Rugby Union World Cup 2007

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Rugby Union
World Cup 2007
Logo Rugby Coup du Monde 2007.svg
host FranceFrance France
World Champion
2nd place
3rd place
South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa England Argentina
Duration September 7th -
October 20th, 2007
Nations 91 (final tournament: 20)
Games 48
spectator 2,263,223
(47,150 per game)
Top scorer South AfricaSouth Africa Percy Montgomery (105)
Most attempts South AfricaSouth Africa Bryan Habana (8)

The 2007 Rugby Union World Cup was the sixth world cup in rugby union history . It took place from September 7 to October 20, 2007 in France , Wales and Scotland , with twenty national teams playing against each other in a total of 48 games. Of these games, 42 were played in French stadiums, four in Cardiff (Wales) and two in Edinburgh (Scotland). The final took place at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis near Paris . The South African team, which won the Webb Ellis Cup for the second time after the success of 1995, became world champions with a 15: 6 final victory over the defending champions England . Third place went to Argentina with a 34:10 over France. A total of 2,274,037 spectators attended the games in the stadiums, which means an average attendance of 47,376 per game.

86 countries participated in the qualification, which began in 2004. The eight quarter-finalists of the 2003 World Cup were automatically qualified (England, Australia, New Zealand, France, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, South Africa). Portugal took part in a finals for the first time. In addition to France, England had also applied to host the World Cup .

In German-speaking countries, DSF , Polsat Sport and TV5 Monde broadcast various games live and as recordings.

Qualification for the final round

In advance for the World Championships were automatically eligible to start:

Ten of the twelve other available places in the tournament were occupied by the winners of continental qualifying tournaments, two more in connection with intercontinental barrage games . The qualification for the World Cup began on September 7, 2004. The following starting places were played:

  • America : 3 World Cup places
  • Europe : 3 World Cup places
  • Africa : 1 World Cup place
  • Asia : 1 World Cup place
  • Oceania : 2 World Cup places
  • as well as two intercontinental World Cup places

On July 16, 2005, Samoa and Fiji were chosen as representatives of Oceania. Argentina became the first American team to qualify on July 8, 2006, with a 26-0 win over Uruguay . Canada became the second American team to qualify on August 12, 2006, beating the USA 56-7. The latter prevailed in two play-offs against Uruguay at the beginning of October and secured third place on the grid.

Italy secured the first places in the European qualifying groups on October 14, 2006 with a 67-7 away win against Russia and Romania against Spain away with 47:20. For the third time in a row, Namibia qualified for the finals, after two victories against Morocco in November 2006.

At the end of October 2006 the International Rugby Board announced that the final round of the Asian group would not take place as planned in Colombo , the capital of Sri Lanka , for security reasons . Instead, it was held in Hong Kong . Japan secured the only Asian starting place. Georgia qualified against Portugal as the eighth European team for the World Cup.

In February 2007, the intercontinental barrage games began for the last two remaining starting places at the World Cup. In advance it had been determined that a place between the qualifying third Oceania (Tonga) and the qualifying runner-up of Asia (South Korea) and that a second place between Europe's fourth-placed (Portugal), Africa's second (Morocco) and America's fourth (Uruguay) should be played. Ultimately, Tonga clearly prevailed against South Korea and qualified as the fifth Oceanic team for the finals, and Portugal managed to qualify at the end of March after beating Uruguay.

The participating nations were almost the same as at the World Cup four years ago. Instead of Uruguay, Portugal qualified this time.

Countries involved in the qualification and pre-qualified: Africa America Asia Europe / North Asia Oceania


Group A Group B Group C Group D

EnglandEngland England (defending champion) South Africa Samoa United States Tonga
South AfricaSouth Africa 
United StatesUnited States 

AustraliaAustralia Australia Wales Fiji Canada Japan

New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand Scotland Italy Romania Portugal

FranceFrance France (hosts) Ireland Argentina Georgia Namibia



Only in 1995 ( South Africa ) and 2003 ( Australia ) were the World Championships held in a single country. While Australia and New Zealand hosted the first World Cup together in 1987 , the nominal host countries England (1991) and Wales (1999) had made arrangements for structural and organizational reasons to play several games in the other so-called Five Nations . For example, individual games had already been played in France in 1991 and 1999.

At the 2007 World Cup, 42 of 48 games were played in France itself. Three Group B games (including Wales) and a quarter-finals took place at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium , while Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium hosted two Group C games. The French stadiums were the same as at the 1998 World Cup . With Lens , Nantes and Saint-Étienne , cities that are traditionally not considered rugby strongholds were also taken into account.

Originally, some games were planned in the Irish capital, Dublin , but due to scheduling conflicts in connection with the construction of the new Lansdowne Road stadium , the Irish association decided not to do so. In December 2005, the Scottish Association announced that it might sell its tournament rights to Wales. But these plans were dropped and as of April 2006 Edinburgh was definitely one of twelve host cities.

Tickets and sponsorship

Official Rugby World Cup Shop

The tickets for the World Cup were sold in three phases. The first phase began in November 2005 when members of European and international rugby clubs and associations were able to pre-order ticket packages for specific teams. Individual admission tickets and tickets for semi-finals did not go on sale until the third phase in November 2006. In June 2007, more than 2 million of the 2.4 million tickets to the World Cup games had already been sold.

The official Worldwide Partners of the tournament were Société Générale , GMF , Électricité de France , Peugeot , Visa and SNCF . There were also the Official Sponsors Heineken , Vediorbis, Capgemini , Orange , Toshiba and Emirates . Gilbert designed the official tournament ball ( Gilbert Synergy ) that was used in the games of the World Cup. This continued the tradition of the Gilbert World Cup balls with Barbarian (1995), Revolution (1999) and Xact (2003). Other tournament sponsors were Adidas , Coca-Cola , Clifford Chance , Goodyear and McDonald’s .


The officials for the World Cup were announced in late April 2007. A total of twelve referees and 13 linesmen were appointed. The Englishman Tony Spreadbury led the opening game between France and Argentina, the Irishman Alain Rolland the final between England and South Africa.

The Eiffel Tower adorned with a rugby ball
country Surname
AustraliaAustralia Australia Stuart Dickinson
EnglandEngland England Wayne Barnes
EnglandEngland England Tony Spreadbury
EnglandEngland England Chris White
FranceFrance France Joël Jutge
Ireland Ireland Alan Lewis
Ireland Ireland Alain Rolland
New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand Paul Honiss
New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand Steve Walsh
South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa Marius Jonker
South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa Jonathan Kaplan
WalesFlag of Wales (1959 – present) .svg Wales Nigel Owens
country Surname
ArgentinaArgentina Argentina Federico Cuesta
AustraliaAustralia Australia Paul Marks
EnglandEngland England Dave Pearson
FranceFrance France Christophe Berdos
ItalyItaly Italy Carlo Damasco
Ireland Ireland Simon McDowell
New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand Lyndon Bray
New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand Kelvin Deaker
New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand Bryce Lawrence
ScotlandScotland Scotland Malcolm Changleng
South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa Craig Joubert
South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa Mark Lawrence
WalesFlag of Wales (1959 – present) .svg Wales Hugh Watkins

Tournament rules

Opening ceremony at the Stade de France

There were four preliminary round groups with five participants each. Within each group, the teams played against each other once. The teams in places 1 and 2 qualified for the quarter-finals. The third-placed teams secured the right to participate in the 2011 World Cup .

The distribution of points in the preliminary round was based on the following bonus point system:

  • 4 points if you win
  • 2 points if there is a tie
  • 0 points in the event of a loss (before possible bonus points)
  • 1 bonus point for four or more successful attempts , regardless of the final score
  • 1 bonus point in the event of a defeat with a difference of seven game points or less

If two or more teams had a tie, the better position in the table would have been determined in succession according to the following criteria:

  1. Winner of the direct encounter
  2. Better difference in game points
  3. Better difference in trials
  4. Higher number of game points
  5. Higher number of attempts
  6. Better placement in the IRB world rankings from October 1, 2007

The final round began with the quarter-finals. Every game had to end with a win. If there had been a tie in a match after the regular playing time of 80 minutes, an extension of 2 × 10 minutes would have followed. If the winner had still not been determined, there would have been another ten minute extension with sudden death . If after a total of 110 minutes there was still no winner, the winner would have been determined by executing placed kicks over the crossbar.

Preliminary round

  • qualified for quarter-finals and 2011 World Cup
  • qualified for World Cup 2011
  • Group A

    The Samoans celebrate the traditional Siva Tau before the game against South Africa
    South Africa in a 36-0 win against England

    As expected, South Africa was able to secure the group victory as the title favorite in Group A. Defending champion England was completely dismantled 36-0. Only in the game against the very well-playing Tonga did the Springboks show some weaknesses and could be wrested a 30:25.

    The 2003 world champion, England, was the second team to qualify for the quarter-finals. Already traded low before the World Cup due to years of weakness, they couldn't convince against the USA and South Africa. In the games against the strong Polynesian teams Samoa and Tonga, however, they finally managed to qualify for the knockout round.

    Tonga was close to a surprise against South Africa and managed to qualify for the next World Cup with third place. The Samoans did not live up to the expectations that were placed on them before the tournament, they were even ahead of Scotland in the world rankings before the World Cup and were disappointed. Last placed USA lost in every game.

    country Games Victories Unent. Ndlg. Game
    Diff. Bonus
    1. South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa 4th 4th 0 0 189: 047 +142 3 19th
    2. EnglandEngland England 4th 3 0 1 108: 088 +20 2 14th
    3. TongaTonga Tonga 4th 2 0 2 089: 096 −7 1 9
    4th SamoaSamoa Samoa 4th 1 0 3 069: 143 −74 1 5
    5. United StatesUnited States United States 4th 0 0 4th 061: 142 −81 1 1
    September 8, 2007
    EnglandEngland England 28:10 United StatesUnited States United States Stade Félix-Bollaert , Lens

    September 9, 2007
    South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa 59: 7 SamoaSamoa Samoa Parc des Princes , Paris

    September 12, 2007
    United StatesUnited States United States 15:25 TongaTonga Tonga Stade de la Mosson , Montpellier

    September 14, 2007
    EnglandEngland England 0:36 South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa Stade de France , Saint-Denis

    September 16, 2007
    SamoaSamoa Samoa 15:19 TongaTonga Tonga Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier

    September 22, 2007
    South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa 30:25 TongaTonga Tonga Stade Félix-Bollaert, Lens

    September 22, 2007
    EnglandEngland England 44:22 SamoaSamoa Samoa Stade de la Beaujoire , Nantes

    September 26, 2007
    SamoaSamoa Samoa 25:21 United StatesUnited States United States Stade Geoffroy-Guichard , Saint-Etienne

    September 28, 2007
    EnglandEngland England 36:20 TongaTonga Tonga Parc des Princes, Paris

    September 30, 2007
    South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa 65:15 United StatesUnited States United States Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier

    Group B

    Wales versus Canada
    Australia versus Japan

    After four clear and safe victories, Australia prevailed as the winner in Group B as expected. Even the feared "away game" in Cardiff against Wales could be won safely.

    In second place there was a big surprise. For the first time since 1987, the Fiji team was able to play their way back to the quarter-finals and defeated Wales 38:34 in the last game. What was a great success for the multiple world champion in rugby 7 , remained a disaster for the Welsh, as the minimum goal of the round of eight was missed in the decisive game.

    Japan, always represented as Asia's participant in the tournament, managed for the first time not to be last in its group. The draw against Canada and a bonus point from the narrow 31:35 defeat against Fiji were enough to finish ahead of the North Americans in the table. Canada only showed good games throughout and even the 37: 6 defeat against the overwhelming Australians was limited, but the last place in the table was a disillusionment for the quarter-finalists from 1991.

    country Games Victories Unent. Ndlg. Game
    Diff. Bonus
    1. AustraliaAustralia Australia 4th 4th 0 0 215: 041 +174 4th 20th
    2. FijiFiji Fiji 4th 3 0 1 114: 136 −22 3 15th
    3. Wales Wales 4th 2 0 2 168: 105 +63 4th 12
    4th JapanJapan Japan 4th 0 1 3 064: 210 −146 1 3
    5. CanadaCanada Canada 4th 0 1 3 051: 120 −69 0 2
    September 8, 2007
    AustraliaAustralia Australia 91: 3 JapanJapan Japan Stade Gerland , Lyon

    September 9, 2007
    Wales Wales 42: 17 CanadaCanada Canada Stade de la Beaujoire , Nantes

    September 12, 2007
    JapanJapan Japan 31:35 FijiFiji Fiji Municipal Stadium , Toulouse

    September 15, 2007
    Wales Wales 20:32 AustraliaAustralia Australia Millennium Stadium , Cardiff

    September 16, 2007
    FijiFiji Fiji 29:16 CanadaCanada Canada Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

    September 20, 2007
    Wales Wales 72:18 JapanJapan Japan Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

    September 23, 2007
    AustraliaAustralia Australia 55: 12 FijiFiji Fiji Stade de la Mosson , Montpellier

    September 25, 2007
    CanadaCanada Canada 12: 12 JapanJapan Japan Stade Jacques-Chaban-Delmas , Bordeaux

    September 29, 2007
    AustraliaAustralia Australia 37: 6 CanadaCanada Canada Stade Jacques-Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux

    September 29, 2007
    Wales Wales 34: 38 FijiFiji Fiji Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes

    Group C

    Italy versus Portugal

    New Zealand, the 1987 world champion who was considered the big tournament favorite, dominated Group C at will. Italy and Scotland were dealt with by the All Blacks without any chance of victory and they reached the quarter-finals as group winners with 309 to 35 points.

    The Scots were able to secure the quarter-finals after the defeat in front of the home crowd against the New Zealanders in the last game against Italy. What could be booked as a success for the Scots, meant for Italy again a narrow failure in the preliminary round. So in Italy they are still waiting for the first round of the last eight to be reached.

    As expected, Romania and Portugal had no chance of the quarter-finals, but still showed good games. For example, Portugal's thirteen points against New Zealand are definitely positive, even if they were bought with over a hundred counterpoints.

    country Games Victories Unent. Ndlg. Game
    Diff. Bonus
    1. New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand 4th 4th 0 0 309: 035 +274 4th 20th
    2. ScotlandScotland Scotland 4th 3 0 1 116: 066 +50 2 14th
    3. ItalyItaly Italy 4th 2 0 2 085: 117 −32 1 9
    4th RomaniaRomania Romania 4th 1 0 3 040: 161 −121 1 5
    5. PortugalPortugal Portugal 4th 0 0 4th 038: 209 −171 1 1
    September 8, 2007
    New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand 76: 14 ItalyItaly Italy Stade Vélodrome , Marseille

    September 9, 2007
    ScotlandScotland Scotland 56:10 PortugalPortugal Portugal Stade Geoffroy-Guichard , Saint-Etienne

    September 12, 2007
    ItalyItaly Italy 24:18 RomaniaRomania Romania Stade Vélodrome, Marseille

    September 15, 2007
    New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand 108: 13 PortugalPortugal Portugal Stade Gerland , Lyon

    September 18, 2007
    ScotlandScotland Scotland 42-0 RomaniaRomania Romania Murrayfield Stadium , Edinburgh

    September 19, 2007
    ItalyItaly Italy 31: 5 PortugalPortugal Portugal Parc des Princes , Paris

    September 23, 2007
    ScotlandScotland Scotland 0:40 New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

    September 25, 2007
    RomaniaRomania Romania 14:10 PortugalPortugal Portugal Municipal Stadium , Toulouse

    September 29, 2007
    New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand 85: 8 RomaniaRomania Romania Municipal Stadium, Toulouse

    September 29, 2007
    ScotlandScotland Scotland 18:16 ItalyItaly Italy Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne

    Group D

    Argentina's Corleto in their first attempt at the World Cup in the opening game against France

    The opening game of the tournament already showed which team will be the surprise team at this World Cup - despite the announcement. At the French national stadium in Saint-Denis, France, the two-time runner-up and host of this World Cup, was defeated by Argentina at 17:12. Further successes against Georgia, Namibia and finally Ireland followed on the part of the South Americans, so that they reached the quarter-finals as group winners undefeated and without losing points.

    After the opening defeat against Argentina, the French managed to avert the threatened elimination with a strong game against Ireland and move into the next round as second in the group.

    For Ireland, previously seen as Europe's great hope for the title and started as a favorite in this group, the World Cup turned into a disaster. Weak games against the relative rugby dwarfs Georgia and Namibia and two defeats against France and Argentina meant that the overrated Irish were eliminated in the preliminary round for the first time.

    Georgia celebrated its first win at its second World Cup (30-0 against Namibia) and is one of the countries with a clear positive development in rugby. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili had declared after the narrow 10-14 defeat against the top team in Ireland that the state subsidies for rugby should be increased significantly.

    Namibia showed a good game against Ireland, but the first win at this World Cup should not succeed again.

    country Games Victories Unent. Ndlg. Game
    Diff. Bonus
    1. ArgentinaArgentina Argentina 4th 4th 0 0 143: 033 +110 2 18th
    2. FranceFrance France 4th 3 0 1 188: 037 +151 3 15th
    3. IrelandIreland Ireland 4th 2 0 2 064: 082 −18 1 9
    4th GeorgiaGeorgia Georgia 4th 1 0 3 050: 111 −61 1 5
    5. NamibiaNamibia Namibia 4th 0 0 4th 030: 212 −182 0 0
    September 7, 2007
    FranceFrance France 12: 17 ArgentinaArgentina Argentina Stade de France , Saint-Denis

    September 9, 2007
    IrelandIreland Ireland 32:17 NamibiaNamibia Namibia Stade Jacques-Chaban-Delmas , Bordeaux

    September 11, 2007
    ArgentinaArgentina Argentina 30: 3 GeorgiaGeorgia Georgia Stade Gerland , Lyon

    September 15, 2007
    IrelandIreland Ireland 14:10 GeorgiaGeorgia Georgia Stade Jacques-Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux

    September 16, 2007
    FranceFrance France 87: 10 NamibiaNamibia Namibia Municipal Stadium , Toulouse

    September 21, 2007
    FranceFrance France 25: 3 IrelandIreland Ireland Stade de France, Saint-Denis

    September 22, 2007
    ArgentinaArgentina Argentina 63: 3 NamibiaNamibia Namibia Stade Vélodrome , Marseille

    September 26, 2007
    GeorgiaGeorgia Georgia 30: 0 NamibiaNamibia Namibia Stade Félix-Bollaert , Lens

    September 30, 2007
    FranceFrance France 64: 7 GeorgiaGeorgia Georgia Stade Vélodrome, Marseille

    September 30, 2007
    IrelandIreland Ireland 15:30 ArgentinaArgentina Argentina Parc des Princes , Paris

    Final round


    Quarter finals Semifinals final
    October 6, 2007 in Marseille        
      AustraliaAustralia Australia   10
    October 13, 2007 in Saint-Denis
      EnglandEngland England   12  
      EnglandEngland England   14th
    Cardiff October 6, 2007
        FranceFrance France   9  
      New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand   18th
    October 20, 2007 in Saint-Denis
      FranceFrance France   20th  
      EnglandEngland England   6th
    October 7, 2007 in Marseille
        South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa   15th
      South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa   37
    October 14, 2007 in Saint-Denis
      FijiFiji Fiji   20th  
      South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa   37 Game for third place
    October 7, 2007 in Saint-Denis
        ArgentinaArgentina Argentina   13  
      ArgentinaArgentina Argentina   19th   FranceFrance France   10
      ScotlandScotland Scotland   13     ArgentinaArgentina Argentina   34
    October 19, 2007 in Paris

    Quarter finals

    The quarter-finals started on October 6th with two big sensations. The defending champion England succeeded in destroying the game of the favored Australians with an unprecedented strong storm performance and defeating the men from down-under 12:10. The Australians remained true to the fact that they have not won a World Cup game since they won the 1991 World Cup in London against the British.

    The second quarter-finals should mean the elimination of the top favorites New Zealand. Because of its second place in the group, World Cup hosts France had to play their game away from home in Cardiff. And as in 1999, the French managed to surprisingly knock the All Blacks out of the tournament at a World Cup game in Great Britain . The French won 20:18 and the All Blacks , who started as the strongest New Zealand team of all time, had to pack their bags for the first time in history after the round of the last eight.

    Fiji was also close to a sensation against South Africa. So you could equalize in the second half while being outnumbered and were about to take the lead. However, the Springboks managed to defend this against the team from the South Seas in their own in-goal and to score the winning points in return. Fiji was eliminated as one of the really positive surprises after its second quarter-finals appearance after 1987.

    Argentina, which has grown into a secret favorite after the strong preliminary round, didn’t miss any chance against Scotland, deservedly won 19:13 and thus reached a semi-finals for the first time. The Scots had already achieved their goal in full by reaching the quarter-finals.


    The unexpected victories of England and France made it clear that, contrary to fears that no European team could reach the semi-finals, a team from Europe would even make it to the final. After France got off to a powerful start in the encounter between their old rivals and took the lead, it was Jonny Wilkinson once again who, shortly before the end of the game, brought about the decision in favor of England. England won 14: 9, were in the final and had the chance to be the first team to defend their title.

    Bryan Habana with the Webb Ellis Cup

    In the second semi-final game, the Argentinians showed a weaker performance for the only time in the championship and deservedly lost against the South African team. The 37:13 was a clear result and meant the end of the dream of the big sensation for the Pumas , for the Springboks the continuation of the mission of world championship title.


    In the small final for third place, it was again the Argentines who defeated France in front of their home crowd. Again, Les Bleus found no recipe against the South Americans and justifiably conceded their third tournament defeat. In Argentina, the bronze medal was enthusiastically received, in France there was a hangover mood. After the tournament it became known that the French coach Bernard Laporte, who had been promoted to Minister of Sport after the World Cup, was being investigated for tax evasion.

    In the final, the English failed to defend their 2003 title. South Africa was able to win a total of 15: 6 against England through penalties from Montgomery and Steyn. The only attempt at the game for England was not given after several minutes of video evidence by the fourth official. The trophy was presented in the presence of the South African President Thabo Mbeki .

    World Champion 2007 South Africa (second title)
    South AfricaSouth Africa



    It is noticeable that by far the most points and attempts were scored by the New Zealand team, which had already been eliminated in the quarter-finals, while the world champions only followed in second place with almost fifty points less. England reached an average of twenty points in seven games, but with this performance they became vice world champions.

    Almost three hundred attempts (an average of 6.17 per game) are compared to just fourteen drop goals (0.29 - only six teams ever scored this way).

    Overall, the great fairness should also be emphasized, in this very physical sport there were on average fewer than two yellow cards (with a ten-minute penalty) per team during the entire tournament and only two red cards at all during the entire tournament.

    team Games Victories Unent. Ndlg. Points tries elevated
    New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand 5 4th 0 1 327 48 36 5 0 2 0
    South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa 7th 7th 0 0 278 33 25th 21st 0 3 0
    FranceFrance France 7th 4th 0 3 227 27 19th 18th 0 2 0
    AustraliaAustralia Australia 5 4th 0 1 225 31 20th 8th 2 2 0
    ArgentinaArgentina Argentina 7th 6th 0 1 209 23 14th 18th 4th 3 0
    Wales Wales 4th 2 0 2 168 23 16 7th 0 0 0
    EnglandEngland England 7th 5 0 2 140 12 7th 17th 5 1 0
    FijiFiji Fiji 5 3 0 2 134 16 12 10 0 2 0
    ScotlandScotland Scotland 5 3 0 2 129 15th 15th 8th 0 1 0
    TongaTonga Tonga 4th 2 0 2 89 9 7th 10 0 3 1
    ItalyItaly Italy 4th 2 0 2 85 8th 6th 11 0 3 0
    SamoaSamoa Samoa 4th 1 0 3 69 5 4th 12 0 1 0
    IrelandIreland Ireland 4th 2 0 2 64 9 5 2 1 2 0
    JapanJapan Japan 4th 0 1 3 64 7th 4th 7th 0 0 0
    United StatesUnited States United States 4th 0 0 4th 61 7th 4th 6th 0 4th 0
    CanadaCanada Canada 4th 0 1 3 51 6th 3 5 0 1 0
    GeorgiaGeorgia Georgia 4th 1 0 3 50 5 5 5 0 2 0
    RomaniaRomania Romania 4th 1 0 3 40 5 3 3 0 1 0
    PortugalPortugal Portugal 4th 0 0 4th 38 4th 3 3 1 1 0
    NamibiaNamibia Namibia 4th 0 0 4th 30th 3 3 2 1 0 1
    total 48 2498 296 211 178 14th 34 2

    Most points scored

    The most successful points supplier at the World Championships was the South African final player Percy Montgomery , who achieved a total of 105 points in seven games. In addition, the English connector Jonny Wilkinson achieved a new record with 249 points for the total points scored at world championships and exceeded the previous record of the Scottish Gavin Hastings by 22 points.

    rank player team position Games tries elevated
    01. Percy Montgomery South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa Goalkeeper 7th 2 22nd 17th 0 105
    02. Felipe Contepomi ArgentinaArgentina Argentina Inner three quarters 7th 3 11 18th 0 91
    03. Jonny Wilkinson EnglandEngland England Connection half 5 0 5 14th 5 67
    04th Nick Evans New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand Connection half 4th 2 20th 0 0 50
    05. Jean-Baptiste Élissalde FranceFrance France Half of the crowd 7th 1 12 6th 0 47
    06th Chris Paterson ScotlandScotland Scotland Outer three-quarters 5 1 10 7th 0 46
    07th Pierre Hola TongaTonga Tonga Connection half 4th 0 7th 10 0 44
    08th. Lionel Beauxis FranceFrance France Connection half 6th 1 7th 8th 0 43
    09. Nicky Little FijiFiji Fiji Connection half 3 0 9 8th 0 42
    10. Matt Giteau AustraliaAustralia Australia Connection half 4th 3 8th 3 0 40
    Bryan Habana South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa Outer three-quarters 7th 8th 0 0 0 40
    Daniel Carter New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand Connection half 3 1 10 5 0 40

    Most attempts made

    With a total of eight attempts , the South African outer three-quarter Bryan Habana set the record for most attempts by Jonah Lomu in 1999 at a World Cup .

    rank player team position Games tries
    1. Bryan Habana South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa Outer three-quarters 7th 8th
    2. Drew Mitchell AustraliaAustralia Australia Outer three-quarters 5 7th
    3. Doug Howlett New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand Outer three-quarters 3 6th
    Shane Williams Wales Wales Outer three-quarters 4th 6th
    5. Joe Rocococo New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand Outer three-quarters 3 5
    Chris Latham AustraliaAustralia Australia Goalkeeper 5 5
    Vincent Clerc FranceFrance France Outer three-quarters 6th 5
    8th. Rory Lamont ScotlandScotland Scotland Goalkeeper 4th 4th
    Sitiveni Sivivatu New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand Outer three-quarters 4th 4th
    Jaque Fourie South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa Inner three quarters 4th 4th
    JP Pietersen South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa Outer three-quarters 5 4th
    Juan Smith South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa Third row striker 5 4th
    Paul Sackey EnglandEngland England Outer three-quarters 5 4th

    Web links

    Commons : Rugby Union World Cup 2007  - collection of images, videos and audio files

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