Rugby World Cup Winner list from 1987 to 2023- Sportsunfold: A record 22 points from fly-half Handre Pollard and brilliant second-half tries by wingers Makazole Mapimpi & Cheslin Kolbe helped the Springboks overcome England 32-12 in the final, punishing an error-ridden England effort. The 2019 Rugby World Cup was the tournament’s ninth edition, and there have only been four different winners. The most successful nations are New Zealand and South Africa, each of which has won the trophy three times.
Rugby sports are governed by Rugby League International Federations (RLIF), which is in charge of enforcing rules and regulations all over the world.
In 1987, Australia and New Zealand co-hosted the first Rugby World Cup.
The World Cup began with 16 teams, but four more were added in 1999, bringing the total to 20 for this year’s RWC2018.
South Africa has now equaled New Zealand’s record of most Rugby World Cup championships won in history by winning the current competition Rugby World Cup 2019 and defeating England…
Jonny Wilkinson of England has the most overall points in Rugby World Cup history, with 277 throughout his WC career.
Rugby World Cup winner list from 1987 to 2023
Complete list of Rugby World Cup champions before the ninth edition, which began on September 20 in Japan.
In 2019 – South Africa defeated England 32-12, and Japan defeated New Zealand.
In 2015 – New Zealand beat Australia 34-17, London
England hosted and famously went out in the group stage, while New Zealand became the first defending champions to triumph, taking the trophy at Twickenham. Argentina defeated 15-29 against Australia in the quarter-finals, ensuring that the Wallabies would meet the All Blacks in the final following an 18-20 victory over South Africa. However, as they pressed for victory, New Zealand reclaimed control and went on to become the first team to win both World Cups in a row.
In 2011 – New Zealand beat France 8-7, Auckland
Hosts New Zealand was under national expectation to win its initial Rugby World Cup in 1987.
New Zealand won the championship for the second time, defeating France 8-7 in a difficult and dramatic final officiated by Craig Joubert. In the semi-finals, they overcame Australia 20-6, while France defeated Wales 9-8.
Despite some excellent football from both sides, defenses ruled supreme and the All Blacks reclaimed the Cup.
In 2007 – South Africa beat England 15-6, Paris
To defend their championship, England overcame France 14-9 in the semi-finals. They were defeated by the rampaging Springboks, who were aided throughout the tournament by a fire Bryan Habana on the wing, who accumulated eight tries in seven games.
South Africa won their semi-final 37-13 and beat England 6-15 in the final at the Stade de France, courtesy to a strong kicking performance by Percy Montgomery.
In 2003 – England defeated Australia 20-17 (after extra time) in Sydney
Who could forget this final, and THAT legendary Jonny Wilkinson drop goal that gave the Red Rose the Webb Ellis Cup for the first time?
England were pre-tournament favorites, and their semi-final victory over the All Blacks secured a repeat of the 1991 final.
The final was a kicking contest between Wilkinson and Wallabies’ Elton Flately, with the latter scoring a late penalty to force extra time.
In 1999 – Australia defeated France 35-12 in Cardiff
France defeated New Zealand in the semi-finals, 43-31, ensuring that Les Bleus will meet Australia in the final. The Wallabies had defeated incumbent champions South Africa in the semi-final at Twickenham (the UK has hosted a few of the games, despite Wales being the formal hosts).
Australia won the Millennium Stadium final 35-12 and became the first country to win the trophy twice.
In 1995 – South Africa defeated New Zealand 15-12 (after extra time) in Johannesburg
It was the first World Cup to be hosted in South Africa following the fall of apartheid, and it was also the first World Cup that the country was authorized to compete.
They won it appropriately, overcoming France 19-15 in the semi-finals before defeating New Zealand 15-12 in the finals in Johannesburg. In their semi-final, the Kiwis defeated England 29-45 in Cape Town.
In 1991 – Australia defeated England 12-6 in London
Despite losing their first game, England advanced to the final, where they would meet Australia, who had defeated incumbent champions New Zealand 12-6 in a nail-biting semi-final.
In 1987 – New Zealand defeated France 29-9 in Auckland
France advanced to the final after defeating Australia 24-30 in Sydney, but New Zealand defeated Wales 49-6. The All Blacks won the inaugural World Cup 29-9 in Auckland’s Eden Park, the first of France’s 3 final losses.
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