As nations are battling to lift the Web Ellis Trophy and become Champions of the World.


Here are nine interesting facts about the Rugby World Cup.


1. The same whistle is blown for the opening game of every Rugby World Cup tournament. It was first used in 1905.


2. Marc Ellis holds the record for the most tries in a World Cup match, with six. New Zealand also hold the record for most points scored from the same match, 145 points against Japan.


3. England’s Jonny Wilkinson is the top points-scorer in finals history, with 277. The kicking legend has scored one try, 28 conversions, 58 penalties and 14 drop-goals.


4. The World Cup winners are awarded the William Webb Ellis Cup. Named after the schoolboy that invented the game.


5. New Zealand’s Jonah Lomu in 1995 and South Africa’s Bryan Habana in 2007 share two records. One for the most tries in one competition, with eight and total world cup tournament, tries with 15.


6. Namibian player Rudie van Vuuren has made appearances for both the cricket and rugby union World Cups in 2003.


7. England is the only host nation who failed to get out of their pool during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.


8. George North is the youngest World Cup finals try-scorer, at 19 years and 166 days.


9. 2007 is the only World Cup, where New Zealand failed to reach at least into a Semi-Final


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