Rugby World Cup 2019

The 2019 Rugby World Cup takes place in Japan from September 20 – November 2

The Rugby World Cup is a quadrennial professional men’s Rugby Union tournament. Every four years the worldwide competition makes for some top notch Rugby Union betting opportunities as 20 Rugby World Cup teams battle it out for the Webb Ellis Cup.

Betting on the Rugby World Cup winner is open in the years leading up to the event and once the contest begins head-to-head Rugby Union odds are open on every match.

The first Rugby World Cup took place in 1987 between sixteen teams. Over the years New Zealand have dominated scoring three World Cup Rugby Championship titles, most recently in 2015. The other three countries to take home the Rugby World Cup trophy are Australia and South Africa with two titles each, and England who scored in 2003 with an extra time win over Australia.

The next Rugby World Cup takes place in 2019 with Japan the host nation for the tournament running between September 20 and November 2, 2019.

2019 RUGBY WORLD CUP

Japan will host the ninth Rugby World Cup in 2019. It is the first time the tournament takes place in Asia.

  • Rugby World Cup 2019 Dates: September 20 – November 2, 2017
  • No. of Teams: 20
  • Host Nation: Japan
  • Edition: Ninth Rugby World Cup
  • Opening Match Venue: Tokyo Stadium
  • Rugby World Cup 2019 Final Venue: International Stadium Yokohama

RUGBY WORLD CUP TEAMS

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The Webb Ellis Cup awarded to the Rugby World Cup Champions. Photo Credit: World Rugby.

There are now 20 Rugby World Cup clubs in the tournament. When the event was first instituted there were sixteen World Cup teams before the additional four clubs joined the comp in 1999.

Currently for the 2019 Rugby World Cup there are 12 automatically qualified teams: Japan, South Africa, Argentina, England, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Wales, Australia and defending champions New Zealand.

The remaining Rugby World Cup teams for 2019 will be determined via regional slots and cross regional play-offs.

RUGBY WORLD CUP FINAL RESULTS

Since the Rugby World Cup was first contested in 1987 just four nations have held up the coveted Webb Ellis Cup. New Zealand are the most successful Rugby World Cup club with wins in 1987, 2011 and 2015. New Zealand also played in the closest Rugby World Cup final result defeating France for their second title in 2011 8 – 7.

  • Most Titles: New Zealand (1987, 2011, 2015)
  • Other Winning Nations: Australia (1991, 1999); South Africa (1995, 2007); England (2003)
  • Closest Rugby World Cup Final: 1 point – NZ (8) def. France (7) in 2011
  • Largest Winning Margin: 23 points – Australia (35) def. France (12) in 1999
Year Host Nation/s Rugby World Cup Champions Score Runners-Up
1987 Australia & New Zealand New Zealand 29 – 9 France
1991 England, France, Ireland, Scotland & Wales Australia 12 – 6 England
1995 South Africa South Africa 15 – 12 (Extra Time) New Zealand
1999 Wales, England, France, Ireland & Scotland Australia 35 – 12 France
2003 Australia England 20 – 17 (Extra Time) Australia
2007 France South Africa 15 – 6 England
2011 New Zealand New Zealand 8 – 7 France
2015 England New Zealand 34 – 17 Australia
2019 Japan TBD TBD TBD

RUGBY WORLD CUP TEAM RECORDS

Team Championship Wins Runners-Up Third Fourth Quarter-Finals Top 8 Apperances
New Zealand 3 (1987, 2011, 2015) 1 (1995) 2 (1991, 2003) 1 (1999) 1 (2007) 8
Australia 2 (1991, 1999) 2 (2003, 2015) 1 (2011) 1 (1987) 2 (1995, 2007) 8
South Africa 2 (1995, 2007) 2 (1999, 2015) 2 (2003, 2011) 6
England 1 (2003) 2 (1991, 2007) 1 (1995) 3 (1987, 1999, 2011) 7
France 3 (1987, 1999, 2011) 1 (1995) 2 (2003, 2007) 2 (1991, 2015) 8
Wales 1 (1987) 1 (2011) 3 (1999, 2003, 2015) 5
Argentina 1 (2007) 1 (2015) 2 (1999, 2011) 4
Scotland 1 (1991) 6 (1987, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015) 7
Ireland 6 (1987, 1991, 1995, 2003, 2011, 2015) 6
Fiji 2 (1987, 2007) 2
Samoa 2 (1991, 1995) 2
Canada 1 (1991) 1