Allsportspk Fact File: Rugby World Cup

Part Two: Individual Statistics

Most Appearances

RankAppearancesPlayer NameNation
1 22Jason Leonard England
1 22Richie McCaw New Zealand
2 21Alun Wyn Jones Wales
3 20Schalk Burger South Africa
3 20George Gregan Australia
3 20Keven Mealamu New Zealand
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  • Jason Leonard holds the record of most appearances in the World Cup history.
  • Richie McCaw has made the most appearances for New Zealand.
  • Diego Ormaechea, is the oldest player to appear in the World Cup, aged 40 years, 26 days.
  • Vasil Lobzhanidze, is the youngest player to appear in the World Cup, aged 18 years, 340 days.
  • Richie McCaw has won 20 matches in his total of 22 appearances.
  • Only 6 players have 20 or more appearances in the Rugby World Cup.

Most Points

277Jonny Wilkinson England191285814
227Gavin Hastings Scotland13939360
195Michael Lynagh Australia15436332
191Dan Carter New Zealand15358173
170Grant Fox New Zealand10037311
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  • Jonny Wilkinson holds the record for the most points scored (277), most penalties (58) and most drop goals (14) in Rugby World Cups.
  • Michael Lynagh has scored the most points for Australia.
  • Jonny Wilkinson and Gavin Hastings are the only player in the World Cup history to achieve more than 200 points.

Most Points in a Single Match

45Simon Culhane New Zealand Japan
44Gavin Hastings Scotland Ivory Coast
42Mat Rogers Australia Namibia
36Tony Brown New Zealand Italy
36Paul Grayson England Tonga
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  • Simon Culhane holds the record of most points scored by an individual in a single match.
  • Simon Culhane, Gavin Hastings and Mat Rogers are only player to score more than 40 points in a single match.

Most Tries

15Jonah Lomu New Zealand
15Bryan Habana South Africa
14Drew Mitchell Australia
13Doug Howlett New Zealand
12Adam Ashley-Cooper Australia
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  • Bryan Habana and Jonah Lomu share the record for the most tries (15) in Rugby World Cups, and share the record for most tries in a single World Cup tournament (8) with Julian Savea.
  • Julian Savea scored a joint record eight tries in New Zealand’s progress to the 2015 final, including two hat-tricks

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Most Tries In A Single Tournament

8Jonah Lomu New Zealand
8Bryan Habana South Africa
8Julian Savea New Zealand
7Marc Ellis New Zealand
7Jonah Lomu New Zealand
7Doug Howlett New Zealand
7Mils Muliaina New Zealand
7Drew Mitchell Australia
7Josh Adams Wales
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  • Jonah Lomu, Bryan Habana and Julian Savea hold the record of most tries by a player in a World Cup match.
  • Only 9 players have managed in the history of World Cup to 7 or more tries in a game.

Most Conversions

ConversionsPlayer NameNation
58Dan Carter New Zealand
39Gavin Hastings Scotland
37Grant Fox New Zealand
36Michael Lynagh Australia
28Jonny Wilkinson England
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  • Dan Carter holds the record for the most conversions in Rugby World Cups.
  • Gavin Hastings has most conversions as a European.
  • Only 4 players have managed to have 35 plus conversions in the World Cup.

Most Conversions in a Single Match

30Grant Fox New Zealand
23Dan Carter New Zealand
22Percy Montgomery South Africa
20Michael Lynagh Australia
20Simon Culhane New Zealand
20Leon MacDonald New Zealand
20Nick Evans New Zealand
20Richie Mo’unga New Zealand
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  • Grant Fox is the record holder of most conversions in a World Cup match.
  • Grant Fox, Dan Carter and Percy Montgomery are the only players to have more 20 conversions in a single match.


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