Rugby World Cup Winners List by Year
If you’re looking for a rugby world cup winners list by year, look no further. This list will reveal who has won the most Rugby World Cups. This list also features teams that won the competition in each year, as well as their final score. The “Year” column will show the Rugby World Cup year, while the “Winners” and “Runners-Up” columns will indicate which teams were the top two teams in each tournament.
The Rugby World Cup was played in different countries throughout the years, and this year, the tournament was held in Wales. The Wallabies, which won the tournament for the first time ever, won the tournament after beating South Africa in the semi-finals. Wales lost the final in 1999, and England’s record of three consecutive World Cups is impressive. However, their best Rugby World Cup performance was in the 2009 tournament, where they beat France.
The first Rugby World Cup was held in 1987, and was co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia. Since then, four teams have won the trophy – New Zealand, England and South Africa. The South Africans won the tournament four times, and are currently the current champions. From 1987 to 1995, sixteen countries competed in the qualification stage. The host nation, New Zealand, automatically qualified a team for the tournament, and eight other nations qualified based on their results from the 2003 World Cup. During this tournament, South Africa was the sole team to win the trophy without scoring a try.
England won the tournament in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. They beat France in the quarter-finals and the Springboks in the final, and thus became the first northern hemisphere team to win the tournament. Earlier in the tournament, England had beaten the Springboks 36-0, and was expected to win the trophy. But the Wallabies rallied and scored two converted tries. During the final, England beat New Zealand in extra time and won the tournament by four points.