Below is a list of previous World Cup winners. Click on the "read more" link for the full tournament wrap.

Final: New Zealand beat France 29-9 in Auckland
People tend to forget, but they’ve done it before. And they did it in style. New Zealand bulldozed all-comers at home soil to win the first ever Rugby World Cup in 1987. more

1991 Hosts: BRITAIN and FRANCE
Final: Australia beat England 12-6 in London
The Rugby World Cup went north in 1991 and it was England that provided the southern giants with their strongest challenge.

It was a challenge that would last until the last five minutes of the tournament when a game-saving tackle by John Eales on Rob Andrew secured a 12-6 win for Australia. more

Final: South Africa beat New Zealand 15-12 in Johannesburg
From numerous best-selling books to Clint Eastwood’s Hollywood blockbuster, the story of the 1995 Rugby World Cup is perhaps the sport’s most famous.

And despite many trying, it couldn’t have been scripted any better. more

1999 Hosts: BRITAIN and FRANCE
Final: Australia beat France 35-12 in Cardiff
It was the final that shouldn’t have been, and a match that not many will remember.

Australia beat a spent France 35-12 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff to win the 1999 World Cup and become rugby’s first-ever two-time World Champions. more

2003 Host: AUSTRALIA
Final: England beat Australia 20-17 in Sydney
England became the only Northern Hemisphere side ever to win the Rugby World Cup in 2003 when a last-minute Jonny Wilkinson drop goal finally saw them edge a titanic 100-minute long arm wrestle against Australia 20-17 at the Telstra Dome in Sydney. more

2007 Hosts: FRANCE and BRITAIN
Final: South Africa beat England 15-6 in Paris
Many may argue that it was handed to them on a silver platter, but when South Africa lifted the Webb Ellis Cup for a second time in Paris in 2007 the joy was undeniable.

There could also be no denying of the fact, however, that the tournament itself was all but decided almost two weeks earlier. On a day of great upsets, both New Zealand and Australia were unceremoniously dumped at the quarterfinal-stage by France and England respectively. more

2011 Hosts: NEW ZEALAND
Final: New Zealand beat France 8-7 in Auckland
New Zealand finally broke two decades of World Cup drought by surviving a test of nerve that secured them an one-point win in an epic final against France that was enough to send the nation into scenes of wild jubilation.

It would have been interesting to see if the cardiac theatres in New Zealand’s hospitals got to work overtime during and after this 8-7 win by the All Blacks in front of 60 000 people at Eden Park. It certainly wasn’t the one sided final so many people thought it would be -- far from it in fact, and it probably wouldn’t be stretching it to suggest France were the stronger team on the night. more