2019 Rugby World Cup Final

2019 Rugby World Cup Final
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Event2019 Rugby World Cup
Date2 November 2019
VenueInternational Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama
Player of the matchDuane Vermeulen (South Africa)
RefereeJérôme Garcès (France)
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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.

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]

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]

Route to the final

England Round South Africa
Pool C Pool stage Pool B
Opponent Result Opponent Result
 Tonga 35–3 Match 1  New Zealand 13–23
 United States 45–7 Match 2  Namibia 57–3
 Argentina 39–10 Match 3  Italy 49–3
 France 0–01 Match 4  Canada 66–7
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 England 4 3 1 0 17 119 20 +99 3 17
 France 4 3 1 0 9 79 51 +28 1 15
 Argentina 4 2 0 2 14 106 91 +15 3 11
 Tonga 4 1 0 3 9 67 105 −38 2 6
 United States 4 0 0 4 7 52 156 −104 0 0
Final standing
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 New Zealand 4 3 1 0 22 157 22 +135 2 16
 South Africa 4 3 0 1 27 185 36 +149 3 15
 Italy 4 2 1 1 14 98 78 +20 2 12
 Namibia 4 0 1 3 3 34 175 –141 0 2
 Canada 4 0 1 3 2 14 177 –163 0 2
Opponent Result Knockout stage Opponent Result
 Australia 40–16 Quarter-finals  Japan 26–3
 New Zealand 19–7 Semi-finals  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]


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]

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]