Graphic shows winning coaches and captains at the Rugby World Cup since 1987, plus top points scorers and players with most tries in each tournament.


Rugby World Cup: Legends of the game

By Chris Dinsdale

September 20, 2019 - November 2, 2019 - The world’s best players head to the Rugby World Cup aiming to claim their place in history. Since the tournament began in 1987, it has created numerous legends of the game, with South Africa’s 1995 captain Francois Pienaar and New Zealand wing Jonah Lomu among the greatest of them.

The 2019 tournament in Japan marks the first time that the showpiece has been held in Asia, outside rugby's traditional heartlands.

New Zealand are aiming to lift the Webb Ellis Cup for a record-extending fourth time after their triumph in 2015.

A total of 48 matches will be played at 12 venues over six weeks, with the final taking place at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama on November 2.

PUBLISHED: 11/09/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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