How many times have England won the Rugby World Cup? When is next tournament?


England take on South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final today (9am).

England will be looking to top off their sensational World Cup campaign by beating South Africa in the final.

Eddie Jones’ pulled of an historic win over New Zealand in the semi-final, a performance that will go down as one of their greatest ever victories.

But that could all be diminished if they fall to the Springboks in the final.

South Africa put in a spirited performance in their semi-final against Wales to deny the chance of a home nations World Cup final, and they possess a completely different test to Warren Gatland’s side.

It’s not the first time England have been in this position of course, but they don’t have the best record in World Cup finals.

Every England fan will remember the remarkable 2003 final and Jonny Wilkinson’s match-winning drop goal.

But that remains their solitary win in a World Cup final since the tournament first began back in 1987.

They have reached the final twice, first in 1991 when Great Britain and Ireland hosted the World Cup.

That time they were defeated by Australia at Twickenham in a frustrating match for England.

They of course enacted their revenge on the Aussies in 2003, taking home the Webb Ellis Cup for the first time in their history.

And, somewhat surprisingly, England had a chance to become the first team to retain the World Cup in the next tournament four years later.

England went into the 2007 World Cup in poor form and lost heavily in the group stage to South Africa (36-0).

But they embarked on an amazing run, including a pulsating quarter-final win over Australia before downing the French in the semi-finals.

However, they came up against one of the best rugby teams in world history against South Africa led by Bryan Habana.

The Springboks would go on to beat Brian Ashton with England coming close to an almighty upset.

Now roles are somewhat reversed, with England heading into the 2019 World Cup final as slight favourites.

This could also be Eddie Jones’ final game in charge of England, meaning the RFU will need to find a strong replacement with the 2023 World Cup in mind.

France will be the hosts for the second time in their history in four years’ time.


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