2019 Rugby World Cup Final
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Event2019 Rugby World Cup
Date2 November 2019
VenueInternational Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama
Player of the matchDuane Vermeulen (South Africa)
RefereeJérôme Garcès (France)
Attendance70,103
2015
2023

The 2019 Rugby World Cup Final was a rugby union match played on 2 November 2019 at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan. It marked the culmination of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and was played between England and South Africa, a rematch of the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final.

The match saw South Africa claim their third Rugby World Cup title with a 32–12 victory, with tries from Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe adding to six penalties and two conversions from Handré Pollard.[1] The official player of the match was South Africa's number eight, Duane Vermeulen.[2]

The match was the United Kingdom's most watched TV broadcast in 2019 with a peak audience of 12.8 million watching on ITV.[3]

Route to the final

England Round South Africa
Pool C Pool stage Pool B
Opponent Result Opponent Result
 Tonga 35–3 Match 1  New Zealand 13–23
 United States 45–7 Match 2  Namibia 57–3
 Argentina 39–10 Match 3  Italy 49–3
 France 0–01 Match 4  Canada 66–7
Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 England 4 3 1 0 17 119 20 +99 3 17
 France 4 3 1 0 9 79 51 +28 1 15
 Argentina 4 2 0 2 14 106 91 +15 3 11
 Tonga 4 1 0 3 9 67 105 −38 2 6
 United States 4 0 0 4 7 52 156 −104 0 0
Final standing
Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 New Zealand 4 3 1 0 22 157 22 +135 2 16
 South Africa 4 3 0 1 27 185 36 +149 3 15
 Italy 4 2 1 1 14 98 78 +20 2 12
 Namibia 4 0 1 3 3 34 175 –141 0 2
 Canada 4 0 1 3 2 14 177 –163 0 2
Opponent Result Knockout stage Opponent Result
 Australia 40–16 Quarter-finals  Japan 26–3
 New Zealand 19–7 Semi-finals  Wales 19–16

England's final pool match with France was called off on safety grounds due to the impact caused by Typhoon Hagibis; according to tournament rules, the result was declared a 0–0 draw.[4]

England

The Webb Ellis Cup

England reached the final after topping their pool with bonus point wins against Tonga, the United States and Argentina. Their final group match against France was cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis and was recorded as a scoreless draw.[5] In the quarter-finals, England played Australia at Oita Stadium, Ōita. England won 40–16 thanks to two tries from Jonny May and one each from Kyle Sinckler and Anthony Watson, all converted by Owen Farrell, who also added four penalties.[6] In the semi-final at Yokohama Stadium, England played the reigning champions New Zealand. England beat the All Blacks 19–7, breaking New Zealand's 18-match winning streak at World Cups, with a try from Manu Tuilagi converted by Farrell, and four penalties from George Ford.[7] This was England's fourth appearance in a World Cup final, having last been world champions in 2003.[8] They had also reached the final in 1991, when they lost to Australia,[9] and 2007, losing to South Africa.[10] Prior to the Final, England called up Saracens scrum-half Ben Spencer as a late replacement for Willi Heinz who had suffered a hamstring injury during the semi-final against New Zealand.[11] England named an unchanged starting team for the final.[12]

South Africa

South Africa's World Cup campaign began with a loss to New Zealand in their opening match in the pool, but they followed it up with bonus-point wins over Namibia, Canada and Italy to progress in second place in Pool B.[13][14] In the quarter-finals, they played the hosts Japan, winning 26–3 through two tries from Makazole Mapimpi and one from Faf de Klerk, with one conversion and three penalties from Handré Pollard.[15] In the semi-final, they played Wales and won 19–16 due to a converted try from Damian de Allende and four penalties from Pollard, including the match-winner in the 76th minute.[16] This was South Africa's third appearance in the World Cup final, following victories over New Zealand on home soil in 1995 and England in France in 2007.[10] South Africa made only one change for the final with Cheslin Kolbe replacing S'busiso Nkosi on the right wing.[12]

Match

Details

2 November 2019
18:00 JST (UTC+09)
England  12–32  South Africa
Pen: Farrell (4/5) 23', 35', 52', 60'
Report Try: Mapimpi 66' c
Kolbe 74' c
Con: Pollard (2/2) 67', 75'
Pen: Pollard (6/8) 10', 26', 39', 43', 46', 58'
England
South Africa
FB 15 Elliot Daly
RW 14 Anthony Watson
OC 13 Manu Tuilagi
IC 12 Owen Farrell (c)
LW 11 Jonny May Substituted off 69'
FH 10 George Ford Substituted off 49'
SH 9 Ben Youngs Substituted off 75'
N8 8 Billy Vunipola
OF 7 Sam Underhill Substituted off 59'
BF 6 Tom Curry
RL 5 Courtney Lawes Substituted off 40'
LL 4 Maro Itoje
TP 3 Kyle Sinckler Substituted off 2'
HK 2 Jamie George Substituted off 59'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola Substituted off 45'
Replacements:
HK 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie Substituted in 59'
PR 17 Joe Marler Substituted in 45'
PR 18 Dan Cole Substituted in 2'
LK 19 George Kruis Substituted in 40'
FL 20 Mark Wilson Substituted in 59'
SH 21 Ben Spencer Substituted in 75'
CE 22 Henry Slade Substituted in 49'
CE 23 Jonathan Joseph Substituted in 69'
Coach:
Australia Eddie Jones
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FB 15 Willie le Roux Substituted off 67'
RW 14 Cheslin Kolbe
OC 13 Lukhanyo Am
IC 12 Damian de Allende
LW 11 Makazole Mapimpi
FH 10 Handré Pollard
SH 9 Faf de Klerk Substituted off 76'
N8 8 Duane Vermeulen
BF 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit
OF 6 Siya Kolisi (c) Substituted off 63'
RL 5 Lood de Jager Substituted off 21'
LL 4 Eben Etzebeth Substituted off 59'
TP 3 Frans Malherbe Substituted off 43'
HK 2 Bongi Mbonambi Substituted off 21'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira Substituted off 43'
Replacements:
HK 16 Malcolm Marx Substituted in 21'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff Substituted in 43'
PR 18 Vincent Koch Substituted in 43'
LK 19 R. G. Snyman Substituted in 59'
LK 20 Franco Mostert Substituted in 21'
FL 21 Francois Louw Substituted in 63'
SH 22 Herschel Jantjies Substituted in 76'
CE 23 François Steyn Substituted in 67'
Coach:
South Africa Rassie Erasmus

Player of the Match:
Duane Vermeulen (South Africa)

Assistant referees:
Romain Poite (France)[17]
Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)[17]
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)[17]

Notes: