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The Rugby Union World Cup is the pinnacle of the sport for all countries and players. The tournament is held every four years and falls under the jurisdiction of World Rugby, the sports’ governing body.

The Webb Ellis Cup is given to the victorious team at the end of the tournament, named after William Webb Ellis who is credited with inventing the sport while at Rugby School in 1823 in the UK.

The 2027 Rugby World Cup will be the 11th edition of the showpiece event and will be held in France, the second time the country has hosted the event. 20 teams will qualify and split into four pools with the top two progressing to the knockout rounds.

Rugby World Cup Free Bets

You can take advantage of Rugby World Cup free bets with a number of online bookmakers when you open a new account. Existing customers may also be offered free bets so keep an eye out so that you can get your rugby bankroll up and running.

2024 Rugby World Cup Betting Odds

Three years out from the 2027 Rugby World Cup, New Zealand are the current favourites to claim the prize. The defending champions, South Africa are second favourites but much can change over the next few years. If you’re confident it may be worth a punt now on your favourite as value is likely to decrease closer to the event.

New Zealand3.50
South Africa4.00
Source: betway

2027 Rugby World Cup Fixtures

The fixtures for the 2027 Rugby World Cup will be announced closer to the time of the event. We should know by early 2023.

Where will the 2027 Rugby World Cup be played?

The 2027 Rugby World Cup will be hosted in Australia. It will be the second time Australia has hosted the completion after hosting it in 2003.

When is the 2027 Rugby World Cup?

The 2027 Rugby World Cup will kick off on 1 October 2027.

When is the 2027 Rugby World Cup final?

The 2027 Rugby World Cup final will take place on 13 November 2027.

Which cities will host the 2027 Rugby World Cup in France?

Cities across Australia will host the tournament.

What teams will contest the 2027 Rugby World Cup?

There will be a total of 24 teams that contest the 2027 Rugby World Cup. While many teams have already automatically qualified, there has to be more qualification rounds before we know the full 24 teams.

  • South Africa
  • Japan
  • England
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Australia
  • Fiji
  • New Zealand
  • Argentina

What are the Pools for the 2027 Rugby World Cup?

The draw for the 2027 Rugby World Cup will take place on in 2025.

Who has won the most Rugby World Cup titles?

South Africa are the only team to win four Rugby World Cup titles. They won their first in 1995, then in 2007, 2019 and defended that title in 2023.

What took place at the 2023 Rugby World Cup?

The 2023 Rugby World Cup was one of the most exciting yet. Ireland and France were expected to change the dynamics of Southern Hemisphere domination given their form coming into the tournament. It all looked set when France beat the All Blacks in the opening game, and later in the tournament, Ireland defeated South Africa in the group stage to top that group.

However, fortunes changed rather quickly thereafter. New Zealand knocked Ireland out in the quarter-final while the Springboks saw off the hosts, France. It was arguably two of the best Rugby Union matches ever played.

South Africa went on to struggle past England in the semi-final while the All Blacks thrashed Argentina. That left the two most successful sides in World Cup history (three titles each), to fight it out in the final.

South Africa came out on top by a point in a dramatic final. The All Blacks played much of the game a man down, but fought hard and arguably were the better side.

Rugby World Cup Winners, Runners-Up, Score and Hosts

New Zealand and South Africa have both won the Rugby World Cup on three occasions. Below is a list of hosts, winners and runners-up.

2023South AfricaNew Zealand12-11FranceStade de France80 430
2019South AfricaEngland32-12JapanNissan Stadium70 103
2015New ZealandAustralia34-17EnglandTwickenham80 125
2011New ZealandFrance8-7New ZealandEden Park61 079
2007South AfricaEngland15-6FranceStade de France80 430
2003EnglandAustralia20-17AustraliaTelstra Stadium82 957
1999AustraliaFrance35-12England/WalesPrincipality Stadium72 500
1995South AfricaNew Zealand 15-12South AfricaEllis Park62 000
1991AustraliaEngland12-6EnglandTwickenham56 208
1987New ZealandFrance29-9New ZealandEden Park48 035

2027 Rugby World Cup favourites

New Zealand are slight favourites three years out from the tournament ahead of defending champions, South Africa.

2027 Rugby World Cup Fixtures

The 2027 Rugby World Cup fixtures will be played from 1 October 2027 to 13 November 2027.

Rugby World Cup World Cup Results

Stay up to date with all the latest Rugby World Cup results. Despite much promise from some nations they tend to fold when the World Cup comes around. Check previous World Cup results as much as you look for recent results and form.

Rugby World Cup Highlights

Rugby World Cup highlights should be checked regularly. This can give you insight into how teams have previously played at World Cup tournaments. There are numerous YouTube channels that offer highlights of most games.

Rugby World Cup News

Be sure to follow reliable sources when looking for your Rugby World Cup news. The World Rugby website is always a good place to go, while all nations have plenty of trusted news options available.

Rugby World Cup Social Media

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Rugby World Cup History

The first edition of the Rugby World Cup took place in 1987, hosted by New Zealand. It was also won by New Zealand when they beat France 29-9 at Eden Park. Much like the 1991 Rugby World Cup the tournament took place before the professional era.

Due to apartheid South Africa could not attend the first two World Cup tournaments. They are largely seen as the best side in the world, or at the very least, the only side that could match the mighty All Blacks.

That was however chucked out the window in 1991 when Australia beat England 12-6 in the final at Twickenham. As 1995 approached South Africa’s government was removed and they were back on the international circuit.

South Africa did not only host the 1995 showpiece event but also won it, beating New Zealand 15-12 in the final at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

The game also became professional in 1995 which meant rugby went to a whole new sphere over the next decade. 1999 was won by Australia in England before England claimed the title in Australia in 2003. 2007 saw South Africa march to the title in France while New Zealand eventually won it again in 2011 when they hosted it for the second time.

New Zealand had been the best team in the world for years and went into each World Cup as favourites, bar maybe 2003 when England won it. After numerous surprise exits from World Cup’s New Zealand defended their 2011 title in 2015 at Twickenham.

But it was not to be a hat-trick of titles as England upset New Zealand in the 2019 Rugby World Cup semi final. South Africa eventually beat England 32-12 in the 2019 final in Yokohama, Japan.

Japan was the first tournament to be hosted by a country other than what is considered the big rugby nations. 2023 saw France host their second tournament and South Africa win their fourth title.

In 2027, we return to Australia. In 2031, the USA will host their first ever Rugby World Cup.

2023 Rugby Union World Cup FAQ

When is the 2027 Rugby World Cup?

The 2027 Rugby World Cup will take place from 1 October 2027 to 13 November 2027.

What is the Rugby Union World Cup?

The Rugby Union World Cup is an international men's rugby union tournament that takes place every four years. 24 teams compete for the Webb Ellis Cup, the pinnacle of the international sport.

Where is the 2027 Rugby Union World Cup?

The 2027 Rugby Union World Cup will take place Australia.

How many teams will play in the 2027 Rugby Union World Cup?

There will be 24 teams at the 2023 Rugby World Cup. It has been expanded from 20 sides.

Who won the 2023 Rugby Union World Cup?

South Africa beat New Zealand 12-11 in the final of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in Paris. It was South Africa's fourth World Cup title.

When is the final of the 2027 Rugby Union World Cup?

The final of the 2027 Rugby Union World Cup will be played on 13 Noveber 2027.

When is the 2027 Rugby Union World Cup draw?

The 2027 Rugby Union World Cup draw will take place later than usual, but that timeframe has yet to be confirmed.

Who has won the most Rugby Union World Cup titles?

South Africa have won four Rugby World Cup titles. New Zealand are next best with three while Australia have two and England one.

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