Rugby World Cup records are usually a privilege to hold, except you’re on the losing end of it.
Here we take a look at the unwanted Rugby World Cup records no one else wants.
Unwanted Rugby World Cup Records|
1. Early Bath
England became the first sole host nation to be eliminated in the pool stages of a Rugby World Cup in 2015. Wales, as joint hosts, were eliminated in the pool stages in 1991.
2. Brave Blossoms? Or Unlucky Blossoms?
Japan is the only team to have ever won three matches and not progressed beyond the Group Stage, having lost to South Africa and Scotland in their pool by points difference in 2015. Very unlucky.
3. All alone
Of the Tier One nations, Italy is the only one not to have made it to at least the quarter-finals in any Rugby World Cup. Conversely, three Tier Two countries have made it to the quarter-finals – Fiji in 1987 and 2007, Canada in 1991 and Samoa (then called Western Samoa) in 1991 and 1995.