In the thrilling world of rugby, several countries have made their mark, leaving an indelible legacy on the World Cup scene. These titans of the game have battled through intense rivalries, weathered the storm of nail-biting games, and triumphed in their quest for glory. While France and England have both tasted victory and defeat, they stand as the only northern hemisphere teams who have made it to the final. Meanwhile, Wales and Scotland have made commendable strides, reaching the semifinals. Yet, the ‘cursed’ Ireland is still hoping to break free from its quarterfinal ceiling to claim the trophy.
As we eagerly await the Rugby World Cup Final this weekend, we delve into the journey of these goliaths to find out who among them has managed to conquer the rugby world.
Who Has Won the Most Rugby World Cup Titles?
The most successful teams in Rugby World Cup history hail from the southern hemisphere. At the top of the list are New Zealand and South Africa, each boasting three World Cup titles under their belts. Both teams will also be facing off in the 2023 Rugby World Cup final, meaning one of these countries will add a fourth championship to their resume on Saturday.
New Zealand, also known as the All Blacks, took home the trophy in 1987, followed by back-to-back victories in 2011 and 2015. They are the only team to have successfully defended the Webb Ellis Cup, showcasing their consistent dominance in the sport. South Africa, home of the Springboks, secured their first World Cup triumph in front of an emotional home crowd in 1995. The Springboks went on to win in 2007 in France and once again in 2019 in Japan.
Australia, with two World Cup titles in 1991 and 1999, also has an impressive record. England, the only northern hemisphere team to have won, stands as the outlier with a single victory in 2003.
Who Won the Most Recent Rugby World Cup?
The last Rugby World Cup, held in 2019 in Yokohama, Japan, saw South Africa emerge as the champions. They demonstrated their prowess on the global stage by defeating England in a rout, 32-12. This victory marked the third World Cup title for the Springboks, solidifying their position as one of the most successful teams in history. This weekend, South Africa will try to join New Zealand as the only countries to repeat.
The Rugby World Cup has seen some of the fiercest battles between these powerhouse teams, each with their unique history and legacy in the sport. From New Zealand’s consistent dominance to South Africa’s recent victory in 2019, these titans have solidified their place as the most successful teams in Rugby World Cup history, and it’s no surprise they will face off for the championship this weekend.
As we eagerly anticipate the upcoming final this Saturday in France, be sure to check out the FanDuel Rugby World Cup odds to see which of these two powerhouses is the favorite to take home their fourth title, as well as who is favored in the Bronze Medal match Thursday between England and Argentina.