Stamps on Rugby World Cups – 1987 -2019
The Rugby World Cup is played every Four Years . The Inaugural World Cup was played in 1987 and was co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia.Eight editions of World Cup have been held till now. The last World Cup was played in England in 2015 and next world Cup which will be Ninth World Cup is scheduled to be held in Japan from 20 September 2019 to 02 November 2019 .There will twenty teams participating in 2019 Rugby World Cup.New Zealand are current World Champions and have won the Webb Ellis Trophy thrice, Australia and South Africa have won it twice and England have won it once.
3rd World Cup was held in South Africa in 1995. Teams from 16 countries participated in the Cup and South Africa defeated New Zealand 15-12 in the final to win lift the Winner’s Trophy. South Africa also issued a miniature sheet on 25 May 1995 to commemorate the hosting of Rugby World Cup in South Africa.
The 4th Rugby World Cup was hosted by Wales in 1999. Australia beat France in the Final 35-12 to lift the World Cup. France issued an oval shaped (rugby ball) stamp on the 4th Rugby World Cup on 11 Sep 1999.
5th World Cup was held in Australia in 2003. Teams from 20 countries participated in the World Cup and England defeated Australia in the Finals 20-17 to win the trophy..A total of 48 matches were played and total attendance was 1,837,547 .A
Australia issued a miniature sheet containing three stamps on 08 October 2003 to mark the event. The stamps feature the Webb Ellis Trophy and rugby players.
The Final was played on 22 November 2003 at Telstra Stadium in Sydney in front of a crowd of 82,957. England won the finals and Royal Mail issued a miniature sheet with four stamps on 19 Dec 2003 to commemorate England’s historic win and crowning as Rugby World Champions.