Scotland at the Rugby World Cup
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
- 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.
|England Wales Scotland Ireland France||Wales Scotland Ireland England France|
|1987||Pool 4||France||20–20||Scotland||Lancaster Park|
|Quarter-final||New Zealand||30–3||Scotland||Lancaster Park|
|Third-place play-off||Scotland||6–13||New Zealand||Cardiff|
|1995||Pool D||Ivory Coast||0–89||Scotland||Rustenburg|
|1999||Pool 1||Scotland||29–46||South Africa||Murrayfield|
|Quarter-final||Argentina||19–13||Scotland||Stade de France|
|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|
Gavin Hastings is by far the most successful Scottish world cup player, and has gained a number of records.
|227||Gavin Hastings (second position)||Scotland||13||9||39||36||–||1987, 1991, 1995|
- Key: App = Appearances. Con = conversions. Pen = penalties. Drop = drop goals.
Most overall conversions in final stages
- Gavin Hastings 39 (1987–1995)
Most penalties in a match
- Gavin Hastings 8 (v Tonga, 1995)
- Scotland 89–0 Ivory Coast (1995)
- Scotland 48–0 Spain (1999)
- Scotland 42–0 Romania (2007)
- Scotland 0–40 New Zealand (2007)
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
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
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
2015 World Cup: England
- Davies, Gerald (2004) The History of the Rugby World Cup (Sanctuary Publishing Ltd, (ISBN 1860746020)
- Farr-Jones, Nick, (2003). Story of the Rugby World Cup, Australian Post Corporation, (ISBN 0-642-36811-2)
- Refers to country that player represented in the World Cup.
- "Scotland looks to give up World cup matches at Murrayfield". worldcupweb.com. Retrieved 7 May 2006.