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.

2019 Rugby World Cup
ラグビーワールドカップ2019
Once in a Lifetime (English)
四年に一度じゃない。一生に一度だ (Japanese) (Not once every four years. Once in a lifetime.)
Tournament details
Host nation Japan
Dates20 September – 2 November
No. of nations20 (93 qualifying)
Final positions
Champions  South Africa (3rd title)
Runner-up  England
Third place  New Zealand
Tournament statistics
Matches played45
Attendance1,698,528 (37,745 per match)
Tries scored285 (average 6.33 per match)
Top scorer(s) Handré Pollard (69)
Most tries Josh Adams (7)
Points scored2,196 (average 48.8 per match)
2015
2023

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.


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