Rugby is one of the few sports games that have a global following. It has been played since decades from far-reaching Australia and New Zealand to Europe and even in the Americas. The men’s Rugby Union Tournament called the Rugby World Cup is an event where tens of millions of fans from across the globe tune in to their sports channels. It is inherently the biggest event in the sports of rugby where teams from competing countries vie for the Webb Ellis Cup.
The Web Ellis Cup is the trophy presented to the winning team of the Rugby World Cup finals. The trophy is named after Webb Ellis, the person attributed with having invented the sport of rugby when he picked up the football during a soccer match and ran with it clutched in his hands. The student of the Rugby School was honored with the trophy of the prestigious Rugby World Cup (RWC) named after him.
Although the sport of rugby was part of the Summer Olympic Games since the Paris games in 1900, despite numerous regional rugby associations supporting a common international rugby tournament, the idea was opposed by the International Rugby Football Board. Finally, a proposal by the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) and the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) to organize a rugby world cup was passed by a vote of 10-6 in 1985.
The Rugby World Cup by the men’s rugby union was initially organized in 1987 and jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The initial tournament had 16 teams from different countries competing for the Rugby World Cup in 1987. The number of participating teams was increased to 20 since the World Cup in 1999. The World Rugby is the governing body which administrates over the quad-annual tournament.
The Rugby World Cup 2019 is set to be hosted by Japan.
List of Rugby World Cup Winners
There have been 8 Rugby World Cup tournaments held since its inception in 1987, till date. Around 20 teams participated in each of these tournaments.
Here is the list of Rugby World Cup winners from 1987 to 2019:
|1987||New Zealand||29 – 9||Auckland, New Zealand|
|1991||Australia||12 – 6||London, England|
|1995||South Africa||15 – 12||Johannesburg|
|1999||Australia||35 – 12||Cardiff, Wales|
|2003||England||20 – 17||Sydney, Australia|
|2007||South Africa||15 – 6||Paris, France|
|2011||New Zealand||8 – 7||Auckland, New Zealand|
|2015||New Zealand||34 – 17||London, England|
Rugby World Cup Runners Up List
This is the Rugby World Cup Runners Up List from 1987 to 2019:
|1987||France||9 – 29||Eden Park, Auckland|
|1991||England||6 – 12||Twickenham, London|
|1995||New Zealand||12 – 15||Ellis Park, Johannesburg|
|1999||France||12 – 35||Millennium, Cardiff|
|2003||Australia||17 – 20||Telstra Stadium, Sydney|
|2007||England||6 – 15||Stade de France, Paris|
|2011||France||7 – 8||Eden Park, Auckland|
|2015||Australia||17 – 34||Twickenham, London|
Teamwise Performances in Rugby World Cup History
Check out how every participating team performed in each Rugby World Cup since 1987 to 2015:
|Team||Finals Played||Finals Won||Runners Up||Years of Winning|
|New Zealand||4||3||1||1987, 2011, 2015|
|South Africa||2||2||0||1995, 2007|