France in 2011, being the only team to reach the final having lost two games.
- The teams involved in the most World Cup opening matches are Argentina and New Zealand. The Pumas participated in the first three World Cup openers of the professional era — losing to Wales and Australia in 1999 and 2003 respectively, and defeating France in 2007. The All Blacks defeated Italy in 1987, England in 1991, and Tonga in 2011.
- No player scored a conversion in a Rugby World Cup Final between Matt Burke of Australia in 1999 and François Trinh-Duc of France in 2011. Both Jonny Wilkinson and Elton Flatley failed with their sole conversion attempts in 2003, and no tries were scored in 2007's final.
- Refers to country that player represented in the World Cup.
- Griffiths, John (12 September 2011). "Victors in the Five/Six Nations, Tri-Nations and the World Cup, the youngest and oldest players, referees and close encounters". Ask John. ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
- For the specific match where Ormaeches established the current record, see the list of his Test matches at ESPN Scrum.
- "Canada submit their RWC squad". Planet Rugby. 2011-07-08.
- SFMS Limited. "Statsguru / Player analysis / Taylor Paris / Test matches". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 2012-06-08.
- Statistics on Rugbyworldcup.com