With lot’s of new nations rising through the ranks of rugby, the Rugby World Cup 2019 is set to be the biggest rugby event in the history of the game. There are now 30 rugby playing countries around the world with 20 of these qualifying for this years World Cup.
The Rugby World Cup is hosted once every four years and held over the course of seven weeks, it’s now the 7th largest sporting event in the world after the summer Olympics and Football World Cup etc.
Rugby World Cup 2019
The 2019 tournament will start on 20th September (Fri) and end on 2nd November (Sat), 2019. There are 20 participating teams:
There are a total of 48 matches which will be held across 12 venues across Japan.
1 Pool stages: 4 pools of 5 teams, 40 pool matches in total.
2 Finals: Quarter finals, semi finals, bronze final, finals.
At the time of writing New Zealand are the top ranked team, they have been the most consistently ranked #1 team since the introduction of IRB World Rankings, having held the #1 ranking for more than 85 percent of the time during this period. South Africa and England make up the remainder.
Wales are ranked 2nd, Ireland 3rd, England 4th and South Africa 4th
2019 World Cup Pools
Previous World Cup Winners
New Zealand have not surprisingly been the dominant force throughout the history of the Rugby World Cup with 3 titles
|1995||South Africa||New Zealand||France||England|
|1999||Australia||France||South Africa||New Zealand|
|2015||New Zealand||Australia||South Africa||Argentina|
The 2023 World Cup will be held in France and the the 2027 tournament is yet undecided.
It’s all over now and South Africa beat England in a brilliant 2019 World Cup Final 32-12
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