2019 Rugby World Cup
The 2019 Rugby World Cup was the ninth edition of the Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for men's rugby union teams. It was hosted in Japan from 20 September to 2 November in 12 venues all across the country. The opening match was played at Ajinomoto Stadium in Chōfu, Tokyo, with the final match being held at International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama. This was the first time that the tournament had taken place in Asia and outside the traditional Tier 1 rugby nations.
|Dates||20 September – 2 November|
|No. of nations||20 (93 qualifying)|
|Champions||South Africa (3rd title)|
|Third place||New Zealand|
|Attendance||1,698,528 (37,745 per match)|
|Tries scored||285 (average 6.33 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Handré Pollard (69)|
|Most tries||Josh Adams (7)|
|Points scored||2,196 (average 48.8 per match)|
The tournament saw the first cancellation of matches at the Rugby World Cup with Typhoon Hagibis affecting three matches due to the expected impact on safety that the typhoon would have.
South Africa beat England 32−12 in the final to claim their third title, equalling New Zealand's record. In doing so, South Africa became the first team to win the title after losing a match in the pool stage. The defending champions, New Zealand, finished third after defeating Wales in the bronze final.