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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