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Rugby World Cup

  • The Rugby World Cup is the most important international rugby union contest in the world
  • The prize for winning the event is the William Webb Ellis Trophy, named after the pupil of Rugby School who is reported to have invented rugby
  • The event was first held in Australia and New Zealand in 1987 and takes place every four years
  • There is a two-year qualification process
  • The host country usually hosts the competition in several stadiums

Did you know…?

  • Wales hosted the Rugby World Cup in 1999 where Australia were the victors
  • 600,000 people attended the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 1987
  • By the 2007 Rugby World Cup, the numbers had risen to over 2.2 million people

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