Watch the world’s finest rugby teams collide in the Rugby World Cup, the world’s premier rugby union competition.
The Rugby World Cup takes place every four years and top nations compete for the Webb Ellis Cup, a trophy that’s named after the sport’s creator.
The first Rugby Union World Cup was held in 1987, when New Zealand and Australia hosted the tournament. Since, only four nations have ever won the Rugby World Cup final and taken home the trophy. New Zealand and South Africa have won the tournament three times each, while Australia have won it twice and England have won the Rugby World Cup final once.
The current Rugby World Cup champions are South Africa. They beat England in the Rugby World Cup final of 2019. The teams beat New Zealand and Wales respectively in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals.
In its modern form, 20 teams contest the Rugby Union World Cup. For the first stage of the tournament, nations are divided into pools of five based on their seeding and world ranking. Each nation then plays against all the other nations in their pool once and the top two teams from each pool qualify for the knockout stage of the tournament.
During the knockout stage, the winners of each group face a runner-up from another group in the quarter finals. These games are followed by a semi-final and a Rugby World Cup final. There’s also a ‘Bronze Final’ match to decide who finishes third. This is contested by the two losing semi-finalists.
The Rugby Union World Cup is the sport’s most popular event. In fact, the tournament is touted as the third most-popular sporting event in the world. It’s estimated that the tournament has a cumulative worldwide television audience of over four billion.
The Rugby World Cup of 2023 will be held in France. Here at RugbyPass, you’ll find all the latest news, views and Rugby World Cup fixtures, so check back regularly and make sure you’re ready for when the competition starts. You’ll find all the latest Rugby World Cup results and scores on this page when the tournament begins.