10 Most Notable Team Records In The RWC

10 Most Notable Team Records In The RWC

It’s just month away from Rugby World Cup 2015 to be contested in England from September 18 to October 31. As any other major sport event, the RWC has a book notable records expecting to be broken sooner or later.

In this article we list the 10 Most Notable Team Records in the RWC.

10 Most Notable Team Records In The RWC

 

10. Recurrent Guest, Seldom Winner

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Rugby World Cup 1991

Team Japan or the Brave Blossoms is the number one team in Asian Rugby. They have participated in every Rugby World Cup since the tournament began in 1987. However, they have not achieved notable success. In the second world cup, back in 1991, Japan defeated Zimbabwe by a 52-8 score. It has been Japan’s only victory in the tournament; since then and until September 27, 2011, when they drew against Canada, Japan accumulated 18 matches without a win, which is ranked 10th in our list of 10 Most Notable Team Records in the RWC.

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9. The Romanian Shortage of the year ’95

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1995 Springboks South Africa

Romania arrives at number 9 in our list of 10 Most Notable Team Records in the RWC. The year 1995 was crucial in the history of the Rugby World Cup, as it was the last Cup of the Amateur era and the first one to feature South Africa, a power house of the sport. It was in the tournament held in South Africa, where Romania had its worst performance: the Oaks not only failed to win a match but they established a record of least points scored by a team in a RWC as they only managed to score 14 points in 3 games. Romanians only scored one try (against the Springboks) and one penalty in each game with no conversions or drop goals. In the meantime they conceded 97 points. A terrible RWC for the Romanians indeed!

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8. Once Upon a Time, a Lion that could not run enough

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Spain vs Uruguay

Spain is a sporting power worldwide, there’s no doubt about that. They have qualified for at least one edition of the World Cup in every major team sport –except for Cricket– and Rugby is not exception. In the RWC 1999 held in Wales, Spain Lion made their sole RWC appearance to this day and they finished the even without a win but with one of the 10 Most Notable Team Records in the RWC, as they held the “distinction” of being the team with least tries scored in a RWC: none. Spain scored 18 points in that event and they all came through penalty kicks.

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7. Defensive Efficiency of the Springboks (Part 1)

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Morne Steyn

South African Morné Stayn finished as the Top Scorer in the past Rugby World Cup with 62 points. However he was not the most notable thing of the Springboks squad that failed to defend the Webb Ellis Cup as the World Champions by that time. In 5 games, the Springboks only conceded 35 points to their opposition, the lowest amount of points ever conceded in a tournament and one of the 10 Most Notable Records in the RWC. But, defensive efficiency does not always translate into victory as the Springboks were defeated in the quarter finals by the All Blacks, in their way to win their second World Cup crown.

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6. Defensive Efficiency of the Springboks (Part 2)

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South Africa vs Wales

The Springboks continue in the list of the 10 Most Notable Team Records in the RWC thanks to their defensive efficiency. On October 10, 1999, South Africa defeated Spain by a 47-3 score; that day they started a streak of 6 consecutive games without conceding a try, a record for RWC. The amazing streak ended on October 18, 2003 when England scored a try against them. But as noted before, defensive efficiency does not always translate into victory and in both tournaments, the Springboks fells short of winning it all.

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5. Namibia negative record

Most Notable Team Records in the RWC

Namibia

Namibia, a former South African colony, has a huge tradition in both South African major sports: rugby and cricket. And since their independence they have qualified for every Rugby World Cup since 1999, however they have had such horrible performances in each tournament that they could easily be picked up as the worst team ever. Since their first match ever until September 22, 2007, Namibia accumulated 10 consecutive matches conceding four or more tries, one of the 10 Most Notable Team Records in the RWC. In that span, Namibia conceded more than 10 tries in 5 times and more than 20 in once. Namibia also held the records for most tries conceded in a tournament (47 in 2003) and worst team differential in a RWC edition with -282 in 2003.

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4. The shocked shocker

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Samoa vs Argentina 1995

Samoa is a tiny country composed of tons of islands in the Pacific Ocean. As many oceanic nations, they love rugby and they have passion for it. Their team has participated in every RWC since 1991 and have starred many surprise results in the tournament but on October 10, 1999, they were the surprised ones. In their match against Argentina for the pool stage, the Manu Samoa finished halftime ahead 16-3, but in the second halftime they saw how Diego Quesada became a nightmare for them as he scored 24 points plus a try by Alejandro Allub, and Argentina won the match 32-16. That was the biggest team lead at halftime that ended in a loss and definitely one of the 10 Most Notable Team Records in RWC.

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3. Australia’s Scoring Machine

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Namibia vs Australia

Namibia is, again, part of one of 10 Most Notable Team Records in a RWC, but this time, they are not the “stars”, but the victims. In the 2003 Rugby World, the match staged at Adelaide on October 25 starred Australia, literally, destroying Namibia, as the Wallabies defeated the Welwitschias 142 to 0, in which is the biggest winning margin ever in the RWC. In that game, Australia scored 22 tries, which is also a record.

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2. All Blacks records (just a few of many)

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New Zealand

In the 2007 Rugby World Cup, the All Blacks scored 327 points and conceded only 55, it makes a differential of +272, a tournament record and of course one of the 10 Most Notable Team Records in RWC. But the scoring prowess of the New Zealanders is a matter of history, they also held the records for most points and most tries in a tournament, both established in 2003 with 361 points and 52 tries. But as we said with South Africa, offensive efficiency does not always translate into wins as the All Blacks did not even play the Final Match in any of those tournaments.

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1. The Wallabies’ wall in 1999

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John Eales

Something more impressive that the All Blacks scoring machines? You bet. Rugby is a game where the try is the star. It is equal to goals in football, home runs in baseball and slam dunks in basketball. And although some games could end without tries is almost improbable that a team could go through 3+ games without conceding one. But the Wallabies that won the 1999 RWC captained by John Eales held the distinctions of being the team with least tries conceded in a RWC as they only allowed one! It happened on October 14 against the United States. That is the number 1 of the 10 Most Notable Team Records in the RWC.

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That was our list of the 10 Most Notable Team Records in the RWC. But the event has many other episodes, records, shocking results and trivia that we’ll continue presenting to our audience.

10 Most Notable Team Records In The RWC

1. The Wallabies’ wall in 1999
2. All Blacks records (just a few of many)
3. Australia’s Scoring Machine
4. The shocked shocker
5. Namibia negative record
6. Defensive Efficiency of the Springboks (Part 2)
7. Defensive Efficiency of the Springboks (Part 1)
8. Once Upon a Time, a Lion that could not run enough
9. The Romanian Shortage of the year ’95
10. Recurrent Guest, Seldom Winner