5 Biggest Winning Margins at the Rugby World Cup (1987 – 2019)

Biggest winning margins at the Rugby World Cup – The Rugby World Cup is an international rugby union tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member countries of the International Rugby Board (IRB). Since the inaugural tournament in 1987, there have been several matches with lopsided scorelines, resulting in some of the biggest winning margins in the history of the competition. In this article, we will take a look at the top five biggest winning margins at the Rugby World Cup.

Biggest Winning Margins at the Rugby World Cup
Biggest Winning Margins at the Rugby World Cup

RWC Biggest winning margins: What is the biggest winning margin in the rugby world cup record books?

The biggest winning margin at the Rugby World Cup was 142 points, achieved by Australia when they defeated Namibia 142-0 in October 2003. The second biggest winning margin was 128 points, achieved by New Zealand when they defeated Japan 145-17 in June 1995. The third biggest winning margin was 98 points, achieved by New Zealand when they defeated Italy 101-3 in October 1999. The fourth biggest winning margin was 95 points, achieved by New Zealand when they defeated Portugal 108-13 in September 2007. The fifth biggest winning margin was England’s 98-point victory over Uruguay in November 2003, when they won 111-13.

142AustraliaNamibia142–024 October 2003
128New ZealandJapan145–174 June 1995
98New ZealandItaly101–314 October 1999
98EnglandUruguay111–132 November 2003
95New ZealandPortugal108–1315 September 2007

This was all about the 5 Biggest Winning margins at Rugby World Cup since 1987. The records are set and meant to be broken so we can expect few records to be set in the 2023 Rugby World Cup. For more news and updates related to Rugby World Cup 2023 keep following our blog. Also share these articles with your friends, family, and all people who are interested in rugby.


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