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Here are some of my favourite excellent statistics for every rugby buff to know. You can be sure to thank me later!
Rugby's Best Teams:
New Zealand and South Africa are the most successful with three Rugby World Cup titles each, with Australia (two) and England (one) the only other teams to lift the Webb Ellis Cup. The All Blacks are the only team to successfully defend the Webb Ellis Cup, winning back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2015. France is the only team to reach a final and not emerge victorious, while Japan became the 13th nation to reach a Rugby World Cup quarter-final, on home soil in 2019.
Rugby's Best Career Scorer:
England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson is the record point-scorer in men’s Rugby World Cup history with 277, while All Black Jonah Lomu and South Africa’s Bryan Habana share the record for tries with 15.
Rugby's Best Player in a Single Match:
Simon Culhane holds the record for most points by an individual in a match with 45 in New Zealand’s 145-17 defeat of Japan at RWC 1995 – the most points scored in a match. Fellow All Black Marc Ellis scored a record six tries in that victory.
Rugby's Best Player in a Tournament:
Lomu (1999), Habana (2007) and All Black Julian Savea (2015) share the record for tries in a single tournament with eight, while New Zealand’s Grant Fox holds the record for most points in a tournament with 126 scored in 1987.
Rugby's Best Drop Goal Scorer:
Springbok Jannie de Beer holds the record for most drop goals in a match with five against England at RWC 1999.