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Rugby World Cup Records And Statistics

Rugby World Cup Records And Statistics

One of the most famous games of the present era is rugby. Let’s find out about the Rugby World Cup records. It’s a global spectacle that unites nations from all over the world.

From victories to the unforgettable moments of rugby that left its followers amazed. So dive with us in the pool of thrill, speed, and memorable rugby history. Let’s learn about the heroes who have always secured their position as legendary players in the rugby World Cup records list.

Rugby World Cup Records By Team

Most Rugby World Cup Winner

TeamNo. of Wins
South Africa & New Zealand 3 Times
Australia2 Times
England1 Time

Most Successful Team

South Africa and New Zealand are the most successful teams in the Rugby World Cup. Both sides have won the World Cup 3 times. New Zealand won the title in 2015, 2011, and 1987. South Africa won the Rugby World Cup in 1995, 2009, and 2019.

Most Penalties

In rugby, penalties often serve as a crucial means of getting points and maintaining scoreboard pressure. These players possess the precision required to convert penalty opportunities into valuable points.

1999–2011Jonny WilkinsonEngland58
2015–2019Handre PollardSouth Africa39
1987–1995Gavin HastingsScotland36
1999–2003Gonzalo QuesadaArgentina35
1987–1995Michael LynaghAustralia33
1995–1999Andrew MehrtensNew Zealand33

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Most Penalties in a World Cup

1999Gonzalo Quesada Argentina31
1995Thierry LacroixFrance26
2003Jonny WilkinsonEngland23
2015Handré PollardSouth Africa23
1987Grant FoxNew Zealand21
2003Elton FlatleyAustralia21

Most Points in a Match

1995 New ZealandJapan145–17145
2003 AustraliaNamibia142–0142
2003 EnglandUruguay111–13111
2007 New ZealandPortugal108–13108
1999 New ZealandItaly101–3101
1999 EnglandTonga101–10101

Win With Highest Margin

2003 Australia Namibia142–0142
1995 New Zealand Japan145–17128
1999 New Zealand Italy101–398
2003 England Uruguay111–1396
2023 France Namibia96–096

Highest Tries in a Game

1995New ZealandJapan21
2007New ZealandPortugal16
1999New ZealandItaly14

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Rugby World Cup Records By Players

Top Scorers

Getting the title of top scorer in the Rugby World Cup is an honour. All the demons of rugby fight for this title in the international World Cup of Rugby. Here, we have enlisted the top scorer of rugby.

Jonny Wilkinson277England
Dan Carter277New Zealand
Gavin Hastings227Scotland
Michael Lynagh195Australia
Andrew Mehrtens261New Zealand
Matt Burke162Australia
Percy Montgomery111South Africa
Grant Fox170New Zealand
Chris Paterson109Scotland
Ronan O’Gara112Ireland

Most Drop Goals

In a game like rugby, a drop goal can decide your destiny. Dropping a goal can be a cause of your victory or defeat. In the history of rugby, these drop goals have played a crucial role.

Here, we have made a list of countries with the number of drop goals with the names of players.

Jonny Wilkinson14England
Jannie de Beer6South Africa
Rob Andrew5England
Gareth Rees5Canada
Juan Martín Hernández4Argentina

Most Drop Goals in a Game

South AfricaJannie de Beer5England
ArgentinaJuan Martín Hernández3Ireland
EnglandGeorge Ford 3Argentina
NamibiaTheuns Kotzé 3Fiji
EnglandJonny Wilkinson3France

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Most Appearances in a Game

1991–2003Jason LeonardEngland22
2003–2015Richie McCawNew Zealand22
2007–2019Alun Wyn JonesWales21
2011-2023Sam WhitelockNew Zealand21
2003–2015Schalk BurgerSouth Africa20
1995–2007George GreganAustralia20
2003–2015Keven MealamuNew Zealand20
2011-2023James SlipperAustralia20

Oldest Player in a Match

Diego Ormaechea made history as the oldest player to play a RWC match. He represented Uruguay at the age of 40 years during their encounter with South Africa on October 15, 1999.

Oldest Player in a Final Match

New Zealand player Brad Thorn played a thrilling rugby match against France in 2011 and became the oldest player to play an RWC final match. 

Oldest Player in Win a Final Match

South African Schalk Brits is the oldest player who won a Rugby World Cup final match. In 2019, he won the game against England at the age of 38 years.

Youngest Player in a Match

In 2015, Vasil Lobzhanidze, a young talent from Georgia, became the youngest player to play a rugby World Cup. At 18 years old, he showcased his incredible skills in a match against Tonga.

Youngest Player in a Final Match

In 1995, Jonah Lomu was the youngest player to play a RWC final match. He played this match against South Africa at just 20 years old.

Youngest Player in Win a Final Match

In 2007, South African François Steyn became the youngest player to win the Rugby World Cup final match. He played this match against England at the age of 20 years old.

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Rugby World Cup Records By Captain & Manager

Behind a team’s success is the significant role of the captain. In history, there have been many remarkable and unforgettable leaders. Their presence made their teamwork leave the opponent in the dust.

Most Winning Captain

2019Siya KolisiSouth Africa
2015Richie McCawNew Zealand
2011Richie McCawNew Zealand
2007John SmitSouth Africa
2003Martin JohnsonEngland
1999John EalesAustralia
1995Francois PienaarSouth Africa
1991Nick Farr-JonesAustralia
1987David KirkNew Zealand

Most Winning Manager

2019Rassie ErasmusSouth Africa
2015Steve HansenNew Zealand
2011Graham HenryNew Zealand
2007Jake WhiteSouth Africa
2003Clive WoodwardEngland
1999Rod MacQueen Australia
1995Kitch Christie South Africa
1991Bob DwyerAustralia
1987Brian LochoreNew Zealand

Highest Attendance 

On September 27, 2015, 89,267 spectators gathered at the iconic Wembley Stadium in London, England. To see an epic clash between Ireland and Romania. This historic event has the highest attendance ever recorded for a rugby match.

Final Thoughts

The World Cup records give us a glimpse at the remarkable journey of this challenging game. From The super fast players to the most muscular captain, they made a path to follow for the new ones. One can become the finest rugby player by learning from their mistakes and tricks in the victory. This is the history where records were shattered and new bonds were set.

Aqeel Ahmad
the authorAqeel Ahmad
Aqeel Ahmad is a passionate sports fan who enjoys reading and writing about the most recent sporting events taking place all around the world.

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