2019 Rugby World Cup Final

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2019 Rugby World Cup Final
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Event 2019 Rugby World Cup
Date2 November 2019
Venue International Stadium Yokohama , Yokohama
Player of the match Duane Vermeulen (South Africa)
Referee Jérôme Garcès (France)

The 2019 Rugby World Cup Final was a rugby union match played on 2 November 2019 at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan. It marked the culmination of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and was played between England and South Africa, a rematch of the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final.

Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby union, widely known simply as rugby, is a contact team sport that originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is played between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts at either end.

Nissan Stadium (Yokohama) Springbok Training Ground.

Nissan Stadium, also known as International Stadium Yokohama, is a sports venue in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, which opened in March 1998. It is the home stadium of Yokohama F. Marinos of the J1 League.

Yokohama Designated city in Kantō, Japan

Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan by population, and the most populous municipality of Japan. It is the capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture. It lies on Tokyo Bay, south of Tokyo, in the Kantō region of the main island of Honshu. It is a major commercial hub of the Greater Tokyo Area.


The match saw South Africa claim their third Rugby World Cup title with a 32–12 victory, with tries from Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe adding to six penalties and two conversions from Handré Pollard. [1] The official player of the match was South Africa's number eight, Duane Vermeulen. [2]

Makazole Mapimpi is a South African rugby union player for the South Africa national team and the Sharks in Super Rugby. He usually plays as a winger.

Cheslin Kolbe South African rugby union footballer

Cheslin Kolbe is a South African rugby union player, playing for the South African national team and for Toulouse in the Top 14 in France. His regular position is wing, but he also plays at fullback.

Handré Pollard South African rugby union footballer

Handré Pollard is a South African rugby union player for the South Africa national team and Montpellier in the French Top 14. His regular position is fly-half. Occasionally he will also play as a centre.

The match was the United Kingdom's most watched TV broadcast in 2019 with a peak audience of 12.8 million watching on ITV. [3]

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom or Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north­western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north­eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea separates Great Britain and Ireland. The United Kingdom's 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi) were home to an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

ITV (TV channel) British free-to-air television channel

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Route to the final

EnglandRoundSouth Africa
Pool C Pool stage Pool B
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 35–3 Match 1Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 13–23
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 45–7 Match 2Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 57–3
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 39–10 Match 3Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 49–3
Flag of France.svg  France 0–0 1Match 4Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 66–7
Flag of England.svg  England 43101711920+99317
Flag of France.svg  France 431097951+28115
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 42021410691+15311
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 4103967105−3826
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 4004752156−10400
Final standing
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 43102215722+135216
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 43012718536+149315
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 4211149878+20212
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 4013334175–14102
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 4013214177–16302
OpponentResult Knockout stage OpponentResult
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 40–16 Quarter-finalsFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 26–3
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 19–7 Semi-finalsFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 19–16

England's final pool match with France was called off on safety grounds due to the impact caused by Typhoon Hagibis; according to tournament rules, the result was declared a 0–0 draw. [4]

Typhoon Hagibis (2019) Pacific typhoon in 2019

Typhoon Hagibis was a large and powerful tropical cyclone that was considered to be the most devastating typhoon to hit the Kantō region of Japan since Ida in 1958. Hagibis caused additional impacts to Japan, after Faxai struck the same region one month prior. The nineteenth named storm and the ninth typhoon of the 2019 Pacific typhoon season, Hagibis developed from a tropical wave located a couple hundred miles north of the Marshall Islands on 2 October. The system reached tropical storm status late on 5 October as it travelled westward. Soon afterwards, Hagibis underwent a period of rapid intensification, which brought Hagibis to its peak intensity on 7 October. After maintaining the peak intensity for about three days, Hagibis began to weaken due to less favorable environment. On 12 October, Hagibis made landfall at Izu Peninsula as a Category 2–equivalent typhoon. Hagibis became extratropical on the following day.


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The Webb Ellis Cup

England reached the final after topping their pool with bonus point wins against Tonga, the United States and Argentina. Their final group match against France was cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis and was recorded as a scoreless draw. [5] In the quarter-finals, England played Australia at Oita Stadium, Ōita. England won 40–16 thanks to two tries from Jonny May and one each from Kyle Sinckler and Anthony Watson, all converted by Owen Farrell, who also added four penalties. [6] In the semi-final at Yokohama Stadium, England played the reigning champions New Zealand. England beat the All Blacks 19–7, breaking New Zealand's 18-match winning streak at World Cups, with a try from Manu Tuilagi converted by Farrell, and four penalties from George Ford. [7] This was England's fourth appearance in a World Cup final, having last been world champions in 2003. [8] They had also reached the final in 1991, when they lost to Australia, [9] and 2007, losing to South Africa. [10] Prior to the Final, England called up Saracens scrum-half Ben Spencer as a late replacement for Willi Heinz who had suffered a hamstring injury during the semi-final against New Zealand. [11] England named an unchanged starting team for the final. [12]

Pool C of the 2019 Rugby World Cup began on 21 September 2019. The pool included previous World Cup hosts England and France, as well as the fourth-placed team from 2015, Argentina. They were joined by regional qualifiers from the Americas, United States (Americas 1), and Oceania, Tonga (Oceania 2), to become the first completed table ahead of the World Cup.

Tonga national rugby union team rugby union team

The Tonga national rugby union team is nicknamed ʻIkale Tahi . Like their Polynesian neighbours, the Tongans start their matches with a war dance – the Sipi Tau. They are members of the Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance (PIRA) along with Fiji and Samoa. The Ikale Tahi achieved a historic 19–14 victory over France in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, but having lost to New Zealand and Canada, were unable to achieve what would have been their first ever presence at the quarter-finals.

United States national rugby union team rugby union team

The United States men's national rugby union team, nicknamed the Eagles, is controlled by USA Rugby. USA Rugby is a member of Rugby Americas North, one of six regional governing bodies under World Rugby. Until rugby returned to Olympic competition, with sevens at the 2016 Rio Games, the United States was the reigning Olympic rugby champion, having defeated the one other competitor in 1920 and the two other competitors at the 1924 Summer Olympics.

South Africa

South Africa's World Cup campaign began with a loss to New Zealand in their opening match in the pool, but they followed it up with bonus-point wins over Namibia, Canada and Italy to progress in second place in Pool B. [13] [14] In the quarter-finals, they played the hosts Japan, winning 26–3 through two tries from Makazole Mapimpi and one from Faf de Klerk, with one conversion and three penalties from Handré Pollard. [15] In the semi-final, they played Wales and won 19–16 due to a converted try from Damian de Allende and four penalties from Pollard, including the match-winner in the 76th minute. [16] This was South Africa's third appearance in the World Cup final, following victories over New Zealand on home soil in 1995 and England in France in 2007. [10] South Africa made only one change for the final with Cheslin Kolbe replacing S'busiso Nkosi on the right wing. [12]

Pool B of the 2019 Rugby World Cup began on 21 September 2019. The pool included title holders New Zealand and third-placed team from 2015 South Africa, while Italy also joined the pool after finishing third in their pool in 2015. They were joined by the African qualifier, Namibia, and the repechage winner, Canada.

Namibia national rugby union team national rugby union team representing Namibia

The Namibia national rugby union team, nicknamed the Welwitschias, are a tier-two nation in the World Rugby tier system, and have participated in five Rugby World Cup competitions since their first appearance in 1999. They are governed by the Namibia Rugby Union.

Canada national rugby union team rugby union team

The Canada national rugby union team is governed by Rugby Canada, and play in red and white. Canada is classified by World Rugby as a tier two rugby nation. There are ten tier one nations, and thirteen tier two nations. Canada competes in competitions such as the Americas Rugby Championship and the Rugby World Cup.



2 November 2019
18:00 JST (UTC+09)
England  Flag of England.svg12–32Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
Pen: Farrell (4/5) 23', 35', 52', 60'
Report Try: Mapimpi 66' c
Kolbe 74' c
Con: Pollard (2/2) 67', 75'
Pen: Pollard (6/8) 10', 26', 39', 43', 46', 58'
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South Africa
FB15 Elliot Daly
RW14 Anthony Watson
OC13 Manu Tuilagi
IC12 Owen Farrell (c)
LW11 Jonny May Sub off.svg 69'
FH10 George Ford Sub off.svg 49'
SH9 Ben Youngs Sub off.svg 75'
N88 Billy Vunipola
OF7 Sam Underhill Sub off.svg 59'
BF6 Tom Curry
RL5 Courtney Lawes Sub off.svg 40'
LL4 Maro Itoje
TP3 Kyle Sinckler Sub off.svg 2'
HK2 Jamie George Sub off.svg 59'
LP1 Mako Vunipola Sub off.svg 45'
HK16 Luke Cowan-Dickie Sub on.svg 59'
PR17 Joe Marler Sub on.svg 45'
PR18 Dan Cole Sub on.svg 2'
LK19 George Kruis Sub on.svg 40'
FL20 Mark Wilson Sub on.svg 59'
SH21 Ben Spencer Sub on.svg 75'
CE22 Henry Slade Sub on.svg 49'
CE23 Jonathan Joseph Sub on.svg 69'
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Eddie Jones
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FB15 Willie le Roux Sub off.svg 67'
RW14 Cheslin Kolbe
OC13 Lukhanyo Am
IC12 Damian de Allende
LW11 Makazole Mapimpi
FH10 Handré Pollard
SH9 Faf de Klerk Sub off.svg 76'
N88 Duane Vermeulen
OF7 Pieter-Steph du Toit
BF6 Siya Kolisi (c)Sub off.svg 63'
RL5 Lood de Jager Sub off.svg 21'
LL4 Eben Etzebeth Sub off.svg 59'
TP3 Frans Malherbe Sub off.svg 43'
HK2 Bongi Mbonambi Sub off.svg 21'
LP1 Tendai Mtawarira Sub off.svg 43'
HK16 Malcolm Marx Sub on.svg 21'
PR17 Steven Kitshoff Sub on.svg 43'
PR18 Vincent Koch Sub on.svg 43'
LK19 RG Snyman Sub on.svg 59'
LK20 Franco Mostert Sub on.svg 21'
FL21 Francois Louw Sub on.svg 63'
SH22 Herschel Jantjies Sub on.svg 76'
CE23 François Steyn Sub on.svg 67'
Flag of South Africa.svg Rassie Erasmus

Player of the Match:
Duane Vermeulen (South Africa)

Assistant referees:
Romain Poite (France) [17]
Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand) [17]
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand) [17]


  • Siya Kolisi (South Africa) earned his 50th test cap.
  • François Steyn (South Africa) became the second Springbok player to win two World Cups. The first, Os du Randt, was on the Boks' victorious 1995 team and was also a teammate of Steyn in 2007. [18] [19]
  • Jérôme Garcès became the first French referee to take charge of a Rugby World Cup final. [20]
  • South Africa became the first Southern Hemisphere team to win The Rugby Championship (previously the Tri Nations) and the Rugby World Cup in the same year. [21]
  • South Africa became the first team to win the Rugby World Cup having lost a match during the pool stage. [21] [22]
  • This was the first final in which South Africa scored a try, and the one in which they scored the most points, more than they had in their previous two finals combined. It was also the most points England had scored in a final when finishing on the losing side. [21] [23]
  • England and South Africa became the third pair of nations to face each other on two separate occasions in a World Cup final (previously having contested the 2007 final) after England and Australia (1991 and 2003), as well as France and New Zealand (1987 and 2011).
  • South Africa are the only nation to have contested at least one World Cup final never to have lost. [21]
  • England joined France on a record three losses in World Cup finals. [24]
  • This victory meant South Africa climb to the top of the World Rugby Rankings for the first time since 2009, it also meant England dropped to third. [21] South Africa were the fifth team to top the rankings in 2019, with New Zealand, Ireland, Wales and England all reaching number 1 at various points between June and November.[ citation needed ]

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