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The Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup is the biggest event in rugby and brings together the very best teams and players in a competition that seeks to find the dominant side in world rugby.

As things stand, New Zealand are the reigning two time champions of the world after winning in 2011 and 2015, with the All Blacks completely dominant over the last few editions of the tournament. However, going into Japan 2019 there is genuine belief that another side could yet displace them and ensure that it is not a third trophy in a row for the side.

Wales, who recently climbed to number one in the world rankings and displaced the All Blacks from the top for the first time in 10 years will feel they have shown more than enough to warrant their hopes of winning the competition. England will also feel they have the right management and group of players to triumph in Japan while all of Ireland, South Africa and Australia will feel they too have a genuine chance of being the side to take the cup away from New Zealand.

The format of the competition will, as always, see teams looking to make it out of one of the two top-places in their group before going into the knock-out stages, with three knock-out wins separating a side from the ultimate rugby glory.

While New Zealand will lay claim to being the most-successful side in Rugby World Cup history with three triumphs in eight tournaments, both South Africa and Australia are not far behind with two wins apiece. However, despite the dominance of the southern-hemisphere in the rugby, perhaps the most famous ever World Cup triumph came when England secure the northern-hemisphere first and only win.

 

History Of The Rugby World Cup

YearHost(s)FinalWinner
1987New Zealand & AustraliaNew Zealand 29 France 9New Zealand
1991EuropeAustralia 12 England 6Australia
1995South AfricaSouth Africa 15 New Zealand 16 (aet)South Africa
1999WalesAustralia 35 France 12Australia
2003AustraliaEngland 20 Australia 17 (aet)England
2007FranceSouth Africa 15 England 6South Africa
2011New ZealandNew Zealand 8 France 7New Zealand
2015EnglandNew Zealand 34 Australia 17New Zealand
2019JapanSouth Africa 32 England 12South Africa

Rugby World Cup Titles

NationsWorld Cup WinnersRunners-UpThird-Place
New Zealand3 (1987, 2011, 2015)1 (1985)2 (1981, 2003)
South Africa3 (1995, 2007, 2019)2 (1999, 2015)
Australia2 (1991, 1999)2 (2003, 2015)1 (2011)
England1 (2003)2 (1991, 2007, 2019)
France3 (1987, 1999, 2011)1 (1995)
Wales1 (1987)
Argentina1 (2007)

 

The Six Nations

The Six Nations is the biggest yearly international rugby event in the northern-hemisphere, with the best six sides in Europe taking each other on in a round-robing tournament. The competition sees England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland France and Italy do battle over five game weekends, with a number of major trophies up for grabs.

The first and biggest title on offer is the Grand Slam. The Grand Slam is won by defeating every single one of the other five nations. If a side is able to get through the gruelling fixtures without tasting defeat then they are crowned the Grand Slam champions, with this a huge feat considering a side will have to usually beat two world class sides on their own turd throughout the tournament.

The next trophy that a side is able to secure is the Championship title. This title is awarded to a side that finishes with the most points at the end of the tournament but was unable to defeat every single one of the other sides. If England were to beat Ireland, France, Scotland and Italy but lose to Wales then they would win the championship, but they would miss out on the Grand Slam by virtue of that loss to Wales.

The next trophy is the Triple Crown. This trophy is only contested by England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, the teams from the United Kingdom. This trophy, like the Grand Slam, can only be secured if one of the four sides beats all of the other three, with the bragging rights for a whole year secured if one of the four UK based teams can beat the other three.

The final “trophy” is the wooden spoon. This is awarded to the side that finishes at the bottom of the table with the least amount of points after the five matches. This unwanted accolade usually goes to Italy, who have been far below the standard of the other five for some time now, with Scotland’s recent improvements seeing this gap between Italy and the other five one that is growing larger by the game.

 

Six Nations Championship Since 2000

YearGrand Slam ChampionChampionTriple CrownWooden Spoon
2000EnglandItaly
2001EnglandItaly
2002FranceFranceEnglandItaly
2003EnglandEnglandEnglandWales
2004FranceFranceIrelandScotland
2005WalesWalesWalesItaly
2006FranceIrelandItaly
2007FranceIrelandScotland
2008WalesWalesWalesItaly
2009IrelandIrelandIrelandItaly
2010FranceFranceItaly
2011EnglandItaly
2012WalesWalesWalesScotland
2013WalesFrance
2014IrelandEnglandItaly
2015IrelandScotland
2016EnglandEnglandEnglandItaly
2017EnglandItaly
2018IrelandIrelandIrelandItaly
2019WalesWalesWalesItaly
2020
2021

 

Six Nations Titles Since 2000

NationGrand SlamsLast Grand SlamTriple CrownsWooden Spoons
England13201625
Wales122019211
France92010N/A1
Ireland3201811
Scotland31990104
Italy0N/A14

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