2019 Rugby World Cup Final

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]

2019 Rugby World Cup Final
International Stadium Yokohama-1
Event2019 Rugby World Cup
England South Africa
England South Africa
12 32
Date2 November 2019
VenueInternational Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama
Player of the matchDuane Vermeulen (South Africa)
RefereeJérôme Garcès (France)

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]


Rugby World Cup Trophy
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]



2 November 2019
18:00 JST (UTC+09)
England  12–32  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'
South Africa
FB 15 Elliot Daly
RW 14 Anthony Watson
OC 13 Manu Tuilagi
IC 12 Owen Farrell (c)
LW 11 Jonny May Substituted off 69'
FH 10 George Ford Substituted off 49'
SH 9 Ben Youngs Substituted off 75'
N8 8 Billy Vunipola
OF 7 Sam Underhill Substituted off 59'
BF 6 Tom Curry
RL 5 Courtney Lawes Substituted off 40'
LL 4 Maro Itoje
TP 3 Kyle Sinckler Substituted off 2'
HK 2 Jamie George Substituted off 59'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola Substituted off 45'
HK 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie Substituted in 59'
PR 17 Joe Marler Substituted in 45'
PR 18 Dan Cole Substituted in 2'
LK 19 George Kruis Substituted in 40'
FL 20 Mark Wilson Substituted in 59'
SH 21 Ben Spencer Substituted in 75'
CE 22 Henry Slade Substituted in 49'
CE 23 Jonathan Joseph Substituted in 69'
Australia Eddie Jones
England vs South Africa 2019-11-02
FB 15 Willie le Roux Substituted off 67'
RW 14 Cheslin Kolbe
OC 13 Lukhanyo Am
IC 12 Damian de Allende
LW 11 Makazole Mapimpi
FH 10 Handré Pollard
SH 9 Faf de Klerk Substituted off 76'
N8 8 Duane Vermeulen
OF 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit
BF 6 Siya Kolisi (c) Substituted off 63'
RL 5 Lood de Jager Substituted off 21'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth Substituted off 59'
TP 3 Frans Malherbe Substituted off 43'
HK 2 Bongi Mbonambi Substituted off 21'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira Substituted off 43'
HK 16 Malcolm Marx Substituted in 21'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff Substituted in 43'
PR 18 Vincent Koch Substituted in 43'
LK 19 RG Snyman Substituted in 59'
LK 20 Franco Mostert Substituted in 21'
FL 21 Francois Louw Substituted in 63'
SH 22 Herschel Jantjies Substituted in 76'
CE 23 François Steyn Substituted in 67'
South Africa 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.

See also


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2019 Rugby World Cup

The 2019 Rugby World Cup was the ninth edition of the Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for men's rugby union teams. It was hosted in Japan from 20 September to 2 November in 12 venues all across the country. The opening match was played at Tokyo Stadium in Chōfu, Tokyo with the final match being held at International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama. This was the first time that the tournament had taken place in Asia and outside the traditional Tier 1 rugby nations.

The tournament saw the first cancellation of matches at the Rugby World Cup with Typhoon Hagibis affecting three matches due to the expected impact on safety that the typhoon would have.

South Africa beat England 32−12 in the final to claim their third title, equalling New Zealand's record. South Africa also became the first team to win the title after losing a match in the pool stage. The defending champions, New Zealand, finished third after defeating Wales in the bronze final.

Ajinomoto Stadium

Ajinomoto Stadium (味の素スタジアム, Ajinomoto Sutajiamu), also known as Tokyo Stadium in AFC Champions League, is a multi-purpose stadium in Chōfu, Tokyo, Japan. The stadium was founded at Kantō Mura, the redevelopment area formerly used by United States Forces Japan, in March 2001. It was the first stadium in Japan that offered its naming rights, which were sold to Ajinomoto Co., Inc. with a 5-year 1.2 billion yen (about 10 million U.S. dollars) contract, from March 2003 to February 2008. As a result, it was named Ajinomoto Stadium (味の素スタジアム, Ajinomoto Sutajiamu). This contract was renewed in November 2007 and extended by 6 years for 1.4 billion yen to February 2014, and in October 2013, the second renewal of the contract extended the term to February 2019.

Benn Robinson

Benn Robinson (born 19 July 1984, in Sydney) is a former Australian professional rugby union footballer. He plays as a loosehead prop for the New South Wales Waratahs in the Super Rugby competition, and for Australia in international matches.He retired from rugby in June 2016 after suffering a serious eye injury, having made 72 test match and 151 Super Rugby appearances.He correctly predicted South Africa would defeat England 32-12 in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final.

Duane Vermeulen

Daniel Johannes "Duane" Vermeulen (born 3 July 1986) is a rugby union player for the South Africa national team and Kubota Spears in the Japanese Top League, having previously represented the Pumas, Free State Cheetahs and Western Province in South African domestic rugby, the Cheetahs, Stormers and Bulls in Super Rugby and Toulon in the Top 14.

England national rugby union team

The England national rugby union team is the representative national team in the sport of rugby union for the nation of England. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. England have won the championship on a total of 28 occasions (as well as sharing 10 victories)—winning the Grand Slam 13 times and the Triple Crown 25 times—making them the most successful outright winners in the tournament's history. As of 2 November 2019, England are ranked third in the world by the International Rugby Board. They are currently the only team from the Northern Hemisphere to win the Rugby World Cup, having won the tournament in 2003, and have been finalists on three other occasions.

The history of the team extends back to 1871 when the English rugby team played their first official test match, losing 0–1 to Scotland. England dominated the early Home Nations Championship (now the Six Nations) which started in 1883. Following the schism of rugby football in 1895 into union and league, England did not win the Championship again until 1910. They first played against New Zealand in 1905, South Africa in 1906, and Australia in 1909. England was one of the teams invited to take part in the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987 and progressed to the final in the second tournament in 1991, losing 6–12 to Australia. Following their Grand Slam in 2003, England went on to win the 2003 Rugby World Cup, defeating Australia 20–17 in extra time. They contested the final again in 2007 in defence of their title, losing 6–15 to South Africa, and reached the final for the fourth time in 2019, once again losing to South Africa 12–32.

England players traditionally wear a white shirt with a rose embroidered on the chest, white shorts, and navy blue socks with a white trim. England's home ground is Twickenham Stadium where they first played in 1910. The team is administered by the Rugby Football Union (RFU). Four former players have been inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame; one of these is also a member of the IRB Hall of Fame. Seven other former players are members of the IRB Hall—four solely for their accomplishments as players, two solely for their achievements in other roles in the sport, and one for achievements both as a player and administrator.

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History of rugby union matches between England and South Africa

The national rugby union teams of England and South Africa (the Springboks) have been playing each other in Test rugby since 1906, and, by November 2019, had met in 43 Test matches. South Africa lead the series by 26 wins to 15, with 2 matches drawn. Their first meeting was on 8 December 1906, as part of the green team first tour of Europe, with the match ending in a 3–3 draw. South Africa won their most recent meeting between the teams, on 2nd November 2019, the World Cup final, with 32-12.

List of Rugby World Cup finals

The Rugby World Cup is an international rugby union competition established in 1987. It is contested by the men's national teams of the member unions of the sport's governing body, World Rugby, and takes place every four years. The winners of the first final were New Zealand, who beat France. South Africa are the latest winners, having won the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.The Rugby World Cup final is the last match of the competition. The winning team is declared world champion and receives the Webb Ellis Cup. If the score is a draw after 80 minutes of regular play, an additional 20-minute period of play, called extra time, is added. If the score remains tied, an additional 10 minutes of sudden-death extra time are played, with the first team to score points immediately declared the winner. If no team is able to break the tie during extra time, the winner is ultimately decided by a penalty shootout. Two of the eight finals contested have gone to extra time: South Africa's victory against New Zealand in the 1995 final, and England's triumph against Australia in the 2003 final.New Zealand and South Africa are the most successful teams in the history of the tournament, with three wins each. New Zealand is the only team to have won consecutive tournaments, with their victories in the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cup. Australia have won the competition twice, while England have one win; they are the only nation from the Northern Hemisphere to have won the competition. France are the only team to appear in a final without ever winning one, losing all three finals they have contested.

List of official overseas trips made by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex

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Manu Tuilagi

Etuale Manusamoa 'Manu' Tuilagi (born 18 May 1991) is a rugby union player who currently plays for Leicester Tigers in the Premiership, and has played internationally for England and the British and Irish Lions.

Born in Fogapoa, Samoa, Tuilagi has five older brothers who played for Samoa. He qualified for England through residency, having moved there at 12 years old, and in 2014 became a British citizen.He has won 40 caps between 2011 and 2019, including playing in the 2011 Rugby World Cup and starting in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final. He played for the Lions on their 2013 tour to Australia, winning one cap. His usual position is centre, but he has also played as a wing.

Nissan Stadium (Yokohama)

Nissan Stadium (日産スタジアム, Nissan Sutajiamu), also known as International Stadium Yokohama (横浜国際総合競技場, Yokohama Kokusai Sōgō Kyōgi-jō), 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.

International Stadium Yokohama has the highest seating capacity of any stadium in Japan, with a total of 75,000 seats. It hosted three first-round games during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and the final game between Germany and Brazil was played there on 30 June 2002. The stadium is one of the planned football venues for the 2020 Summer Olympics. The stadium has also been selected as one of the venues for 2019 Rugby World Cup and will also host the final of the tournament. This decision was taken by World Rugby after Japan announced that the proposed new National Stadium would not be completed in time.On 28 August 2009, Nissan Motors announced that they would not renew the contract for the naming rights of the stadium, which expired on 28 February 2010. But negotiations continued with the city, and a new agreement for three more years was completed. On 28 February 2013, Yokohama City as the stadium's owner renewed the contract for 3 years from 1 March 2013 until 29 February 2016 in a deal worth 150 million yen a year. On 1 December 2015, Yokohama City renewed the contract for 5 years from 1 March 2016 until 28 February 2021 in another deal worth 150 million yen a year.

Siya Kolisi

Siyamthanda Kolisi (born 16 June 1991) is a South African rugby union player who currently captains the South Africa national team and also plays club rugby for the Stormers in Super Rugby and Western Province in the Currie Cup. He generally plays as a flanker. In 2018, Kolisi was appointed captain of the Springboks, becoming the first black man to hold the position, and eventually leading the South African Rugby team to victory in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final against England.

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