Scotland at the Rugby World Cup

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This article is about rugby union. For Scotland in the Rugby League World Cup, see Scotland national rugby league team § Rugby League World Cup.
Scotland vs Italy at St Etienne, 2007 World Cup
Map of nations best results, excluding nations which unsuccessfully participated in qualifying tournaments.

Scotland have played in every Rugby World Cup since the inaugural tournament in 1987.

Their best finish was fourth in 1991. In their semi-final on October 26, 1991, Scotland lost 6–9 to England at Murrayfield after Gavin Hastings missed a penalty almost in front of and a short distance from the posts. On October 30 Scotland lost the third-place play-off to New Zealand in Cardiff 13–6.

Since then they have qualified for the quarter-finals in every tournament except in 2011, but have not qualified for the semi-finals.

Comprehensive team results[edit]

Scottish fans at the 2007 game against Romania
Legend
  • W - Champions
  • F - Runners Up
  • SF - Third place
  • SF - Fourth place
  • QF - Quarterfinals
  • R2 - Second Round
  • R1 - First Round
  • q - Qualified for forthcoming tournament

For each tournament, the flag of the host country and the number of qualified teams in each tournament (in parentheses) are shown.

Team 1987 1991 1995 1999 2003 2007 2011 2015
AustraliaNew Zealand  England Wales Scotland Ireland France South Africa  Wales Scotland Ireland England France Australia France New Zealand England
16 16 16 20 20 20 20 20
 Scotland 6th 4th 6th 6th 8th 8th 9th 8th
Year Stage Team Score Team Venue
1987 Pool 4  France 20–20  Scotland Lancaster Park
 Scotland 60–21  Zimbabwe Athletic Park
 Romania 28–55  Scotland Carisbrook
Quarter-final  New Zealand 30–3  Scotland Lancaster Park
1991 Pool B  Scotland 47–9  Japan Murrayfield
 Scotland 51–12  Zimbabwe Murrayfield
 Scotland 24–15  Ireland Murrayfield
Quarter-final  Scotland 28–6  Western Samoa Murrayfield
Semi-final  Scotland 6–9  England Murrayfield
Third-place play-off  Scotland 6–13  New Zealand Cardiff
1995 Pool D  Ivory Coast 0–89  Scotland Rustenburg
 Scotland 41–5  Tonga Pretoria
 France 22–19  Scotland Pretoria
Quarter-final  New Zealand 48–30  Scotland Pretoria
1999 Pool 1  Scotland 29–46  South Africa Murrayfield
 Scotland 43–12  Uruguay Murrayfield
 Scotland 48–0  Spain Murrayfield
Quarter-final play-off  Scotland 35–20  Samoa Murrayfield
Quarter-final  Scotland 18–30  New Zealand Murrayfield
2003 Pool B  Scotland 32–11  Japan Townsville
 Scotland 39–15  United States Brisbane
 France 51–9  Scotland Sydney
 Scotland 22–20  Fiji Aussie Stadium
Quarter-final  Australia 33–16  Scotland Brisbane
2007 Pool C  Scotland 56–10  Portugal Saint-Étienne
 Scotland 42–0  Romania Murrayfield
 Scotland 0–40  New Zealand Murrayfield
 Scotland 18–16  Italy Saint-Étienne
Quarter-final  Argentina 19–13  Scotland Stade de France
2011 Pool B  Scotland 34–24  Romania Invercargill
 Scotland 15–6  Georgia Invercargill
 Argentina 13–12  Scotland Wellington
 England 16–12  Scotland Auckland
2015 Pool B  Scotland 45–10  Japan Kingsholm, Gloucester
 Scotland 39–16  United States Elland Road, Leeds
 South Africa 34–16  Scotland St James' Park, Newcastle
 Samoa 33–36  Scotland St James' Park, Newcastle
Quarter-final  Australia 35–34  Scotland Twickenham

Individual[edit]

Gavin Hastings is by far the most successful Scottish world cup player, and has gained a number of records.

Points[edit]

Most overall points in final stages
Points Name Country[1] App. Tries Con. Pen. Drop. Tournament
227 Gavin Hastings (second position)  Scotland 13 9 39 36 1987, 1991, 1995
Key: App = Appearances. Con = conversions. Pen = penalties. Drop = drop goals.

Conversions[edit]

Most overall conversions in final stages

Penalty goals[edit]

Most penalties in a match

Overall record[edit]

Against Played Win Draw Lost Win %
 Australia 2 0 0 2 0%
 Argentina 2 0 0 2 0%
 England 2 0 0 2 0%
 Fiji 1 1 0 0 100%
 France 3 0 1 2 0%
 Georgia 1 1 0 0 100%
 Ireland 1 1 0 0 100%
 Italy 1 1 0 0 100%
 Ivory Coast 1 1 0 0 100%
 Japan 3 3 0 0 100%
 New Zealand 5 0 0 5 0%
 Portugal 1 1 0 0 100%
 Romania 3 3 0 0 100%
 Russia 1 1 0 0 100%
 Samoa 3 3 0 0 100%
 Spain 1 1 0 0 100%
 South Africa 2 0 0 2 0%
 Tonga 1 1 0 0 100%
 United States 2 2 0 0 100%
 Uruguay 1 1 0 0 100%
 Zimbabwe 2 2 0 0 100%
Overall

Miscellaneous[edit]

Draws[edit]

Nil points[edit]

Hosting[edit]

Scotland has never been the main host of the World Cup, but a number of Rugby World Cup games have been played in Scotland over the years. When World Cups have been in the Northern Hemisphere, Scotland has hosted games. All northern hemisphere tournaments have been in Europe so far.

1991 World Cup: Britain/Ireland/France[edit]

The 1991 Rugby World Cup final was played in England, pool and finals games were played all over the main five European nations. Pool B games, which involved European nations, Scotland and Ireland, had all their games in either Dublin or Edinburgh with one game being played in Ulster.

1999 World Cup: Wales[edit]

The 1999 World Cup was hosted by Wales with some games spread across Scotland, England, Ireland and France. All Pool A games were held in Scotland. Second round play-offs and the quarter-finals were held at a variety of European venues.

2007 World Cup: France[edit]

The 2007 competition was held in France, with some games played in Wales and Scotland. Two Pool C matches were held at Edinburgh's Murrayfield.[2]

2015 World Cup: England[edit]

The host for the 2015 tournament was England, with no games played in Scotland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Refers to country that player represented in the World Cup.
  2. ^ "Scotland looks to give up World cup matches at Murrayfield". worldcupweb.com. Retrieved 7 May 2006.