History of the Rugby World Cup

Where: France
Champions: South Africa
What happened in the Final? Three Percy Montgomery penalties to one from Jonny Wilkinson saw the John Smit captained and Jake White coached Springboks beat England in an uncompromising game and become only the second side to claim the World Cup for the second time. Read more
Where: Australia
Champions: England
What happened in the Final? Led by the tactical brilliance of Jonny Wilkinson's boot, the English were dominant throughout. The final, however, was a thrilling affair between England and Australia. With 21 seconds left in extra time, Wilkinson scored a drop goal to win the match for England. Read more
Where: Wales
Champions: Australia
What happened in the Final? The French, no doubt buoyed by their semi-final win over the All Blacks, seemed to have played their final a week before, and could repeat the performance. The Australians prevailed, defeating the French 35-12 to take the title for an unprecedented second time. Read more
Where: South Africa
Champions: South Africa
What happened in the Final? In front of an ecstatic home crowd at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, flyhalf Joel Stransky kicked the Springboks to a famous 15-12 victory over the All Blacks in extra time. All Black Jonah Lomu went home with an amazing record of seven tries in five matches. Read more
Where: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France
Champions: Australia
What happened in the Final? Played at Twickenham Stadium the final saw Australia triumph 12-6 against an England side that had suddenly abandoned their forward-based approach to play a running game. It failed as the Wallabies took victory courtesy of a solitary converted try. Read more
Where: New Zealand
Champions: New Zealand
What happened in the Final? New Zealand defeated France 29-9 at Eden Park in Auckland. The New Zealand team was captained by David Kirk, substituting for the injured Andy Dalton, and included such rugby greats as Sean Fitzpatrick, John Kirwan, Grant Fox and Michael Jones. Read more

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Follow the leader

New Zealand might have won the Rugby World Cup on Sunday but as Dr Code writes, the whole process began four years ago when All Blacks captain Richie McCaw led from the front and signed on the dotted line for four years to stay in New Zealand, turning down lucrative European offers in the process. Naturally, others soon followed...

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New Zealand

The All Blacks are a mighty force and this Rugby World Cup may well be the one where they shake the ghosts of past tournaments.


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Quade Cooper

Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper is arguably the most flamboyant, talented and mercurial rugby player to represent the Australian team in recent years.


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Eden Park

Eden Park's history boasts some of the greatest sporting moments, including the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987 and 1992 Cricket World Cup.

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Tank Lanning

Lessons learnt from RWC 2011

2011-10-26 16:45

A few vital life lessons from Tank Lanning's recent trip to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup quarter and semi-finals. Read More

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