Australia produced a shock win in the final Test of the Bledisloe Cup series. Ralph Ellis looks at the significance for the previously all-conquering A England messed up with the Grand Slam in sight but Ralph Ellis is focusing on the positives and looking ahead after a great Six Nations campaign Simon Mail previews the World Cup final and thinks the outsiders have a strong chance of denying New Zealand a successful defence It's Victor Matfield's last match as a Springbok, and a near full-strength South African side will have too much motivation and talent for a depleted Argenti New Zealand are strong favourites to overcome Australia in the World Cup final on Saturday but can the Wallabies pull off a shock at Twickenham?
Ralph Ellis has been backing New Zealand to win the World Cup for the last 10 months and says he sees no reason to change his mind now The Wallabies will be much better for their near-death experience against Scotland, Rajiv Maharaj says. He reckons they'll be too good for Argentina and coul Simon Mail previews the first World Cup semi-final and thinks New Zealand can stay on track for a successful trophy defence with victory over South Africa Australia's dramatic quarter-final win over Scotland started a furious rumpus about referee Craig Joubert's decision.
Ralph Ellis says that shouldn't obscure Simon Mail previews Ireland's quarter-final clash with Argentina and does not expect the favourites to have it all their own way OK, I get it. World Cup Betting: Is this the beginning of the end for the All Blacks era?
Read more Join today View market. The All Blacks reclaimed their place atop the rugby world with a narrow 8—7 win over France in the final. In the edition of tournament , hosted by England, New Zealand once again won the final, this time against established rivals, Australia.
In doing so, they became the first team in World Cup history to win three titles, as well as the first to successfully defend a title. It was also New Zealand's first title victory on foreign soil. The trophy is also referred to simply as the Rugby World Cup. The trophy was chosen in as an appropriate cup for use in the competition, and was created in by Garrard's Crown Jewellers. It stands thirty-eight centimetres high and is silver gilded in gold, and supported by two cast scroll handles, one with the head of a satyr , and the other a head of a nymph.
The selection of host is decided by a vote of World Rugby Council members. The allocation of a tournament to a host nation is now made five or six years prior to the commencement of the event, for example New Zealand were awarded the event in late The tournament has been hosted by multiple nations.
For example, the tournament was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. World Rugby requires that the hosts must have a venue with a capacity of at least 60, spectators for the final. France will host the tournament. Reports emanating from World Rugby and its business partners have frequently touted the tournament's media growth, with cumulative worldwide television audiences of million for the inaugural tournament, 1. However, independent reviews have called into question the methodology of those growth estimates, pointing to factual inconsistencies.
While the event's global popularity remains a matter of dispute, high interest in traditional rugby nations is well documented. The final, between Australia and England, became the most watched rugby union match in the history of Australian television.
Twenty-five nations have participated at the Rugby World Cup excluding qualifying tournaments. Of the eight tournaments that have been held, all but one have been won by a national team from the southern hemisphere.
Thus far the only nations to host and win a tournament are New Zealand and and South Africa The performance of other host nations includes England final hosts and Australia hosts finishing runners-up. France hosts finished fourth, while Wales hosts failed to reach the semi-finals.
Wales became the first host nation to be eliminated at the pool stages in , while, England became the first solo host nation to be eliminated at the pool stages in Of the twenty-five nations that have ever participated in at least one tournament, twelve of them have never missed a tournament. The record for most points overall is held by English player Jonny Wilkinson , who scored over his World Cup career.
All Black Jonah Lomu is the youngest player to appear in a final — aged 20 years and 43 days at the Final. Most tries in a tournament 8: Lomu in and Habana in and total world cup tournament tries, both scored South Africa's Jannie de Beer kicked five drop-goals against England in — an individual record for a single World Cup match.
The most points scored in a game is — by the All Blacks against Japan in , while the widest winning margin is , held by Australia in a match against Namibia in A total of 16 players have been sent off red carded in the tournament.
Welsh lock Huw Richards was the first, while playing against New Zealand in No player has been red carded more than once. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see RWC disambiguation. This article is about the rugby union tournament. For the rugby league tournament, see Rugby League World Cup.
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