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Rugby World Cup

Started in: 1987

Number of teams allowed to participate: 20

Current Holders: New Zealand All Blacks

Most Number of Titles: New Zealand All Blacks (3 times)

Official Web Site: rugbyworldcup.com

Brief Introduction to the Rugby World Cup

All the 20 qualified for the Rugby World Cup plays for the William Webb Ellis Cup, which is named after a student William Webb Ellis, who as per popular mythology invented the game of Rugby by accident when he was playing Football. The first-ever World Cup Rugby tournament was held in 1987 which was co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia two of the powerhouses of the game. The last Rugby World Cup was held in 2011 which was hosted by New Zealand. New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa have won the Rugby World Cup twice since its inception in 1987.

How teams can qualify for a Rugby World Cup?

There is a total of 20 places available as we have mentioned, out of which twelve teams qualify automatically as per their performances in the previous tournament. These 12 teams must have finished in top 3 positions in their respective groups. Remaining 8 places are filled by a region-based qualification system, where Europe and the Americas are allowed 2 places each and Oceania, Asia and Africa are allowed one place each. The remaining place will be filled up by a playoff.

The Rugby World Cup Tournament Format

  • The Rugby World Cup will be played over three weeks.
  • Two Stages – Group and Knock Out.
  • Teams are seeded as per the IRB World Rankings.
  • Four highest ranked teams from the rankings placed in four different pools A to D randomly.
  • Then the next four ranked teams will be placed below them in the same manner described above.
  • Each team plays four pool games with their co-members in the pool for ones.
  • If two or more teams are level on points higher ranked team will qualify for the next round.
  • The winner and the runner up from each group will qualify for the knockout round and play against other pool winners and runners up respectively.
  • Top 8 teams then qualify for the quarter finals.
  • Winners of the quarterfinals will play semis and then the winners of the semis will play for the Final.
  • Two losing teams of the semi finals plays for the third place play off, which is called ‘Bronze Final’.
  • If there is a tie in qualifying games, then extra time is awarded, if then also the result is not possible then sudden death will decide the result in which the first point scorer will be declared as a winner. Even then there is no result; a kicking competition will be officiated.

How the IRB selects the World Cup Hosts?

The selection of the hosts of a Rugby World Cup starts five to six years in advance. It is done by a secret voting by all the IRB World Cup members which is overlooked by a private auditing company. There can be a bid to host the Rugby World Cup jointly as well. The stadium in which the finals are supposed to be hosted must have a capacity of at least 60, 000 fans as per minimum requirement by IRB.

IRB Rugby World Cup Winners till now

  • 1987 – Hosts: Australia and New Zealand
    • Winners: New Zealand
    • Runners Up: France
    • 3rd place: Wales
    • 4th place: Australia
  • 1991 – Hosts: England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
    • Winners: Australia
    • Runners Up: England
    • 3rd place: New Zealand
    • 4th place: Scotland
  • 1995 – Host: South Africa
    • Winners: South Africa
    • Runners Up: New Zealand
    • 3rd Place: France
    • 4th Place: England
  • 1999 – Host: Wales
    • Winners: Australia
    • Runners Up: France
    • 3rd Place: South Africa
    • 4th Place: New Zealand
  • 2003 – Hosts: Australia
    • Winners: England
    • Runners Up: Australia
    • 3rd place: New Zealand
    • 4th place: France
  • 2007 – Hosts: France
    • Winners: South Africa
    • Runners Up: England
    • 3rd place: Argentina
    • 4th place: France
  • 2011 – Hosts: New Zealand
    • Winners: New Zealand
    • Runners Up: France
    • 3rd place: Australia
    • 4th place: Wales
  • 2015 – Hosts: England
    • Winners: New Zealand
    • Runners Up: Australia
    • 3rd place: South Africa
    • 4th place: Argentina
  • 2018 – Hosts: Japan

Rugby World Cup 2019 Fixtures

Pool A

Ireland
Scotland
Japan
Russia
Samoa

Japan v Russia

Date: 20 September 2019
Venue: Tokyo Stadium

Ireland v Scotland

Date: 22 September 2019
Venue: International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama

Russia v Samoa

Date: 24 September 2019
Venue: Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Kumagaya

Japan v Ireland

Date: 28 September 2019
Venue: Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi

Scotland v Samoa

Date: 30 September 2019
Venue: Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe

Ireland v Russia

Date: 3 October 2019
Venue: Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe

Japan v Samoa

Date: 5 October 2019
Venue: City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota

Scotland v Russia

Date: 9 October 2019
Venue: Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi

Ireland v Samoa

Date:12 October 2019
Venue: Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka

Japan v Scotland

Date: 13 October 2019
Venue: International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama

Pool B

New Zealand
South Africa
Italy
Namibia
Canada

New Zealand v South Africa

Date: 21 September 2019
Venue: International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama

Italy v Namibia

Date: 22 September 2019
Venue: Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashiōsaka

Italy v Canada

Date: 26 September 2019
Venue: Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka

South Africa v Namibia

Date: 28 September 2019
Venue: City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota

New Zealand v Canada

Date: 2 October 2019
Venue:  Oita Stadium, Ōita

South Africa v Italy

Date: 4 October 2019
Venue: Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi

New Zealand v Namibia

Date: 6 October 2019
Venue: Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu

South Africa v Canada

Date: 8 October 2019
Venue: Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe

New Zealand v Italy

Date: 12 October 2019
Venue: City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota

Namibia v Canada

Date: 13 October 2019
Venue: Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Kamaishi

Pool C

England
France
Argentina
United States
Tonga

France v Argentina

Date: 21 September 2019
Venue: Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu

England v Tonga

Date: 22 September 2019
Venue: Sapporo Dome, Sapporo

England v United States

Date: 26 September 2019
Venue: Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe

Argentina v Tonga

Date: 28 September 2019
Venue: Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashiōsaka

France v United States

Date: 2 October 2019
Venue: Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka

England v Argentina

Date: 5 October 2019
Venue: Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu

France v Tonga

Date: 6 October 2019
Venue: Kumamoto Stadium, Kumamoto

Argentina v United States

Date: 9 October 2019
Venue: Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Kumagaya

England v France

Date: 12 October 2019
Venue: International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama

United States v Tonga

Date: 13 October 2019
Venue: Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashiōsaka

Pool D

Australia
Wales
Georgia
Fiji
Uruguay

Australia v Fiji

Date: 21 September 2019
Venue: Sapporo Dome, Sapporo

Wales v Georgia

Date: 23 September 2019
Venue: City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota

Fiji v Uruguay

Date: 25 September 2019
Venue: Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Kamaishi

Georgia v Uruguay

Date: 29 September 2019
Venue: Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Kumagaya

Australia v Wales

Date: 29 September 2019
Venue: Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu

Georgia v Fiji

Date: 3 October 2019
Venue: Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashiosaka

Australia v Uruguay

Date: 5 October 2019
Venue: Oita Stadium, Ōita

Wales v Fiji

Date: 9 October 2019
Venue: Oita Stadium, Ōita

Australia v Georgia

Date: 11 October 2019
Venue: Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi

Wales v Uruguay

Date: 13 October 2019
Venue: Kumamoto Stadium, Kumamoto

Knockout Stages

QF1 Winner Pool C v Runner-up Pool D

Date: 19 October 2019
Venue: Oita Stadium, Ōita

QF2 Winner Pool B v Runner-up Pool A

Date: 19 October 2019
Venue: Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu

QF3 Winner Pool D v Runner-up Pool C

Date: 20 October 2019
Venue: Oita Stadium, Ōita

QF4 Winner Pool A v Runner-up Pool B

Date: 20 October 2019
Venue: Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu

Semi-finals

Winner QF1 v Winner QF2

Date: 26 October 2019
Venue: International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama

Winner QF3 v Winner QF4

Date: 27 October 2019
Venue: International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama

Third-place Play-off

Loser SF1 v Loser SF2

Date: 1 November 2019
Venue: Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu

Rugby World Cup Final 2019

Winner SF1 v Winner SF2

Date: 2 November 2019
Venue: International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama

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