Major achievements in rugby by nation


This article contains lists of achievements in major senior-level international rugby union, rugby sevens, rugby league and wheelchair rugby tournaments according to first-place, second-place and third-place results obtained by teams representing different nations. The objective is not to create combined medal tables; the focus is on listing the best positions achieved by teams in major international tournaments, ranking the nations according to the most number of podiums accomplished by teams of these nations.

Results


For the making of these lists, results from following major international tournaments were consulted:

FormGoverning
body
TournamentEdition
FirstLatestNext
Rugby unionWR & IOCRugby union at the Summer Olympics (quadrennially)19001924Defunct
WRRugby World Cup (quadrennially)198720192023
Women's Rugby World Cup (quadrennially)199120172021
Rugby sevensWR & IOCRugby sevens at the Summer Olympics (quadrennially)201620162020
WRRugby World Cup Sevens (quadrennially)199320182022
World Rugby Sevens Series (annually)1999–20002018–20192019–2020
World Rugby Women's Sevens Series (annually)2012–20132018–20192019–2020
Rugby leagueRLIFRugby League World Cup (quadrennially)195420172021
Women's Rugby League World Cup (quadrennially)200020172021
Wheelchair rugbyIWRF & IPCWheelchair rugby at the Summer Paralympics (quadrennially)199620162020
IWRFWorld Wheelchair Rugby Championships (quadrennially)199520182022

Medals for the demonstration events are NOT counted. Medals earned by athletes from defunct National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) or historical teams are NOT merged with the results achieved by their immediate successor states. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) do NOT combine medals of these nations or teams.[1][2]

The tables are pre-sorted by total number of first-place results, second-place results and third-place results, then most first-place results, second-place results, respectively. When equal ranks are given, nations are listed in alphabetical order.

Rugby union, rugby sevens, rugby league and wheelchair rugby

Last updated after the 2019 Rugby World Cup (As of 3 November 2019)
Rugby union Rugby sevens Rugby league Wheelchair rugby Number of
Olympic Games World Cup Olympic Games World Cup World Series World Cup Paralympic Games World Championship
Rk. Nation Men Men Women Men Women Men Women Men Women Men Women Mixed Mixed Total
1 New Zealand92011
2 Australia82111
3 United States4217
4 England3306
5 Canada1416
6 France1326
7 South Africa2125
8 Great Britain1304
9 Fiji3003
10 Wales1023
11 Argentina0123
12 Japan1012
12 Samoa1012
14 Australasia*1001
15 Germany0101
16 Ireland0011
16 Kenya0011
16 Romania0011

*Defunct National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) or historical teams are shown in italic.
Non International Olympic Committee (IOC) members.

Rugby union, rugby sevens and rugby league

Men and women
Last updated after the 2019 Rugby World Cup (As of 3 November 2019)
Rugby union Rugby sevens Rugby league Number of
Olympic Games World Cup Olympic Games World Cup World Series World Cup
Rk. Nation Men Men Women Men Women Men Women Men Women Men Women Total
1 New Zealand8109
2 Australia6219
3 England3306
4 France1326
5 United States2215
6 South Africa2125
7 Great Britain1304
8 Canada0314
9 Fiji3003
10 Wales1023
11 Argentina0123
12 Samoa1012
13 Australasia*1001
14 Germany0101
15 Ireland0011
15 Kenya0011
15 Romania0011

*Defunct National Olympic Committees (NOCs) or historical teams are shown in italic.
Non International Olympic Committee (IOC) members.

Men
Last updated after the 2019 Rugby World Cup (As of 3 November 2019)
Rugby union Rugby sevens Rugby league Number of
Olympic Games World Cup Olympic Games World Cup World Series World Cup
Rk. Nation Men Men Men Men Men Men Total
1 New Zealand4004
2 Australia2204
2 England2204
4 South Africa2114
5 Fiji3003
6 France1203
6 Great Britain1203
8 Wales1023
9 Argentina0123
10 United States1102
11 Samoa1012
12 Australasia*1001
13 Germany0101
14 Ireland0011
14 Kenya0011
14 Romania0011

*Defunct National Olympic Committees (NOCs) or historical teams are shown in italic.
Non International Olympic Committee (IOC) members.

Women
Last updated after the 2018–19 World Rugby Sevens Series (As of 3 November 2019)
Rugby union Rugby sevens Rugby league Number of
World Cup Olympic Games World Cup World Series World Cup
Rk. Nation Women Women Women Women Women Total
1 New Zealand4105
2 Australia4015
3 Canada0314
4 United States1113
5 France0123
6 England1102
7 Great Britain0101
8 South Africa0011

Non International Olympic Committee (IOC) members.

Rugby union and rugby sevens

Men and women
Last updated after the 2019 Rugby World Cup (As of 3 November 2019)
Rugby union Rugby sevens Number of
Olympic Games World Cup Olympic Games World Cup World Series
Rk. Nation Men Men Women Men Women Men Women Men Women Total
1 New Zealand6107
2 Australia4217
3 England3205
4 United States2215
5 South Africa2125
6 France1225
7 Canada0314
8 Fiji3003
9 Argentina0123
10 Samoa1012
10 Wales1012
12 Great Britain0202
13 Australasia*1001
14 Germany0101
15 Ireland0011
15 Kenya0011
15 Romania0011

*Defunct National Olympic Committees (NOCs) or historical teams are shown in italic.
Non International Olympic Committee (IOC) members.

Men
Last updated after the 2019 Rugby World Cup (As of 3 November 2019)
Rugby union Rugby sevens Number of
Olympic Games World Cup Olympic Games World Cup World Series
Rk. Nation Men Men Men Men Men Total
1 South Africa2114
2 Fiji3003
2 New Zealand3003
4 England2103
5 Australia1203
6 Argentina0123
7 France1102
7 United States1102
9 Samoa1012
9 Wales1012
11 Great Britain0202
12 Australasia*1001
13 Germany0101
14 Ireland0011
14 Kenya0011
14 Romania0011

*Defunct National Olympic Committees (NOCs) or historical teams are shown in italic.
Non International Olympic Committee (IOC) members.

Women
Last updated after the 2018–19 World Rugby Sevens Series (As of 3 November 2019)
Rugby union Rugby sevens Number of
World Cup Olympic Games World Cup World Series
Rk. Nation Women Women Women Women Total
1 New Zealand3104
2 Australia3014
3 Canada0314
4 United States1113
5 France0123
6 England1102
7 South Africa0011

Non International Olympic Committee (IOC) members.

Rugby union

Last updated after the 2019 Rugby World Cup (As of 3 November 2019)
Rugby union Number of
Olympic Games World Cup
Rk. Nation Men Men Women Total
1 France1113
2 England2002
2 New Zealand2002
2 United States2002
5 Australia1012
6 Australasia*1001
6 South Africa1001
8 Canada0101
8 Germany0101
8 Great Britain0101
11 Argentina0011
11 Romania0011
11 Wales0011

*Defunct National Olympic Committees (NOCs) or historical teams are shown in italic.
Non International Olympic Committee (IOC) members.

Rugby seven

Men and women
Last updated after the 2018–19 World Rugby Sevens Series (As of 3 November 2019)
Rugby sevens Number of
Olympic Games World Cup World Series
Rk. Nation Men Women Men Women Men Women Total
1 New Zealand4105
2 Australia3205
3 South Africa1124
4 Fiji3003
5 England1203
6 Canada0213
6 United States0213
8 Samoa1012
9 Argentina0112
9 France0112
11 Wales1001
12 Great Britain0101
13 Ireland0011
13 Kenya0011

Non International Olympic Committee (IOC) members.

Men
Last updated after the 2018–19 World Rugby Sevens Series (As of 3 November 2019)
Rugby sevens Number of
Olympic Games World Cup World Series
Rk. Nation Men Men Men Total
1 Fiji3003
2 South Africa1113
3 New Zealand2002
4 England1102
5 Samoa1012
6 Australia0202
7 Argentina0112
8 Wales1001
9 Great Britain0101
9 United States0101
11 Ireland0011
11 Kenya0011

Non International Olympic Committee (IOC) members.

Women
Last updated after the 2018–19 World Rugby Sevens Series (As of 3 November 2019)
Rugby sevens Number of
Olympic Games World Cup World Series
Rk. Nation Women Women Women Total
1 Australia3003
2 New Zealand2103
3 Canada0213
4 France0112
4 United States0112
6 England0101
7 South Africa0011

Non International Olympic Committee (IOC) members.

Rugby league

Last updated after the 2017 Rugby League World Cup (As of 3 November 2019)
Rugby league Number of
World Cup
Rk. Nation Men Women Total
1 Australia2002
1 New Zealand2002
3 Great Britain1102
4 England0101
4 France0101
6 Wales0011

Non International Olympic Committee (IOC) members.

Wheelchair rugby

Last updated after the 2018 IWRF World Championship (As of 3 November 2019)
Wheelchair rugby Number of
Paralympic Games World Championship
Rk. Nation Mixed Mixed Total
1 Australia2002
1 United States2002
3 Canada1102
3 New Zealand1102
5 Japan1012

Non International Paralympic Committee (IPC) members.

See also


References


General

Official results

Specific

  1. "Olympic Results, Gold Medalists and Official Records". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  2. "IPC Historical Results Archive - Web". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 16 November 2018.