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2019 Rugby World Cup knockout stage

Qualified teamsEdit

England became the first team to qualify for the knock-out stage of the World Cup, with a game in hand, after winning their opening three games of the pool stage.[1] France became the second team to qualify for the last eight to complete the two teams that advanced out of Pool C.[2] South Africa secured their spot in the quarter-finals after their final pool match victory over Canada. After the match cancellations, New Zealand confirmed their place in the quarter-finals as pool winners. Wales confirmed their place in the quarter-finals with a game in hand after their win over Fiji; that result also confirmed Australia's advancement to the knock-out stage. Ireland secured their progression to the quarter-finals following their victory over Samoa in their final match. In the last pool stage match, home team Japan secured their top place in Pool A by beating Scotland and advanced to the quarter-finals for the first time in World Cup history.

Pool Winners Runners-up
A   Japan   Ireland
B   New Zealand   South Africa
C   England   France
D   Wales   Australia

OverviewEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
19 October – Ōita
 
 
  England40
 
26 October – Yokohama
 
  Australia16
 
  England19
 
19 October – Chōfu
 
  New Zealand7
 
  New Zealand46
 
2 November – Yokohama
 
  Ireland14
 
  England12
 
20 October – Ōita
 
  South Africa32
 
  Wales20
 
27 October – Yokohama
 
  France19
 
  Wales16
 
20 October – Chōfu
 
  South Africa19 Third place
 
  Japan3
 
1 November – Chōfu
 
  South Africa26
 
  New Zealand40
 
 
  Wales17
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

England vs AustraliaEdit

19 October 2019
16:15 JST (UTC+09)
England   40–16   Australia
Try: May (2) 18' c, 21' c
Sinckler 46' c
Watson 76' c
Con: Farrell (4/4) 19', 23', 47', 77'
Pen: Farrell (4/4) 30', 51', 66', 73'
Report Try: Koroibete 43' c
Con: Lealiifano (1/1) 44'
Pen: Lealiifano (3/3) 12', 26', 41'
Ōita Stadium, Ōita
Attendance: 36,954
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
England
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia
FB 15 Elliot Daly
RW 14 Anthony Watson
OC 13 Henry Slade   61'
IC 12 Manu Tuilagi   75'
LW 11 Jonny May
FH 10 Owen Farrell (c)
SH 9 Ben Youngs   73'
N8 8 Billy Vunipola
OF 7 Sam Underhill   69'
BF 6 Tom Curry
RL 5 Courtney Lawes   64'
LL 4 Maro Itoje
TP 3 Kyle Sinckler   64'
HK 2 Jamie George   69'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola   69'
Replacements:
HK 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie   69'
PR 17 Joe Marler   69'
PR 18 Dan Cole   64'
LK 19 George Kruis   64'
FL 20 Lewis Ludlam   69'
SH 21 Willi Heinz   73'
FH 22 George Ford   61'
CE 23 Jonathan Joseph   75'
Coach:
  Eddie Jones
 
FB 15 Kurtley Beale
RW 14 Reece Hodge
OC 13 Jordan Petaia   74'
IC 12 Samu Kerevi
LW 11 Marika Koroibete
FH 10 Christian Lealiifano   53'
SH 9 Will Genia   61'
N8 8 Isi Naisarani   69'
OF 7 Michael Hooper (c)
BF 6 David Pocock
RL 5 Rory Arnold   66'
LL 4 Izack Rodda
TP 3 Allan Alaalatoa   61'
HK 2 Tolu Latu   66'
LP 1 Scott Sio   69'
Replacements:
HK 16 Jordan Uelese   66'
PR 17 James Slipper   69'
PR 18 Taniela Tupou   61'
LK 19 Adam Coleman   66'
FL 20 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto   69'
SH 21 Nic White   61'
FH 22 Matt To'omua   53'
CE 23 James O'Connor   74'
Coach:
  Michael Cheika

Player of the Match:
Tom Curry (England)

Assistant referees:
Romain Poite (France)
Mathieu Raynal (France)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • Jonny May (England) earned his 50th test cap.
  • This was Australia's largest Rugby World Cup defeat, surpassing the 17-point loss against New Zealand in the 2015 final, as well as the most points they had conceded in a World Cup match, and the highest scoring match between these teams in a World Cup.

New Zealand vs IrelandEdit

19 October 2019
19:15 JST (UTC+09)
New Zealand   46–14   Ireland
Try: A. Smith (2) 14' c, 20' c
B. Barrett 32' m
Taylor 48' c
Todd 61' m
Bridge 73' c
J. Barrett 79' m
Con: Mo'unga (4/7) 15', 22', 49', 74'
Pen: Mo'unga (1/1) 6'
Report Try: Henshaw 69' c
Penalty try 76'
Con: Carbery (1/1) 69'
Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu
Attendance: 46,686
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ireland
FB 15 Beauden Barrett
RW 14 Sevu Reece   64'
OC 13 Jack Goodhue   54'
IC 12 Anton Lienert-Brown
LW 11 George Bridge
FH 10 Richie Mo'unga
SH 9 Aaron Smith   62'
N8 8 Kieran Read (c)
OF 7 Sam Cane   40'
BF 6 Ardie Savea
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Brodie Retallick   58'
TP 3 Nepo Laulala   50'
HK 2 Codie Taylor   62'
LP 1 Joe Moody   50'
Replacements:
HK 16 Dane Coles   62'
PR 17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi   50'
PR 18 Angus Ta'avao   50'
LK 19 Scott Barrett   58'
FL 20 Matt Todd   77' to end'   40'
SH 21 TJ Perenara   62'
CE 22 Sonny Bill Williams   64'
FB 23 Jordie Barrett   54'
Coach:
  Steve Hansen
 
FB 15 Rob Kearney   53'
RW 14 Keith Earls
OC 13 Garry Ringrose   5' to 10'
IC 12 Robbie Henshaw   22' to 27'
LW 11 Jacob Stockdale
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton   63'
SH 9 Conor Murray   74'
N8 8 CJ Stander
OF 7 Josh van der Flier
BF 6 Peter O'Mahony   57'
RL 5 James Ryan
LL 4 Iain Henderson   49'
TP 3 Tadhg Furlong   61'
HK 2 Rory Best (c)   63'
LP 1 Cian Healy   49'
Replacements:
HK 16 Niall Scannell   63'
PR 17 David Kilcoyne   49'
PR 18 Andrew Porter   61'
LK 19 Tadhg Beirne   49'
FL 20 Rhys Ruddock   57'
SH 21 Luke McGrath   74'
FH 22 Joey Carbery   63'
FB 23 Jordan Larmour   5'   10'   22'   27'   53'
Coach:
  Joe Schmidt

Player of the Match:
Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)

Assistant referees:
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Angus Gardner (Australia)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)

Notes:

  • This was Ireland's largest defeat in a World Cup match surpassing their 43–19 defeat to New Zealand in 1995.

Wales vs FranceEdit

20 October 2019
16:15 JST (UTC+09)
Wales   20–19   France
Try: Wainwright 12' c
Moriarty 74' c
Con: Biggar (2/2) 13', 75'
Pen: Biggar (2/2) 20', 54'
Report Try: Vahaamahina 5' m
Ollivon 8' c
Vakatawa 31' c
Con: Ntamack (2/3) 9', 32'
Ōita Stadium, Ōita
Attendance: 34,426
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wales
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
France
FB 15 Liam Williams
RW 14 George North
OC 13 Owen Watkin
IC 12 Hadleigh Parkes
LW 11 Josh Adams
FH 10 Dan Biggar
SH 9 Gareth Davies   55'
N8 8 Josh Navidi   28'
OF 7 Justin Tipuric
BF 6 Aaron Wainwright
RL 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c)
LL 4 Jake Ball   63'
TP 3 Tomas Francis   63'
HK 2 Ken Owens   76'
LP 1 Wyn Jones   63'
Replacements:
HK 16 Elliot Dee   76'
PR 17 Rhys Carré   63'
PR 18 Dillon Lewis   63'
LK 19 Adam Beard   63'
N8 20 Ross Moriarty   29' to 40+1'   28'
SH 21 Tomos Williams   55'
FH 22 Rhys Patchell
FB 23 Leigh Halfpenny
Coach:
  Warren Gatland
 
FB 15 Maxime Médard   78'
RW 14 Damian Penaud
OC 13 Virimi Vakatawa
IC 12 Gaël Fickou
LW 11 Yoann Huget
FH 10 Romain Ntamack   40'
SH 9 Antoine Dupont   73'
N8 8 Gregory Alldritt   55'
OF 7 Charles Ollivon
BF 6 Wenceslas Lauret
RL 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina   49'
LL 4 Bernard Le Roux   66'
TP 3 Rabah Slimani   73'
HK 2 Guilhem Guirado (c)   50'
LP 1 Jefferson Poirot   68'
Replacements:
HK 16 Camille Chat   50'
PR 17 Cyril Baille   68'
PR 18 Emerick Setiano   73'
LK 19 Paul Gabrillagues   55'
N8 20 Louis Picamoles   66'
SH 21 Baptiste Serin   73'
FH 22 Camille Lopez   40'
WG 23 Vincent Rattez   78'
Coach:
  Jacques Brunel

Player of the Match:
Aaron Wainwright (Wales)

Assistant referees:
Nic Berry (Australia)
Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Notes:

Japan vs South AfricaEdit

20 October 2019
19:15 JST (UTC+09)
Japan   3–26   South Africa
Pen: Tamura (1/1) 20'
Report Try: Mapimpi (2) 4' m, 70' m
de Klerk 66' c
Con: Pollard (1/3) 66'
Pen: Pollard (3/4) 44', 49', 64'
Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu
Attendance: 48,831
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Japan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
South Africa
FB 15 Ryohei Yamanaka   60'
RW 14 Kotaro Matsushima
OC 13 Timothy Lafaele
IC 12 Ryoto Nakamura
LW 11 Kenki Fukuoka
FH 10 Yu Tamura   48'
SH 9 Yutaka Nagare   72'
N8 8 Kazuki Himeno   52'
OF 7 Lappies Labuschagné   13'   22'
BF 6 Michael Leitch (c)
RL 5 James Moore
LL 4 Luke Thompson   54'
TP 3 Koo Ji-won   64'
HK 2 Shota Horie   72'
LP 1 Keita Inagaki   48'   68'
Replacements:
HK 16 Atsushi Sakate   72'
PR 17 Isileli Nakajima   48'   68'
PR 18 Asaeli Ai Valu   64'
LK 19 Wimpie van der Walt   54'
N8 20 Amanaki Mafi   13'   22'   52'
SH 21 Fumiaki Tanaka   72'
FH 22 Rikiya Matsuda   48'
WG 23 Lomano Lemeki   60'
Coach:
  Jamie Joseph
 
FB 15 Willie le Roux
RW 14 Cheslin Kolbe   72'
OC 13 Lukhanyo Am
IC 12 Damian de Allende
LW 11 Makazole Mapimpi
FH 10 Handré Pollard
SH 9 Faf de Klerk   74'
N8 8 Duane Vermeulen   68'
OF 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit
BF 6 Siya Kolisi (c)   13'   21'
RL 5 Lood de Jager   67'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth   63'
TP 3 Frans Malherbe   54'
HK 2 Bongi Mbonambi   37'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira   10' to 20'   54'
Replacements:
HK 16 Malcolm Marx   37'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff   13'   21'   54'
PR 18 Vincent Koch   54'
LK 19 RG Snyman   63'
LK 20 Franco Mostert   67'
FL 21 Francois Louw   68'
SH 22 Herschel Jantjies   74'
CE 23 Francois Steyn   72'
Coach:
  Rassie Erasmus

Player of the Match:
Faf de Klerk (South Africa)

Assistant referees:
Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Luke Pearce (England)
Television match official:
Rowan Kitt (England)

Semi-finalsEdit

England vs New ZealandEdit

26 October 2019
17:00 JST (UTC+09)
England   19–7   New Zealand
Try: Tuilagi 2' c
Con: Farrell (1/1) 3'
Pen: Ford (4/5) 40', 50', 63', 69'
Report Try: Savea 57' c
Con: Mo'unga (1/1) 58'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
England
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Zealand
FB 15 Elliot Daly
RW 14 Anthony Watson
OC 13 Manu Tuilagi   74'
IC 12 Owen Farrell (c)
LW 11 Jonny May   45'
FH 10 George Ford
SH 9 Ben Youngs   63'
N8 8 Billy Vunipola
OF 7 Sam Underhill   70'
BF 6 Tom Curry
RL 5 Courtney Lawes   55'
LL 4 Maro Itoje
TP 3 Kyle Sinckler   47'
HK 2 Jamie George   70'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola   70'
Replacements:
HK 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie   70'
PR 17 Joe Marler   70'
PR 18 Dan Cole   47'
LK 19 George Kruis   55'
FL 20 Mark Wilson   70'
SH 21 Willi Heinz   63'
CE 22 Henry Slade   45'
CE 23 Jonathan Joseph   74'
Coach:
  Eddie Jones
 
FB 15 Beauden Barrett
RW 14 Sevu Reece
OC 13 Jack Goodhue   54'
IC 12 Anton Lienert-Brown
LW 11 George Bridge   50'
FH 10 Richie Mo'unga
SH 9 Aaron Smith   54'
N8 8 Kieran Read (c)
OF 7 Ardie Savea
BF 6 Scott Barrett   40'
RL 5 Sam Whitelock   67'
LL 4 Brodie Retallick
TP 3 Nepo Laulala   54'
HK 2 Codie Taylor   49'
LP 1 Joe Moody   63'
Replacements:
HK 16 Dane Coles   50'
PR 17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi   63'
PR 18 Angus Ta'avao   54'
LK 19 Patrick Tuipulotu   66'
FL 20 Sam Cane   40'
SH 21 TJ Perenara   54'
CE 22 Sonny Bill Williams   54'
FB 23 Jordie Barrett   50'
Coach:
  Steve Hansen

Player of the Match:
Maro Itoje (England)

Assistant referees:
Romain Poite (France)
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Television match official:
Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Notes:

  • Billy Vunipola (England) and Codie Taylor (New Zealand) earned their 50th test caps.
  • This was New Zealand's first Rugby World Cup loss since losing to France 20–18 in the 2007 Rugby World Cup quarter-final.[3]
  • This was England's first win over New Zealand in a Rugby World Cup match, their first win since defeating them 38–21 in 2012, and their first win away from Twickenham since a 15−13 win in Wellington in 2003.
  • New Zealand failed to score in the first half of a World Cup match for the first time since their 16–6 defeat to Australia in the 1991 World Cup semi-final, and for the first time in any match since England beat them 38–21 in December 2012.
  • Measured by points deficit, this result equaled New Zealand's biggest ever World Cup defeat, matching the 12-point losses to France in the 1999 World Cup semi-final (43-31) and to Australia in the 2003 World Cup semi-final (22-10).
  • This victory meant England climb to the top of the World Rugby rankings for the first time since 2004. It also meant New Zealand dropped to third, equalling their lowest position since the rankings were introduced.

Wales vs South AfricaEdit

27 October 2019
18:00 JST (UTC+09)
Wales   16–19   South Africa
Try: Adams 65' c
Con: Halfpenny (1/1) 66'
Pen: Biggar (3/3) 18', 39', 46'
Report Try: de Allende 57' c
Con: Pollard (1/1) 58'
Pen: Pollard (4/4) 15', 20', 35', 76'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wales
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
South Africa
FB 15 Leigh Halfpenny
RW 14 George North   40'
OC 13 Jonathan Davies
IC 12 Hadleigh Parkes
LW 11 Josh Adams
FH 10 Dan Biggar   58'
SH 9 Gareth Davies   48'
N8 8 Ross Moriarty
OF 7 Justin Tipuric
BF 6 Aaron Wainwright   69'
RL 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c)
LL 4 Jake Ball   60'
TP 3 Tomas Francis   36'
HK 2 Ken Owens   73'
LP 1 Wyn Jones   55'
Replacements:
HK 16 Elliot Dee   73'
PR 17 Rhys Carré   55'
PR 18 Dillon Lewis   36'
LK 19 Adam Beard   60'
FL 20 Aaron Shingler   69'
SH 21 Tomos Williams   48'
FH 22 Rhys Patchell   58'
CE 23 Owen Watkin   40'
Coach:
  Warren Gatland
 
FB 15 Willie le Roux   69'
RW 14 S'busiso Nkosi
OC 13 Lukhanyo Am
IC 12 Damian de Allende
LW 11 Makazole Mapimpi
FH 10 Handré Pollard
SH 9 Faf de Klerk
N8 8 Duane Vermeulen
OF 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit
BF 6 Siya Kolisi (c)   69'
RL 5 Lood de Jager   58'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth   53'
TP 3 Frans Malherbe   48'
HK 2 Bongi Mbonambi   48'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira   48'
Replacements:
HK 16 Malcolm Marx   48'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff   48'
PR 18 Vincent Koch   48'
LK 19 RG Snyman   53'
LK 20 Franco Mostert   58'
FL 21 Francois Louw   69'
SH 22 Herschel Jantjies
CE 23 François Steyn   69'
Coach:
  Rassie Erasmus

Player of the Match:
Handré Pollard (South Africa)

Assistant referees:
Wayne Barnes (England)
Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

Bronze final: New Zealand vs WalesEdit

1 November 2019
18:00 JST (UTC+09)
New Zealand   40–17   Wales
Try: Moody 5' c
B. Barrett 13' c
B. Smith (2) 33' c, 40+1' c
Crotty 42' c
Mo'unga 76' m
Con: Mo'unga (5/6) 7', 14', 34', 40+2', 44'
Report Try: Amos 19' c
Adams 59' c
Con: Patchell (1/1) 21'
Biggar (1/1) 61'
Pen: Patchell (1/1) 27'
Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu
Attendance: 48,842
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wales
FB 15 Beauden Barrett
RW 14 Ben Smith
OC 13 Ryan Crotty   57'
IC 12 Sonny Bill Williams   57'
LW 11 Rieko Ioane
FH 10 Richie Mo'unga
SH 9 Aaron Smith   57'
N8 8 Kieran Read (c)
OF 7 Sam Cane
BF 6 Shannon Frizell   61'
RL 5 Scott Barrett   61'
LL 4 Brodie Retallick
TP 3 Nepo Laulala   57'
HK 2 Dane Coles   25'
LP 1 Joe Moody   57'
Replacements:
HK 16 Liam Coltman   25'
PR 17 Atunaisa Moli   57'
PR 18 Angus Ta'avao   57'
LK 19 Patrick Tuipulotu   61'
FL 20 Matt Todd   61'
SH 21 Brad Weber   57'
CE 22 Anton Lienert-Brown   61'
FB 23 Jordie Barrett   57'
Coach:
  Steve Hansen
 
FB 15 Hallam Amos
RW 14 Owen Lane
OC 13 Jonathan Davies
IC 12 Owen Watkin   62'
LW 11 Josh Adams
FH 10 Rhys Patchell   47'
SH 9 Tomos Williams   47'
N8 8 Ross Moriarty   47'
OF 7 James Davies
BF 6 Justin Tipuric
RL 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c)   57'
LL 4 Adam Beard
TP 3 Dillon Lewis   78'
HK 2 Ken Owens   44'
LP 1 Nicky Smith   44'
Replacements:
HK 16 Elliot Dee   44'
PR 17 Rhys Carré   44'
PR 18 Wyn Jones   78'
LK 19 Jake Ball   57'
FL 20 Aaron Shingler   47'
SH 21 Gareth Davies   47'
FH 22 Dan Biggar   47'
CE 23 Hadleigh Parkes   62'
Coach:
  Warren Gatland

Player of the Match:
Brodie Retallick (New Zealand)

Assistant referees:
Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Television match official:
Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Final: England vs South AfricaEdit

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

Player of the Match:
Duane Vermeulen (South Africa)

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

Notes:

  • Siya Kolisi (South Africa) earned his 50th test cap.
  • François Steyn (South Africa) became the second Springbok player to win 2 world cups.
  • Jérôme Garcès became the first French referee to take charge of a Rugby World Cup final.
  • 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.
  • South Africa became the first team to win the Rugby World Cup having lost a match during the pool stage.
  • 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.
  • 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) and France and New Zealand (1987 and 2011).
  • South Africa came into the match as the only nation to have contested at least one World Cup final to have never lost in the final - this remains the case.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "England reach last-eight after beating 14-man Argentina". Planet Rugby. 5 October 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  2. ^ "France book quarter-final spot with nervy win over Tonga". Planet Rugby. 6 October 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  3. ^ "England dethrone New Zealand to reach Rugby World Cup final". Guardian. 26 October 2019. Retrieved 30 October 2019.

External linksEdit