The 2019 Rugby World Cup is in full swing, and already some legendary matches have been witnessed. The first game kicked off on the 20th September 2019, with Japan managing to come out victorious over Russia. Fans will be waiting with bated breath for the final, which is due to take place on the 2nd November. The final will be broadcast both on TV and vie live stream, which means that dedicated fans can enjoy their favourite online pokies while the ultimate victors are decided.
Speculation is already rife as to who will emerge victorious. Looking at the few years leading up to the latest tournament and taking the performance of the best teams into consideration, there are already a few favourites likely to be coming out on top. New Zealand are the most obvious candidates, who are unquestionably one of the most consistently excellent teams in the world. Though Wales, Ireland and South Africa shouldn’t be counted out, with all three of these big names also looking to stand a chance.
Either way, when the champions finally raise the Webb Ellis trophy, it will surely be another landmark victory for the sport.
Speaking of Webb Ellis, did you know it was him who picked up the ball during a football match, out of sheer frustration, unintentionally creating the game of Rugby? This one isn’t a fact, and might just be urban myth, but there are other true Rugby facts that are just as interesting.
Remembering Iconic Rugby Moments
The Rugby World Cup has been around in its current format since 1987, which means that some pretty impressive feats have been achieved. Crushing defeats have been experienced, players have managed to go above and beyond, becoming legends of the sport, and so much more. Of course, not every record is necessarily positive, but it still stands as a key moment for the sport, and the championship tournament that occurs every four years.
- The biggest winning margin ever in a World Cup Match was between Australia and Namibia, back in 2003. Australia was clearly more experienced and more skilled than their Namibian opponents. By the end of the match Australia had racked up 142 points more than the far less experienced Namibian team. It gives the term crushing defeat new meaning.
- In 1995 South Africa beat Canada 20 – 0. But this isn’t what made the match significant. It was that the Canadian team is the first and only team to receive two red cards during a single game.
- Jonah Lomu, who played for New Zealand, and Bryan Habana, who played for South Africa, share the record for scoring the most tries in a single game. The record sits at 8.
- In terms of appearances made in professional games, the record goes to English player Jason Leonard. He was in a grand total of 22 professional games, 4 of which were at a World Cup.
- We spoke about the All Blacks being a consistently great team, and we meant it. But in 2007 they did not reach the semi-finals in a World Cup. Though, this is the only time this has ever occurred.
- In terms of World Cup victories, there are 3 teams that stand apart. New Zealand have won 4 times; 1987, 2011, and 2015. Australia have won twice; 1991, 1999. South Africa has won twice; 1995, 2007.
- In 2015, England became the only nation ever to have hosted a tournament, and not managed to break out of their starting pool. Not a great record to hold.
Lastly; there are only 3 players that have taken part of a World Cup and seen victory on two separate occasions. These are the two Australian players Eales and Horan, and Os du Randt for South Africa.