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World Cup Records


Score Country Versus Score Date
145 New Zealand Japan 145–17 1995-06-04
142 Australia Namibia 142–0 2003-10-24
111 England Uruguay 111–13 2003-11-02
108 New Zealand Portugal 108–13 2007-09-15
101 New Zealand Italy 101–3 1999-10-14


Biggest winning margins
Margin Country Versus Score Date
142 Australia Namibia 142–0 2003-10-24
128 New Zealand Japan 145–17 1995-06-04
98 New Zealand Italy 101–3 1999-10-14
England Uruguay 111–13 2003-11-02
95 New Zealand Portugal 108–13 2007-09-15


Most tries by a team in a single match
Tries Country Versus Score Date
22 Australia Namibia 142–0 2003-10-24
21 New Zealand Japan 145–17 1995-06-04
17 England Uruguay 111–13 2003-11-02
16 New Zealand Portugal 108–13 2007-09-15
14 New Zealand Italy 101–3 1999-10-14


Most overall points in final stages
Points Name Country App. Tries Con. Pen. Drop. Tournament(s)
277 Jonny Wilkinson England 19 1 28 58 14 1999, 2003, 2007,2011
227 Gavin Hastings Scotland 13 9 39 36 1987, 1991, 1995
195 Michael Lynagh Australia 15 4 36 33 2 1987, 1991, 1995


Most points in one tournament
Points Name Country Tournament
126 Grant Fox New Zealand 1987
113 Jonny Wilkinson England 2003
112 Thierry Lacroix France 1995


Most points in a match by a player:
45 - Simon Culhane, New Zealand v Japan in 1995

Youngest try scorer in a World Cup game:
George North Wales, aged 19 years, 166 days (2 tries v Namibia, 26 September 2011)

Most overall tries in final stages:
Jonah Lomu New Zealand 15, 1995–99

Most tries in one competition:
Jonah Lomu New Zealand 8, 1999
Bryan Habana South Africa 8, 2007

Most tries in a match by a player:
6 - Marc Ellis New Zealand v Japan in 1995

Most conversions in one tournament:
Grant Fox New Zealand 30 (1987)

Most conversions in a match:
Simon Culhane New Zealand 20 (v Japan, 1995)

Most overall penalties in final stages:
Jonny Wilkinson England 58 (1999-2011)

Most penalties in one tournament:
Gonzalo Quesada Argentina 31 (1999)

Most penalties in a match:
Matt Burke Australia 8 (v South Africa, 1999)
Gonzalo Quesada Argentina 8 (v Samoa, 1999)
Gavin Hastings Scotland 8 (v Tonga, 1995)
Thierry Lacroix France 8 (v Ireland, 1995)

Most overall drop goals in final stages:
Jonny Wilkinson England 14 (1999-2011)

Most drop goals in one tournament:
Jonny Wilkinson England 8 (2003)

Most drop goals in a match:
Jannie de Beer South Africa 5 (v England, 1999)

Longest drop goal:
François Steyn, South Africa (v England, 20 October 2007)

Most appearances:
Jason Leonard, England 22 1991-2003

Oldest player to appear in a World Cup Final:
Brad Thorn, New Zealand, aged 36 years, 262 days (v France, 23 October 2011)

Oldest player to appear in a World Cup match:
Diego Ormaechea, Uruguay aged 40 years, 26 days (v South Africa, 15 October 1999)

Youngest player to appear in a World Cup match:
Thretton Palamo, USA aged 19 years, 8 days (v South Africa, 30 September 2007)
Taylor Paris of Canada, born 6 October 1992, was named to his country's 2011 squad; with Canada's pool matches taking place no later than 27 September, before his 19th birthday, he stood to become the youngest player in World Cup history. However, he made no appearances in that competition.
Vasil Lobzhanidze of Georgia, born 14 October 1996, was named to his country's 2015 squad; with Georgia's pool matches taking place no later than 7 October, before his 19th birthday, he now stands to become the youngest player in World Cup history.

Youngest player to appear in a World Cup Final:
Jonah Lomu, New Zealand, aged 20 years, 43 days (v South Africa, 24 June 1995)

Youngest player to win a World Cup Final:
François Steyn, South Africa, aged 20 years, 159 days (v England, 20 October 2007)

Source: wikipedia