Top 10 Most Notable Individual Records in RWC

The Rugby World Cup is going to start on September 18 and since rugby is one of the most popular sports in the world, many people worldwide will be watching the event. It will be 8th edition of the sport’s most important tournament and new pages of its record book could be written.

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Rugby is arguably the team sport where individuals matter the least, but it does not deprive players from having their individual stars who set and break records. Here are the Top 10 Most Notable Individual Records in RWC.

Top 10 Most Notable Individual Records in RWC

 

10. The “Fan Bus” endurance paid off

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English prop forward Jason Leonard played his first RWC in 1991 when his team lost the final match and his last was in 2003 when his team lifted the trophy. He was 23 in his first RWC and 35 in his last. During those editions, Leonard played a total 22 games –including a final match- a tournament record and a place in the Top 10 Most Notable Individual Records in RWC.

9. Fox’s golden boot

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In the inaugural 1987 RWC, fewer games than today’s tournaments were played, it makes Grant Fox record most remarkable. In that tournament, the accurate kicker established two records for a tournament: Most points scored with 126 and the most conversions with 30. Fox could have benefited from the fact that New Zealand scored 43 tries at that time, the third highest total in history and its marks land on 9th spot in the Top 10 Most Notable Individual Records in RWC.

8. When Simon Culhane had a busy but great day

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On June 4, 1995 the All Blacks delighted rugby fans with a superb demonstration of attacking prowess when they defeated Japan 145-17, breaking all records by then. Fly half Simon Culhane played an important role as the kicker as he converted 20 tries out 21 chances and scored one try by himself, tallying a total of 45 points and 20 conversions, both records for a game. Since these records lied greatly on his teammates work, it only ranks 8th in the Top 10 Most Notable Individual Records in RWC.

7. The undefeated Springbok

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Francois Steynn is currently active and he will play in this RWC, but to this day he holds an impressive record: he has played 11 games and his team has won them all, enough to put him in the Top 10 Most Notable Individual Records. Steynn in all the games of South Africa in 2007 RWC, when they were crowned champions and in 2011 he suffered a shoulder injury in his team final group stage match and lost the rest of the tournament and his team were eliminated. He holds the highest winning percentage of any player and ranks 7th in the Top 10 Most Notable Individual Records in RWC.

6. Whetton’s attacking efficiency

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Alan Whetton and his twin brother are the only twins to have played with the All Blacks but also he has set a record that has stood for 28 years and is 6th in our Top 10 Most Notable Individual Records in RWC. In the inaugural tournament in 1987, Whetton played flanker in the first ever RWC Match against Italy where he scored a try, he then proceeded to score a try against Japan, United States, Scotland and finaly Wales. He scored a try in 5 consecutive RWC Matches, a record that seems unbreakable.

5. Big Gav’s accurate foot still stands

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Big Gav is Scottish rugby historical face and one of the greatest players in the history of the game. Sadly, he never lifted the Webb Ellis Cup but his exploits in the game field delighted the World of Rugby and he still holds the record for most conversions in Rugby World Cup with 39. His achievement ranks 5th in the Top 10 Most Notable Individual Records in RWC, although his record is seriously threatened by Dan Carter who is just 4 conversions shy of matching it.

4. When Mark Ellis had a busy but great day too

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That day we aforementioned when the All Blacks destroyed Japan, there was another player who played an important role and that would be Mark Ellis, who scored 6 tries that day, a record for a match and 4th in the Top 10 Most Notable Individual Records in RWC. His performance that day attracted international attention on him but his career experienced a turn of events when he switched to rugby league and returned to union only by the end of his career.

3. When Beer was England’s nightmare

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Not, not that beer, we meant Jannie de Beer, South African rugby player who was their nightmare on 1999 RWC Quarterfinal as he scored 5 drop goals to eliminate them. It ranks 3rd in the Top 10 Most Notable Individual Records in RWC for a good reason: drop goals are the rarest of all scoring methods in rugby and few players score two drop goals in a game, this makes De Beer’s achievement remarkable. De Beer played only 13 games with the Springboks and that RWC match was his 12th, which means his record was his only gasp of glory.

2. The records of the Beast

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In the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Bryan Habana tied the record for the most tries in a tournament with 8. That record had been set by Jonah Lomu back in 1999 after he scored 7 on 1995, in his impressive debut on the international stage. For many, Lomu is rugby’s greatest player of all time and his records of tries in RWC back up that statement as he also holds the RWC record for most tries overall with 15, with Bryan Habana near with 10.  He ranks 2nd in the Top 10 Most Notable Individual Records in RWC and if not for his relative short career he could have scored 20 tries.

1. Jonny’s achievements

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English fly-half, Jonny Wilkinson arrives on number one spot in the Top 10 Most Notable Individual Records in RWC for his extraordinary career at the tournament where he was a champion and hero in the 2003 edition. Many remember him better for his last minute drop goal in extra time in the 2003 RWC Final but his 4 tournament records surpass that episode. In 2003 Wilkinson set his first record when he scored 8 drop goals, a record for an edition and by the end of his career he had set three others: most penalties with 58, most drop goals with 14 and more important than any: 277 points, the top scorer of all time in the RWC. No doubt he ranked number 1.

Top 10 Most Notable Individual Records in RWC

1. Jonny’s achievements
2. The records of the Beast
3. When Beer was England’s nightmare
4. When Mark Ellis had a busy but great day too
5. Big Gav’s accurate foot still stands
6. Whetton’s attacking efficiency
7. The undefeated Springbok
8. When Simon Culhane had a busy but great day
9. Fox’s golden boot
10. The “Fan Bus” endurance paid off