Rugby - World Cup

The Rugby World Cup is now recognisedas the third largest sporting event in the world, after the Olympic Games and football World Cup.
It took the rugby authorities many decades to come to agreement on staging a global tournament, with the final impetus being given by Australia, New Zealand and France. The British and Irish unions were implacably opposed until finally enough support was mustered in 1985 to progress with the first tournament two years later.


 YEAR  FINAL VENUE  WINNERS  RUNNERS-UP
 1987
 Auckland
 NEW ZEALAND
 France
 1991
 London
 AUSTRALIA
 England
 1995
 Johannesburg
 SOUTH AFRICA
 New Zealand
 1999
 Cardiff
 AUSTRALIA
 France
 2003
 Sydney
 ENGLAND
 Australia
 2007  Paris   SOUTH AFRICA  England
 2011
 Auckland
 NEW ZEALAND
 France
 2015  London  NEW ZEALAND  Australia
 2019  Yokohama  SOUTH AFRICA  England

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