Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup is a men's rugby union tournament contested every four years between the top international teams. The tournament is administered by World Rugby, the sport's international governing body. The winners are awarded the Webb Ellis Cup, named after William Webb Ellis, who according to a popular legend, invented rugby by picking up the ball during a football game.

Rugby World Cup
Current season or competition:
2023 Rugby World Cup
The Webb Ellis Cup is awarded to the winner of the men's Rugby World Cup
SportRugby union
Instituted1987
Number of teams20
RegionsWorldwide (WR)
Holders South Africa (2019)
Most titles New Zealand (3 titles)
 South Africa (3 titles)
Websitewww.rugbyworldcup.com
The opening ceremony of the 2019 tournament
Tournaments

The tournament was first held in 1987 and was co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia. Four countries have won the trophy; New Zealand and South Africa three times, Australia twice, and England once. South Africa are the current champions, having defeated England in the 2019 tournament final.

Sixteen teams participated in the tournament from 1987 until 1995; since 1999, twenty teams have participated in each tournament. Japan hosted the 2019 Rugby World Cup and France will host the next in 2023.


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