Records and statistics of the Rugby World Cup

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Overall[edit]

Team[edit]

Titles[edit]

Most titles won
Team Titles
 New Zealand 3
 Australia 2
 South Africa 2
 England 1

Points[edit]

Most points by a team in a single match[1]
Points Team Opponent Score Date
145  New Zealand  Japan 145–17 1995-06-04
142  Australia  Namibia 142–0 2003-10-24
111  England  Uruguay 111–13 2003-11-02
108  New Zealand  Portugal 108–13 2007-09-15
101  New Zealand  Italy 101–3 1999-10-14

Margins[edit]

Biggest winning margins[2]
Margin Team Opponent Score Date
142  Australia  Namibia 142–0 2003-10-24
128  New Zealand  Japan 145–17 1995-06-04
98  New Zealand  Italy 101–3 1999-10-14
 England  Uruguay 111–13 2003-11-02
95  New Zealand  Portugal 108–13 2007-09-15

Tries[edit]

Most tries by a team in a single match[3]
Tries Team Opponent Score Date
22  Australia  Namibia 142–0 2003-10-24
21  New Zealand  Japan 145–17 1995-06-04
17  England  Uruguay 111–13 2003-11-02
16  New Zealand  Portugal 108–13 2007-09-15
14  New Zealand  Italy 101–3 1999-10-14

Individual[edit]

Points[edit]

Jonny Wilkinson holds the record for the most points scored (277), most penalties (58) & most drop goals (14) in Rugby World Cups.
Most overall points in final stages[4]
Points Name Team App. Tries Con. Pen. Drop. Tournament(s)
277 Jonny Wilkinson  England 19 1 28 58 14 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011
227 Gavin Hastings  Scotland 13 9 39 36 0 1987, 1991, 1995
195 Michael Lynagh  Australia 15 4 36 33 2 1987, 1991, 1995
191 Dan Carter  New Zealand 15 3 58 17 3 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015
170 Grant Fox  New Zealand 10 0 37 31 1 1987, 1991
Key: App = Appearances. Con = conversions. Pen = penalties. Drop = drop goals.
Most points in one tournament[5]
Points Name Team Tournament
126 Grant Fox  New Zealand 1987
113 Jonny Wilkinson  England 2003
112 Thierry Lacroix  France 1995
105 Percy Montgomery  South Africa 2007
104 Gavin Hastings  Scotland 1995
Most points in a match by a player[6]
Points Name Team Opponent Date
45 Simon Culhane  New Zealand  Japan 1995-06-04
44 Gavin Hastings  Scotland  Ivory Coast 1995-05-26
42 Mat Rogers  Australia  Namibia 2003-10-25
36 Paul Grayson  England  Tonga 2003-10-15
36 Tony Brown  New Zealand  Italy 1999-10-14

Tries[edit]

Habana Bryan
Jonah Lomu
Bryan Habana & Jonah Lomu share the record for the most tries (15) in Rugby World Cups, and share the record for most tries in a single World Cup tournament (8) with Julian Savea (below).
Julian Savea scored a joint record eight tries in New Zealand's progress to the 2015 final, including two hat-tricks
Most overall tries in final stages[7]
Tries Name Team Tournament(s)
15 Jonah Lomu  New Zealand 1995-1999
15 Bryan Habana  South Africa 2007-2015
14 Drew Mitchell  Australia 2007-2015
13 Doug Howlett  New Zealand 2003-2007
12 Chris Latham  Australia 1999-2007
Most tries in one tournament[8]
Tries Name Team Tournament
8 Jonah Lomu  New Zealand 1999
8 Julian Savea  New Zealand 2015
8 Bryan Habana  South Africa 2007
7 Marc Ellis  New Zealand 1995
7 Jonah Lomu  New Zealand 1995
Most tries in a match by a player[9]
Tries Name Team Opponent Date
6 Marc Ellis  New Zealand  Japan 1995-06-04
5 Chris Latham  Australia  Namibia 2003-10-25
5 Josh Lewsey  England  Uruguay 2003-11-02
4 John Gallagher  New Zealand  Fiji 1987-05-27
4 Craig Green  New Zealand  Fiji 1987-05-27

Youngest try scorer in a World Cup game

Oldest try scorer in a World Cup game

Conversions[edit]

Daniel Carter holds the record for the most conversions in Rugby World Cups.
Most conversions in final stages[12][13]
Con. Name Team Tournament(s)
58 Daniel Carter  New Zealand 2003-2015
39 Gavin Hastings  Scotland 1987-1995
37 Grant Fox  New Zealand 1987-1991
36 Michael Lynagh  Australia 1987-1995
28 Jonny Wilkinson  England 1999-2011
Most conversions in one tournament[14]
Con. Name Team Tournament
30 Grant Fox  New Zealand 1987
23 Daniel Carter  New Zealand 2015
22 Percy Montgomery  South Africa 2007
20 Simon Culhane  New Zealand 1995
20 Michael Lynagh  Australia 1987
Most conversions in a match by a player[15]
Con. Name Team Opponent Date
20 Simon Culhane  New Zealand  Japan 1995-06-04
16 Mat Rogers  Australia  Namibia 2003-10-25
14 Nick Evans  New Zealand  Portugal 2007-09-15
12 Paul Grayson  England  Tonga 1999-10-15
12 Leon MacDonald  New Zealand  Tonga 2003-10-24

Penalty goals[edit]

Gavin Hastings jointly holds the record for the most penalties kicked (8) in a Rugby World Cup match.
Most overall penalties in final stages[16][17]
Pen. Name Team Tournament(s)
58 Jonny Wilkinson  England 1999-2011
36 Gavin Hastings  Scotland 1987-1995
35 Gonzalo Quesada  Argentina 1999-2003
33 Andrew Mehrtens  New Zealand 1995-1999
33 Michael Lynagh  Australia 1987-1995
Most penalties in one tournament[18]
Pen. Name Team Tournament
31 Gonzalo Quesada  Argentina 1999
26 Thierry Lacroix  France 1995
23 Jonny Wilkinson  England 2003
23 Handré Pollard  South Africa 2015
21 Grant Fox  New Zealand 1987
Most penalties in a match by a player[19]
Pen. Name Team Opponent Date
8 Gavin Hastings   Scotland  Tonga 1995-05-30
8 Thierry Lacroix  France  Ireland 1995-06-10
8 Gonzalo Quesada  Argentina  Samoa 1999-10-10
8 Matt Burke  Australia  South Africa 1999-10-30
7 Gonzalo Quesada  Argentina  Japan 1999-10-16

Drop goals[edit]

Most overall drop goals in final stages[20][21]
Drop. Name Team Tournament(s)
14 Wilkinson, JonnyJonny Wilkinson  England 1999-2011
6 de Beer, JannieJannie de Beer  South Africa 1999
5 Rees, GarethGareth Rees  Canada 1987-1999
5 Andrew, RobRob Andrew  England 1987-1995
4 Hernández, Juan MartínJuan Martín Hernández  Argentina 2003-2015
Most drop goals in one tournament[22]
Drop. Name Team Tournament
8 Wilkinson, JonnyJonny Wilkinson  England 2003
6 de Beer, JannieJannie de Beer  South Africa 1999
5 Wilkinson, JonnyJonny Wilkinson  England 2007
4 Hernández, Juan MartínJuan Martín Hernández  Argentina 2007
3 Davies, JonathanJonathan Davies  Wales 1987
Most drop goals in a match by a player[23]
Drop. Name Team Opponent Date
5 de Beer, JannieJannie de Beer  South Africa  England 1999-10-24
3 Wilkinson, JonnyJonny Wilkinson  England  France 2003-11-16
3 Hernández, Juan MartínJuan Martín Hernández  Argentina  Ireland 2007-09-30
2 Kotzé, TheunsTheuns Kotzé  Namibia  Fiji 2011-09-10
2 Davies, JonathanJonathan Davies  Wales  Ireland 1987-05-25

Appearance statistics[edit]

Most appearances in final stages[24][25]
App. Name Team Tournaments
22 Leonard, JasonJason Leonard  England 1991-2003
22 McCaw, RichieRichie McCaw  New Zealand 2003-2015
20 Burger, SchalkSchalk Burger  South Africa 2003-2015
20 Gregan, GeorgeGeorge Gregan  Australia 1995-2007
20 Mealamu, KevenKeven Mealamu  New Zealand 2003-2015
Most winning appearances in final stages[26]
App. Name Team Tournaments
20 McCaw, RichieRichie McCaw  New Zealand 2003–2015
19 Mealamu, KevenKeven Mealamu  New Zealand 2003–2015
16 Burger, SchalkSchalk Burger  South Africa 2003–2015
16 Gregan, GeorgeGeorge Gregan  Australia 1995–2007
16 Leonard, JasonJason Leonard  England 1991–2003
Most losing appearances in final stages[27]
App. Name Team Tournaments
12 Tonița, OvidiuOvidiu Tonița  Romania 2003–2015
11 Burger, JacquesJacques Burger  Namibia 2007–2015
11 Cudmore, JamieJamie Cudmore  Canada 2003–2015
11 du Plessis, TinusTinus du Plessis  Namibia 2007–2015
11 Gontineac, RomeoRomeo Gontineac  Romania 1995–2007
11 Horn, HugoHugo Horn  Namibia 1999–2011
11 Jantjies, EugeneEugene Jantjies  Namibia 2007–2015
11 Kvirikashvili, MerabMerab Kvirikashvili  Georgia 2003–2015
11 Redelinghuys, JohnnyJohnny Redelinghuys  Namibia 2007–2015

Oldest player to appear in a World Cup match

Oldest player to appear in a World Cup Final

Oldest player to win a World Cup Final

Youngest player to appear in a World Cup match

Youngest player to appear in a World Cup Final

Youngest player to win a World Cup Final

By tournament[edit]

Year Top points scorers Top try scorers Team records
1987

*126Grant Fox New Zealand
 82Michael Lynagh Australia
 62Gavin Hastings Scotland

6Craig Green New Zealand
6John Kirwan New Zealand

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

68Ralph Keyes Ireland
66Michael Lynagh Australia
61Gavin Hastings Scotland

6David Campese Australia
6Jean-Baptiste Lafond France

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

112Thierry Lacroix France
104Gavin Hastings Scotland
 84Andrew Mehrtens New Zealand

7Jonah Lomu New Zealand
7Marc Ellis New Zealand

Most points in a match *145 145 –  New Zealand
v
17– Japan
Biggest winning margin 128
Most tries in a match 21
1999

102Gonzalo Quesada Argentina
101Matt Burke Australia
 97Jannie de Beer South Africa

*8Jonah 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

113Jonny Wilkinson England
103Frédéric Michalak France
100Elton Flatley Australia

7Doug Howlett New Zealand
7Mils Muliaina New Zealand

Most points in a match 142 142–  Australia
v
0– Namibia
Biggest winning margin *142
Most tries in a match *22
2007

105Percy Montgomery South Africa
91Felipe Contepomi Argentina
67Jonny Wilkinson England

*8Bryan Habana South Africa Most points in a match 108 108 –  New Zealand
v
13– Portugal
Biggest winning margin 95
Most tries in a match 16
2011

62Morné Steyn South Africa
52James O'Connor Australia
45Kurt Morath Tonga

6Chris Ashton England
6Vincent Clerc France

Most points in a match 87 87–  South Africa
v
0– Namibia
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)
2015

97Nicolás Sánchez Argentina
93Handré Pollard South Africa
82Bernard Foley Australia

*8Julian Savea New Zealand Most points in a match 65  Australia (65-3 v Uruguay)
Biggest winning margin 64  South Africa (64-0 v United States)
Most tries in a match 12  Argentina (64-19 v Namibia)

Note: * denotes a record across all tournaments

Miscellaneous[edit]

Winning coaches & captains[edit]

A foreign coach has never managed a World Cup winning team. 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.

Year Host(s) Champion Winning coach Winning captain
1987  Australia &
 New Zealand
 New Zealand New Zealand Brian Lochore New Zealand David Kirk
1991  England,
 France,
 Ireland
 Scotland &
 Wales
 Australia Australia Bob Dwyer Australia Nick Farr-Jones
1995  South Africa  South Africa South Africa Kitch Christie South Africa Francois Pienaar
1999  Wales  Australia Australia Rod MacQueen Australia John Eales
2003  Australia  England England Clive Woodward England Martin Johnson
2007  France  South Africa South Africa Jake White South Africa John Smit
2011  New Zealand  New Zealand New Zealand Graham Henry New Zealand Richie McCaw
2015  England  New Zealand New Zealand Steve Hansen New Zealand Richie McCaw

Draws[edit]

Team #1 Res. Team #2 Date
 Canada 23 - 23  Japan 2011-09-27
 France 20 - 20  Scotland 1987-05-23
 Canada 12 - 12  Japan 2007-09-25

Note: 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.

Nil points[edit]

Team #1 Res. Team #2 Date
 Namibia 0 - 142  Australia 2003-10-25
 Ivory Coast 0 - 89  Scotland 1995-05-26
 Namibia 0 - 87  South Africa 2011-09-22
 Fiji 0 - 66  Wales 2011-10-02
 United States 0 - 64  South Africa 2015-10-07
 Spain 0 - 48  Scotland 1999-10-16
 Romania 0 - 42  Scotland 2007-09-23
 Scotland 0 - 40  New Zealand 2007-09-23
 England 0 - 36  South Africa 2007-09-14
 Namibia 0 - 30  Georgia 2007-09-26

Highest attendance[edit]

Hosting[edit]

Eden Park was the first stadium to host the World Cup Final twice
  • The record for the city that has been a part of most Rugby World Cups is currently four and is held by Cardiff that hosted matches in 1991, 1999, 2007 and 2015. Edinburgh and Toulouse hosted matches in three tournaments. If the definition of "city" includes its metropolitan area, Paris has also hosted matches in three 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.

Trivia[edit]

  • England became the first sole host nation to be eliminated in the pool stages of a Rugby World Cup in 2015. Wales as joint hosts, were eliminated in the pool stages in 1991.
  • 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 Bronze Final.
    • 2007 South Africa defeated England 36-0 in the pool stages, and went on to play them in the Final, winning 15-6.
    • 2011 New Zealand defeated France 37-17 in the pool stages, and went on to play them in the Final, winning 8-7.
  • 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.
  • France, Australia and New Zealand are the only nations to have made it to at least the quarter-finals of every Rugby World Cup. Furthermore, South Africa has also done so since it started participating in 1995.
  • France is the only non English-speaking country to have made it to a Rugby World Cup final - in 1987, 1999 and 2011.
  • The only Tier Two countries to have participated in every Rugby World Cup are Canada, Japan and Romania, with only the first of those making it to one quarter-final in 1991.
  • Japan are the only team to have ever won three matches and not progressed beyond the Group Stage, having lost to South Africa and Scotland in their pool by points difference in 2015.
  • Of the Tier One nations, Italy is the only one not to have made it to at least the quarter-finals in any Rugby World Cup. Conversely, three Tier Two countries have made it to the quarter-finals - Fiji in 1987 and 2007, Canada in 1991 and Samoa (then called Western Samoa) in 1991 and 1995.
  • The 2015 final between Australia and New Zealand is the highest scoring Rugby World Cup Final ever.
  • After the 2015 final, New Zealand became the first team to win the Rugby World Cup three times, and the first team to have successfully defended its title.

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