Next on our sport in records is the great game of Rugby Union.
Originated in England in the first half of the 19th century, by 2014 there were more than 6 million people playing worldwide, of whom 2.36 million were registered players. The sport was made professional in 1995 after the World Cup.
Now let’s look at some rugby records.
World Rugby Rankings
- 1. New Zealand 92.54
- 2. Ireland 91.17
- 3. Wales 87.24
- 4. England 86.22
World Cup Wins
New Zealand lead this one with 3 wins since the World Cup was introduced in 1987.
- New Zealand 3 wins in 1987, 2011, 2015
- South Africa 3 wins in 1995, 2007, 2019.
- Australia 2 wins in 1991, 1999
- England 1 wins in 2003
Australia hold the biggest win margin in a World Cup beating Namibia 142-0 at the 2013 World Cup
Brian Habana (SA) and Jonah Lomu (NZ) hold the overall records for most tries scored in the World Cup with 15 each.
Highest Points Scorer
Dan Carter has scored an incredible 1598 points between 1993 – 1015 in 112 caps and this record is unlikely to be beaten
Jonny Wilkinson is in at #2 with 1246 points in 97 caps
Highest Try Scorer
- 1. Daisuke Ohata (Japan) 69 tries, 58 caps
- 2. Bryan Habana (South Africa) 67 tries, 124 caps
- 3. David Campese (Australia) 64 tries 101 caps
- 4. Shane Williams (Wales) 60 tries, 91 caps
- 5. Hirotoki Onozawa (Japan) 55 tries, 81 caps
Most Prolific Referee
Johnatan Kaplan (South Africa) 70 matches
Allain Rolland (Ireland) 68 matches
Nigel Owen (Wales) 61 matches
Most Capped Players
- 1. 142 Richie Mc Caw – New Zealand. Mc Caw also holds the record for most test wins at 125 over his career.
- 2. 141 Brian O’Driscoll – Ireland
- 3. 139 George Gregan – Australia
- 4. 130 Ronan O’Gara – Ireland
- 5. 126 Keven Mealamu New Zealand
New Zealand’s Cyril Brownlie became the first player to be sent off in an international when he was dismissed during his side’s final tour clash with England in 1925
Uruguay’s Mario Cagnani, Samoa’s and the United States’ Paul Emerick lead the pack with 2 red cards each!
England lead the way with 6 nation wins, here are the 6 nations winners from 2000-2018
Leinster and Toulouse are the most successful rugby clubs in the Champions Cup with 4 tournament wins each
Leinster also hold the title of most Pro 14 wins with 5 tournament titles.
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