Rugby World Cup

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The Rugby World Cup is the world's premier Rugby Union competition - a tournament played played every four years between the best international teams and which decides the World Champions and the holders of the Webb Ellis Cup. The competition was first staged in 1987 and has taken place on six subsequent occasions, most recently in 2011.

The most recent tournament took place in New Zealand, with 20 teams competing from 9th September 2011 through to the final, which took place in Eden Park, Auckland on 23rd October 2011. In the final, New Zealand's All Blacks beat France 8 - 7, in a closely fought match, which saw them regain the title for the first time since the inaugural tournament.


The decision to establish a Rugby World Cup tournament was made by the International Rugby Football Board (now the IRB) in 1985, following a joint proposal by New Zealand and Australia, with a vote of 6-2 in favour of running such a competition. The opposing votes came from Ireland and Scotland, who feared that the competition would affect the then entirely amatuer status of the game.[1]


Year Main Host Additional host(s) Winning team Runner up Final score
1987 New Zealand Australia New Zealand France 29 - 9
1991 England Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France Australia England 12 - 6
1995 South Africa - South Africa New Zealand 15 - 12 (aet)
1999 Wales England, France, Scotland and Ireland Australia France 35 - 12
2003 Australia - England Australia 20 - 17 (aet)
2007 France Wales and Scotland South Africa England 15 - 6
2011 New Zealand - New Zealand France 8 - 7


  1. [Butler] (03 September 2011). Rugby World Cup: How 1987 changed the face of rugby union (en) (html). Retrieved on 2011-09-03.