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Rugby Union took quite a long time to sort themselves out at the international stage and the Rugby World Cup started quite late. The event is however very successful and it is followed by passionate fans across the globe.
The 2019 World Cup in Japan is the first tournament that will be held in an Asian country. 20 teams are competing and there are a total of 48 games to be played over 6 weeks.
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World Cup Format
The Rugby World Cup has a total of 48 matches. Each team in each pool plays each other once, so there are four games per team in the pool, followed by the quarterfinals, 2 x semis, the final and the third-place final.
In the pool, stage teams can get up to 4 points for a win and 2 points for a draw. Teams can also get additional points if they are managing to get four or more tries in a game (bonus points are also assigned to losing teams that are meeting those targets). Also, a team that loses by 7 or fewer points will get a bonus point.
After the group stages the winners of the groups and the runner-up will proceed to the next round which is a knockout format.
Rugby Union World Cup History
International Rugby has been around for a long time, but the Rugby World Cup was only established in 1987.
1987 First World Cup
The first Rugby World Cup in 1987 was made of 32 matches played by 16 teams over a month. All the teams were invited as there were no qualification tournaments set. New Zealand secured the first title with a 29-9 win in the final in Aukland.
1991 to 1999
The 1991 World Cup took place in Britain with qualifying that was introduced for the first time. England defeated Australia in the final at Twickenham for 12-6.
In 1995 South Africa hosted their first World Cup in 1995. The hosted won the event by defeating New Zealand in a controversial final for 15 to 12.
The 1999 World Cup was extended to 20 teams and a total of 41 matches. It was hosted by Wales: the top three teams from the last World Cup would gain automatic entry with the other 65 nations that had to compete in the qualifiers to secure entry. Australia managed to beat France 35 to 12.
2003 to 2015
The 2003 World Cup in Australia will be always remembered by English fans. Jonny Wilkinson’s drop goal gave the tournament to England just 21 seconds before the end. The Three Lions become the first team to win the World Cup twice. The 2003 edition also so the number of teams in each pool to increase to 5 and the total number of games to rise to 48.
England made it to the finals also in the 2007 edition but were defeated by South Africa (15-6) in France.
In 2011 the All Blacks finally managed to win the tournament as hosts after defeating France in a close final for 8 to 7.
New Zealand won again in 2015 by defeating Austalia by 34-17. This edition was hosted by England who failed miserably to reach the quarterfinals.
Japan are the first not classical Rugby nation that will host the World Cup. Japan have however taken part in all the tournaments so far yet it remains to see how far they will be able to go. Will New Zealand make it three consecutive titles in a row?
Webb Ellis Cup
The World Cup trophy takes the name from William Webb Ellis who is supposed to be the inventor of modern Rugby. The legend it says that he took the ball in a game of football and ran in a Rugby fashion in 1820. There is no evidence of it but the name it is used for the World Cup trophy.